Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Title: Mortal Ties
Series: World of the Lupi
Author: Eileen Wilks
FBI agent Lily Yu is living at Nokolai Clanhome with her fiancé, lupi Rule Turner, when an intruder penetrates their territory, stealing the prototype of a magical device the clan hopes will be worth a fortune--if a few bugs can be worked out . . .
But the prototype can be dangerously erratic, discharging a bizarre form of mind magic—and it looks like the thief wants it for that very side effect. Worse, whoever stole the device didn't learn about it by accident. There's a Nokolai traitor in their midst. Lily and Rule have to find the traitor, the thief, and the prototype. One job proves easy when the thief calls them--and his identity rocks Rule's world.
As they race to recover their missing property, they find Robert Friar's sticky footprints all over the place. Robert Friar―killer, madman, and acolyte of the Old One the Lupi are at war with―an Old One whose power is almost as vast as her ambition to rock the entire world . . .
Monday, February 27, 2012
It's Monday, what are you reading is a weekly even hosted by Shelia. For more information, click here.
Title: Moon Called
Series: Mercy Thompson
Author: Patricia Briggs
Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.
Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself ... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
Title: The Hunger Games
Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun...
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, the shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before--and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
We are both excited for this one. We have come to love the series and we're only two books in. We're splitting the book into two weeks.
The first week will be here on March 8th. We'll be discussing up to the end of Chapter 17.
The second week will be at Melissa's My World...in words and pages on March 15h. That will be to the end of the book.
Please feel free to join us. I can't wait to open up the book and get started.
Title: Embers and Echoes
Author: Karsten Knight
Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.
Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire
Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.
Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Author: Michelle Harrison
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn’t slept properly for months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Sometimes he half-wakes, paralysed, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. His doctors say sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliott they’re terrifying.
Convinced that his brush with death has attracted the spirit world, Elliott secures a job at a reputedly haunted museum, determined to discover the truth. There, he meets the enigmatic Ophelia. But, as she and Elliott grow closer, Elliott draws new attention from the dead. One night, during an out of body experience, Elliott returns to bed to find his body gone. Something is occupying it, something dead that wants to live again . . . and it wants Ophelia, too . . .
Series: Demon Trappers
Author: Jana Oliver
Stand by as Riley prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to THE DEMON TRAPPERS series. Riley’s always known that Beck had a chequered history, but she’s not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he’s finally admitted to himself that he’s in love with her too, there’s no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what’s to come...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
I look at the reviews as something we can use to improve on, just like when we get something from editors, agents, etc.
Negative Reviews are going to come and go. You'll get those from time to time. Move on with your life. Don't sit there and type away about some reviewer. Because here is the thing, if you write mean things about a reviewer. That makes you look bad. Other reviewers won't even try your book due to what you have done. I can already tell you, I won't be reading at least five authors who have done this. Respect for an author goes out the window when they diss someone, at least for me.
As a reviewer, although I haven't done much lately, I will come across books I couldn't stand or thought were okay. But guess what? Other reviewers liked those books. So I might not like the book but someone else does. You still have people who love your book. Enjoy that. Also, if I read a review where someone didn't like it. It doesn't necessarily get taken off my to read pile. I just take their thoughts into consideration but I won't let it stop me from reading the book. I've had books where my book reviewer friends didn't care for it but I loved it.
Just to note, if I ever come across a book I don't like and I review it. If you don't like what I have to say, sorry, but that's my opinion and that's final. Not changing my thoughts to make you happy. You can bad mouth me all you want.
Okay, just had to get that out of the way. It just annoys me that authors are doing this. I'm also surprised authors are not realizing their mistake. Haven't you noticed that once an author bad mouths a reviewer and it comes out that many readers will discover this, they stick up for the reviewer? Just something to think about before you hit that send button on facebook, twitter, or your blog.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Title: Devil's Luck
Author: Carolyn Crane
THERE’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND DOOM.
No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.
Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.
Simon’s defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him? And will Simon rush headlong into the delicious doom she offers?
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Title: The Peculiars
Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry
This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Hey all, just letting you know that Melissa and I finished Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells. As always feel free to join us in a great discussion.
Head on over to Melissa's blog.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Title: Night Seeker
Series: Indigo Court
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the dark Fae to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they could have imagined. Now, the Vampiric Fae are on the move, hunting anyone in their path. As the war with the vampires ratchets up, Myst, Queen of the Indigo Court, enshrouds New Forest in her chilling grasp.
Cicely Waters, owl shifter and Wind Witch, has rescued the Fae Prince Grieve at a great cost. Their reunion has lost them the allegiance of the Summer Queen — and the tolerance of the vampires. In desperation they turn to the Consortium for help. Now, to regain the good will of Lainule, they must dare to enter the heart of Myst's realm. But as Cicely and Grieve embark on their search for the heartstone of Summer, Winter is already wreaking her terrifying revenge.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Title: Touch of Dead
Author: Kelly Hashway
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendents of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.
Title: Nightmare Garden
Series: Iron Codex
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn't going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn't human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.
When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she's ravaged on the world that's about to poison her.
- So, at this point in the book, do you think the murderer was found? Do you think Tiny was the guilty party, or someone else? If someone else, who?
- Do you think Maisie's "bad memories" she is having when she is sleeping are really that, or bad prolific visions?
- How do you feel about the Despina coming into New York, where the Vampires who broke away from that are? How do you think that's going to go over?
- What about this crossroads Sabina found herself at when she tried to teleport? What do you think of it and the howling she hears there?
- I hate to say this but could Maisie somehow be involved with what's been going on? We just discovered about her feeding. Again, I hate to say it, but you always have to look at the possibilities.
- Learning that Tristan could disappear like Sabina did. Do you think it's possible, that maybe he is alive somewhere? Or was he really killed?
- We have gotten this far with Adam not knowing the truth about Sabina and Slade. Do you think he'll ever discover the truth?
- Is Cain where he is supposed to be or has he escaped?
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Thursday, February 2, 2012
Title: Shadow of the Witte Wieven
Author: Debbie Peterson
Despite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.
Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.
Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Title: Grave Memory
Series: Alex Craft
Author: Kalayna Price
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead.
While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself,
lately things have become a lot more personal. But the personal
takes a backseat to the professional when a string of suicides occur
in Nekros City. The shades have no memory of the days leading up
to their brutal endings, so despite the very apparent suicides, this is
murder. And searching for the answers might mean Alex won’t have
a life to remember at all…