Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *17*

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where book bloggers get together and spotlight what upcoming release we're most excited about!

So I'm back this week after a mini WoW hiatus last week to feature what book I'm excited about.  Now I know that technically this book is available now on Netgalley and it may or may not make an appearance later this week in my StS post ( it totally will!!) *ahem*...anyways here's what I'm waiting on:

The Nightmare Affair 

Release Date: March 5th 2013

Author: Mindee Arnett 

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

A human nightmare - how cool and totally unique is that?!  Right with that little bit of information I was hooked.  The added frosting on the cake in the form of a murder-mystery involving a hot boy just sweetened an already delicious package.  I can't wait to learn more about Arkwell Academy and the rest of magickind that Miss Mindee Arnett has cooked up for us.  I want to be reading this book.  Now!  

PS -Thanks to my cake metaphor, I'm totally craving hauling up for a day with this book & a huge cheesecake!  Curse my food-addled brain >.<

What is everyone else waiting on this week? 
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Ashfall # 1
Published: October 11th, 2011 by Tanglewood Press

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying super-volcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone super-volcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
Ashfall is a book I've been wanting to read for a while now... but with books like this, I'm a little weird and I have to be in the right mood/vibe to read like realistic apocalyptic type stuff.  The reason being (and I've mentioned this before) is that I'm a chicken sh!t, scaredy cat.  Same reason I don't read horror,  even gore or things like zombie books.  Thankfully, Ashfall has neither zombies or gratuitous gore, but things do get pretty horrific on the terrifying scale.  In this addictive and plausible read, a Super-Volcano erupts in Yellowstone and in the blink of an eye, the world is transformed - permanently altered.

The story begins with Alex, as his parents leave him alone for the first time for a whole week end as they make their way further south.  Everything seems normal as Alex watches them drive away but it's not soon after that things go horribly wrong.  I loved that the story starts a little before the actual erruption so we can be with Alex as everything starts happening.  It's terrifying but I was thoroughly rivited as everything descends into chaos.  At first Alex has no clue whatsoever what is going on.  He later learns, while taking refuge with his neighbors that the Super-Volcano in Yellowstone has errupted.  After a shocking first initial few days, Alex hauls up and sees his home town transformed as people descend into despair...and worse.  In desperation & fear Alex embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with his family, against all odds.

Alex is a very relatable & endearing protagonist.  His voice as he comes to terms with what has happened, and how quickly the rules of society that we all take for granted begin to crumble around him is both gripping & moving.  It was SO refreshing to read a book with a male POV - especially one as complex and wholly likeable as Alex.  He is well rounded, level headed and an all around fun character to get to know.  The way he deals with such life-altering events made him all the more real for me. He really is forced to grow up in virtually an instant...and he finds himself up to the task. You can't help rooting for him & hoping he finds what he's looking for.  I can really see young/teen boys LOVING this book, simply because of Alex and how real he feels throughout Ashfall.  Being a girl, I can safely say that I couldn't get enough of him myself - he's definitely a memorable protagonist. 

The world as we know it undergoes drastic changes after the eruption.  Firstly, there is the ash - it's not called Ashfall without reason.  Ash falls from the sky long after the eruption is over.   And I mean a butt-load of ash: enough to completely cover the sun, the moon, the stars...and wreck havoc on the climate, weather patterns and ever the seasons.  It feels like reading a story based on a completely different planet -everything is grey & ashen.  Breathing becomes a hazard to your health and even that isn't the worst of Alex's problems.  I was amazed by how author Mike Mullin injected all the elements one could imagine coming into play in a situation like this.  It was never excessive or difficult for me to imagine.  This all felt SO real!

There is never a dull moment - Alex is always facing adversity as he brave the unforgiving & unpredictable elements.  It was chilling (and realistic I think) to see how quickly most people lost their humanity.  People became savage, animals.  With everyone consumed with fear & uncertainty, most of the rules we live by and take for granted on a daily basis were quickly replaced by madness, savagery & violence.  Within all of that new-found primitiveness, Mike Mullin was able to weave in kindness & love in the most unexpected places.  Not everyone becomes horrible.  There are still good people...trying to survive.

