Book Review: Black Wings by: Christina Henry



Rating:
5/5

Publisher:
Ace

Publish Date:
November 30, 2010

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Mass Market Paperback

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Synopsis:
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy’s position may come with magical abilities and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things are looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in, demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell…

Review: Maddy's not having the time of her life - she's stuck doing a favor for her best friend and ends up with a headache and more paperwork, not to mention an ass-chewing from their boss, J.B. Then Gabriel Angeloscuro comes calling and her life goes to hell - literally! Demons are coming out of thin air, trying to kill her for reasons totally unknown to her, but not to Gabriel and Beezle (her guardian gargoyle). Maddy's got to learn quick about her legacy and powers  in order to survive the next few days intact.

I can sum up this book in one word - WOW!!! If you're tired of reading about werewolves and vampires (and even if you're not!), pick up Black Wings and find yourself in a whole new and exciting world. This is one of the most original stories I've read in a while. I love Maddy and Beezle! Maddy's got to master her new and ever-changing powers before it's too late for her and the rest of the world. She also needs to come to grips with her true heritage and what that means about herself. Will she find the strength to make a difference? Get a copy of Black Wings and find out!

Madeline Black series: Black Wings (1), Black Night (2), Black Howl (3), Black Lament (4)


Book Review: Black Wings by: Christina Henry

Black Wings
Publisher: Ace
Publish Date: 30 November 2010
Origins: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Series: Madeline Black Series: Black Wings (1)



Synopsis
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package. 

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with. 

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos. 

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

Review
I am finding more and more urban fantasy stories that are falling more and more into a cookie cutter mold, this book definitely fell outside of it, and I liked it! First off, I appreciated the fact thats he wasn't half naked on the cover of the book. Further, I appreciated the fact that she has a healthy sense of self-preservation, well to a point. This book delved further into angelic mythology than I have ever found need to venture but it wasn't that difficult to understand. I had a tiny bit of a problem understanding the fallen change of command at first but I got it eventually.

I enjoyed the dynamic between Maddy and her men, since she has no female friends, but I especially loved the forbidden chemistry between Maddy and Gabriel. I want to see them together, one because he is a hunk, and two because Nathanial is an ass. I think the plot moved relatively quick with a slight lull in the second quarter of the book, but it picked back up and has sufficient twists to keep me reading. I finished this book in one sitting and will definitely look out for more by this author.


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Book Review: Matched by: Ally Condie

Matched
Rating: 

Publisher: Dutton Books

Publish Date: 30 November 2010

Origins: ALA

Format: Paperback

Blurb: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.


The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review in 5: Breathe taking, poetic, awe-inspiring, appreciative, and dystopia.

Review: I had to site and take a minute to let this book sink into my brain before I started writing this review. I started reading the book, a bit detached because I don't particularly care for dystopia novels but the cover was to beautiful to resist. But, after getting about a fourth of the way through the book I started falling into it. Head first!

Lets start with the characters. They are as carefully orchestrated as a symphony, they have to push and pull in certain areas and still be not totally predictable because of "the society", that takes definite skill as a writer. The characters are real and flawed just like every other human and they all fit so perfectly together...Ky and Cassia, Cassia and her family, Cassia and Xander (cool name btw), and Xander and Ky. They all have a certain relationship and they all fit perfectly together. I love that Cassia is so strong as well, she took everything "the society" dished and she decided what she needed to do, like the strong women she became by the end of the story.

Now to the writing...I am saying this and I truly mean it! Ms Condie's writing is so poetic and beautiful, reaching Maggie Steifvater's poetic beauty even, which is saying a lot because I adore Ms. Steifvater. I love Tennyson and there are a few of his poems throughout the book, and that warmed my heart as well. I just was in awe of how beautiful the writing is in this story. The books poetic nature also evolves, like how Cassia evolves through the story the beauty in the writing grows as Cassia does, it is beautiful.

The plot. I do have to say I was very disappointed with the cliff-hanging ending but *shrug* what can you do?  I again love how this story was about Cassia and her growing as a person as she figures out what she wants and I love how it is also about "the society" and it's restrictions and the ways the people get back at it in small ways. It is a gripping story, I promise you once you start reading it, and really get into it, there is no way you can put it down. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK! P.S. She made me cry, she is now number four on the list of authors who can make me tear-up behind J.K. Rowling, Maggie Stiefvater, and Lauren Oliver.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I got to spend this one with my loved ones but there are plenty of people out there who don't get to, plenty of men and women overseas who have to eat at a chow hall today. Send them love and prayers please, as I will.


