Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *21*

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 my pick for this week:

Timespell 

Release Date: April 1st 2013

Author: Diana Paz

 In Timespell, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.

I'll admit this was a big (HUGE) case of cover-lust on my part - isn't this cover to die for?!  I adore the sort of airbrushed quality of the colours & the little delicate designs all over,  the dress she's wearing is fabulous & honestly the girl herself is really quite pretty too.  Then I read the synopsis and came across the word Witch...and you guys can probably guess why this one made my pick this week :)  I'm also really liking how it ends by saying they'll go back in time to Paris for the French Revolution!  Time travel is awesome. 'Nuf said.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)

First Grave of the Right by Darynda Jones

(Charley Davidson Series #1)

Published July 5th 2011 by St, Martin's Press

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. 
 



The Charley Davidson Series is one that has been on my radar for quite some time now.  When I finally got my hands on book 1 during the Holidays this year, I knew it wouldn't be long till I cracked that bad boy open.  Within the first few chapters I was already giggling out loud. Before long, I found myself caught up in Charley's adventures which usually include a healthy mix of enigmas, humor grit...and paranormal sexiness!  And while the plot felt a bit lighter then whay I'm accustomed to, by the end I was already itching to see what's in store for book 2.  First Grave on the Right is a fun & steamy UF that promises to be the start of something good!

First Grave on the Right introduces us to Charley Davidson, a feisty, no-nonsense private investigator..who also happens to be THE grim-reaper.   The combination of the two make for some 'interesting' situations (to put it mildly) whenever someone has been murdered and the victims seek out Charley to help make things right.  While investigating one such case, she bites off a bit more than she can chew - for 2 reasons: 1- the case is far more complex than what it initially appears. And 2 - she's been having these recurring...and very steamy dreams about this...guy, an... entity that she's not even sure is real.  Soon Charley realizes that even within her VERY uncommon existence there are plenty more things out there that even she can't begin to understand - and she may be in all the more danger for it.

''This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual. Or a diagram of some kind. A flowchart would have been nice.''
I was a bit surprised to find these books in the 'Mystery' section of my bookstore, I went in thinking adult fiction, fantasy or even romance - but when I actually sat down to read the story it became more and more obvious that the 'crime-solving' element played heavily into the story-line.  I really enjoyed that aspect because it's not something I've come across much before.  I especially liked how well it all meshed together with the paranormal & romantic elements.  The characters were instantly engaging and while I didn't feel an intense connection to them, I did have an affinity for the MC and the secondary characters and an investment in what they were all going through!  Charley is a fun & tough protagonist who is easy to like & respect. She has NO problem holding her own against any man she crosses;  she's bold, sarcastic & doesn't hold anything back.  While she wasn't instantly relatable for me,  she earned my respect soon enough with her self-deprecating humor & her inherent stubbornness.  The cast of supporting characters were all believable & diverse from Charley's police officer uncle, her quirky assistant Cookie and a host of ghost acquaintances (and a roommate!! haha) but the one that stood out the most was *swoon* Reyes.  He is quite a handful (ahem) and I can't wait to learn more about him.  Talk about a hot take on a bad boy with a heart AND a haunted past!!  I won't reveal more cause  spoilers  but anyways, yeah...I already like him.  A lot.

As much as I enjoyed myself immensely reading this book, sometimes it felt like there was something missing.  I longed for a deeper connection with the characters & the plot and while my feelings grew as the story moved forwards, I never gave myself completely to the story.  I've been reading much heavier fiction lately so this lighter UF might have just thrown me through a loop.    In all honesty though, it's only the first book in the series & I feel like my feelings will grow as the series progresses.  All in all, this was a entertaining read full of mysteries and sass...oh and steamy hot love scenes!  Yeah. 

My rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars ★★★☆☆

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *20*

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 thanks to an amazing deal on Kindle, I managed to pick up the entire Caster Chronicles Series by Kami GarciaMargaret Stohl



 They were on for around $2.99 each so all 4 added up to around $12.00...ONE of these books at Chapters would have been close to $20.00 so it was hard for me to just get the first one even though I rarely buy a series without having at least read the first one.  I had book 1 on my reading list for quite some time...and these are books about Witches after all so I think (I hope) I'll be ok ;)  if not, I won't be out by a whole lot at least!