Ashfall is a book that stays in your head. Even when you put it down, or try to sleep, or go about your daily life.  And yes, even when it's over - I find myself thinking about it...remembering & above all wondering; what will happen next to Alex & Darla??  It's scary, but it a good way because it makes you think.  It was fully absorbing & stirring from start to finish.  If you're a fan of dystopian or post-apocalyptic reads and you haven't read Ashfall yet, what are you waiting for?! 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *16*

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

This week I didn't go out and spend the remaining of my Chapters gift card (go me!) so this is my e-book madness edition I guess haha!  Here's what I got ~

*Cheap e-books*

Reckoning is a prequel to the Night Huntress Series and since I just got my hands on Halfway to the Grave last week, I couldn't pass up this bargain novella.  And besides Anew's gorgeous cover, I'd been wanting to read that series for awhile and finding it for $ 0.99 was impossible to pass up!

*E-book Freebie*

The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Hunt is a novella taking place after The Goddess Test (which I haven't read yet but managed to get a hold of a few weeks ago)'s hard to pass up a free e-book.  So even though I may not love the series I still had to grab this one in case...usually me & mythology make for a winning combination so here's hoping!

*For Review*
The Holders by Julianna Scott

The Holders is one that I was really excited about as soon as I both saw the cover & read the synopsis.  I really want to know what exactly 'Holders' are, what powers they have and what kind of a world they inhabit. 
A big thanks to Julianna Scott & Strange Chemistry for this copy!

That's it for me this week guys!  Link me up to your haul below so I can check it out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Published: December 18th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.
A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars ★★☆☆☆

 Indigo Awakening was mostly a fun read albeit with some major clichés and eye-rolling moments thrown into the mix.  I especially liked the premise and the unique take on/variety of supernatural powers which really sets this story apart.  I did not care for the double insta-love though (yep, featuring not one but two almost simultaneous bouts of insta-love! both with triangle option! *groan*), nor did I really care the often confusing narrative style.  Despite those things, it still managed to keep my interest throughout (for the most part) but I'm not sure how invested I am to go on.

Indigo Awakening is a book I was instantly attracted to.   The idea of kids with special gifts and powers being hunted down by a fanatic church group  sounded like just the kind of story I could really get into.  Also, I'm familiar with the actual real world concept of Indigo & Crystal Children.  I work in the Natural Health/Holistic field so it's not rare to come across talk of aura's & energies.  Indigo Children are thought to be more sensitive & intuitive so I was instantly curious reading the blurb, when I realized the author had taken the idea of Indigo & Crystals one step further and given them actual supernatural powers.  Because of these powers though ''The Believers'' a fanatic church group hunts them down to do horrible experiences to them with no regard to their well-being or even their lives.

The supernatural powers were easily the highlight of this story for me because they were not only fresh, but each Indigo had individualized powers or abilities.  I was especially a fan of how each character dealt with and developed his or her powers...and how they still all linked up as a whole -  like Indigos shared a collective consciousness that joined them all together & allowed them to sense each other.  The powers ranged from easily communicating with one another, psychic abilities, mind-reading,  linking to spirits of the dead, control over animals & emotions...even prophetic dreams & visions!  It's easy to imagine that if kids like this would exist, they would scare the crap out of a lot of people.  But with Indigos, there's a big part of their powers that lays in empathy for others & fair treatment for all so it's hard not to side with them against religious fanatics.

The narration jumps around a lot to different POV's.  It starts with alternating between Lucas & his sister Rayne as Lucas escapes from the clutches of The Believers. As Lucas tries to hide & stay safe, Rayne searches for him.  At around the same time, Lucas meets up with Kendra & Rayne meets Gabe.  Then wham!  You get hit with two simultaneous insta-love connections.  And I mean full-on immediate infatuation for everyone.  Sometimes, I can deal with the whole ''our eyes met for the first time & that was it'' thing - but this double whammy had me rolling my eyes.  Even still, it wasn't so horrible as to turn me off of the story completely.  *shakes head & moves on*.

From that point on we also get Lucas & Kendra's POV's.  Now while the story was interesting enough in both groups, I was definitely more invested the relationship between Rayne & Gabe.  Gabe was more of a mystery but at the same time, his character was the most fleshed out - the more real.  I looked forward to scenes wit him in them so I could learn more about him...about the secrets he kept.  Though I liked Lucas & even Kendra well enough, I felt that that end of the story could have been fleshed out more.  I didn't feel as much of a connection to them.  Similarly, their relationship just didn't reel me in as much. Both of these insta-love type connections really did hinder any further evolution though so as much as the characters were interesting enough the love-story aspect definitely left something to be desired.

