Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Virgin's Daughters by Jeane Westin

A new contest is in our midst! Fashionista Piranha is giving away two copies of The Virgin's Daughters by: Jeane Westin!


The story of Elizabeth I, as it's never been told before—through the eyes of two ladies-in-waiting closest to her...

In a court filled with repressed sexual longing, scandal, and intrigue, Lady Katherine Grey is Elizabeth's most faithful servant. When the young queen is smitten by the dashing Robert Dudley, Katherine must choose between duty and desire—as her secret passion for a handsome earl threatens to turn Elizabeth against her. Once the queen becomes a bitter and capricious monarch, another lady-in-waiting, Mistress Mary Rogers, offers the queen comfort. But even Mary cannot remain impervious to the court's sexual tension—and as Elizabeth gives her doomed heart to the mercurial Earl of Essex, Mary is drawn to the queen's rakish godson...


I will definitely be entering this contest, and you guys should, too!

Here's the link:
Contest Link

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Urban Shaman by: C E Murphy

Urban Shaman is about a woman, Joanne Walker (Joanne Walkingstick) who learns she is a shaman after being given the choice to live or die after being seriously injured. Saved by her spirit guide, a coyote, she has to use her shamanic powers to help save the world from the Wild Hunt, which is led by a Celtic god.

I had really, really high hopes for this book, not only because of the back but because of the really good reviews I've read about it. And while it was good, it wasn't that good. The whole concept of the god and the god's son and what happened confused me, she bounced back and forth between them. I don't think she planned this as well as she should've. There was a lot of things just...happening all the time. The structure just annoyed me.

I also thought it was odd she'd gone to the police academy, passed with these flying colors, but then turned out just working as a mechanic, basically, for the police force. And then she got a promotion, so she's now on the field. That confused me.

However, I loved the supporting character, Gary. He was well written. And Joanne, though she wasn't an amazingly well written character, entertained me enough, also.

I'll be reading at least the next book in the series to see how the writing is in par with this story.

My rating: 7/10

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Succubus Blues by: Richelle Mead

When I found out Richelle Mead had a series for adults after finding the Vampire Academy series, I knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did.

Here's the summary on the back of the book [it's amazing]:

Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men.

Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven't stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess getup complete with whip and wings. And she can't have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy's life. At least there's her day job at a local bookstore--free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can't.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle's demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help because Georgina's about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny...

This book is entertaining, well written, fast-paced, has great characters, and it's a promising start to the series. I loved it. I read it quickly, it's easy just to whip through the novel. It's one I'm going to have to buy [I rented it from the library].

I like that Georgiana struggles with her past and who she is. That conflict is real and relatable. Everyone regrets things and wishes they could change what they've done. I think that struggle is the core of the novel and a really important part of making the novel work, in the end.

A character I really liked was Carter, the angel. I love that Mead had an angel be friends with a demon, and hang out with other immortals. And I loved the conversation that takes place between him and Georgiana at the end of the novel. [Don't want to give anything away, now.]

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Richelle Mead and anyone who likes paranormal romance, highly entertaining, stories.

My rating: 9/10

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

World War Z by: Max Brooks


The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result.

Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”


I love, love, loved this book. It was well written, each individual story told was delivered in a great way. I loved how the book was set up, and just the premise of the novel was great. Like, if something like this were to happen, how would people react? What would happen.

And Brooks doesn't hold back. Some parts are graphic, and he doesn't leave any details out, which I thought was great. It's a scarily good book, one I'd recommend to everyone.

I think there's bits of every genre in this story, so everyone should be able to enjoy it. The only thing I'd change is the end. I would've liked to have heard the narrator's story, we never really got into that. That's how it should've ended, in my opinion.

It's still a great novel, however. (:

My rating: 9/10

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Catching Fire Giveaway

Head on over to Book Love Affair to get in on this awesome contest!!

Catching Fire (+ Swag) by Suzanne Collins Giveaway!


Having just passed the ultimate test of survival —- The Hunger Games -— sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark defied the Capitol and their harsh rules. But even as both won their families a life of safety, now the Capitol wants revenge. Despite her feelings for Gale Hawthorne, Katniss must showcase her love for Peeta on a cruel Victory Tour, and the stakes are higher than ever. Rumors of unrest are spreading quickly, and to Katniss and Peeta’s shock, they’ve become the face of a dangerous rebellion. But how will they be able to take on the Capitol and protect their families? In Catching Fire, the second installment of the "Hunger Games" series, only one thing is certain: sparks will fly!


3 lucky winners will receive:
* very limited edition promotional
* collectable mocking jay pin
* copy of Catching Fire

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