Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mythology Reading Challenge: Book Recommendations


Hey guys! So 2015 is almost here, which means the start of many great Reading Challenges! As many of you know, this year I'm hosting the 2015 Mythology Reading Challenge (If you have not already and would like to join, you still can!) which I am VERY excited about! I thought I'd list a couple of book recommendations here to get you started on this challenge!

Note: For series, I only listed the first book.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Top 10 of 2014: Best Debuts, Novellas, and NA Books of 2014


Monday, December 22nd: Best Books I’ve Read in 2014
Tuesday, December 23rd: Best Book Covers of 2014
*Wednesday, December 24th: Best Debuts, Novellas, and NA Books of 2014 (Readers/Bloggers choice)*
Thursday, December 25th: Best Book Boyfriends of 2014
Friday, December 26th: Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top 10 of 2014: Best Book Covers of 2014


Monday, December 22nd: Best Books I’ve Read in 2014
*Tuesday, December 23rd: Best Book Covers of 2014*
Wednesday, December 24th: Best ________ Of 2014 (Readers/Bloggers choice)
Thursday, December 25th: Best Book Boyfriends of 2014
Friday, December 26th: Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top 10 of 2014: Best Books I've Read in 2014


This is the 3rd year in a row I join this event, and I absolutely love it! It's where we look back at some of the best books of 2014 and the books we are looking forward to in 2015. So much fun!

Here is the complete schedule of what will be coming up this week:

*Monday, December 22nd: Best Books I’ve Read in 2014*
Tuesday, December 23rd: Best Book Covers of 2014
Wednesday, December 24th: Best ________ Of 2014 (Readers/Bloggers choice)
Thursday, December 25th: Best Book Boyfriends of 2014
Friday, December 26th: Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Showcase Sunday (#60) + Holiday Reads


Welcome to Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. The aim of this event is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed form the libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. For more information about how this feature works and to join in, click here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Reading Challenges

Another year, another million and a half reading challenges ;) Here are the ones I am signing up for this year! I'll also be keeping track of all the books read on this page.

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January:

1. The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3) by J.L. Bryan
2. Clarity by Kim Harrington
3. The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
4. Perception (Clarity #2) by Kim Harrington
5. Down Under with the Hottie (Investigating the Hottie #3) by Juli Alexander
6. Horror Business by Ryan Bradford
7. A Place Beyond (The Danaan Trilogy #3) by Laura Howard

February:

8. Love, Lattes and Mutants (Mutants #1) by Sandra Cox
9. Slayers by C.J. Hill
10. The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu
11. Hunting Season (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #4) by Nikki Jefford
12. Night of the Living Dante (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #0.5) by Nikki Jefford
13. Unfed (Undead #2) by Kirsty McKay
14. Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice (The Mellow Summers Series #1) by Janet McNulty
15. Frogs, Snails, And A Lot Of Wails (The Mellow Summers Series #2) by Janet McNulty
16. Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
17. An Apple A Day Keeps Murder Away (The Mellow Summers Series #3) by Janet McNulty
18. Three Little Ghosts (The Mellow Summers Series #4) by Janet McNulty
19. Oh Holy Ghost (The Mellow Summers Series #5) by Janet McNulty
20. Lunatic Detective (Lunatic Life #2) by Sharon Sala
21. Where Trouble Roams (The Mellow Summers Series #6) by Janet McNulty
22. Two Ghosts Haunt A Grove (The Mellow Summers Series #7) by Janet McNulty

March:

23. Trick Or Treat Or Murder? (The Mellow Summers Series #8) by Janet McNulty
24. Roses Are Red; He's Dead (The Mellow Summers Series #9) by Janet McNulty
25. Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
26. Lunatic Revenge (Lunatic Life #3) by Sharon Sala
27. Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin #1) by Jennifer Estep
28. Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel by R.L. Stine
29. Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin #2) by Jennifer Estep
30. Venom (Elemental Assassin #3) by Jennifer Estep
31. Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin #4) by Jennifer Estep
32. Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin #5) by Jennifer Estep
33. Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

