Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cover Reveal: Entwined with You - Sylvia Day

I have been dying to get my hands on Entwined with You by Sylvia Day for MONTHS now - I nearly cried when Amazon emailed me to say that the release date had been pushed back from December 2012 to May this year! I absolutely loved Bared to You (read my first review here and my 2nd read review here) and Reflected in You (read my review here) so I'm looking forward to the final instalment of Gideon and Eva's story.

Anyway, Sylvia posted the US cover for Entwined with You on her Facebook page this afternoon so I thought I would share it with you here:

US cover of Entwined with You

What do you think? I love the fact that Gideon's name is on the luggage tags but I guess we're going to have to wait for the book to see how the tags fit in with the story. I really like the US cover and think it matches well with the covers for the first 2 books, I also like the fact that each book is a different colour but they are still obviously part of the same series.

US Covers of Bared to You and Reflected in You

Now lets have a look at the UK covers for the series. I'm not sure if this is the final UK cover for Entwined with You but it has been posted on Amazon UK & Goodreads so I'm going to include it here.

UK Cover of Entwined with You

Which do you prefer the UK or the US cover? It's hard to tell if the perfume bottle or the luggage tags have more meaning to the story until I've actually read the book but at the moment I think I'm leaning towards the US cover being my favourite of the two. The UK cover fits very well with the rest of the series though and so I'll be buying this one to match the paperbacks I already have on my shelves. I think I'm just getting a bit bored of the numerous grey and black covers that seem to be dominating the shelves ever since Fifty Shades of Grey came out.

UK Covers of Bared to You and Reflected in You

Before I go I'm just going to leave you with this synopsis of Entwined with You (it was taken from Goodreads so it may not be the final version):

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

Have you read any of the Crossfire series? Are you dying to read Entwined with You just like I am? Do you prefer the UK or US covers for the series?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Review: The Lost Girl - Sangu Mandanna

My name is Eva, I am an echo.
My time has come.

Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination - and echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her 'other', if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she's ever known - the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love - to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive . . .

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Review:
Eva is an echo and she was created by the Weavers to be a perfect copy of a girl called Amarra. Her sole reason for existence is to be able to replace Amarra if anything happens to her. Eva's entire life has been spent studying Amarra from afar, she must learn everything about her others life, Eva must eat what Amarra eats, read the same books, watch the same films, have the same interests and even learn about her friends and family. Every little detail of her life is planned for her and she is forbidden from doing anything that her other hasn't already done. Eva realised years ago that she couldn't be more different to Amarra, they may look identical but in every other way they are opposites. So when Amarra dies in a car accident and Eva is sent to India to replace her things are about to get complicated. Eva has studied her entire life for this role but sticking to it goes against every instinct she has. But if she can't convince the world that she is Amarra then she is putting not just herself but also her new family's lives at risk because in India echoes are not just reviled - they are completely illegal.

I have been wanting to read The Lost Girl ever since I first heard about it back in 2011 so it has been a very long wait to get my hands on Sangu Mandanna's debut novel! Thankfully it was worth the wait though and I loved every minute of this emotional and heart breaking story. The book raises so many questions about what it means to be human, about the importance of having our own identity and about how it feels to be moulded into something that you're not. It also touches on grief and the things that desperate people will go through to bring back lost loved ones. At the same time I think it highlights how important it is to let go of those who are gone, it shows that it is OK to miss someone but that you shouldn't let it stop you from moving forward with your own life. I love a story that can make me think and that is exactly what I got with The Lost Girl, add to that the wonderful writing, the fantastic characters and such a unique premise and you have a book that I highly recommend.

Eva has never had an easy life, from birth she has been raised as a replacement for Amarra, she isn't supposed to be her own person and is meant to be identical to her other in every way. She has been lucky that the guardians who have raised her and overseen her education, Mina Ma, Sean, Erik and Ophelia, have been fairly lenient with her. They even let her choose herself a name which is something that should have been reported to the Weavers and could have cost Eva her life. As much as she hasn't been raised by a traditional family Eva has always been loved by those who surround her and they have probably nurtured her hopes and dreams more than they should have because of that. I couldn't do anything but love Eva, she is such a strong person, for someone who goes through so much hardship she never gives up hope, she wants more from her life and she is prepared to fight for her future. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of her story, watching her growing up and coming to care for Sean and I fell in love with him right alongside her. Sean is the kind of boy we all dream of having in our lives, he knows everything about Eva, even her darkest secrets, and he loves her anyway. He doesn't think that being an echo makes her any less of a person and he doesn't expect her to be anything other than who and what she really is deep inside.

I loved the setting when Eva moves to Bangalore to become Amarra, the descriptions are fabulous and I want to visit India more than ever now. I loved seeing Eva's interactions with Amarra's family, particularly her siblings Nik and Sasha, the whole family know the truth about who Eva is and they all have different expectations of her. Amarra's mother believes that Amarra's soul has come back in Eva's body but the rest of the family are a little more sceptical and it was interesting to see how this coloured their interactions with her. It was incredibly hard for Eva to lie to everyone around her, none of Amarra's friends know that she died so Eva has to spend all her time pretending to be someone she isn't and that wears her down. I can't even imagine how exhausting it must be to constantly be acting out someone else's life! There were times when I almost hated Amarra for the way she had acted towards Eva but even though I didn't agree with her actions I could understand them. As hard as it was for Eva to have to live someone else's life and never have control over what would happen to her it was equally as hard for Amarra to know that someone else was learning every single thing about her and being trained to take her place if anything happened to her. I had slightly less sympathy for Amarra at first because we never her, we only ever got to see her through the eyes of others, but that changed as I learnt more about her.

I really don't want to say anything else about the plot because I don't want to give you any spoilers. I am going to mention that although this is being marketed as a dystopian story I don't think that is a label I would give to the book. Don't go into it expecting an apocalyptic or futuristic society - this book could easily be set today. The only difference is the existence of echoes but they aren't a huge part of the population and most people don't even believe they are out there. I'm not telling you this to put you off reading the book because I really did enjoy it but I was expecting something very different to what I got because of the dystopian label and I don't want anyone to feel disappointed. The Lost Girl is a fantastic story, one that pulled me in and gripped me from the first page and didn't let go until I reached the end. It's a wonderful debut and I can't wait to get my hands on whatever Sangu Mandanna writes next!

Source: Received from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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Sangu Mandanna's Literary Heroes and Heroines

To celebrate the UK release of her debut novel The Lost Girl I'm thrilled to welcome British author Sangu Mandanna to the blog today to talk about her literary heroes and heroines! Before I hand over to Sangu I want to give you a bit more information about The Lost Girl, I'll be posting my review later today but this is a fantastic debut that is sure to appeal to dystopian fans.

My name is Eva, I am an echo.
My time has come.

Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination - and echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her 'other', if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this. Now she must abandon everything she's ever known - the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love - to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive . . .

Visit Sangu Mandanna's website for more information.

Now please join me in giving a very warm welcome to Sangu!

Sangu Mandanna
(Picture linked from the author's website)

Literary Heroes and Heroines

If you’re anything at all like me, by which I mean you’re writer and/or raging bookaholic, authors feature predominantly on your list of heroes and heroines you look up, wish you were more like or just plain adore. I have so, so many of these heroes, some from when I was little and some from as recently as last month. It’s been difficult trying to trim them down to a manageable number for this post, but I’ve done my best.

1. Mary Shelley
Not only do I owe Mary Shelley a huge debt for The Lost Girl, she is also astonishing. To us, in the relatively privileged twenty-first century, Frankenstein is a great piece of gothic horror and science fiction. But when you put the novel into the context of Shelley’s time and place, what she created is astounding. I would give a great deal to possess that kind of imagination.

2. JK Rowling
Another piece of imagination envy here. How does she do it? She creates the most absurd, strange and fantastic things. She’s invented a whole world that, quite frankly, I’d quite happily abandon this one for. But Jo Rowling is on this list for more than that. She’s here because she wrote her first novel in snatches, while looking after a baby and struggling financially, and she kept writing it and fighting for it, and I deeply, deeply admire that. (Not least because I find that writing with a baby in your life is so incredibly difficult!)

3. Arthur Conan Doyle
Because he created Sherlock Holmes. That’s all. And what better reason is there? When you invent one of the most memorable, iconic and long-lived characters of all time… well, you can’t ask for much more than that.

4. Daphne du Maurier
She has been on my list the longest, has clung to it like burr through many, many other fantastic authors and phases. I was ten when I read my first du Maurier and I never looked back. She does things with words that makes my writing look like the clumsy attempts of a toddler. It’s mind-boggling and beautiful and I only wish I could write like that.

5. John Green
Because somehow, no matter what he’s writing about, you remember his characters and you love them, long after the actual story and the details of the plot have been forgotten. He creates people that feel so utterly real it seems impossible to believe, when you’ve finished one of his books, that those people don’t actually exist.

6. Audrey Niffenegger
For The Time Traveler’s Wife. It is, still, my most favourite book in the whole wide world.

7. Melina Marchetta
Books like On the Jellicoe Road don’t come along very often. At least not for me. Melina Marchetta worked some kind of impossible magic and wrote a book that made me want to live inside it, that broke my heart and made me laugh in highly humiliating fits, that stitched layer upon layer of story and character so that when you step back it’s impossible to really describe what the book is about – you just have to live it for yourself. I want to write that kind of book someday.

8. T.S. Eliot
I’m not a person who reads poetry because I particularly enjoy it. But I am so in awe of a person who can tell a story through poetry, because I think that’s incredibly difficult (not least because interpreting it is incredibly personal to a reader) and, if the poet achieves it, the result is incredibly moving. Case in point for me: ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’. So Eliot is my favourite poet. (I’m sure the fact that a collection of his poems became CATS plays a not insignificant part in that choice, but hey.)

Who makes your list of literary heroes and heroines? And which of them has clung doggedly to that list the longest?

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Thanks so much for a fabulous guest post Sangu, you've really got me thinking about my literary heroes and heroines! To be honest I have so many that it is really, really difficult to narrow it down to just a few. If I think back to childhood favourites I'd have to say Roald Dahl, Dick King Smith, Enid Blyton, Rudyard Kipling, Terry Jones & Lloyd Alexander were all authors I absolutely adored. Looking at more recent authors I'd have to agree with you on JK Rowling and I'd add in Maria V Snyder, Tabitha Suzuma, Jana Oliver, Lara Adrian & Zoe Marriott. I could extend this list forever though so I think I'm going to leave it at that for now, I'm sure I'll end up coming back and editing this post though LOL.

Don't forget to let us know who your literary heroes and heroines are - I'm always looking for books to add to my to read pile so I'm looking forward to seeing your suggestions!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Review: Grave Intentions - Lori Sjoberg

He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This sceptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humour reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah...and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.

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Review:
David has spent the last 60 years working as a reaper, collecting souls and helping them find their way to heaven as a way to atone for the sins he committed before he died. The only souls who need the help of a reaper are the ones who didn't die of natural causes so he has seen the worst kinds of accidents and murders throughout the years. Every reaper has a different way of coping with the things they see and David's has been to close off all of his emotions. He doesn't let anyone close, not even his fellow reapers, and has become quite cold and distant. Everything starts to change when he meets his neighbour Sarah, something about her calls to him and makes him start to feel for the first time in years. But when opening his heart to love lets in all the negative emotions as well David isn't sure if he can cope with a relationship with Sarah. It's only the possibility of losing her that makes him realise how much he truly cares.

I don't seem to come across many stories about reapers but I've enjoyed all the ones I have read so I couldn't resist requesting a review copy of Grave Intentions from Netgalley. While it was an enjoyable story I did have a few problems with the mythology of the reapers. I really liked the idea that they were being given the chance to atone for their sins instead of being sent straight to hell, if they completed their penance they would be granted entrance to heaven but if they ever broke the rules or decided to quit their task then they would end up in hell. I'm all for the idea of redemption and felt that this was a really interesting idea that I hadn't come across in other books I've read about reapers. Where it fell down a bit for me was the sins that they committed to become a reaper and how long their punishment lasted, it seemed like the punishments were harsh and circumstances around their actions weren't taken into account. Perhaps that is the way it would work but it felt to me like we would end up with a huge number of reapers roaming about. I also felt it was strange that they were expected to live as normal humans, David rented a flat, he went out for drinks and meals but he had no paying day job and I'm not sure where he got his money from. Those are fairly minor issues but they did pull me out of the story on occasion and if this ends up becoming a series (which I hope it does because I'd like to see more of the other reapers that we were introduced to) then I'd like to see answers to some of those questions.

When it comes to the characters I found myself really liking David, he was doing his best to cope in difficult circumstances and I can't imagine how hard it must be to constantly be bombarded with the worst that humanity has to offer. It was no wonder he had become so jaded and sick of his task, especially considering he'd already been at it for 60 years! I liked the way he looked out for the other reapers though, especially his newest protege Adam. Adam definitely provided some much needed light relief and I'd love to read a book about him in the future. I wasn't so sure about Sarah, particularly in the beginning. I know I shouldn't be prejudiced but as soon as I found out she was a scientist that carries out testing on animals I almost put the book down, that is just something that makes me feel really uncomfortable but I know it won't bother everyone in the same way. I'm glad that I didn't immediately give up though because the animal testing was only really mentioned in passing once and was never discussed again or seen in any detail. Once I got past my issue with her job I found that Sarah was a nice woman, she was kind and caring but as much as she was likeable she never really stood out as particularly special.