On occasion, we'd also get random narrative switches to The Believers' side of things.  Multiple POV's can be hit-or-miss for me.  If it's done well, it can enhance the scope of the story & add depth.  In Indigo Awakening, it had a tendency to be jarring & even confusing at times.  I don't know if maybe the way it was formatted as a Galley for my e-reader maybe compounded the effect...but I was often left wondering who's POV I was reading during those quick switches.There is nothing worse than not knowing who's POV you're reading and having to go back and check if you missed anything...only to find you didn't; the author did.

Despite it's setbacks, I still kept reading to the very end.  My frustration over certain aspects never completely outweighed my curiosity to find out  how it was going to end...but all things considered I didn't like it enough to feel fully invested in where the series goes next. The ending not-so-subtly hints at another installment so if I hear it improves upon this one I may be tempted to check it out.

**An advanced copy of this book was provided to my via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  A big thanks to Harlequin & author Jordan Dane**

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *15*

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've either received or bought this past week.

This week is yet another edition of what I've titled my ''Holiday Aftershock Edition'' of StS because of a generous Chapters gift card I received over the holidays!  SO far, I've been lucky with sweet deals & I've been able to stretch that bad boy out and make it last...which is...quite a remarkable feat considering how I love splurging on books.  I guess I've matured. A little. >.<

It was a pretty awesome week book wise for me.  Here's my haul:

These are all high-priority wishlist items for me!!  I am sporting a major perma-smile just writing up this post. See -->  :D  So yea, The Demon King is one I've been desperate to get my hands on since I found out about the series late in 2011.  Wizards, amulets, girl warriors & demon kings - my heart just sipped a beat. ♥   The Charley Davidson Series is another one I've wanted to get into since book 1 came out.  I'm seriously overdue for an awesome Adult Urban Fantasy too so I'm thinking of starting this one soon!  The same can be said for the Night Huntress Series, so when I walked by it I grabbed it.  I've heard SO many glowing comments & a hot Paranormal Romance sounds fun to me!

The False Prince & Blood Read Road are both e-books I got for cheap on my kobo.  Good thing too, because it was getting low on goodies that one.  Anyhow, The False Prince being a male narrated MG fantasy was obviously on my wishlist since I first heard about it.  I literally gasped out loud when I saw it for under $5 while browsing.  Blood Red Road I kept seeing around but I only really started paying attention to it last year.  Dystopians can get sort of repetitive but from what I gather, this one offers a fresh take on the genre & sounds quite thrilling to be honest.  Yay!

What pretties did you get this week?
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *16*

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where book bloggers get together and spotlight what upcoming release we're most excited about!

Here's what I'm waiting on this week:

City of a Thousand Dolls

Release Date: February 5th 2013
Author: Miriam Forster

An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life

Orphaned apprentice...assassin...girls?!  Uhm, hell yes!!!  As soon as I read that line I was in - and then they mentioned mysterious cats and I got a little over excited >.<  Anyways, I think the premise sounds full of promise & I love how adventurous & thrilling everything seems.  The cover is certainly something else though isn't it?!  Definitely mythical but a little scary too!  Want. It. Now.

What's everyone else waiting on?
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie


My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars ★★☆☆☆

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—& each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, & all too soon the veil lifts & things shift once again.  -Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, & honoring a love she cannot live without.

*Sigh* I'm feeling conflicted.  There were some things to like in Ally Condie's conclusion to the Matched Trilogy but this is without a doubt my least favorite in the trilogy.  Almost the entire first half of it was SO slow to me, even though when I did get into it I enjoyed what I read - it still was a challenge at times to hold my interest.  It's still a fitting conclusion to the series and author Ally Condie still maintains a lovely writing style .  When the plot did pick up (past the halfway mark), it was a breeze to read through just like the first books in the series!  It's odd because most people who felt let down by book 2 (which I had enjoyed overall) seem to have loved Reached, so I think it may  be one of those times where the expectations I had were just not met.

