Sunday, November 23, 2014

2015 Mythology Reading Challenge

Hi guys! Welcome to the 2015 Mythology Reading Challenge, previously hosted by Tiffany @ About to Read. I LOVE mythology, so when Tiffany approached me and asked me if I would like to host the mythology challenge this coming year, I was beyond excited! I made a couple of changes, but basically, the challenge is to read as many full-length novels as you can that have a prominent mythology theme. I hope you'll join me in reading the exciting stories mythology has to tell!

The Rules:

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. You can sign up at any time.
  • The book does not need to be released in 2015, but it does need to be read in 2015. Any books read before or after 2015 will not count toward this challenge. ARCs are okay.
  • Crossovers from other Reading Challenges are also okay!
  • You don't need to pick your books ahead of time, but you can if you want to!
  • You do, however, need to pick a level (see below). Keep in mind that you can move UP in the levels, but not DOWN, 'kay? ;)
  • The books read must have a prominent mythology theme. They can be Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse... you get the idea.
  • The books can be YA, MG, adult... pretty much anything!
  • Books can be any format (e-book, audio, print).
  • You do not need to have a blog to participate. You can link up using your Goodreads account, Library Thing or any other platform.
  • And the most important rule of all, HAVE FUN! :D

The Levels:

Demigod Level: 1-5
God Level: 6-10
Titan Level: 11-20
Monster Level: 21+

Sign up!

Ready to join the fun? Write up a blog post with your intention of joining the Reading Challenge and include the level you've chosen and the button below. Then come back and link up your post! Type in your blog name and link to your sign-up post in the linky below:

The Giveaway:

That's right, there's a giveaway! I'll be giving away a mythology book of the winner's choice! :D You get an entry just for signing up and later on, when the challenge actually starts, you'll be able to earn more entries by reviewing those mythology books you've been reading AND by commenting on other participants's reviews! I'll be posting a review link-up quarterly, starting at the beginning of the year.

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Grab the Button!

Add it to your sign-up post, add it to side bar of your blog! Add it to wherever you want! :D

I really hope you'll join me in on the fun, and if you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail me or leave them down below!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Back from my unplanned hiatus... Again!!

Long time no see! So, um, as you have probably noticed, I decided to take another "unplanned hiatus," which I apparently have a really bad habit of doing. I'm really, really....

I don't mean to abandon the blog but sometimes when blogging starts to feel like work or I'm in a really bad reading/blogging slump (as was the case this time) I just need to take a break. I didn't do much the past month, just watch a lot of:

Goku, Gohan, Goten and Chichi... cute!

I used to watch this show when I was a kid, and recently my younger brother got me re-addicted to it (Anyone else watch/ed this show??). I love it! I'm only 3-4 episodes away from finishing the whole last season *sobs*

But anyway, the point is my break is up and I'll be returning to my regular blog posts hopefully within the next couple of days. Plus, I have a very special something that I'll be hosting (mythology related!) that I hope you'll join me in on! That will be going up very, very soon! I am SO excited to share it with you!

Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me even though I have a bad habit of disappearing every now and then... Ooops! And remember:


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog Tour- Review + Giveaway: The Summer of Shambles (Ondine #1) by Ebony McKenna

Title: The Summer of Shambles

Series: Ondine #1

Author: Ebony McKenna

Publication date: June 21, 2013

Published by: Egmont, Hardie Grant, Bookbaby

Source: For review from author via Xpresso Book Tours

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Dive into this wonderfully witty young adult series from author Ebony McKenna, set in the far off European country of Brugel.

15-year-old Ondine is struggling to fit in at Psychic Summercamp and doubts she possesses any of her family’s magical abilities. She resolves to leave, determined to follow her own path and be a normal teenager. Whatever normal is in a place like Brugel.

On the way home Ondine is shocked when her pet ferret Shambles starts talking – in a cheeky Scottish accent no less! He is in fact a young man trapped in a witch’s curse. When he briefly transforms into his human self, Ondine is smitten. If only she can break the spell for good, Shambles can be handsomely human on a full-time basis.

During the summer, these two misfits uncover a plot to assassinate a member of the royal family and discover a secret treasure that has remained hidden for decades. This attracts the attention of the arrogant Lord Vincent, and Ondine can’t help being drawn in by his bad-boy charm.

With so many demands on Ondine’s attentions – and affections – normal has never seemed so far away.

The Summer of Shambles is the first in the four-part ONDINE series. Fans of The Princess Bride or the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series will love this delightfully quirky fairytale.