Overall, I thought that Grave Intentions was an interesting story, it had a sweet romance but overall it was fairly predictable. It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours but it isn't the kind of book that I can see myself reading a second time. I will however be happy to pick up future books by Lori Sjoberg, considering this was her debut novel I will be interested to see how she expands on her world building and mythology in the future.

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Review: How Beauty Met the Beast - Jax Garren

The Beast

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope…and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?

Tales of the Underlight Series:
How Beauty Met the Beast
How Beauty Saved the Beast (Feb 2013)
How Beauty Loved the Beast (May 2013)

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Review:
From the minute I heard about How Beauty Met the Beast I knew I wanted to read it, I love fairytale retellings and a steampunk style Beauty and the Beast retelling with a heroine who works as a burlesque dancer had me intrigued! Unfortunately the story didn't live up to my expectations and I found myself feeling disappointed.

I'll start with the positives and the main one of those is without a doubt Hauk. Our beast in this story is an ex soldier who suffered from third degree burns on over 80% of his body when he was caught in an explosion while he was still in the army. The only member of his unit to survive the explosion he was later unfairly accused of causing their deaths and left the army in disgrace. Hauk is an honourable man though, one who fights for what he believes in and who has joined a covert group called Underlight who are working together to fight against the large corporate giants who are trying to rule the world. Hauk is confident when it comes to his job, he knows how to fight and he is good at protecting people but he has been left feeling very vulnerable about his looks. Since his accident he has found it hard to let anyone get close to him and he feels like no woman would ever look twice at him. I really loved Hauk, he was strong, sexy and alpha but he could also be surprisingly gentle and protective.

Jolie came from a wealthy family but rejected her inheritance to follow her dreams of becoming a dancer. I admired that about her until I discovered that her grandfather had left her enough money to be considered a very wealthy woman in her own rights. It's very easy to reject wealth when you have plenty of your own to fall back on and I just didn't get the feeling that she would have followed through if she didn't have that back up. That wouldn't have bothered me on it's own but her attitude just made her come across as very shallow at times and I found it really hard to like her. There were times when I was so angry at her for the way she treated Hauk, yes he had bad scaring but he had saved her life and I wanted her to ignore his looks and appreciate everything he had done for her. I'm sure that her feelings and attitude will change as the series continues (they even started to by the end of this book) but it just really irritated me in this instalment.

I was a little disappointed that the steampunk element to the story was so downplayed, as far as I could tell most of the story could easily have been set in our world, the only time the steampunk came into play was in the underground lair of Underlight. They refuse to use electricity (I'm still not sure why) and have some interesting steam powered devices but I wanted more details. I actually wanted more information about everything to do with Underlight, I still don't feel like I understand their full mission plan and exactly what their goals are. I was also left confused about the bad guy's, the Order of Ananke, I'm not sure what their goals are or why they seem to have magical abilities when nobody else does. Overall the world building just didn't feel finished and that let the story down. Again I think this will improve as the series continues but I think each part of a series should to be able to stand up on it's own and the world building is a pretty important hook to get people wanting to read the rest of the books.

I still haven't made up my mind about whether I want to continue reading the series or not. I would really like to see more of Hauk but there needs to be a serious improvement to the world or it's going to lose my interest pretty quickly.

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Blog Tour: Extract from Mourning Cloak by Rabia Gale


Today I'm taking part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of Mourning Cloak by Rabia Gale and I'm very happy to have a fabulous extract to share with you. Before I post the extract let's have a quick look at the book details:

Kato Vorsok is a man deserted by his god. A failed hero living in exile, he wants nothing to do with his old life.

Until the night he encounters a wounded mourning cloak—a demon that can walk through walls, dissolve into mist, and spear a man’s heart with a fingernail.

She calls him by name. She knows his past. She needs his help.

And she is his key to redemption.

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What do you think? Isn't this cover stunning? Now why don't you read through the extract below and let me know what you think of the story!


Mourning Cloak Excerpt
by Rabia Gale

The banish light is off, the alley clothed in shadows. The residue of magic—cinnamon and burning—lingers. I taste it on the tip of my tongue. Too herbal for kana rats, not flowery enough for wither women. Not the ozone taste of eerie men, nor the sickly-sweet rot of the smaller demons.

But there is a taint of something dark in there—the hint of rain on the wind, the foreboding of a storm. Earth smells, like that of eilendi magic, but with an electric zing.

At least three kinds of magic happened here. I can be sure that only one of those was from my wards.

If Toro or one of his do-gooders has been here, if this is one of their maggoty notions of helping me… My fists clench, I half-raise the bolt gun as if an eilendi were about to jump out at me, spouting prayers and pious exhortations to return to the fold.

I had needed eilendi help before. I had vowed never to ask for it again.

Static raises my hair.

I growl out a pass code, then jab the button on the wall to force more current into the banish light. It stirs, flickers, settles into a sullen glow that oozes into the street.

There. Darkness within darkness. A shape, huddled against the wall.

I put my hand on a sword-hilt molded for my grip. A hum of recognition and pleasure threads from it and into me, but I ignore it. It’s not time for those games.

I walk over to the shape, turn it over with my foot.

The mourning cloak’s face is pale amidst midnight hair and black wing-cloak. Her hands are reddened, crooked into claws, one of her wings ripped to shreds. Pale amber blood seeps from the slash at her throat.

Good. She’s dead then.

Let the scavengers deal with her body. I shift my feet, ready to go back to my interrupted sleep.

Her eyes open. The black has receded, showing hints of white.

In fact, her eyes are not black at all, but a deep brown. A warm, human brown.

She keeps her burnt hands cradled against her abdomen. She cannot move, not like this, but her eyes say, Help me.

My hand tightens on the hilt, and the sword sings into eager, bloodthirsty life. Use me, wield me…together…red tides of blood… Warmth blazes down its length, draws a line against my thigh.

I should not have kept it.

But like I said, I am a fool. I’ll keep the sword, if only to show that it is no longer master of me.

“Call your own kind to take care of you, mourning cloak,” I say. My voice is rough with sleep and anger. Can she understand me, this demon in humanoid form? I could kill her now, but it would be a crueler end to leave her to the predators of the night.

Let the cloak suffer, as Sera had suffered.

Her lips move, shape themselves into impossible words. I stiffen, then stoop closer to her face. Her breath smells sickly-sweet, a mix of honey and blood.

“Kato Vorsok,” she says. “Kato Vorsok.” She repeats it like a litany, as if my almost-forgotten name, my deep dark secret, were no more than a nursery rhyme. “Kato Vorsok.”

Kill her, whispers the sword—or the part of me the sword brings to the fore. Be rid of the evidence. I glance around, as though passersby lurked in the alley to hear that Kettan the drink-mixer was once Kato Vorsok, Taurin’s Chosen.

No more. It is past. It is behind me. I am no longer a hero.

The mourning cloak suddenly arches her back, hisses in pain. Her eyes are almost normal, almost intelligent, almost aware. “Kato Vorsok,” she insists. The blurry buzz in her voice is gone, and she’s looking right at me.