Reached picks up soon after Crossed leaves off, with Cassia, Ky & Xander dealing with The Rising in their own ways.  This books adds Xander as a narrator, much like Crossed added Ky.  So the chapters with the original Matched narrator Cassia are now featured every 3 chapter, the other two alternating between Ky & Xander.  Now, I'll admit that Cassia & I didn't hit it off right away in Matched.  But once she did manage to grow on me, I enjoyed her quite a bit.  So I think my biggest let down for Reached is that I don't feel Cassia did much evolving in this one.  I was expecting BIG CHANGES all around but honestly, most of it played out in a fizzle.  I felt the same lack in Ky, which was always my favorite right from the beginning - but I think he was left worse off in this one.  Everything that I loved about him in the first 2 books seemed to be missing in him this time around...and he was reduced to just pinning for Cassia.  The addition of Xander as a narrator helped  - yes Xander is an easily likeable character but also things felt fresher during his chapters because his POV was a new addition.  I wonder if the need to add Xander inadvertently caused the lack in other areas of the story.  His chapters some of the best ones because there is more of an evolution with him. 

As far as the plot itself, like I alluded to earlier, the first half felt very slow to me.  I never had the feeling with the previous two books but I know a lot of readers did.  When I was able to read for longer periods of time, I did eventually get into the story, but it never left me desperately wanting more.  There was an awful lot of set up for a conclusion book and for a book dealing with a Rising, it really didn't hold up to other dystopian 'revolutions'.  I've always referred to The Matched series as dystopian-light but again my expectations when I think of a revolt did not match what we got.  The second half really picked up and if the entire book had read that way, I wouldn't be conflicted at all!  I read much quicker and felt compelled to keep reading.  There was much more going on, the tension was higher & there was finally some fuel to 'The Rising'.  I felt that at this point each POV featured had something fresh & new to offer and I was glad for it.  In the end though, I was somewhat satisfied with how things wrapped up...even though the lackluster first half lingered in my mind.

I guess looking back at the series as a whole that Reached is a fitting conclusion to the series.  A dyspopian-light trilogy deserves a ''light'' revolution & ending.  This may simply be a case of me outgrowing the series as a whole...who knows? All I know for sure is that unlike the two previous books, I struggled to get through this one. A lot. The ending did pick up but by then, I had lost a lot of my initial excitement.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (14)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've either received or bought this past week.

This is part 2 of my Holiday Aftershock Edition and this week I made use of my mom's generous Chapters Gift Card...and I still have quite a bit on there for upcoming book-sprees!!  But first things first: A few weeks ago Stephanie over at Bookfever messaged me with a very special Holiday Treat: I won her One Year Blogoversary Giveaway & I could pick a book amongst her favorite 2012 reads!!!  I'd never ever won a giveaway before so I was beyond you can imagine my delight when this beauty arrived at my doorstep:

I have been longing for this one since it's release - in fact, it was going to be one of my first buys for the new year.  Thanks for much Stephanie for the prize, for offering a giveaway AND for loving this one so I could chose it :)
Now, on to my purchases:


I didn't have much time at the bookstore, so I headed straight for the bargain section where I found books 1 & 5 (random right?) on for $6.99.  The VA Series was a high priority 2013 read so there was no way I was passing up those deals....especially hardback editions!!  Even if I have to pay full for books 2-4, it's still worth it!  And on my way out I saw Spider's Bite promoted on kobo for $3.99 so I hurried home & got it since the Elemental Assassin Series was another series I really wanted to get into.

All things considered I think I did pretty well and my gift card hardly has a dent in it.  Next week will definitely have more new goodies in store ;)

What did you get your hands on this week??
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where book bloggers get together and spotlight what upcoming release we're most excited about!

Here's what I'm waiting on this week: 

Pulse (Pulse #1)

Release Date: February 26th 2013
Author: Patrick Carman

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

As soon as I laid eyes on this one last year  - I've been counting down to it's release.  Pulse sounds like an gripping take on Telekinesis...add that to the futuristic dystopian setting  sounds like a winning combination in my book! Telekinesis is something I've always been mesmerized by, but I haven't read many books dealing with it.  I'm really hoping Pulse will deliver!

