Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Giveaways!

Although this one isn't from me.

Sophia over at The Book Basement is hosting a contest for 200 followers and giving away a prize back of some awesome YA titles.


Click on the button above and good luck!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Wish Giveaway!

I've recently moved my blog over from Wordpress to Blogger and I promised a giveaway. Since this time of year, we're so busy buying for others, I figured instead of offering a pre-chosen book, I'd be giving away any book that you've been wishing for (within a reasonable cost).

The only real prerequisite is that you follow my blog! Yep! That's really it!

Enter via the form below to WIN a book of YOUR CHOICE (valued at $15 or less). The book will be shipping from Amazon or Book Depository so please only enter if those sites can ship to you!! Contest will end January 1st and one winner will be selected at random.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A-Z Challenge 2012

So I happened to stumble upon a challenge that I think is pretty awesome!

 There are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z challenge.

A - Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A - Atonement B- Black Beauty C - The Count of Monte Cristo D - Dances with Dragons etc.


B - The lazy way: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Hope that by the end of the year you have read one book for each letter. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

To learn more about the challenge, and to sign up, please click on the image above or THIS LINK.

I'm going to be brave and make a list ahead of time of books I definitely want to read. This list is definitely not set in stone, though, and it may be shifted around. I also have a lot of time off in the next two weeks so I may get to some of these books in advance. I also need to fill this list with the missing letters. We shall see!!

A - All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
B - The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
C - Cinder by Marissa Meyer
D - Delirium by Lauren Oliver
E - Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
F - French Milk by Lucy Knisley
G - The Glimpse by Claire Merle
H - The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx
I - The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
J - Jessica's Guide To Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
K -
L - The Last Living Slut by Roxana Shirazi
M - Madapple by Christina Meldrum
N -
O -
P -Possess by Gretchen McNeil 
Q - 
R - Reckless Road: Guns N' Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction by Marc Canter 
S - Secrets of an Accidental Duchess by Jennifer Haymore
T - Threads and Flames by Esther Friesner
U - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
V -
W - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 
X -
Y -
Z -

Review: Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane #2)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Vision - Hachette Book Group
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?

Review: Even though I was a little reluctant going into this book (because I really wanted the second book in the series to focus on Silence, Temperance's sister), I ended up really enjoying it. Although there are references to events that occurred prior, I do feel this book can be read as a stand-alone. I wouldn't encourage it, though, since the first book is just as awesome.

The second book in Hoyt's Maiden Lane series centers on Lady Hero Batten. The book begins with Hero stumbling upon a gentleman (and I use that word loosely) and some married lady engaged in some boning at a ball. Instead of being shocked and horrified, Hero interrupts the coupling and in the process meets Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading. Surely it's not an ideal way for our heroine to meet the male protagonist that will steal her heart away but in this works. The other hitch, and its a big one, is that Hero is actually engaged to Griffin's brother, the Marquess of Mandeville.

I really enjoy the way Hoyt writes her characters and this book was no exception. Hero is a perfect, conflicted heroine. I really like that she doesn't come off like a wilting flower, even as an aristocratic lady. She's got a mouth on her, and she's bold. Griffin is an excellent male lead. I really liked him for some reason. I think its because unlike in other books, once he is sure about his feelings towards Hero, he doesn't try to deny or ignore them. I know this is a HUGE device used in romance books and it's one I don't particularly like and thus enjoy that it was not employed here.

Lastly, the hot scenes were SUPER hot! Seriously, Elizabeth Hoyt just has some of THE BEST descriptions during her love scenes. Meow!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

I'm waiting for...

 A masked man...
Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles—protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide.

A dangerous woman...
Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society— flirtation, double entendres, and scandalous liaisons—Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar—and his lips so tempting.

A passion neither could deny...
During the day Isabel and Winter engage in a battle of wills. At night their passions are revealed...But when little girls start disappearing from St. Giles, Winter must avenge them. For that he might have to sacrifice everything—the Home, Isabel...and his life.

Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series is one I recently discovered and LOVE!! This is the fourth book in the series, out in July 2012. I love her characters and I strongly recommend the series. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review: Living Violet by Jaime Reed

Title: Living Violet (Cambion Chronicles #1)
Author: Jaime Reed
Publisher: Dafina
Genre:  Young Adult, Paranomal
Rating: 4/5

Why I picked it: Premise looked interesting and I won an ARC of the book via Goodreads.

Synopsis: He's persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most--and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is. From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger behind his smile.

But Caleb's secrets are drawing Samara into a world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.
Review: Via Goodreads, I received an opportunity to read an advance copy of "Living Violet." I was really interested in the plot and the book drew me in from the start. While I thought the premise was original (as original as you can be in the ever-growing paranormal YA genre), there were a few issues that I had which made this a 3.5 (or 4, since you can't have half ratings) read for me.

Let me begin by saying I totally hate this cover. I hate HATE that Caleb is pictured because well...I don't find this cover boy cute at all and it totally threw me off when reading the book since I was just picturing THAT dude as Caleb instead of some imagined hottie, and it made the plot a little unbelievable. Since I know that authors rarely even have a say in what their covers look like, I'm not going to detract any stars for this point. It's a personal pet peeve and I wanted to mention it because it made the book a little harder for me to read.

When I did finally get into the book, one thing I really enjoyed was Jaime Reed's writing style. It was really easygoing and fun and Samara was a character who really bounced off the pages. She was realistic, and realistic is good. I also really appreciated that she wasn't a "Bella Swan" - meek and quiet and far too subtle for my tastes. While I can see where Sam would come off as being a little annoying, I really think that in this case, there was enough sass without it coming across as forced or bratty.

Another thing that really made the book for me was the actual premise. I liked the supernatural beings featured, and I really liked Reed's explanations of how they work. The supporting characters in the book really helped move and shape the story and I really enjoyed getting to know them all.

Now, the one thing that I did NOT like (and I kinda mentioned above) was Caleb. Again, maybe this was because of my cover bias but he just DID NOT come off to me like the likeable, tempting guy that Samara is into. At the beginning, he comes off a little skeevy and really, does not make up for it for the rest of the book. He just did not work for me as the male lead, and do sorta wish he had been written differently.

Overall, I decided to rate the book up to 4 stars because I did enjoy reading it, issues aside. I also am curious to read the 2nd book in the series, because it seems like it would focus more on Samara than on Caleb and Samara's relationship. I'd recommend this book to all fans of paranormal YA.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Speculative Romance Challenge 2012 - My Progress

Christmas has yet to begin but I have already begun to participate in 2012 reading challenges! So, I was always super reluctant to read romance books and then my friends got me into them and I'm kinda hooked. Then, in the last few months, I discovered paranormal, steampunk, and fantasy romance which I also surprisingly loved! Due to this new discovery, I'd like to read more and more of these types of books and thus...

Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012

Rules: There are FOUR (4) LEVELS to choose from:

• One Sexy Demon: Read 6 Speculative Romance novels in 2012
 • Two Sexy Werewolves: Read 12 Speculative Romance novels in 2012
• Three Sexy Vampires: Read 18 Speculative Romance novels in 2012
• Four Sexy Archangels: Read 24 Speculative Romance novels in 2012

For more details or to sign up click HERE

I'm not sure how many I can read so I'm not committing to a number just yet but I do already have four or five that I bought in the great Borders Haul of 2011 that have been sitting and collecting dust. We'll see how it goes.