She’s nearly human. She knows my name.

I growl, low and tortured in my throat, drop my hand from the hilt, cutting off the sword’s bloody croon from my head. I bend, swing the mourning cloak into my arms. She is light, as if made from cloth and skin, and her thin gold blood is sticky on my hands.

“Kato Vorsok?” A question. Hope in her eyes.

One cannot run from the past. It always finds you. Catches you up. Trips you in places you least expect it to.

“Yes,” I say, and carry her into my house.

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So what do you think? Had you heard of Mourning Cloak before? Will you be adding it to your wish list? If you've read anything else by Rabia Gale I'd love to know which of her stories you'd recommend.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Review: On Dublin Street - Samantha Young

UK Cover
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

On Dublin Street Series:
On Dublin Street
Until Fountain Bridge (Novella)
Down London Road
Castle Hill (Novella)
Before Jamaica Lane
Fall from India Place
Echoes of Scotland Street
Valentine (Novella)

Visit Samantha Young's website or the On Dublin Street website for more information

Review:
Ever since losing her entire family when she was just 14 years old Joss has remained closed off from others emotionally, unwilling to let anyone in for fear of the pain she will feel if anything happens to them. Even her closest friend Rhian is kept at a distance and she left everything familiar behind to move from the US to Scotland as soon as she was old enough to come into her inheritance. Joss has always felt happy to be alone but things start to change when she moves into an apartment on Dublin Street and starts to get to know her new roommate Ellie. It isn't just Ellie that starts to find a way into Joss's affections though but also her very sexy older brother Braden. Braden knows he wants Joss and understands that it isn't going to be easy to break through her defences but he is prepared to work at it. The attraction between them is undeniable and he offers her a no strings arrangement so they can get it out of their system. Before Joss even realises what is happening Braden starts to work his way into her heart but can she get past her fears enough to see that they have a future together?

On Dublin Street is a wonderful story and I enjoyed every minute of it. The characters are realistic, they have flaws but are still likeable and it was easy to understand their emotions and actions even when I didn't necessarily agree with them. My heart broke for Joss because she had been through so much at such a young age, she had never really managed to grieve for her family and suffered emotionally because of that. It wasn't easy for her but I was pleased she was adult enough to realise she had a problem and actually seek the help she needed. Even if she didn't always want to immediately take her councillor's advice she would take it on board and think things through for herself. As much as I was irritated with her for the way she pushed both Braden and Ellie away at times I couldn't stay mad at her because we got to see exactly how she was feeling. In a lot of ways Joss is a hard person to get to know but she is a loyal friend to those she cares about, she was also sassy, independent and knew what she wanted from life.

Braden was a wonderful hero, definitely an alpha male who knows what he wants and sets out to get it but he was caring and sweet and obviously had genuine feelings for Joss. He knows there could be something special between them and is happy to put in the effort required to make things work. One of the things I enjoyed most was the banter between him and Joss, the way they teased each other had me laughing out loud and the fun side to their relationship shone through in the scorching hot chemistry between them. The sex between them was explosive and left me in need of a cold shower on several occasions but I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did if they hadn't had such a great emotional connection.

Although the focus of the story is on the romance between Joss and Braden other characters like Ellie and the rest of her family and Braden's best friend Adam all had important roles to play. I enjoyed getting to know all of them and am looking forward to spending more time with the group in future books. On Dublin Street was an emotionally engaging story, a book that made me laugh out loud one minute and brought tears to my eyes the next, it tugged on my heartstrings but left me smiling at the end. This was my first book by Samantha Young but I can tell you right now that the sequel Down London Road has jumped right to the top of my wish list and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. If you're looking for a fabulous romance then you can't go wrong with this one.

An On Dublin Street Christmas:

Anyone who read and enjoyed On Dublin Street needs to make sure they read the free short story An On Dublin Street Christmas. It's like an extra epilogue to the story and gives readers the chance to share a Christmas with Joss and Braden. I love it when authors revisit their characters and give you a glimpse of their happy ever after and this was a very enjoyable short! You can find it online at the Smexy Books blog here so don't miss out.

Source: Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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News: Penguin Chats Reminder & Your Chance to Meet Lauren Oliver!


I wanted to give you a reminder that the first ever Penguin Chat will take place later on today. If you want the chance to chat with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and ask them any questions you have about the Beautiful Creatures books and upcoming movie then make sure you're on Twitter at 8pm GMT tonight! You can find all the details on the Penguin blog but here are some accounts you might want to make sure you're following on Twitter so you're ready to join the party: @PenguinUKBooks @kamigarcia @mstohl. You'll need to follow the #PenguinChats tag to make sure you don't miss anything.

Beautiful Creatures

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Lauren Oliver is heading to the UK!

Now I know there are a lot of Lauren Oliver fans out there! I love her dystopian series: Delirium (read my review here), Pandemonium (read my review here) and can't wait to read the final instalment Requiem when it is published in March. I have some very exciting news to share with you, to celebrate the release of Requiem Lauren is heading to the UK which means that my fellow British fans are going to get a chance to meet her!! How exciting is that? I was lucky enough to meet Lauren a couple of years ago when she came over to launch Delirium and she was absolutely lovely. I'd love to meet her again and get my copies of Pandemonium and Requiem signed!

So, if you want to meet Lauren she will be at the Waterstones branch in Piccadilly, London on Tuesday the 19th of March at 6:30pm. The tickets cost just £3 each and you can find all of the details about the event and how to buy them on the Hodder website here. I'm guessing there will be limited tickets so you might want to reserve your place as soon as possible to make sure you don't miss out!

Requiem

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Review: Legacy - C.J. Daughtery

Allie Sheridan’s first term at Cimmeria Academy was nothing if not eventful; one student was brutally murdered, she discovered her long lost brother was still alive, she got caught up in a love triangle with the school’s hottest two boys and almost died when the school caught fire. Then there was the whole issue of why her parents had sent her to the secretive boarding school in the first place, something she’s still trying to work out.

Returning to Cimmeria, Allie has little time to reflect on the past term, as she is about to be inducted into Night School, the secret late night student group that could hold the answers to all her questions. Swathed in secrecy, the first rule of Night School is not to talk about Night School. This term Allie will discover the true meaning of Night School and in the process she will learn self-defence, strategy, how to escape from someone who is trying to kill her and ultimately will find out who she is and why she has been sent to Cimmeria.

When Allie discovers that someone inside Night School is sharing information that could risk all their lives, she realises no-one can be trusted. Not her on off boyfriend; the dark and brooding Carter, not her secret school crush; the suave French boy Sylvain, not even the teachers. When the pupil responsible for last term’s murder is seen on school grounds, Allie knows that no one is safe. But before she can figure out what to do, she might just get caught first. Legacy will reveal what Allie Sheridan is truly made of and who she really is.

