Aug 07
Review & Giveaway: Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Review & Giveaway: Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★★

I was thrilled to participate in the tour for Ruby’s Fire.  A unique new YA Fantasy novel.  Make sure the enter the Kindle Giveaway after checking out my review! Title: Ruby’s Fire Author: Catherine Stine Release Date: June 9, 2013 Pages: 264, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.33 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: PG   Summary from Goodreads: If everything about you changes, what remains? Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she… Read more »


Aug 06
Review: Fireseed One by Catherine Stine

Review: Fireseed One by Catherine Stine

Reviews 1 ★★★½

Title: Fireseed One Author: Catherine Stine Release Date: 2011 Pages: 296, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.22 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Content Rating: PG Summary from Goodreads: Fireseed One is a YA futuristic thriller with crossover appeal. Illustrated by the author. The year is 2089. Temperate climate has replaced Arctic ice, and much of what is now the United States is a lethal Hotzone, cut off by an insurmountable border from its northern, luckier neighbors, Ocean and Land Dominion. It is rumored that roving Hotzone nomads will kill for a water pellet or a slice of insect loaf, and that the ZWC, a dangerous Hotzone activist group, has infiltrated the border to the northern Dominions.  Up in Ocean Dominion, all eighteen year-old Varik Teitur wants is to party on SnowAngel Island with his friend Audun and flirt with college girls he dreams of joining next year in his quest to become a doctor. Instead, he inherits a vast sea… Read more »


Aug 04
Sunday Post 8/4/13

Sunday Post 8/4/13

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead.  Last week on FYFA: The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai (spotlight & guest post) Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas (review)   You Are Mine by Janeal Falor (book blitz & giveaway) – still time to win! Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead (review/Random Reads) Haven by Celia Breslin (review/author interview/giveaway) – still one more day to win! August Random Read – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder Storm by Brigid Kemmerer (review) – also mini-reviews of books 0.5 & 1.5 of this series Feature & Follow Friday – DNF Coming this week on FYFA: Fireseed One by Catherine Stein – (review) Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stein – (review & giveaway) Operation Earth by Maria Hammarblad (spotlight) Lola and the Boy… Read more »


Aug 03
Feature & Follow Friday – DNF

Feature & Follow Friday – DNF

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Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is a blog hop that allows bloggers to gain new followers and find some awesome new blogs to follow themselves! The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host has a blog that they feature each week! So, if you’re a blogger, come join in on the fun! Here’s today’s question – Q: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through? It used to be that I could never DNF a book.  It just isn’t in my DNA to quit on a book.  But, just recently I did DNF a book that I was supposed to review and it felt kind of good to let it go.  I mean, why spend my time torturing myself with a book that… Read more »


Aug 02
Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Plus Mini-Reviews of Books #0.5 & #1.5)

Review: Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer (Plus Mini-Reviews of Books #0.5 & #1.5)

All-Time Favorites, Reviews 7 ★★★★★

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer Series: Elemental #1 Published by Kensington Books in 2012 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Pages: 432 Source: Library My content rating: YA (The book contains a few sexual situations, including an attempted rape, but nothing is described in any detail) My rating: Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death. And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca. Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But… Read more »


Aug 02
August Random Read – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

August Random Read – Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

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It’s time for my August Random Read (a fun meme hosted by I’m Loving Books). The idea is to pick one random book out of your Goodreads To-Read list (using Random.org) to read within the month.  As I mention every month, I am in love with this meme!  This is such a great way to make sure that I actually read some of those books that have been in my TBR list for eons.  Last month’s random pick was Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead – I just managed to review it yesterday and loved it! (Click on the link to read my review.) Random.org was good to me once again!  And this month’s winner is… #171 – Inside Out by Maria V. SnyderSynopsis:Keep Your Head Down.Don’t Get Noticed.Or Else.I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to… Read more »


Aug 01
Review, Author Interview & Giveaway – Haven by Celia Breslin

Review, Author Interview & Giveaway – Haven by Celia Breslin

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 0 ★★★½

I had the opportunity to be a part of this awesome tour for Haven.  Make sure you scroll down for the giveaway and to read my interview with Celia Breslin (you’ll get to learn about our shared love of Joss Whedon!) Title: Haven Author: Celia Breslin Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance Release Date: July 2, 2013 Pages: 372, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.6 stars My Rating: 3.5/5 stars Content Rating: 18+ (Some explicit sex scenes)   Summary from Goodreads: San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday. Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she… Read more »


Aug 01
Random Reads Review – Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead

Random Reads Review – Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead

Random Reads, Reviews 2 ★★★★½

Title: Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) Author: Richelle Mead Release Date: 2008 Pages: 480, Paperback Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars My Rating: 4.5/5 stars Content Rating: 18+ (Adult – definitely some explicit sex scenes) Summary from Goodreads: Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire. She’s paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But something happened after her last battle. She became queen of the Thorn Land. With her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind, the job’s really not all it’s cracked up to be. Now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one seems willing to find out why. Or to put an end to it. Not that Eugenie’s fazed by spilling fey blood, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and dangerous — and nursing a very personal grudge. Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in a power she can… Read more »


Jul 30
Release Day Review – Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas

Release Day Review – Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas

Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Title: Scent of Salvation Series: Chronicles of Eorthe (Book 1) Author: Annie Nicholas Release Date: July 30, 2013 Pages: 391, eBook Goodreads Rating: 4.5 stars My Rating: 4/5 stars Content Rating: 18+ (This is an erotic romance – not appropriate for younger readers!)   Summary from Goodreads: Love blooms across species, culture, and time.  Chronicles of Eorthe, Book 1 Stranded in another dimension, on a primitive version of Earth, Dr. Susan Barlow needs to find a way to survive. There’s no electricity, no cities, and to her shock, no humans. Instead, she faces a population of werewolves, vampires and incubi. The people are vicious but she must find her place among them. And live. An illness is killing Sorin’s pack. As alpha it’s his responsibility to save them, but it’s a battle this warrior doesn’t know how to fight. Then a blue light in the sky brings a creature he’s never seen. She calls herself human, but to him… Read more »


Jul 29
Spotlight & Guest Post – The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai

Spotlight & Guest Post – The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai

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The End of Athens by Anthony Karakai Genre: Dystopian Thriller/Urban Fantasy Synopsis:  In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind.  Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him. Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery. Guest… Read more »