I am thankful for every single family member, every single friend, and every single person who takes the time to read and appreciate the love I put in my blog. Thanks!

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Book Review: Feisengrad by: Aaron Richard Golub



Rating:
4/5

Publisher:
CreateSpace

Publish Date:
July 27, 2010

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Trade Paperback

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
In Feisengrad's world, known only as The Z, human babies emerge from large eggs in laboratories; food is limited to a substance called "vegetable," and constant war is waged against an unnamed enemy. Every action is strictly monitored and potential violations result in citizens being ruled "safe" or "out" by the ruling umpires. The rules of the game are only known to the cops and umpires and appear to be completely arbitrary. Like other residents of The Z, Feisengrad must find friends, a job and a girlfriend in order to remain "safe" - but in doing so, he soon finds himself drawn into a larger conflict that threatens not just his existence, but the internal harmony of The Z.

Review: Feisengrad's world is brutal, nasty and short. . He is born from an industrial egg to become a plow7 -- a functionary with no past forced to fulfill a role in a world of arbitrary rules dictated by Umpires enforced by Cops. The lost art of satire and parody are revived in Feisengrad – where the underlying question, “Who is really in charge?” is echoed through everything Feisengrad does. He fails to fit in. He questions, fights, loses his job, and brings the wrath of not only the ‘authorities’, but also the other plow7s. Filled with strong morals and insightful humor, Feisengrad is a strange and eerily accurate reflection of our world. You’ll find yourself hoping Feisengrad makes it through the week, against all odds.


Book Review: Me, Myself, and Why? by: Mary Janice Davidson



Rating:
5/5

Publisher:
St. Martin's Press

Publish Date:
September 28, 2010

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Hardcover

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Synopsis:
Cadence Jones isn’t your typical girl-next-door. She’s a Special Agent for the FBI’s team of operatives who are psychologically gifted—which is the polite way of saying she’s nuts. The tough-as-stilettos Cadence simply can’t keep her mind off whatever—or whoever—pops into her head. Which is enough to drive any man away. Except one…

He’s tall, dark…and high up on America’s “Most Wanted” list. The FBI wants Cadence to enlist her mad-hot sisters, Shiro and Adrienne, to trap the notorious Threefer Killer, who—surprise—arranges his victims in threes. But Cadence has a WANTED list of her own, featuring her best friend’s criminally handsome brother. Unfortunately, the closer she gets to her crush, the closer the killer gets to her…and her sisters.

Review: Cadence is an FBI Agent with BOFFO, a division that employs the mentally 'ill' - schizophrenics, kleptomaniacs, multiple personalities, etc. With her 'sisters', Cadence comes with unique skill sets and way of looking a crime scenes, which makes them invaluable. Cadence and her sisters recognize something familiar about the rash of "3Fer" killings, which is causing her to switch rapidly between personalities. Will Cadence, Shiro, and Adrienne figure out who the real killer is before it's too late (and Cadence cracks up for good)?

I love Ms. Davidson's books (especially her Queen Betsy series) and I was thrilled at the chance to read this first book in a new trilogy. Cadence is quirky, sweet, and funny - she's everyone's best friend; Shiro is cold, intellectual, and strong - she's the protector; and Adrienne, well, Adrienne's unadulterated id. Cadence and her sisters must work together (as much as they can) to figure out who is killing people and leaving sick messages. To add to it, Cadence's best friend's brother is in town and quite smitten with all three of the Jones sisters. This is a fast-paced roller coaster ride of a story, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end! I highly recommend Me, Myself, and Why?!!

Cadence Jones series: Outta the Bag (0), Me, Myself and Why? (1), Yours, Mine, and Ours (2)

Forever Holiday Giveaway



I am honored to offer this great giveaway from Forever. A couple of these books are some of my favorite romance! Please leave a comment to enter, include email. US/Canada only. No PO Boxes, must be 13 to enter, and only one winner per household. Ends 20 December 2010.

Hope everyone has a great holiday!

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Blog Tour: One Night in Scotland by: Karen Hawkins

One Night in Scotland (Hurst Amulet)
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publish Date: 23 November 2010
Origins: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Series: The Hurst Amulet Series: One Night in Scotland (1)



Synopsis
New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins begins a sparkling new series with this thrilling tale of a desperate beauty on an urgent quest, a dark earl scarred by his beastly past—and the ancient treasure that binds their fates.
 A mysterious abductor . . . Someone is holding her brother prisoner in exchange for a gold-and-onyx box covered in mysterious runes, so Mary Hurst boldly sets out from the family vicarage to find the priceless artifact. But the man who possesses it, Angus Hay, the Earl of Erroll, is less than sympathetic to her plight.