Legacy deals sensitively with issues of trust, friendship, difficult parent relationships and fitting into new situations.

Night School Series:
Night School
Legacy

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Review:
I really enjoyed Night School so I was excited to get my hands on a copy of the sequel Legacy and couldn't wait to see what would happen next in the story. After the revelations made at the end of the first book I was really interested to see how things would play out for Allie now she had learnt some of her family secrets. She certainly had an unusual introduction to life at Cimmeria Academy over the summer and the start of the new year looked set to be just as explosive. I can't fault the opening to Legacy, action packed and fast paced I was on the edge of my seat desperate to see how Allie would get out of the situation she had found herself in. Unfortunately once she arrived at the Academy I felt that the plot really slowed down and I ended up disappointed.

One of the things I loved most about Night School was how action packed it was but Legacy felt much more character driven. That isn't necessarily a bad thing but I like some kind of plot to go along with the character development. In this case very little actually seemed to happen, everyone continued to keep Allie in the dark, she got practically no more information about her family or what was actually going on and why Nathaniel was so determined to plot against the school. By the end of the book I don't feel I have answers to any of my questions and I was left feeling frustrated. I was also shocked at the behaviour of some of the characters, it seemed like Carter and Sylvain had completely switched personalities from the first book. I loved Carter before but in this instalment he was a complete idiot and the way he treated Allie made me so angry I wanted to punch something. On the other hand Sylvain, whose actions in the first book are still completely unforgivable, has turned into a really nice guy. I was shocked to find myself liking Sylvain and I did actually start to believe that he was sorry for the things he did before but in my mind that doesn't make them any more excusable and I still have a hard time letting that go.

Unfortunately Legacy definitely suffered with second book syndrome for me, I hate to give negative reviews but I was so bored that I almost stopped reading. The book is nearly 400 pages long and practically nothing happens, the only thing that kept me going to the end was my love for the first book. The main element of the book is relationship angst between Allie, Carter and Sylvain which is something I just wasn't interested in reading about. If it hadn't had such a major focus it wouldn't have bothered me but I found it all too much. After the action packed beginning you really have to wait until the last 20 pages for anything to happen and then I felt things were rushed over too quickly and we missed out on a lot of potential excitement.

I don't want to put people off reading the story because I definitely seem to be in the minority with this one - a lot of other bloggers have been giving it very high ratings. I have to be honest with my reviews though and tell you how I really feel about the books I read or there is no point in me even writing reviews in the first place. I'm sure I will pick up the next book in the series, I have so many unanswered questions about everything and I do really like Allie and want to know what happens to her. I just hope that I enjoy the next book as much as I enjoyed Night School.

Source: Received from Atom in exchange for an honest review

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: Every Breath She Takes - Norah Wilson

Veterinarian Lauren Townsend has good reason for hiding her psychic ability. Not only did her “freakishness” earn her pariah status in the small town where she grew up, it cost her her faith in love. When Lauren foresees a murder — through the killer’s eyes — he traces the victim to a sprawling ranch, never guessing what waits for her…

Cal Taggart’s rugged ranch life doesn’t need any more complications. But then beautiful Lauren enters his corral…with danger close behind. They can’t deny their intense attraction, but what begins as a fling with no strings becomes a fight for survival — and for true love.

Previously published as Lauren’s Eyes.

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Review:
Lauren has spent years trying to hide her psychic abilities so she isn't considered a freak by her friends and family. She has visions of murders but in the past she has never been able to see enough detail to save the life of one of the victims. This time she has been able to pin down a location and she is determined to prevent the murder from taking place. Taking an extended holiday from her veterinary practise she travels to the Foothills Guest Ranch in search of the victim. It is there that she meets ranch owner Cal. She is attracted to Cal but when she realises who the victim in her visions is she knows he has a motive and worries he might be the killer. Cal has been hurt in the past and is determined never to put his heart on the line again. That doesn't mean he is against the idea of having a little fun with his mysterious new long term guest though. As the pair grow closer Lauren comes nearer to figuring out the killer's identity but will Cal believe her when she shares her visions with him and can she stop the killer before she ends up becoming a victim herself?

Before I start this review I think it is worth pointing out that Every Breath She Takes was previously published with the title Lauren's Eyes - I just want to stop anyone making the mistake of purchasing this book twice thinking they're getting a new story when in fact they've already read it. This was actually my first book by Norah Wilson but I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work in the future. I don't read a great deal of romantic suspense but as I'm on a real contemporary romance kick at the moment I couldn't resist this one - especially when I found out that Cal is a cowboy and ex-rodeo star! Who doesn't love a sexy cowboy?

I have to say I really enjoyed getting to know Lauren, she was a strong heroine who saw horrific visions that were bad enough to give her nightmares but that never stopped her from putting herself in danger while she tried to protect the victim. Although she had figured out who was going to be killed not knowing when the murder would occur made it very difficult for her and she had to remain constantly on her guard while trying not to raise suspicion about what she was doing. It's not like she could tell the world about her visions and expect them to believe her when she had no proof that a crime would be committed. It was also hard for her to try and figure out who the killer was when she only ever saw the visions from his point of view but she was very logical in the way she went about her investigation and I liked the fact that she trusted her instincts. Once she had ruled Cal out as a suspect she never once questioned herself or doubted him which meant the way their relationship developed was very believable.

Cal was a great guy and someone who was prepared to go above and beyond to help those around him. He even offered his protection to the ex-wife who broke his heart by cheating on him. Although Cal was the kind of guy who looked out for others he didn't really believe that he had anyone who was willing to stand up for him. He had a support network but he just didn't see it and it took Lauren pointing out how much his friends cared before he really believed it. Cal's past left him wary and suspicious of others, especially women, but I liked the way he opened up towards Lauren fairly quickly. They both started their affair expecting it to be something short term but in spite of the secrets Lauren was keeping it didn't take long for them to grow to care for each other. Cal is a great alpha hero and I really enjoyed the glimpses of his life as a rodeo star.

My main problem with the story was that it was fairly easy to figure out who the murderer was, there wasn't a very big suspect pool so apart from one main red herring (that I had discounted fairly quickly) it didn't take a genius to guess the bad guy. In spite of that I still really enjoyed the story though and the climax at the end of the book was worth waiting for. There were a few frustrating misunderstandings between Cal and Lauren right at the end but thankfully they worked things out eventually. Every Breath She Takes was a solid story and one that has left me looking forward to more from Norah Wilson, it's a book I'm happy to recommend to fans of romantic suspense.