My Rating:

This was a really fun story. When I first heard about it, reminded me about a short story by Michelle Rowen called "Familiar," which is actually what caught my attention. I loved that short story about a young witch with a familiar who actually turns out to be a swoon-worthy boy, and this story was very similar! That concept is just very intriguing to me and a lot of fun, too!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Blitz- Excerpt + Giveaway: Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripley Patton

Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3)
By Ripley Patton
Genre: Paranormal Thriller, YA
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Blurb: In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren't enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman's personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia's stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

You can find Ghost Heart here: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Ghost Heart Excerpt - Passion's POV

"Passion, we're going to have to break cover," Jason said, talking loudly so I could hear him over the roar of the river. "I'll go first and scout out a clear path. Then I'll come back for you, but it could take a while. Just be patient and stay hidden."

"Okay," I said.

"Once we're past this bend in the river, we should be able to move faster," he said, crawling away from me and scrambling through the brush out onto the open rocks. Then, he stood and moved cautiously around several large boulders, his gun in hand, never giving me a backward glance.

It took a moment for it to sink in; I was utterly alone in the wilderness. I glanced around, the stillness expanding away from me in all directions. Now there was nothing to distract me from the panic rising in me like a feral animal determined to scratch its way out. What if Jason didn't come back? What if he'd left me here for the CAMFers to find so I wouldn't slow him down?

No, he would come back. He had to. He was all I had left. I just needed to focus and stop freaking out.

I waited, ten or fifteen minutes maybe. Something rustled in the brush above my head. It was a red-winged black bird perched on a branch, peering down at me with beady eyes as if to say, "What are you doing here, human? This is not your place."

A gunshot pierced the air, and I jumped up, my hand feeling for the knife in my pocket, the black bird fluttering into the sky.

The sound reverberated, echoing up and down the river canyon. I couldn't tell which way it had come from. Had it been Jason's .22 or a CAMFer's gun?

I waited, my body braced for more shots, but none came. What did that mean? Could the CAMFers take Jason down with one shot? Surely he'd have gotten one off too? What if they'd shot him? What if I was truly on my own now? I took a deep breath, ready to call out for him. Screw the CAMFers. Screw everyone. Anything would be better than dying in the woods alone.

And then I heard voices, male voices, coming closer, and I ducked down into my little brush hole just before a troop of armed men came around the bend from the direction Jason had gone. There were eight of them, four clumped close together in the middle. When they got to the boulders, they spread out a little, and I could see what they were guarding so carefully.

It was Jason.

The group stopped, and one of them shoved him face-first against a large, flat rock while another handcuffed his wrists behind him. I didn't see Jason's gun, but obviously, he didn't have it anymore. They made him stand and searched him. When they were frisking his pant legs, there was a discussion between the two who had bound him and another one, maybe the leader, but I couldn't hear it because the wind had shifted toward the river.

One of the men crouched down in front of Jason and grabbed the bottom of his right pant leg.

Jason kicked, clipping the crouching man in the chin with his boot, sending him sprawling backward onto the rocks.

Immediately, four of them were on Jason, pinning him down spread-eagle, yelling at him with their black guns drawn.

I clutched my knife, the handle digging painfully into my palm. What was he thinking? They were going to kill him for sure now.

The guy who was down staggered to his feet, shaking his head and clutching his jaw. The leader put a hand on his shoulder, asking him something, and when he nodded, they both moved toward Jason, blocking my view of him altogether.

What were they doing? I had to stop them. If I gave myself up, if I stepped out of the woods, it might defuse the situation.

I stood up and took a tentative step forward.

From that angle, I could see Jason's face, his eyes instantly connecting with mine. He was the only one facing me. All the men were focused on him.

"No," he shouted, as the leader grabbed at his ankle and yanked up the cuff of his pants, revealing the glowing blue pulse of his PSS leg. I'd never seen it before, even in all the weeks we'd camped together on the way to Indy. Jason hid his leg the way I hid my scars, and for much the same reason.

His eye bored into mine over the shoulder of the men holding him. His "no" hadn't been for them. It had been for me. I nodded at him and stepped back into hiding, my body sinking soundlessly down the same way my heart was sinking in my chest.

What would they do now? Kill him or extract him? And what could I do but watch? If I gave myself up, they'd simply do the same to me.

Previous books in the series:

ghost hand
Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1) By Ripley Patton

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

You can find Ghost Hand here: GoodreadsAmazon (FREE) | Kobo (FREE)

ghost hold
Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2) By Ripley Patton

Blurb: Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

You can find Ghost Hold here: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo

About the Author: Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find Ripley here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Google +

Prizes you can win:

-A set of signed cover posters (US only)

-A $10 Amazon gift card (international)

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Check out this book and let me know what you think!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)
Title: Strange Angels

Series: Strange Angels #1

Author: Lili St. Crow

Publication date: May 2009

Published by: Razorbill

Source: Owned paperback

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Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

My Rating:

My father went way-out wack after my mom died and now he travels around hunting things that go bump in the night... --Dru

Basically this:

Supernatural Motto

But now Dru's dad is also dead... err, undead.

Dead family

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?? It's basically Supernatural, in book form! I was shocked to see so many similarities between the show and this book. It was crazy!
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