A forbidding stranger . . . Himself a prisoner of his dark past, Angus refuses to yield the box—or allow Mary to leave! Suspicious of the alluring lass’s mission, he vows to wrest a confession from her, but unearths a fiery temper and a will as strong as his own.

An unbreakable curse . . . Passion flares between them, but now there is more at stake: an unknown enemy is hunting down the precious box, and will stop at nothing. Risking all for love, Angus must solve the mystery behind the runes . . . and trust the only woman who can awaken his forgotten heart.

Review
Come on, tell me truly, what women can resist a sexy, dark, slightly roguish Scottish lord, expect perhaps if her were competing against a sexy, dark, slightly roguish Scottish lord who is also a werewolf...those are the standards...Karen Hawkins meets and exceeds. I love the wittiness of the characters, the strength of the heroine, the magnetism between them and the obstacles they both have to overcome to be together. I am well aware I described a romantic novel period but it is all about style and Karen Hawkins has it in spades.

I enjoyed the scene where he throws the chairs out the windows the most in the entire book. I just thought it was hilarious and showed the true breadth of Angus. I also think this scene shows the true nature of Mary as well, they are both so perfectly suited from the beginning...and when the kiss, sparks fly.

I enjoyed the plot a lot, it was something different and fresh in my opinion and I love when I find a new historical romance series I can start from the beginning and enjoy until the author completes it. I love her other work and I am intrigued and waiting in anticipation for the next book.


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Book Review: Arson by: Estevan Vega



Rating:
4/5

Publisher:
Tate Publishing

Publish Date:
May 4, 2010

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Trade Paperback

Order From: 
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Synopsis:
Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can’t shut it off.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl – who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin – moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

Review: Arson Gable isn't your average teenager - he creates fire and can't always control himself. His grandmother blames him for the death of his parents and is alternately abusive and smothering. He has no friends, just people he has to tolerate to get through the day. Until he meets Emery - the girl with the mask to hide herself away from the world (and protect herself). Two loners come together to make something greater than themselves, if they can get beyond their own insecurities and pasts.

Arson's pyrokinesis isn't the main focus of the story, as you might think. It's just part of who he is. He works thankless hours at an ice cream shop to help out his grandmother and gets picked on by his boss and coworkers and taken advantage of by one of the popular girls. He's lonely and he's scared of himself. I like how he just goes to the lake and lays there, floating, when he wants to clear his head. Then he meets Emery - who brings out feelings in himself he never thought existed. He's very protective of her and intimidated by her at the same time. He feels accepted by her, for who he is - no secrets or lies between them. It's a haunting a moving story of two lonely and hurting souls who find more within each other. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending - it seemed quite abrupt and came out of nowhere. Other than that, Arson is a touching tale.

Arson Series: Arson (1), Ashes (2)

The Forever Queen Book Chat

Hello Everyone and welcome to the blog chat for The Forever Queen. We have a lot of deep and interesting questions to think about this evening and we will be joined by the one and only Helen Hollick. I am so excited and pleased to host this chat here on my blog tonight and to have her here to participate as well.

This is my first blog chat in this format so please bear with me. I am going to do this one exactly like Amy @ Passages to the Past held her last one. Basically I will list a question and you will all comment and discuss in the comments section of the blog post. After awhile or when the topic has been exhausted I will edit the post and add another question at which time you will need to refresh you page to see the new questions.

I hope you enjoy the chat and have a lot of fun. I am so pleased to have you all here.

Questions:

1. August 1003. Emma has spent a while at Wilton Nunnery, mentally and physically exhausted after being ill and witnessing the horrors at Oxford. She has found peace at Wilton, but is summoned because someone has come to fetch her back to Court. She is astonished to discover that Athelstan, Æthelred’s eldest son, is outside – even more astonished to be accused of collusion with the Reeve of Exeter who opened the gates to Viking raiders, the town subsequently being ravaged. What did you think about her reaction?

2. When Emma first arrived in England she was a shy, lonely and somewhat frightened young girl. When do you think she started standing up for herself? What was it that gave her the courage to do so?