Source: Received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review

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Books Read in 2012

~0-9~
15 Days Without A Head - Dave Cousins

~A~
A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters book 2) - Kelly Keaton
A Demon Does it Better (Demons book 2) - Linda Wisdom
A Field Guide to Vampires: Annotated by Lucy Hamilton (Drake Chronicles book 4.5) - Alyxandra Harvey (Novella)
A Galactic Holiday - Anthology
A Killer First Date (Drake Chronicles book 3.5) - Alyxandra Harvey (Novella)
A Little Wanting Song - Cath Crowley
A Night of Southern Comfort - Robin Covington
A Shot in the Dark (Long Shots book 2) - Christine d'Abo (Novella)
A Touch of Power (Healer book 1) - Maria V. Snyder
A Touch of Winter (Winter book 1.5) - Evie Hunter (Short Story)
A Wild Night's Bride (Devil DeVere book 1) - Victoria Vane (Novella)
A Witch in Winter (Winter book 1) - Ruth Warburton
About Last Night - Ruthie Knox
Absolution (Penton Legacy book 2) - Susannah Sandlin
Alchemy (Mercian book 2) - K.J. Wignall
Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles book 1) - Gena Showalter
Alien Diplomacy (Katherine "Kitty" Katt book 5) - Gini Koch
Alien vs. Alien (Katherine "Kitty" Katt book 6) - Gini Koch
All I Want for Christmas is a Duke - Anthology
Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega book 0.5) - Patricia Briggs (Novella) (2nd Read Review)
Angel's Ink (Asylum Tales book 1) - Jocelynn Drake
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna book 1) - Kendare Blake
Archer's Lady (Bloodhounds book 3) - Moira Rogers (Novella)
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry book 1) - Sarwat Chadda
At Last (Lucky Harbor book 5) - Jill Shalvis
Awaken the Curse (Imnada Brotherhood book 0.5) - Alexa Egan (Novella)

~B~
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Anthology
Back to You - Priscilla Glenn
Bane (Coven book 2) - Trish Milburn
Banshee Charmer (Files of the OEA book 1) - Tiffany Allee
Bared to You (Crossfire book 1) - Sylvia Day
Bared to You (Crossfire book 1) - Sylvia Day (2nd Read Review)
Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful book 1) - Jamie McGuire
Because of You (Coming Home book 1) - Jessica Scott
Before I Wake (Soul Screamers book 6) - Rachel Vincent
Betrayal (Haunting Emma book 2) - Lee Nichols
Blackwood - Gwenda Bond
Blade Song (Colbana Files book 1) - J.C. Daniels
Blaze of Winter (Star Harbor book 2) - Elisabeth Barrett
Bleeding Hearts (Drake Chronicles book 4) - Alyxandra Harvey
Blood Law (Blood Moon Rising book 1) - Karin Tabke
Blood Moon (Drake Chronicles book 5) - Alyxandra Harvey
Blood Red Road (Dustlands book 1) - Moira Young
Bloodfever (Fever book 2) - Karen Marie Moning
Bound Temptations - Shiloh Walker
Broken Promises (Seasons of Invention book 2) - J.K.Coi (Novella)
Burn Mark - Laura Powell

~C~
Calling the Shots (Long Shots book 4) - Christine d'Abo
Callum (Noughts & Crosses book 1.6) - Malorie Blackman (Short Story)
Chain Reaction (Fuentes Brothers book 3) - Simone Elkeles
Changeling (Order of Darkness book 1) - Philippa Gregory
Chasing Fire - Nora Roberts
Chopsticks - Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
Chosen Ones (Lost Souls book 1) - Tiffany Truitt
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles book 1) - Marissa Meyer
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments book 3) - Cassandra Clare
Clarity (Clarity book 1) - Kim Harrington
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Corsets and Crossbows (Drake Chronicles book 0.1) - Alyxandra Harvey (Novella)
Cosmo's Fifty-One Shades of Blonde - Jessica Knoll (Novella)
Courting Trouble (Bustlepunk Chronicles book 2) - Jenny Schwartz (Novella)
Covet (Vampire Erotic Theatre book 1) - Felicity Heaton (Novella)
Crave (The Clann book 1) - Melissa Darnell
Crave (Vampire Erotic Theatre book 2) - Felicity Heaton (Novella)
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega book 1) - Patricia Briggs

~D~
Danger Next Door (Red Stone Security book 2) - Katie Reus (Novella)
Dark Parties - Sara Grant
Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed book 10) - Lara Adrian
Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved book 2) - Cate Tiernan
Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels book 1) - Keri Arthur
Daylight Saving - Edward Hogan
Dead Radiance (Valkyrie book 1) - T.G. Ayer
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse book 1) - Charlaine Harris
Deceiving the Witch Next Door - Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Deep Autumn Heat (Star Harbor book 1) - Elisabeth Barrett
Demon's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood book 1) - Alexa Egan
Devoured (Devoured book 1) - Emily Snow
Divergent (Divergent book 1) - Veronica Roth (2nd Read Review)
Double Shot (Long Shots book 1) - Chrisitne d'Abo (Novella)
Dragonswan (Dark-Hunters book 0.2 & Were-Hunters book 0.5) - Sherrilyn Kenyon (Novella)
Dreamfever (Fever book 4) - Karen Marie Moning

~E~
Earth Girl - Janet Edwards
Easy - Tammara Webber
Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica book 4) - Larissa Ione
Edge of Oblivion (Night Prowler book 2) - J.T. Geissinger
Elemental (Elemental book 0.5) - Brigid Kemmerer (Short Story)
Eleven Minutes (Prequel to Fracture) - Megan Miranda (Short Story)
Ember (Darkest London book 0.5) - Kristen Callihan (Novella)
Endlessly (Paranormalcy book 3) - Kiersten White
Enslave (Vampire Erotic Theatre book 4) - Felicity Heaton (Novella)
Eternal Hunger (Mark of the Vampire book 1) - Laura Wright
Even Vampires Get the Blues (Dark Ones book 4) - Katie MacAlister
Everneath (Everneath book 1) - Brodi Ashton

~F~
Faefever (Fever book 3) - Karen Marie Moning
Fated (Alex Verus book 1) - Benedict Jacka
Fated (Soul-Seekers book 1) - Alyson Noel
Fateful - Claudia Gray
Fearless (Elemental book 1.5) - Brigid Kemmerer (Short Story)
Fever (Fever book 1) - Dee Shulman
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades book 2) - E.L. James
Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades book 3) - E.L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades book 1) - E.L. James
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames book 1) - Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer)
Finding Magic (Downside Ghosts book 0.5) - Stacia Kane (Novella)
Firelight (Darkest London book 1) - Kristen Callihan
Forbidden (Demon Trappers book 2) - Jana Oliver
Foretold (Demon Trappers book 4) - Jana Oliver
Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor book 6) - Jill Shalvis
Forgiven (Demon Trappers book 3) - Jana Oliver
Fracture - Megan Miranda
Full Disclosure (Hunk de Jour book 1) - Cari Quinn (Novella)
Fury of Fire (Dragonfury book 1) - Coreene Callahan
Fury of Ice (Dragonfury book 2) - Coreene Callahan