So what are YOU waiting on?
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Most Anticipated Releases of 2013

While I have participated in a few MEME's and listed what books I most want to read in 2013, usually they had a mix of upcoming releases and older books I really wanted to read.  As part of my 2012/2013 post blitz, I wanted to also feature what new 2013 upcoming releases I'm most eagerly awaiting! Check out my choices below:

*~ Most anticipated NEW releases for the New Year ~*

                Chantress May 7            MILA 2.0 March 12        Weather Witch  June 25

                   Invisibility May 7               Poison March 12               Acid April 25

                Pulse  February 26      Born of Illusion June 11   The Nightmare Affair March 5

*Thanks to Giselle at Xpresso Reads for bringing Acid to my attention recently & 
to Carmen at Shelfspace Needed for spotlighting Born of Illusion.*

*~ Existing Series Continuations & Conclusions coming up in 2013 ~* 

There are less of these - I have so many great series to get into with sequels coming out this year.  Plus sometimes I like to wait until all the books are out so I can plow through one after the other without the painful wait...or the forgetting of key plot points.

                                 Untitled (Divergent #3)    Fire (Septimus Heap #7)

                                  Apollyon (Covenant #5)   Siege and Storm (Grisha #2)

                           Sun Trail (Warriors DotC #1)   AtLA; The Search #1

* I haven't even read The Grisha #1 but it's a high priority for 2013 - just seeing the cover of the next one gets me pumped.  I'm only up to #2 in The Covenant Series but I'm psyched another new installment is out soon.*

That's it for me but I'm sure I'll be counting down to more releases I move through all the books on my shelf!

**And that's it for my '12-'13 post blitz!  Happy 2013 everyone!** 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Review: Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 2

Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 2 by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars ★★★★☆

The second Darkest Powers Bonus Pack contains 2 short stories that take place AFTER the events of The Reckoning, the final book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy.  I loved this novella as much as I enjoyed the series - it's even more enjoyable than the first bonus pack!  I can't recommend it enough for fans of the series...especially fans of Chloe & Derek ;)

So the first story in this novella is  called Facing Facts and it is a short story told from Chloe's POV.  As much as I enjoyed the previous Bonus Pack short stories, none of them were from Chloe's perspective.  As soon as I started reading Facing Facts, it made me realize how much I'd missed her. As a character she does quite a bit of growing up in the Darkest Powers series, so seeing her in this story was really sweet.  I thought she was really awesome all around in this one, especially considering what she deals with at the end there.  The plot largely deals with certain facts about both Tori's parentage and how they affect the group as a whole.  It does a nice job of answering some lingering questions I still had after The Reckoning.  I think this is my second favorite Darkest Powers extra, coming in after....

...Belonging! Belonging is also a short story that takes place after the initial trilogy, but this one is told from Derek's POV.  I loved all the short story from his perspective, well because I freaking love Derek so much.  This one is easily the one I enjoyed the most because in this one Derek's feelings about Chloe aren't at all confused - they're clear and out in the open. One word: adorable!  I had a perma-smile on pretty much all the time as I was reading this one.  The intrigue of this one rests on Derek's Wolf family finding out about him and wanting him to take his rightful role within their pack.  Again the plot builds on things brought up previously in the original story arc so it's a great way to get some added perspective on the story...while spending some bonus quality time with Derek!

I really loved reading this little extras - they're a quick and worthwhile read for any fans of the series!  4 stars.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (13)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've either received or bought this past week.

So, I'm back after a short hiatus last week -  only because I didn't get ANY books over the Holidays.  I did however get a $100 gift card from Chapters *YAY* (thanks mom ♥) so the next few weeks should be good ones ;)   Here we go with this week's e-book haul:


A HUGE shout out to Miss Giselle over at Xpresso Reads for posting about the awesome e-book deals that were going on Amazon via Xpresso Reads' Facebook Page.  I managed to get my hands on these three lovelies, who all happened to already be on my reading list!!  I literally had gone to my local bookstore the same day and almost came home with The Iron King.  Because of the e-book sale, I saved myself some I could justify buying other books too *giggles*.  

Lately, I've been craving some Vampires, so The Immortal Rules for $3.99 was hard to pass up.  So was The Goddess Test, considering how much I love mythology.

In more exciting news this week - after I read Baptism of Fire by Stephanie Constante last month, I've been practically obsessed with getting my hands on the next installment Incendio ( it was my pick last week for my WoW).  Well I'm thrilled that my wish came true: Stephanie was kind enough to gift me a copy the day it was released :D  Look at the pretty:

A million thanks Stephanie (I'm gushing again!) - you rock my face, Sweetheart ♥ I am so going to dive into this one soon!