I also managed to get a few ARC's:

 Fyre (Septimus Heap # 7) by Angie Sage
The final book in the Septimus Heap series that I have been waiting on for years - yes, it was 2011 when book 6 Darke came out and as much as I may have forgotten, I can't wait to see how things will conclude for Septimus, Jenna, Beetle Marcia & Marcellus.  I have absolutely no clue what Sage is planning as an ending to her series but I hope it goes out with a bang!
HUGE thanks to Katherine Tegen Books!
Even though I have yet to crack open my copy of book 1 in the VA series, I knew instantly from the synopsis that want to read Gameboard of the Gods - it deals with Mythology AND it's written by a well-loved author.  I'd requested it awhile ago on Netgalley and I was starting to lose hope but then I finally go my approval (YAY!)  Big thanks to Dutton Adult for the copy!


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday *20*

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 my (somewhat late) pick this week:

MILA 2.0 

Release Date: March 12th 2013

Author: Debra Driza

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila is becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

 

 

 

I know I'm not the only one eagerly awaiting this one, it just sounds so good!  I absolutely adore the sci-fi genre, even though it's one I tend to experience more of in television (Doctor Who) and movies...so I'm pretty thrilled about this one!  I like the sound of Mila and the allusions to what 'she is becoming'....very mysterious!  Plus, it's coming out 2 days after my birthday so it all just sounds even sweeter :D

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Incendio (Draconi #2)


Incendio (Draconi Series #2) by Stephanie Constante

Published December 28th 2012 - Indie Publication

Leito has fallen in love, something she never thought would happen. Except the man who holds her heart is not only a dragon, but one imprisoned by his own clan, punished for harboring a human girl and refusing to kill her. The odds are against her, and after a dangerous transformation, she is trying to learn what it means to be a dragon herself.

The change brings many new abilities and sacrifices, which will both help and hinder her. Now Leito must find a way to enter the dragon’s den and find Aidan before it is too late, but what awaits her in the Incendio Mountains is worse than she could have ever imagined.




My rating : 4 out of 5 stars ★★★★☆

Incendio is the follow up to Baptism of Fire and currently the last installment in the Draconi Series.  I thought it was a perfectly fitting & satisfying conclusion to the series which I hope more people will continue to read & discover.  It is notably darker than it's predecessor but I still found it just as fun & easy to read this time around.  And while I'm completely pleased with the ending as it is I certainly hope this isn't the last story I'll be reading from Miss Stephanie Constante!

Incendio begins almost immediately after the events of Baptism of Fire with Leito having chosen to undergo a 'transformation' in order to save Aiden the boy she loves...who not only happens to be a Dragon but has also been imprisoned by his own kin for loving a human.  Before Leito can come up with a plan to save her true love, she will have to come to grips with the changes going on inside her head...not to mention the changes to her physical being.


I read this book in it's entirety in two sittings. I just couldn't put it down!  The pacing was a bit slow in the beginning as Leito adapted to her 'new' self (as it should have been) but it quickly picked up and from there it was one hell of a ride!   As a protagonist, Leito is strong and fierce without being too impulsive - she's not one of the heroines who makes stupid eye-rolling decisions.  Leito is brave but she's also smart about it, I LOVE that in female heroines!  It's hard not to connect with someone so level-headed & brave.  I wish more female heroines were like her!  To top it all off, she has a strong sense of what is right & wrong and she is not afraid to make herself heard, even when it puts her in harms way.  She is a believable heroine in unbelievable circumstances...it makes me really wish I could meet her in real life.  Firstly to hug her and then to have a nice long chat...about a many number of things, including Aiden.  


Aiden presence in Incendio isn't as pronounced as it was in Baptism of Fire (understandably) but he is never forgotten.  It certainly didn't cause my feelings for him to lessen in any way.  Aiden is not only dead sexy but he's stormy & strong.  He's the kind of guy that's worth the trouble of every single thing Leito has done for him.  It's amazing to me how his presence remained even when he wasn't in certain parts of the story.  But I did find myself wondering more than once what he was thinking during those scenes where we didn't see him as much...I wonder if Stephanie would consider writing his side of the story.  I'd definitely be all over reading this whole adventure again, from his perspective <3 *hint hint*


As for the other Dragons & the dragon-city of Incendio, well it certainly did not disappoint.  As terrible & nerve-wrecking as the whole thing was, I really appreciated getting such intimate glimpses into their world...especially when put in contrast to Malibera where dragons cohabit much more peacefully.  The way Leito was able to experience both ways of life and how each one left it's unique imprint on her was both exciting & satisfying.  As completely satisfied as I am with the ending, I am still sad that it is the end! 4-stars!