3. Compare the men in this story. Æthelred is weak and incompetent. His son Athelstan apparently despises Emma; Edmund tries his best to do what is right and Cnut has a point to prove to himself and others. Emma loathes Æthelred, is afraid of Athelstan, admires Edmund and learns to love Cnut. Where her feelings for these four men correct? Which of them did you prefer – and why.

4. Emma’s antipathy towards her eldest son, Edward, yet her over-protective doting on Harthacnut were almost opposite feelings. Why did she so loathe one, but was almost obsessed with the other? Because of the circumstances of their births perhaps – or for her own position and security? Could you sympathise with her reaction to the two young men as they grew, or do you disapprove of her attitude?

5. What kind of woman do you think Emma would have been if she lived in modern times?

6. One of the big plot points that people react to is right at the beginning: Emma, at thirteen years old, being sent from her home to marry Æthelred. However, this was common practice and betrothals in some countries around the world still take place at such a young age. Discuss how this significant event in Emma’s life shaped who she eventually—and had to—become.

7. Another amazing scene is when Emma and her infant son are trapped and Emma has to climb a cliff to reach safety from the rising tide. This story actually happened, but with Helen Hollick’s own grandmother! Think of the women in your own families—how have they inspired you?

Holiday Giveaway Announcement!!!

Dearest Readers,

First I want to announce the winner of the Immortals Series Giveaway....Angela (Library Girl Reads).

And next I am going to announce my Epic Holiday Giveaway...deep breathe...here we go!

Teen Pack:
Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3)The JumbeeThe Iron King (Harlequin Teen)The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)The Twin's DaughterSmudge's MarkNevermoreThe Fall (CHERUB)Hero-TypeBlood Feud (Drake Chronicles)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and HorrorPlain KateThe Ghost of Crutchfield HallToby and the Secrets of the TreeToby AloneHalo
NeedOut for Blood (Drake Chronicles)


Some of these are ARCs, some are finished copies, the copy of Shiver is the UK edition, and Hero Type, The Iron Daughter, The Iron King, and Nevernore are signed! Plus I have a coveted Grim Rock to go with the Julie Kagawa books!

Adult Pack:
Seduce Me in Dreams: A Three Worlds NovelChild of Darkness (Lightworld/Darkworld)Demonfire: The DemonslayersPleasure: The ShadowdwellersRapture: The ShadowdwellersNocturnalEcstasy: The ShadowdwellersDrink of MeSexy Beast VIII  

All of the above are signed....continuing on:
39 and Still HoldingPretty PackagesIvory's AddictionDarkest HoursLove, Magic, ChristmasDeadly InfluenceThree Days in New York CityPick of the LitterWild Blue UnderAccidental Mates: Draco And RyuuMating SeasonSongs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed LoveThe Forever QueenStronger than Sin (Sin 2)Aching for AlwaysSecret Life of a Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 6)JeweledHaunted by Your TouchWeb of Lies (Elemental Assassin, Book 2)A Season of SeductionRaphaelDracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina HarkerRavished by a HighlanderShalador's Lady: A Black Jewels NovelTo Conquer Mr. DarcyThe Storm (Sons of Destiny)Blood Trinity: Book 1 in the Belador SeriesCase File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming (Harlequin Intrigue Series)Her Best Friend (Harlequin Superromance)A McKaslin HomecomingConfessions of a Jane Austen AddictMarrying For King's Millions (Silhouette Desire)The Postcard Killers [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]Lone Star Lovin': A Selection from Orchard Valley BridesBlack WingsMe, Myself and Why?Blood Trinity: Book 1 in the Belador SeriesCrave (Fallen Angels, Book 2)One Night in Scotland (Hurst Amulet)The Vixen DiariesThe Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want
Goodnight Tweetheart








Some of these are ARCs, finished copies, and audiobooks! (71 books total)

Here are the details! I will choose one winner from each pack! You MUST be following me via RSS feed or GFC, or something similar to enter, you must be in the US or Canada. You can enter in you are international but make sure to add that to your entry. There will be an international winner for both categories as well for a Book Depo order of two books of your choosing up to 30$ (sorry international, I am poor white girl this time of year).

If you tweet, facebook, social network this giveaway (+1 entry) if you do a blog post about this giveaway (+5 entry). Leave a link, it will not count without a link and an email to match with your entry!

To enter all you have to do is comment with your email, which pack you want to enter for (teen or adult, or both), and leave the name of your favorite book, or a book you think I should read. The contest ends on 31 December 2010!

I will be adding more books as I read them and add them to their respective piles! I will update the pictures as they get added!

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