Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[Review] Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz


Spellbound




by Cara Lynn Shultz
Publication Date: 
Expected Publication: June 21st 2011
Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin, Original edition


Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.



-Goodreads




My Thoughts?



It was a pretty good book. Yes, pretty story and good book.

Truthfully, I had no idea what I was reading. It started with a typical new girl, Emma, trying to survive her new school, the prominent Vincent Academy that teaches the rich and famous high schoolers of the city, and stuffs like that. Well for me though I personally hoped for something bigger. So I kind of took the title, Spellbound, literally. But it was a little hard to continue thinking about love fantasy for this book because everything just seemed normal. The guy was really hot and gorgeous and the girl fell for him because of the written description. Not that it made the book any less interesting. I am so cool with the typical bad boy and new girl story, even though it’s cliché. But I mean there are stuffs where you’d really want to see, or read rather, something extra ordinary… or that’s just probably me considering that that’s the genre I’ve kind of been reading for the past few days.

I wasn’t really disappointed. I hoped for something “not natural” and I kind of had it. Only it wasn’t that intense or wasn’t that striking. I seriously liked the idea of reincarnated lovers, ops that sounded like a spoiler but anyway, it’s really interesting for me. And well you’d think of something mystical about it too at the beginning so I’d say it wasn’t really that a waste. Maybe it’s just me hoping for something more. But I really like it though. Just not enough.

I mean really, Brendan sure looks, in my head, hot and he’s worth swooning for. It’s usually what we like in the book. The prince charming. But anyway I’d hope for a sequel for this. Because I feel like it sounded like that at the last part. I want to read more of it. And probably there’d be more action and magic. 


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Teaser Tuesday #4 by Era Penera



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




Waterfall (River of Time, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My Teaser:


I wanted to look away from him, but I couldn't. He was the most handsome guy I'd ever seen, with a model's physique and a face to match. Big, chocolate-brown eyes, square jaw, aristocratic nose, pronounced cheekbones... a serious hottie. I'd never encountered such Italian hotness outside of Roma.                   


[Review] Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep A Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella

Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Dell 


Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her...


-Goodreads




My thoughts?

How could I not love Sophie Kinsella? She's extremely creative, unique, and just brilliant! She's the one who made me love chick-lit novels, and I'm very grateful being able to read her books. She's sooo hilarious and I wanna meet her one day.

First of, this is a great deal of laughter! Just when they say first impressions last, the second I read the first page, I know I'm going to read it throughout. The premise is engaging, and is really one of a kind! I've also read the first few books of the Shopaholic series (and I'm not gonna miss the rest of the installment), and at first, I thought there are some resemblance between Rebecca (from Shopaholic) and Emma (from this book) and I had doubts that Emma will ever channel a totally different character. But nooo, they're unique in their own different way, and just as funny! I had high expectations that this will be something new and refreshing, and actually, I enjoyed it! As sympathetic as I can be for Emma because she lies all the freaking time, I just can't get enough of the humor her tactless babbling mouth speaks! It's just remarkable.

Surely, there are too many scenes that made me laugh out loud (literally, everyone around me stares) and I know I wouldn't forget ever! Like when they raided Jemima's wardrobe, and they were very careful they thought she made traps (and she really did), and when Emma pretends to like crochet, and just everything! I thought the love story is really good too! I love a bit of adult material in terms of romance, because love at first sight thingys or cheesy teenage lines and plotlines are bit freaking me out. Their love story is a perfect mix and Jack is pretty adorable, I must say! The progression about Emma is also something that I want to commend. Sophie Kinsella creates characters who starts with a lousy, peccable behaviors at first, but you'll be very pleased how they change and transit into a better one.

Another lighthearted read that I totally enjoyed, the humor is irresistible and utterly captivating!



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Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #8 by Era Penera



It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

What I Finished


To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgerton Series, #5) by Julia Quinn


It's In His Kiss (Bridgerton Series, #7) by Julia Quinn

What I'm Reading


Waterfall (River of Time, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Synopsis from Goodreads


Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life. 

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

To Read Next




Cascade (River of Time, #2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren


[Blog Tour] Warrior Reborn by K.H. LeMoyne

Welcome to We Fancy Books, today we Interviewed K.H. LeMoyne the author of Warrior Reborn for the blog stop.
1. Which of your characters do you feel is most like you?

None and all. Truthfully, my characters probably carry small bits of my insecurities and engender the strong traits of courage, persistence, and noble actions I wish were a part of my every day existence. I would love to have Tsu’s abilities with defense and martial arts, Briet’s skill in medicine, or Jason’s calm ability to handle and manipulate projects with high dollar risk and human impact. However I’m merely mortal, with only so many hours in the day. That’s what makes creating them, and living vicariously through them, so fun.