**A BIG thanks to Author Stephanie Constante for the copy of Incendio - YOU are AWESOME MWAH! **

Here is the complete Draconi Series: 


 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *19*

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).

Hope everyone is having a great week-end so far & that everyone got tons of goodies to share :)  This week is a little bit of a different one for me - I went on a hunt for some older books on my reading list...books I'm a little embarrassed I haven't read yet >.< haha  Here goes:




I've been meaning to read Clare's Infernal Devices Series a try, even though I was (for the most part) underwhelmed with her  The Mortal Instruments books *runs and hides*.  I have so many trusted friends and bloggers who LOVED them but overall I was letdown by the series.  I've heard that the The Infernal Devices books is generally preferred by Clare's fans and with my love of Victorian London & Steampunk made me want to give it a shot anyways.  Wish me luck guys!

Eragon I wanted to read as soon as it came out way back in 2005...until I made the mistake of reading reviews on Goodreads.  Yikes.  There are some pretty brutal ones out there and as much as I still wanted to check it out for myself, I had to put it off because I didn't want the negative stuff I'd read cloud my own judgement and overall impression.  So when I came across it this week I figured it was time: I have some blogger friends who've loved the series & I do love dragons so here goes!

This week my bf came home with The DaVinci Code as a gift for me!  We both loved the movies but I have yet to read the book - I know right *le gasp*  Anyways I was so happy I didn't even mention that this is book # 2 and I don't own Angels & Demons LOL


I also picked up a cheap e-book this week:
The Fallen Star
by Jessica Sorensen

I'd put this on my reading list a few years ago now, despite some less than impressive reviews.  Call it sheer (morbid?) curiosity.  When I saw it one for cheap (or free I can't remember) I couldn't resist.  Author Jessica Sorensen has writen other, better received books, like The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden and The Secret of Ella and Micha ... so who knows?! 



That's my week, what did you get?
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *19*

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 my pick this week:

Poison 

Release Date: March 12th 2013

Author: Bridget Zinn

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.


Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army & her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, & Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal & the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, & she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress...


I can't even begin to express how much I want to read this book.  She's...this girl Kyra... is a potion master & assassin. She lives in a Kingdom.  Then she goes on the run with an adorable pig (look at that face on the cover there!).  And meets a cute  adventurer.  Seriously, do I need to go on?!?  I want it, I want it, I want it!!!!  Plus that cover is just... dreamy, enchanting and fierce ♥  

What are you waiting on this week?? 
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Divergent # 3 Release Date Set!



Eagerly-awaited news for Divergent fans was just released today!!  Author Veronica Roth posted on her blog (check it out here) and it was made official via the Divergent Facebook Fanpage that Divergent #3 will be released... ... *drumroll* ... ... OCTOBER 22nd 2013!  Which is 253 days away (they did the counting, not me).  According to the promotional image above, there will be a cover reveal and presumably a title coming up too which should be fun!

I'm pretty excited about this one guys!  I may not have loved Insurgent quite as much as book 1, but it was still awesome and I have a feeling the trilogy will go out with a BANG!

PS- My guess for the title of this book as of May 2012 were: Assurgent or Resurgent, which mean 'to rise' and 'to rise again' respectively.  What's your best guess?  And more importantly, are you excited about Divergent #3??  Lemme know below :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *18*

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).

I hope everyone's Saturday is going great!  We are being pummeled by a Blizzard over here but it's a welcome change from all the frigid temperatures we've had lately!  Regardless, I'm safe inside in my pj's, with a cup of warm tea & the wood stove keeping me warm...and maybe a kitty or 2 on my lap...  ♥ heaven!

This week I finally made it to the bookstore and this is what I came out with:


I *just* started reading the first Charley Davidson book this week, and within a few chapters I knew I was going to love this series.  I love Charley's feisty attitude & the supernatural/grim-reaper element makes the whole thing exciting.  I'm kind of in an 'adult fantasy' kick right now so I knew I'd want book 2 in this Paranormal Romance series handy for I'm done book 1!