~G~
Glitches (Lunar Chronicles book 0.5) - Marissa Meyer (Short Story)
God Save the Queen (Immortal Empire book 1) - Kate Locke
Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley
Grave Dance (Alex Craft book 2) - Kalayna Price
Grave Memory (Alex Craft book 3) - Kalayna Price
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin book 1) - Robin LaFevers
Grave Witch (Alex Craft book 1) - Kalayna Price
Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles book 1) - Chloe Jacobs
Guardian (Creepy Hollow book 1) - Rachel Morgan (Short Story)

~H~
Hallowed (Unearthly book 2) - Cynthia Hand
Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor book 3) - Jill Shalvis
Heart of Danger (Ghost Ops book 1) - Lisa Marie Rice
Heart of Darkness (Bound by Magick book 1) - Lauren Dane
Hearts of Fire (Deadglass book 0.5) - Kira Brady (Novella)
Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc. book 1) - Julie Ann Walker
Her Demonic Angel (Her Angel book 5) - Felicity Heaton
Her Forbidden Hero (The Hero book 1) - Laura Kaye
Her Guardian Angel (Her Angel book 4) - Felicity Heaton
Hollow Earth - John & Carole E. Barrowman
Hollow Pike - James Dawson
Hunger Games (Hunger Games book 1) - Suzanne Collins
Hunter's Prey (Bloodhounds book 2) - Moira Rogers (Novella)
Hurricane (Last Call book 2) - Moira Rogers (Short Story)

~I~
I Can Has Cheezburger? - Professor Happycat (Photography Book)
If I Die (Soul Screamers book 5) - Rachel Vincent
Illegal (Hayling Island book 2) - Miriam Halahmy
Immortally Yours (Monster M*A*S*H book 1) - Angie Fox
Improper Relations - Juliana Ross (Novella)
Impulse (Southern Arcana book 5) - Moira Rogers
In Rides Trouble (Black Knights, Inc. book 2) - Julie Ann Walker
Infamous (Chronicles of Nick book 3) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Innocent Darkness (Aether Chronicles book 1) - Suzanne Lazear
Insignia (Insignia book 1) - S.J. Kincaid
Insurgent (Divergent book 2) - Veronica Roth
Invincible (Chronicles of Nick book 2) - Sherrilyn Kenyon

~J~
Just Gotta Say - Laura Kaye (Novella)

~K~
Kamikaze (Last Call book 1) - Moira Rogers (Short Story)
Katya's World (Russalka Chronicles book 1) - Jonathan L. Howard
Ketchup Clouds - Annabel Pitcher
Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark book 7) - Kresley Cole
Kiss of the Vampire (Warriors of the Rift book 1) - Cynthia Garner
Kissed by Darkness (Sunwalker book 1) - Shea MacLeod
Kissed by Fire (Sunwalker book 2) - Shea MacLeod
Kissing Under the Mistletoe (St. Helena Vineyard book 1) - Marina Adair

~L~
Labyrinth (Creepy Hollow book 2) - Rachel Morgan (Short Story)
Let Me In - Callie Croix (Novella)
Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 3) - Larissa Ione
Little Red Riding Crop (Original Sinners book 0.6) - Tiffany Reisz (Short Story)
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse book 2) - Charlaine Harris
Local Heroes: Portraits of American Volunteer Firefighters - Ian Spanier, Marek Fuchs, Florian Bachlda & Grace Martinez (Photography Book)
Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows book 2) - Jill Monroe
Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows book 1) - Gena Showalter
Lords of Passion - Anthology
Losing Lila (Lila book 2) - Sarah Alderson
Lost Girls (Drake Chonicles book 0.5) - Alyxandra Harvey (Novella)
Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 7) - J.R. Ward
Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 8) - J.R. Ward
Lucky in Love (Lucky Harbor book 4) - Jill Shalvis
Luminosity (Raven Chronicles book 1) - Stephanie Thomas

~M~
Magic Graves - Anthology (Novella)
Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom book 2) - Devon Monk
Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom book 1) - Devon Monk
Masquerade (Creepy Hollow book 4) - Rachel Morgan (Short Story)
Master of Sin (Courtesan Court book 4) - Maggie Robinson
Matched (Matched book 1) - Ally Condie
Melting Jane - Lissa Matthews (Novella)
Merrick's Destiny (Bloodhounds book 1.5) - Moira Rogers (Short Story)
Moon Sworn (Riley Jenson book 9) - Keri Arthur
Moonglow (Darkest London book 2) - Kirsten Callihan
Mortal Chaos (Mortal Chaos book 1) - Matt Dickinson
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers book 3) - Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers book 2) - Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers book 4) - Rachel Vincent
Mystic City (Mystic City book 1) - Theo Lawrence

~N~
Naughty & Nice - Anthology
Need (Finding Anna book 2) - Sherri Hayes
Never Mind the Botox: Rachel - Penny Avis & Joanna Berry (Poppy's Review)
Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers book 5.5) - Rachel Vincent (Novella)
Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunters book 1) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Night School (Night School book 1) - C.J. Daugherty
No Dress Required (Love Required book 1) - Cari Quinn (Novella)
No Flowers Required (Love Required book 2) - Cari Quinn
No One To Trust (Red Stone Security book 1) - Katie Reus (Novella)
No Peace for the Damned (The Damned book 1) - Megan Powell
North of Need (Hearts of Anemoi book 1) - Laura Kaye

~O~
Obsidian (Lux book 1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Oliver Twisted - JD Sharpe
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum book 1) - Janet Evanovich
One Fine Fireman (Bachelor Firemen book 0.5) - Jennifer Bernard
One Night with a Hero (The Hero book 2) - Laura Kaye
Otherkin (Otherkin book 1) - Nina Berry
Out for Blood (Drake Chronicles book 3) - Alyxandra Harvey

~P~
Pandemonium (Delirium book 2) - Lauren Oliver
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (Pirates book 1) - Gideon Defoe
Playing With Fire - Tamara Morgan (Novella)
Plugged - Eoin Colfer (Guest Review)
Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles book 1) - Kresley Cole
Pulled Long (Long Shots book 3) - Christine d'Abo (Novella)
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry

~Q~


~R~
Reaper (Soul Screamers book 3.5) - Rachel Vincent (Novella)
Red Hot Holiday - Anthology
Redemption (Penton Legacy book 1) - Susannah Sandlin
Reflected in You (Crossfire book 2) - Sylvia Day
Rev it Up (Black Knights, Inc. book 3) - Julie Ann Walker
ReVamped (Angel Creek book 1) - Ada Adams
River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans book 2) - Suzanne Johnson
Rock the Heart (Black Falcon book 1) - Michelle A. Valentine
Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans book 1) - Suzanne Johnson
Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers book 9) - Christine Feehan