2. What advice would you give to writers who are interested in writing in this genre?

First, read in all genres because the most important thing about any story is the characters. An appreciation of good character building and good storytelling exists in all forms of fiction and non-fiction and the more you read the more you can define what is effective. Become a study of what works for you, what resonates, and what doesn’t. Second, exercise your imagination and don’t be afraid to take your plot and characters to the edge of reality. Don’t be afraid to push yourself.

3. If you could have a paranormal power, what power would you want and why?

I always thought the ability to conjure things out of thin air would be cool. But then I’d have to explain where all the money and things came from and that would get tricky pretty quickly. The ability to read minds is cool, but I don’t have a thick enough skin to deal with hearing hurtful things, or gross ones. Flight maybe? However I sort of have this thing about heights! I’m good with being who I am and just creating superpowers in others.

4. We love hearing book recommendations from authors. What have you read lately that you could recommend to us?

Glad to share. Here are the books I’ve enjoyed in the last few months:
Harry Connolly/ The Twenty Palaces series – a nice twist on urban fantasy
LJ DeLeon / The Warriors for Light series – romantic urban fantasy with strong female characters
C.E. Murphy / The Walker Papers – urban fantasy with a female shaman lead character and a touch of romance

On my to-read list:
In the house of five dragons – E.D. Lindquist – a twisted historical mix genre
Donna McDonald / Never too late series – fun romance
Susan & Clay Griffith, The Greyfriar (bk1)– vampires & steampunk
Jim Butcher, Ghost Story – Harry Dresden book 13 (I’m hooked on this series until the end!)

5. What inspired you in writing the series?

I’ve often wondered if the human race hasn’t had help at critical times in our development. Or perhaps I am just the eternal optimist and hope that we aren’t alone and super powers really do exist. Out of those musings the Guardians of Eden were born.

6. Are there any books recently released or coming out that you're particularly excited about?

I spend a lot of time with my characters, so I have a love for each of the stories I write. That said, I’m finishing a story now due for late August release - Shepherd, the second book in my cyber/futuristic series with a hero and heroine who both deserve some happiness in their lives. I’m also working on Destiny’s Mark, Tsu’s story, and book three in the Guardian series which should be ready for release by the end of 2011.

7. Who is your favorite character from the book?

The Guardians are all fun to write, but the challenge and most satisfaction has come from writing about how the human mates are introduced to whatever fantastical power they have to now assimilate. Favorites, hmm. I always enjoy the main characters, but I have to say that Ansgar, Grimm, and Tsu are wonderful characters to write. Their personalities and back-stories are fun to weave in and since I know where they are going to end up some day, I can torture them just a little along the way.

8. Can you give 5 facts about the characters/writing the book/etc.

Writing:
Writing styles evolve with time and practice.  
Reading other stories is essential to refreshing your writer mind.
Editing and correction of stupid typos and grammar, get harder over time because you can cause them just entering changes from your editor – be prepared to address this with fortitude and acceptance.
The more unexpected dimensions a character has, the more interesting they are.
There is no plot or character that can’t be fixed with an open mind and strong imagination.
You can buy Betrayals Shadow and Warrior Reborn here:

Authors Bio:

KH LeMoyne was born into a naval family, experiencing total emersion in Spanish kindergarten in Rota, Spain. Her childhood of migrating up and down the eastern US seaboard, with hops from California to Arizona to Virginia, inspired her love of stories and myth. After fifteen years as an Information Systems professional, she now writes full time in romance: fantasy, futuristic and paranormal and straight urban fantasy under another pseudonym. She lives in Maryland with her wonderful husband and a pair of corgis. Much to her dismay, she rarely encounters supernatural beings other than on paper.


KH Lemoyne’s current series books Betrayal’s Shadow, Warrior Reborn, XX and Return of the Legacyare available in eBook, with paperback editions coming late summer. She is currently finishing the second in the Phoenix series, Shepherd, (due for release in August). You can find out more about her books at http://www.khlemoyne.com/ and her blog: http://khlemoyne.wordpress.com/






Sunday, July 17, 2011

In My Mail Box #1


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.


Won:
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Borrowed:
Fallen by Lauren Kate

Gift:
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Special Thanks to 

Mickey Reed @ Im A Book Shark for the wonderful gift! <3
@thenorms for lending me Fallen :)

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

[Blog Tour] Delicate Freakn Flower by Eve Langlais + Contest



Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakin’ flower?

Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.

When fate—with a snicker—makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf—and her body—demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass—totally hot and muscled—lacrosse players.

Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns—and her passion?
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If you want a copy just leave your name and email address so I could contact you if you win.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

[Blog Tour] Bleeder by LK Rigel + Contest

[Bleeders are consecrated during the Rites of May. After that, they can contract with the Concord Cities. This scene is Mal’s ceremony.]

“The Triune Contract is sacred.”
Mal’s voice cracked as she began the traditional chant. She was again on the stage. The only light in the auditorium came from fat beeswax candles on five pedestals at the forward edge of the stage.
Despite years training for this moment, she was nervous as she approached her pedestal. It held a ceramic plate of incense, the beeswax candle, and a brass bowl. A wooden staff made of polished ash leaned against the pedestal.
She circled her hands over the candle to breathe in its delicate fragrance then lit the incense in the candle flame. The smoke from both candles and incense would carry their prayers to the gods. She and the others struck their brass bowls five times.
She unwound her obi and let it fall to the floor, then took the staff and stepped back from the pedestal. A sister standing behind her kicked the obi aside. Mal chanted:
“My curse is my blessing.
My service is my deliverance.”
Witnesses seated in the theater joined in on the next line:
“The Triune Contract is sacred.”
Mal glanced sideways at Nin then looked at the floor to keep from laughing. They were unable to see the witnesses, but Nin had noticed it too – the low rumble of male voices among them. It sounded good.
The next step, the sister behind her took the crown from her head and dropped it onto the sash on the floor. The sisters and the witnesses, chanted:
“Daughter of heaven, bearer of the world
You are the fig tree the gods did not curse
Conduit and chalice, how glad are your lovers
You open the gate forged by mankind’s error”
The third step, the sister took away her lovely pearl choker and draped it over the crown. Mal chanted:
“Where is my beloved? I wait in the meadow
I am waiting in the meadow, untouched by human error
Where is my beloved? He is beautiful in my eyes
He is like the rainfall, like the great bull of heaven”
The fourth step, the sister took the staff of ash and tossed it to the floor near the crown and pearls. Mal chanted:
“I lie among the roses, in a bed of lovely petals
I lie in heat for love, my furrow ready for love’s seed”
The fifth step, the sister took her gold bracelet. Mal knew she’d get it back later; but she’d worn it for so long that it felt wrong to let it go.
“I am the rose of heaven, and I am the rose of desire
I am the red rose, and the white rose
I am desire, I am satisfaction”
The sixth step, she kicked out of her slippers, which the sister took away.
“I will bear the fruit of the world
I am the tree of life uncursed
I am the furrow that will be sown
By my lover’s worthy plow”
The seventh step, she dropped her robe, her sole remaining garment, to expose her naked body and the circle of red roses on her arm. The witnesses burst into applause. The sisters spoke in unison.
“My sister, I have taken your ego so that you may serve unhindered.”
The five dropped to their knees.
“Thank you, my sister, for your service to me this day.”
They crawled across the stage to the princes who would help complete the ritual. Mal laid her hands on a prince’s bare feet while the witnesses chanted:
“The Triune Contract is sacred”
She rose to her knees and put her hands on his thighs. He was as naked as she was, and quite ready for her.
“Your curse is your blessing”
He knelt down and she placed her hands on his chest. This was no effeminate, sterile proof. It was a real man from the real world, well-fed and well-trained, with smooth skin over powerful muscles.
It was Edmund.
“Your service is your deliverance”
He put his hands on her breasts.
“The Triune Contract is sacred”
She put her hands on his shoulders, and they kissed. He embraced her and eased her to the floor. He kissed her ears, her throat, and her breasts. His warm mouth covered a nipple. As he sucked, electric delight surged through her body. She opened herself to him, and he took her hands in his and spread her arms wide as he entered her.
She should be praying for world fertility but, great Asherah, it was all she could do to keep her body temperature stable. A man in reality was better than a man in theory! She focused on the honey bee tattoo over his left clavicle. She found his rhythm and let her body go with it. Asherah, yes!
Nothing. Nothing in her training had prepared her for this. Her mind said keep control. Her body said let go. Let go. Don’t stop. Never stop. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and flowed with his movement. She wanted to moan, it felt so good – but Durga would hear of it, and Mal wouldn’t give her the satisfaction.
The thought of Durga helped her to maintain control.
Control over her voice, anyway. Edmund held her tighter and plunged deeper inside her. Heat and pleasure and delightful desperate urges coursed through her. The world disappeared, and the only thing that existed was the one being they made together. The edges of her soul were blending into his. She had to stop this. 

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LK Rigel Author Bio:


LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock 'N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story "Slurp" will appear in Anne Frasier's 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.




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