April:

34. Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #4) by J.L. Bryan

May:

35. Shinigami Eyes by Cheree & Adam Smith
36. Ten by Gretchen McNeil

June:

37. When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You #1) by Meg Cabot
38. Freak Show (The Nightshade Cases #1) by Patti Larsen
39. Camp Cauldron by Juli Alexander
40. Valentine's Day Sucks by Juli Alexander
41. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
42. The Shattering by Karen Healey
43. Impostor (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway
44. Dollhouse by Anya Allyn

July:

45. Winging It! (Confessions of an Angel-In-Training #1) by Shel Delisle
46. No Angel by Helen Keeble
47. Shadow (Paper Gods #0.5) by Amanda Sun
48. Demonosity by Amanda Ashby
49. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
50. Dead Girl Walking by Sharon Sant
51. Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris
52. Adventures of a Graveyard Girl (Funeral Crashing #2) by Milda Harris
53. Paxton Private Investigations by Juli Alexander

August:

54. Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1) by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs
55. Adventures in Murder Chasing (Funeral Crashing #3) by Milda Harris
56. Loyalist to a Fault (The Dead Kid Detective Agency #3) by Evan Munday
57. I'm with Cupid (Switched at First Kiss #1) by Anna Staniszewski
58. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures #1) by Elise Stokes
59. Double, Double, Nothing But Trouble (Mellow Summers #10) by Janet McNulty
60. Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift (Cassidy Jones Adventures #2) by Elise Stokes
61. New Girl (Anti-Heroes #1) by by Louise Bohmer & K.H. Koehler
62. Adventures in Double Dating (Funeral Crashing #1.1) by Milda Harris

September:

63. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
64. The Suffering (The Girl from the Well #2) by Rin Chupeco
65. The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1) by Majanka Verstraete
66. House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5) by J.L. Bryan
67. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts (The Unbelievables #1) by K.C. Tansley
68. The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3) by R.L. Stine

October:

69. Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)by Jennifer Estep
70. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
71. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

November:

72. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
73. The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan
74. The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan
75. The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan

December:

76. My Fairly Dangerous Godmother (My Fair Godmother #3) by Janette Rallison


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I LOVE mythology, and I am super excited to be hosting this challenge this year! "The challenge is to read as many full-length novels as you can that have a prominent mythology theme."

My goal: Titan Level: 11-20 Mythology Books
  1. A Place Beyond (The Danaan Trilogy #3) by Laura Howard {Irish}
  2. Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs {Greek}
  3. Winging It! (Confessions of an Angel-In-Training #1) by Shel Delisle
  4. No Angel by Helen Keeble
  5. Shadow (Paper Gods #0.5) by Amanda Sun {Japanese}
  6. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
  7. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco {Japanese}
  8. The Suffering (The Girl from the Well #2) by Rin Chupeco {Japanese}
  9. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan {Norse}
  10. {Greek & Egyptian}
  11. {Greek & Egyptian}
  12. {Greek & Egyptian}



    I LOVE this challenge! Witches are my favorites supernatural creatures and I just adore magic! The challenge is to read "...Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction..."

    My goal: Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books

    1. The Shattering by Karen Healey
    2. New Girl (Anti-Heroes #1) by by Louise Bohmer & K.H. Koehler


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    If you've been here for a while you know how much I LOVE the horror genre, be it in books or movies! I just love it! SO when I found this challenge I KNEW I had to join! I am SO excited! "The horror genre is subjective, but a good guideline to follow is whether a book is regularly shelved as horror on Goodreads."

    My goal: Fearless Reader: 11-15 Horror Books

    1. The Crawling Darkness (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #3) by J.L. Bryan
    2. Terminal (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #4) by J.L. Bryan
    3. The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
    4. Horror Business by Ryan Bradford
    5. Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel by R.L. Stine
    6. Shinigami Eyes by Cheree & Adam Smith
    7. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
    8. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
    9. The Suffering (The Girl from the Well #2) by Rin Chupeco
    10. The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch #3) by R.L. Stine
    11. House of Whispers (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #5) by J.L. Bryan
    12. Asylum by Madeleine Roux




    "The goal is to read fairytale retellings, but if you want you can also pick other retellings. It’s up to you what you count as a fairytale." I love fairytale retellings! I'm hoping I'll get a couple of books in this year! I'm thinking Cinder by Marissa Meyer...

