October 31, 2011
October 30, 2011
Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.
Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.
My review: I'm going to do a run-down of each story, here it goes!
Giovanni's Farewell by Claudia Gray: I really liked this one. It set a good tone to the story. You didn't really know what was going to happen. This one was tragic and beautiful. I loved it!
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan: This one had a lot of thrilling action that I enjoyed but the plot line was so hard to follow! I liked it, but it was too big of a world to be introduced in 28 page story.
Red Run by Kami Garcia: This one was probably my favorite in the anthology. Wait, no, it was my hand down favorite story in the anthology. The ghosts were so cool and the suspense was killing, I'd love for a full-length version!
Things About Love by Jackson Pierce: I haven't read As You Wish which is the full-length novel this story takes place in. That being said, I still really liked it and it made me want to pick up As You Wish.
Neverwald by Rachel Vincent: This takes place in the world of Vincent's series, The Soul Screamers. This one didn't really have spoilers, but I just didn't like it and it was hard to understand. I didn't get this one, at all.
Merely Mortal by Melissa Marr: This one had some spoilers for those who haven't read the full-length novel. I really enjoyed this story! It was easy to following, a
nd the plot developed quickly without getting confused. I was very impressed!
Facing Facts by Kelley Armstong: I skipped this one, because I haven't read the novel it spawned from and I heard it had such big spoilers. If I ever get around the reading the novel, I'll come back to this story.
Let's Get this Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan: This one was fun and was actually pretty profound. Loved it!
Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready: This one was written in verse and I quite enjoyed it! It was tragic and sad but very uplifting at the same time. Is that an oxymoron?
Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting: I skipped this one too.
Leaving by Ally Condie: Ally Condie's name was the reason I bought this book! Her story was my 2nd favorite. It was a dystopian, and I liked it a lot! I'd love a full-length version!
At the Lat Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday: This was the funniest in the anthology. Verday blended suspense and humor perfectly.
IV League by Margaret Stohl: I didn't quite get this one, it was hard to follow.
Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson: This one was haunting and sad. And depressing. Perfect for Halloween!
The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I liked it, I didn't love it, but the world was cool and the adventure was awesome! Great plot!
Automatic by Rachel Caine: I laughed so hard at this one! Canned Blood? LOL. Loved this one a ton!
Enthralled was a great Halloween read!
Cover Comments: I liked the red and white. Looks just like something out of the Blair Witch Project!
Source: Bought from Amazon.
This book counts in the following challenges:
Paranormal October Reading Challenge: 5
111 in 2011: 91
October 29, 2011
October 27, 2011
Melody Burning is out December 1st
This book counts in the following reading challenges:
111 in 2011: 87
October 24, 2011
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
My review: This is one of the scariest books I've read. Ever. It shocked me. It horrified me. And I loved every minute! It was wicked awesome!
First things first, I love ghost stories! They are freaking awesome. And there has been so much buzz about this, I just knew it would be great! And, I was (for once) not wrong. If you're looking for a scare this Halloween, this book is #1!
One of my favorite parts of this novel was the characters. Cas was pretty badass and cool, and his narrative was hilarious! He was perfect at putting things in perspective.
But if Cas was cool, Anna was godly. She was so awesome! Blake did a very good job of making you feel her pain and understand why she murdered people. Though she was a killer, it was clear she was no villain. She was such a great character though, and I need to know what happens, thankfully there is a sequel in the works!
Besides Anna and Cas, Caramel and Thomas, the two side characters added a lot to the story, and I liked them a lot. Basically all the characters in this book are awesome!
The setting in this story is very vivid. And I loved each lush little detail. Blake paints a picture like few others can. I can't believe this is her debut!
Anna Dressed in Blood is an extraordinary novel that will make you sleep with the lights on, and grown men jump at things like the telephone and alarm clocks. The best book to read this Halloween!
Cover Comments: Best. Cover. Ever. So. Freaking. Awesome. And. Scary.
Source: Bought from Amazon.
October Paranormal Reading Challenge: 4
111 in 2011: 87
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October 23, 2011
The Spooktacular Giveaway is a hop hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Diary of a Bookworm.
October 21, 2011
Hey everyone, and thanks so much to Benji for letting this obnoxious Matt Xell guy to do something of a guest post on his blog! And today I thought I'd talk about Tammi Ericks, Benji's favorite character in my book, Tower of Parlen Min, and also go on about the High-Spirited people and magic in the world of Everlon; the setting of the book. So let's role with a bit about High-Spirited people, yeah?
High-spirited is the term used to described people with unusually high levels of spiritual or life energy. The High-spirited, also known as the Shoko'ei, have an extraordinary sensitivity to nonphysical or supernatural forces. On Everlon, one in a thousand people are believed to be High-spirited. The most distinguishing feature of High-Spirited people are their unusually coloured and glowing eyes. There as many colour types as the colours of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The most recognised and gifted of the High-spirited are those with 'red', 'blue' and 'green' eye-types.
About 70% of all the High-Spirited people with the blue eyes are believed to be followers of the pre-christen religion of nature; Wicca. The word Wicca itself now refers to the practice of the arts of attaining objectives, acquiring knowledge, or performing works of wonder through supernatural means -- basically what we would call magic here on Earth.
In Tower of Parlen Min, Tammi Eriks is a black, 12 year-old girl from Sambique, a country in the continent of Etrik and is one of the 20 children invited to the Tower by Jacobius Trent, the owner. She is High-spirited and has the blue eyes and, like her mother before her, is a child of Wicca.
Shortly after she receives the invitation from Jacobius Trent, she also wins a scholarship to Eravard, a prestigious university for children of Wicca hidden somewhere, it's rumored, in Everlon's iterations of France or Germany. She is chosen to study as a Nubela student -- a witch of the elements. In preparation for the entry exams, Tammi has to master all the basic Nubela spells - conjuring water, fire, wind and earth elements at the three main levels: the Untis Premiere, Nubela Premiere and the very difficult and destructive Massimas Premiere.
At the Tower, and in secret (though not seen in the current edition of the book) and with permission from Jacobius, Tammi practices and masters the Untis and Nubela Premiere spells. But has difficulty mastering any of the Massimas Premiere spells due to the high-levels of energy required and also because she is asthmatic. It's during one of these sessions that a Tower guard assigned to over see Tammi's training tells her that there is aDelume tree somewhere in the district of Meden (where the Tower is located), though the guard was not sure where exactly. Tammi, like many children of Wicca, knows that a potion made from the flowers of a Delume, which is a very rare wiketian tree, can cure many ailments and diseases -- even asthma.
Later, with the help of Ves Asirin (the protagonist of the book) Tammi learns that the Delume tree is in the old Trent Family Cemetery, deep in the dark and supposedly haunted Meyr Woods, which during that season is a dangerous place to enter because it is where Canids (large sentient wolves) lurk and is also rumored to be the hiding place of The Shadow -- a supernatural serial killer ... but all this doesn't scare Tammi at least not at that moment -- she has to find that tree.
And that's all I can say about Tam. Be sure to check out the book for more. You can read up to 50% of it for free on smashwords.com before you decide if it's worth the buy, sweet huh?
cheers and thanks for readin'
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October 20, 2011
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At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.