...And, since I've only got one book left to read in the Mistborn Trilogy, I needed to stock up on more Sanderson.  When I saw the size of The Way of Kings, I knew it would keep me busy for a while, and the premise sounds brilliant (of course)!  I'm eager to discover the goodness within :D

Eeeek - this one was on my 2013 must-read list!! It's exciting to keep checking some of those bad boys off.  I almost bought this one full price after the Holidays so imagine my delight to find that it was on sale in e-book format for one day only for like $4.50!  Needless to say I was grateful I was able to take advantage of such an awesome deal.  I've heard great things about this one & I'm dying to read it.
 
I'd tried to get a copy of this one on Netgalley when I first started blogging but was declined *sob*...so I was thrilled to find out  I'd managed to win a copy through a Twitter Giveaway. A HUGE thanks to Flux Books for the gorgeousness!  I've always been obsessed with ancient Egypt & I just love anything to do with Cleopatra ♥





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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday *18*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

I'm kind of cheating this week  since my pick was featured on my last week's StS post, but this was one of my planned WoW for a while back & since it's not out yet I think I'm ok ;) 

Here's my pick this week:

Weather Witch by Shannon Delany


Release Date: June 25th 2013

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.


Honestly, a dark steampunk story featuring Witches would have gotten my attention regardless of that pretty blue cover (which I just LOVE).  I'm dying to know if the 'Weather' reference in the title & synopsis alludes to the Witch(es) being able to control the weather in some way - which also sounds fabulous! ♥

What are you waiting on this week??
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn #2
Published August 21, 2007 by Tor Fantasy

They did the impossible, deposing the godlike being whose brutal rule had lasted a thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows....

It may just be that killing the Lord Ruler was the easy part. Surviving the aftermath of his fall is going to be the real challenge.

*Sigh* You know that feeling you get when you finish an amazing book & start wondering how in the world you can write a review to do do it justice?  I have a severe case of that going on.  The Well of Ascension is the follow up to Mistborn (for my review  click here) honestly I have to say:  this is what a second book in a trilogy should always strive to be: richer & more complex than it's predecessor.   Everything I loved about Mistborn came back to me  - from the flawless character development,  the intricate plot lines and the flowing writing style to the utterly EPIC battle & fight scenes; it's all the more present in The Well of Ascension.  In fact, author Brandon Sanderson takes it to a whole other level leaving me longing to know how he will conclude the Mistborn Saga.


The plot picks up exactly one year after the final events of Mistborn.  The tyrannical Lord Ruler has been destroyed despite all odds & the crew Kelsier left behind are working hard to rebuild a better world among the ashes of the fallen empire.  Vin, the prodigal Mistborn who defeated the Lord Ruler has come a long way from the abused street-urchin she once was, with no knowledge of her powers...  Now the people of Luthadel see her as their savior: The Heir to The Survivor.  As she struggles with her new found reputation the whole crew try their best to restore peace to Luthadel. Soon enough though, they begin to see that all evil has not been defeated.  As the siege for Luthadel begins, the crew must face 3 separate armies all at once...and  the real enemy still lies ahead; in shapes & forms that are both surprising & chilling.


Being a second book, the world-building and set-up was minimal.  The intrigue starts high, building on things Sanderson had referenced in book 1 but evolving in new and unexpected ways.  I loved how authentic the 'rebuilding' efforts were , because getting rid of a cruel, violent and all-powerful ruler doesn't solve all of Empire's problems.  In fact, it creates new ones.  The constant danger gives the book a frantic pace even when the crew was sitting around talking political strategy or basic survival.  The presence of 3 different armies hoping to prey on a weakened empire was almost unbearable at times.  Not to mention the assassins & other Mistborns wanting to challenge Vin's reputation.  Eeeek!  Fear not, because Sanderson being the brilliant writer that he is also knows how to lighten the mood of his tense tale.  There's nice romantic bits, funny & light moments among the crew...oh and those EPIC, awe-inspiring fight scenes featuring my favorite Mistborn, Vin.