    My goal: Prince Charming: 1 – 4 books




    The 2015 Re-Read Challenge
    JOIN HERE!

    I love re-reading books, as I've mentioned before! SO I thought this challenge was great! Basically... "any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it's a re-read." No set number of books (though I'd like to read at least 5); just read as many as you'd like/can! You're supposed to make a list of books you want to re-read, but that wouldn't exactly work for me seeing as how I'm a big time mood reader especially when it comes to re-reads! So I'll be listing the books down below as I read them :)

    1. Clarity by Kim Harrington
    2. Forgive My Fins (Fins #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
    3. The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan
    4. The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan


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    "The goal: To read as many prequels and sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you. Novellas count, either prequels or sequels (i.e. #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, etc)." So this challenge is based on a point system, not on a set number of books: "1 point for each prequel or sequel novella read and reviewed, 2 points for each full-length sequel read and reviewed, 10 points for completing and reviewing a full series (doesn't require novellas), and you do not get points for the first book in a series."

    My goal: 76-100 points: Professional

    1. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Series by J.L. Bryan
    2. Perception (Clarity #2) by Kim Harrington [2 points + 10 points]
    3. Down Under with the Hottie (Investigating the Hottie #3) by Juli Alexander [2 points]
    4. A Place Beyond (The Danaan Trilogy #3) by Laura Howard [2 points + 10 points]
    5. Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Series by Nikki Jefford
    6. Unfed (Undead #2) by Kirsty McKay [2 points + 10 points]
    7. The Mellow Summers Series by Janet McNulty
    8. Lunatic Life Series by Sharon Sala
    9. Fear Street Series by R.L. Stine
    10. Elemental Assassin Series by Jennifer Estep
    11. Camp Cauldron (Stirring Up Trouble) by Juli Alexander [1 point]
    12. Impostor (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway [2 points]
    13. Shadow (Paper Gods #0.5) by Amanda Sun [1 point]
    14. Funeral Crashing series by Milda Harris
    15. Loyalist to a Fault (The Dead Kid Detective Agency #3) by Evan Munday [2 points]
    16. Cassidy Jones Adventures by Elise Stokes
    17. The Suffering (The Girl from the Well #2) by Rin Chupeco [2 points]
    18. Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)by Jennifer Estep

        Total points so far: ...


        JOIN HERE!

        This challenge is perfect for me! It is just what I need! I am determined to finish at least 4 series this year! I've always been a huge fan of series books, but I end up starting them and never getting around to finishing them. That's why I originally started this reading challenge. This is a challenge to finish up those unfinished series books!

        My goal: Level 4 (Expert series reader): Complete 4 or more series

        1. Clarity by Kim Harrington
        2. The Danaan Trilogy by Laura Howard
        3. Undead by Kirsty McKay
        4. Impostor (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway
        5. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
        6. The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan


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        My goal: Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)



        Oh gods, I think I went a little overboard with the reading challenges... *gulps* Someone send help! Haha, kidding ;) But seriously, I might have gone slightly insane, lol.
        I'd love to know what challenges you've signed up for, if any! Let me know! :)

        Sunday, December 14, 2014

        Showcase Sunday (#59)


        Welcome to Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. The aim of this event is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed form the libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. For more information about how this feature works and to join in, click here.

        Sunday, December 7, 2014

        Showcase Sunday (#58)


        Welcome to Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea. The aim of this event is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed form the libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week. For more information about how this feature works and to join in, click here.