~S~
Sanctus (Sancti book 1) - Simon Toyne (Poppy's Review)
Scent of Magic (Healer book 2) - Maria V. Snyder
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson book 2) - Darynda Jones
Secret of the Wolf (Warriors of the Rift book 2) - Cynthia Garner
Secret Santa Baby - Robin Covington (Novella)
Seduce (Vampire Erotic Theatre book 3) - Felicity Heaton (Novella)
Seduced by a Pirate (Happily Ever Afters book 4.5) - Eloisa James (Novella)
Seeking Crystal (Benedicts book 3) - Joss Stirling
Seizure (Virals book 2) - Kathy Reichs
Seraphina (Seraphina book 1) - Rachel Hartman
Seven Day Loan (Original Sinners book 0.5) - Tiffany Reisz (Novella)
Seven Years to Sin - Sylvia Day
Severed (Fated book 2) - Sarah Alderson
Shadow Bound (Shadows book 1) - Erin Kellison
Shadow Fall (Shadows book 2) - Erin Kellison
Shadow Heir (Dark Swan book 4) - Richelle Mead
Shadowfever (Fever book 5) - Karen Marie Moning
Shadows (Lux book 0.5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout (Novella)
Shadow's Edge (Night Prowler book 1) - J.T. Geissinger
Sharing Hailey - Samantha Ann King
Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor book 1) - Jill Shalvis
Sin Undone (Demonica book 5) - Larissa Ione
Slammed (Slammed book 1) - Colleen Hoover
Slave (Finding Anna book 1) - Sherri Hayes
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling book 1) - Nalini Singh
Small Town Christmas - Anthology
Smoulder - Brenna Yovanoff
Spark (Elemental book 2) - Brigid Kemmerer
Starcrossed (Starcrossed book 1) - Josephine Angelini
Storm (Elemental book 1) - Brigid Kemmerer
Stormdancer (Lotus Wars book 1) - Jay Kristoff
Submit to Desire (Original Sinners book 0.7) - Tiffany Reisz (Novella)
Succubus Lost (Files of the OEA book 2) - Tiffany Allee
Surrender (Haunting Emma book 3) - Lee Nichols
Sword of Light (Pendragon Legacy book 1) - Katherine Roberts

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Tempest (Tempest book 1) - Julie Cross
Tequila Sunrise (Last Call book 3) - Moira Rogers (Short Story)
The 13 Curses (13 Treasures book 1) - Michelle Harrison
The 13th Horseman - Barry Hutchison
The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation book 1) - Avery Williams
The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass 0.2) - Sarah J Maas (Novella)
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass 0.4) - Sarah J Maas (Novella)
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass 0.1) - Sarah J Maas (Novella)
The Assassin and the Underworld (Thone of Glass 0.3) - Sarah J Maas (Novella)
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx (Asylum Tales book 0.5) - Jocelynn Drake (Novella)
The Asylum Interviews: Trixie (Asylum Tales book 0.6) - Jocelynn Drake (Novella)
The Audition (Seraphina book 0.5) - Rachel Hartman (Short Story)
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 6.5) - J.R. Ward
The Dark Garden - Eden Bradley
The Darkest Day (Immortal Heat book 1) - Britt Bury
The Dead of the Night (Tomorrow book 2) - John Marsden
The Duke is Mine (Happily Ever After book 3) - Eloisa James
The Duke's Tattoo (Horsemen of the Apocalypse book 1) - Miranda Daivs
The Fireman Who Loved Me (Bachelor Firemen book 1) - Jennifer Bernard
The Gathering Dark (Grisha book 1) - Leigh Bardugo
The Gauntlet (Kit Marlowe story 1) - Karen Chance (Novella) (This review was posted on Goodreads and will not appear on my blog)
The Goddess Test (Goddess Test book 1) - Aimee Carter
The Hobbit (The Middle-Earth Universe 1) - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden book 1) - Julie Kagawa
The Last Echo (Body Finder book 3) - Kimberly Derting
The Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death book 1) - Bethany Griffin
The Obsidian Mirror (Chronoptika book 1) - Catherine Fisher
The Other Life (Other Life book 1) - Susanne Winnacker
The Pleasures of Winter (Winter book 1) - Eive Hunter
The Pledge (Pledge book 1) - Kimberly Derting
The Queen's Witch (Kit Marlowe story 2) - Karen Chance (Novella) (This review was posted on Goodreads and will not appear on my blog)
The Restorer (Graveyard Queen book 1) - Amanda Stevens
The Rising (Department 19 book 2) - Will Hill
The Siren (Original Sinners book 1) - Tiffany Reisz
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor book 2) - Jill Shalvis
The Theory of Attraction - Delphine Dryden
The Third Day, The Frost (Tomorrow book 3) - John Marsden
The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul book 2) - Leanna Renee Hieber
The Ugly Duchess (Happily Ever Afters book 4) - Eloisa James
The Vincent Boys (Vincent boys book 1) - Abbi Glines
The Weight of Water - Sarah Crossan
The Witch of Duva (Grisha book 0.5) - Leigh Bardugo (Short Story)
The Wood Queen (Iron Witch book 2) - Karen Mahoney
This Is Not Forgiveness - Celia Rees
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass book 1) - Sarah J Maas
Timeless Desire - Gwyn Cready
Tomorrow is Today (Tempest book 0.5) - Julie Cross (Short Story)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow book 1) - John Marsden
Torn - Cat Clarke
Touch (Denazen book 1) - Jus Accardo
Toxic (Denazen book 2) - Jus Accardo
Traitor (Creepy Hollow book 3) - Rachel Morgan (Short Story)
Try Me (Take a Chance book 1) - Diane Alberts (Novella)
Turf - John Lucas
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes - Anthology

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Unbroken (Outcast Season book 4) - Rachel Caine
Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor book 6.5) - Jill Shalvis (Novella)
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky book 1) - Veronica Rossi
Underwater Dogs - Seth Casteel (Photography Book)
Unfed (Undead book 2) - Kirsty McKay
Unrest - Michelle Harrison
Until I Die (Revenants book 2) - Amy Plum
Until There Was You (Coming Home book 2) - Jessica Scott
Untouched (Denazen book 1.5) - Jus Accardo (Novella)

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Vanish (Firelight book 2) - Sophie Jordan
Virgin Daiquiri (Last Call book 4) - Moira Rogers (Short Story)

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When you Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters book 1) - Isabella Bradford
White Witch (Coven book 1) - Trish Milburn
Wilder's Mate (Bloodhounds book 1) - Moira Rogers (Novella)
Winning the Wallflower (Happily Ever After book 2.5) - Eloisa James (Novella)
Witch Crag - Kate Cann
Witchblood (Witchblood book 1) - Emma Mills
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Wrong Bed, Right Guy (Come Undone book 1) - Katee Robert

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Yours at Midnight - Robin Bielman

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2012 Totals:
Novels read = 256
Novellas read = 53
Short Stories read = 19
Photography Books read = 3
Guest Reviews posted = 3

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