Ahhh Vin, the poor, beaten-down & unloved girl who discovered she was the stuff of legends when The Survivor took her under his wing & trained her as a Mistborn.  Mistborns are magical warriors who derive special powers from metals.  Each different metal offers a different ability, like increased speed, endurance, healing, sensing other Mistborns...even seeing the future!  Needless to say, The magical system in this series is sheer brilliance. And I mean, it already was so intricate in Mistborn but this time it went even further.  I can't even begin to describe the rush it is to read about her battles, especially when she faces another Mistborn...or an ARMY single-handily.  She has lost NONE of her epicness this time around- a fact that was displayed in full within the first chapters!!  I am in total awe of Vin, even more than I was after book 1 - I didn't think that was even possible but...here we are.  I fan-girled throughout this book and I can safely say this girl is my idol! SO. AWESOME.  Vin's character evolution within the first book was truly remarkable so I was quite impressed how much she could still grow AND stay true to her real self.  My heart filled with emotion - and even pride as I saw Vin begin to step up to her true potential...she is more confident, bolder & a bit more trusting.   I've heard other readers rave about how Sanderson is gifted at writing relatable female characters and I couldn't agree more.  Team Vin!


While the first book was mostly dual POV's featuring both the Survivor Kelsier & his protégé Vin, this one has multiple narratives though they mostly center around Vin, Elend & even Sazed.  Elend's growth & transformation were flawlessly executed and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it all unfold.   Sazed too was a welcome addition - especially because of the rare glimpse it offered into his brand of 'metal-fulled powers: Feruchemy.  I'd been very intrigued by the concept in book 1 so I was pleasantly surprised at the chance to learn more.  All of the characters are, in a word: beautiful.  Each and every one of them, from the heroes to the villains.  The heroes are perfectly flawed, well rounded and REAL.  The villains are so thoroughly complex and EFFECTIVE that they're as compelling as the heroes.


At one point towards the end of the story, I had to put the book down a moment just to marvel at what I was reading.  The last time a series did that to me, I was nearing the end of my first Harry Potter reading.  It's the moment when you thought you had a good idea where the plot was heading, only to realize there were a bunch of missing pieces to the puzzle that you didn't even know about - and those pieces change everything!!  Wow, I hadn't realized how much I LIVE for that moment when I'm reading!  I HIGHLY recommend this series to ANY fan of Adult Fantasy stories, especially people excited by the prospect of a female protagonist kicking butt in a Lord of the Rings type story (without the long descriptives)...but please guys start with book 1 Mistborn  5-big-stars & an instant favorite!

My Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *17*

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 is another review book/e-book week for me guys.  The weather was pretty intense and crazy this past week around here, so I didn't make any fun trips to the book store.  I only left the house when absolutely necessary...the rest of the time I went ''Canadian-cliché''-style & hibernated like a polar bear. >.<

Here's what I got for review:




YES!!  I got The Nightmare Affair - I'm SO excited!!  It was even my pick for my WoW this week :D I just love the sound of a human nightmare studying at a Boarding School for 'Magickind'Doesn't that sound SO whimsical?!  The synopsis promises a 'cute boy' & some kind of murder mystery and I'm just really pumped to see how it all meshes together.  Plus, isn't that cover too beautiful?  

Weather Witch is another one I've been waiting  on.  I'll admit that this one caught my interest as much for it's striking cover as it did by mentioning Witches ♥  But then I saw that it was a Steampunk-style historical fiction that had witches & well...let's just say I got a little majorly excited!!  So yeah, I'm over-the-moon that I got an advanced copy for review - I haven't even gotten to feature it as a WoW yet, but I may cheat & feature it anyway closer to it's release date ;)

'Til the World Ends I definitely initially requested because of the prequel to Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden Series since I got my hands on The Immortal Rules a few weeks back - but I think all the stories in here sound good!

**HUGE thank you to St. Martin's Press, Tor/Forge & Harlequin this week!!**

I also got a good deal on an e-book:

All my book loving & blogger friends LOVED Storm so when I saw it on Kindle for like $4.50 I couldn't pass it up.  Now I'll be honest, the idea of 4 hot boys for 1 girl sounds a bit much to me - hell I don't even like love-triangles most of the time...but I do love elemental magic.  And the idea that each brother favors his own unique element.  So we'll see about this one!

That's it for me this week guys!  What did you get a hold of??
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