        Thursday, December 4, 2014

        Review: Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #2) by J.L. Bryan

        Cold Shadows (An Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Novel)
        Title: Cold Shadows

        Series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #2

        Previous book in this series: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper

        Author: J.L. Bryan

        Publication date: November 28, 2014

        Published by: J.L. Bryan

        Source: E-book for review from the author

        Add it to your Goodreads shelf

        Buy it: Amazon

        Synopsis:

        Footsteps in the attic. Toys that play by themselves. A dark presence in an upstairs room.

        Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case. Her new clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night. Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children.

        To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children.

        My rating: ★★★★★

        On this next case, Ellie and her team investigate a possible haunting that probably involves multiple ghosts... a family of ghosts, perhaps. The family living in the house includes a teenage girl who is in the rebellious stages and they think she might have a poltergeist attached to her. There is also a little boy who has two imaginary friends who might not be so imaginary after all. Plus, there is one more sinister presence who seems to be controlling the rest of the spirits. With the help of her assistant Stacey and the psychic Jacob, Ellie helps this family rid their home of these ghosts and find the peace they desire... but no one said it was going to be easy...

        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 Mythology Books
        God Level: 6-10 Mythology Books
        Titan Level: 11-20 Mythology Books
        Monster Level: 21+ Mythology Books


        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:







        Need some mythology book recommendations? Click here!


        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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        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:

        I LOVE MY FOLLOWERS

        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

        Add it to your Goodreads shelf

        Buy it: Apple ibooks | Kindle | Kobo | Nook

        Blurb:

        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:

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        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)

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        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 +



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        -A set of signed cover posters (US only)

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        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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        Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

        Synopsis:

        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:

        spn

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

        [gif] "Nothing says family quite like the whole family being dead." -Sam -- 8x01 We Need To Talk About Kevin


        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!

        Thursday, October 16, 2014

        Blog Tour: God's Play by H.D. Lynn



        Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson
        God’s Play by H.D. Lynn

        Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy

        Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

        Date of Release : September 18, 2014

        Goodreads | Amazon

        Blurb: Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

        Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

        And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.


        About The Author: H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.
        When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

        Find H.D. Lynn Online: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


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        Wednesday, October 15, 2014

        Review: Intrigue (Night Muse #1) by Stacey Rychener

        Intrigue (Night Muse #1)
        Title: Intrigue

        Series: Night Muse #1

        Author: Stacey Rychener

        Publication date: December 2011

        Published by: Stacey Rychener

        Source: Amazon Freebie

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        Buy it: Amazon

        Synopsis:

        Amid the 80,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit, a battle shrouded in secrecy is brewing. The Greek Olympian, Ares, runs the city as his own personal Coliseum while Apollo and Hermes struggle to shield teens from his deadly hobbies. Ares endless supply of gladiators is all the more accessible because the abandoned buildings of Detroit have become the flame for moths of ravers, vandals, scavengers, and urban explorers. The key to the entire conflict, Calliope, is just hoping for a fresh start now that her lifelong crush has finally noticed her. Although hoping for a fresh start in Detroit, is like saying you’re going to Las Vegas in search of true love. She soon catches the notice of one of the Immortals that recognizes her for what she is: a Night Muse. A Muse is a human that carries the soul of an Olympian within her, which gives the god immense power. Until Calliope reaches adulthood and awakens as a Bright Muse, there is no way to determine who her soul mate is. The Immortals start to draw Calliope and the people she loves into a deadly chess match. With her best friend’s life at stake, Calliope must seize control of her destiny and eliminate the deadly threat herself.

        My rating: ★★☆☆☆

        Calli is seemingly your average, normal girl... but she's not, really. You see, Calli is short for Calliope, as in one of the nine Greek Muses! Calli is a Muse, she just doesn't know it yet. However, there was a very different take on the mythology in this book, so the Muses aren't like the traditional Muses in Ancient Greece. I love Greek mythology and I'm all for different/unique takes on it, but this one just didn't do it for me. I mean, the gods are portrayed as freakin' vampyres! (Yes, that's vampires with a 'y.') Oh, that and (without giving too much away) the whole thing about the gods and their souls being separated, and the reincarnation-type thing... it just didn't work! It didn't make any sense to me!
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