Well there you have it guyspart 1 of my ''Holiday Aftershock Edition'' of StS!     
 What did you all get this week?  Link me please!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

I Solemnly Swear To...2013 Books & Bookish Resolutions

Happy 2013 Everyone!!  I hope the New Year is filled with love, hope & abundance for everyone!  I know I'm a little late with the resolutions but New Year's Day was a VERY mellow day in this house.  I spent most of it snuggled on the couch alternating between reading & watching movies with the bf while sipping tea & snuggling with the felines *sigh* it was heaven :)

Anyhow, moving on from my previous post about the best books & blogs of 2012 (click here if you haven't checked it out yet!) I wanted to spotlight the books I most wanted to read in 2012, but didn't get to...for whatever reason.  Here they are, in no particular order:

*~ Books I'm most eager to finally read in 2013 ~*

*The rest of the Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson.  I only discovered this series last year but I've been dying to know the rest Vin's story ever since!

Oh and while we're on the subject, I also want to read everything else by Brandon Sanderson....specifically:

Moving on to other works by other authors now... >.<

The Charley Davidson Series - I've been pining to read this one ever since I first read initial reviews on book 1...2013 will be the year I start in on this series!  I've been craving more urban fantasy lately anyways!

 Ahhhh I still can't believe I don't even own a copy of this one!!!
Especially with book 2 coming out later this year...  This high fantasy book had me intrigued as soon as I first saw it.

I actually own a copy of The Red Pyramid, from way back...even before I read the Percy Jackson series!  After I finished Percy Jackson I was instantly eager to also start Riordian's Heroes of Olympus spin-off.  Hopefully 2013 will allow me to read through both :D

Grave Mercy - I own of a copy of this one but it seemed so intimidating to start at the end of 2012 -  I wanted to complete my reading challenge on Goodreads dammit!  I have a feeling I'm going to LOVE this so I'm thinking I'll be cracking this bad boy open soon enough!  Historical fiction about nun assassins seems like just the thing to change things up!

I was faced with a tough choice in 2012: Do I start with Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux Series....or her Covenant Series? I chose latter & while I in no way regret my choice (Aiden♥), I can't wait to jump into the Lux Series as well.

Throne of Glass

I was thrilled to see so many new and quality high fantasy reads in 2012 but it certainly made it challenging to read all of the ones that caught my fancy.  Throne of Glass features a tough female protagonist kicking butt in a male dominated world - I am SO in!

Another book I can't believe I don't own/haven't read yet.  I'm pretty much adore JKR and even though I know this will be nothing like her HP books, I know I'll enjoy this because of her writing style & humanity.

A Discovery of Witches - This one has been on my 'to-read' list for so long I almost can't believe it myself.  I think it's because when it first came out I was into it....but it sort of disappeared for a bit and then had a resurgence in popularity more recently.  I mean, it's about witches so you know I need to check it out.  2013 is going to bring the precious to me, I can feel it!

This is a fairly recent discovery of mine.  I think it was around mid-2012 that I started seeing this series around and noticing all the rave reviews.  I love books about the Fey, so this seems like a series I'd enjoy.  The covers are all really attractive too ♥

Something/Everything by Maria V. Snyder
I've had  Poison Study in my reading list the longest but I also want to read her Healer & Glass series as well.  I've heard nothing but great things about Snyder from fellow bloggers so I'm dying to see what the fuss is about :) 

Iced -  this is another example of a book I couldn't believe I didn't pick up right away in 2012 - I was on of my top anticipated releases of the year too.  I read the entire Fever Series last year & I've been pining to return to the Fever world ever since!

Just reading the synopsis of book 1 was enough to have me hooked.  This seems filled to the brim with magic, destiny & all-around epicness.  This could be a big one for me...I can feel it!
The Eon Series - Another long overdue read for me.  This one I actually own so I honestly have no excuse.  A girl posing as a boy so she can train to be an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons!?  I almost can't contain myself just thinking about it >.<

I could definitely add to this list some more, but these are the top books 
I'm Resolving to read asap in 2013*whew* I've got my work cut out for me...

As far as bookish resolutions go, I solemnly swear to get my unread books on my booshelf read.  Same goes for my e-books & galleys.  That might mean I skip a Stacking the Shelves Feature on occasion.  I hope to be able to control my book buying urges (somewhat) and make due with my already ample collection...sometimes. *snicker*

All the best to all my followers & fellow bloggers in 2013 ♥