Friday, 30 November 2012

Cover Reveal! The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


Summary
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.


Links:

 

Leah Rae Miller
 Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.


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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Special Surprise in the mailbox

Look what I got in the mail today:


The bookmark got a little banged up by the buttons, but I love it all the same!

I can not wait for The Collector to come out in 2013!!!!

Summary:

He makes good girls...bad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.


Author Info:

Website/Blog: http://www.victoriascottya.com
Dante Walker Website: http://www.dantewalker.com
Facebook: Facebook
DanteWalker Facebook fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/DanteDubbs
Twitter: @VictoriaScottYA

Friday, 23 November 2012

Review: Coveted by Shawntelle Madison


Coveted
Series: Coveted #1
Author:  Shawntelle Madison
Publisher: Ballantine Books/Random House Publishing Group
Genre: Supernatural, Adult/Young Adult—Barely any sexual content
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Pages:  320
Format: ebook
Source: Received from publisher for review

Rating

Reason chosen:

I saw someone review it on their blog and I was interested in reviewing so it was fantastic when I received it from the Publisher

Summary taken from Goodreads:

SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.

Review:

You hear about people that have OCD, but this book smacked me in the face with reality. I’ve thought multiple times that I have a small form of OCD, and I might, but Natalya has a whole other level and it is crazy. Throw in the fact that she is werewolf and her pack sees her as weak and BAM I’m done like Christmas dinner. In the beginning I felt like her OCD took the front seat to her life, but as I kept reading I realized that that was the point. It was over taking her life, and it wasn’t until a couple of chapters in that you learn more about Nat and start to see her wanting to change. I wasn’t 100% sold on Nat at first because she is very submissive and does not stick up for herself, but that is something that comes as a side-effect to her condition, thankfully it does start to change when she realizes the things that are important in her life. And she tries to change for her own good. She goes on an extremely awkward date, invites an old friends into her home, and gets completely confused by her ex-boyfriend. That’s ok cause he confuses the heck out of me too. Many times while I read this novel I questioned whether or not Thorn actually liked her or if he was just conflicted because of his responsibility to the pack. Oh, Thorn…you’re pretty hot. I can tell. Oh, and then she starts to get funny feelings from Nick (another supernatural creature who is very persistent-me likey). I feel a love triangle come on. So, that being said the characters were awesome and interesting, but the writing was very awkward and hard to follow in this novel. That is the only thing that made me give it a four out of five. For one, I felt like things didn’t really get explained very well. Some things did, but unless I’ve missed something I felt like it as never really explained why Thorn left five years ago and never came back. I also found her relationship with Aggie to be confusing at first. She seemed cold to her at the same time she said she as thankful that Aggie was at her door, and I also felt like it was never really explained how her and Aggie lost touch (I’m assuming it was because Nat moved from New York). Then there is the transformation. I got very very confused about when people were in wolf form or not, and near the end of the novel it stated that only older powerful Werewolves could stop the transformation in the middle of the change, so sometimes when she was talking about her claw, pouncing, sniffing, and nipping at people’s heels then stated that the same person talked or was in human form I had to re-read a page or two to make sure I hadn’t missed something. Otherwise, if it wasn’t for the confusing non-explanations and writing style I really enjoy this novel.

Good:

Nat—She really grew on me and I’m proud of her. A fictional character…I know, I know.

Thorn—He’s interesting and I want to know more

Nick—I like Nick. He makes me smile and I think he might be good for Nat.

Aggie—She’s funny.

The Cover—I know, I know a weird thing to like, but to be honest that is exactly how I picture them! Sometimes you read a book and you realized that the cover characters were not exactly how you pictured them…well, I had no complaints this time. That is Nat, and that is Thorn to me.

Bad:

Thorn—I’m confused of his intentions. I don’t know if maybe that is what Shawntelle Madison wanted, but she got it.

The writing—A lot of things we not explained, or explained correctly (although I hear the reason behind Thorn leaving is in her Novella, I may have to check it out). And many times I was confused about what exactly was going on.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the book was enjoyable. It felt like a mixture of Sookie Stackhouse (the brother, and multiple different Sups after her), Alpha & Omega (a scared and damaged female wolf), and Mercy Thompson series (an independent and lone wolf). Its definitely a good story and one I plan on continuing with (in fact I’ve requested an ARC of Kept), but I hope the explanations and writing gets better in the second book because it sort of did drive me a little crazy.

Quotes:

Click here for some of my favourite quotes

Previously in the Series:

Collected (#0.5) Get Your Free Download here

Next in the Series:

Kept (#2) ETA: November 27th 2012

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a love of Werewolves, the supernatural, romance, and damaged but kick-butt heroines then this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs, Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy, Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory, Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, Shifter Series by Rachel Vincent, Insatiable series by Meg Cabot.

Read Completely:
Yes

Alternate Cover(s):

Author Website/Blog:

Twitter: @Shawntelle

Free Download of the novella Collected: http://www.shawntellemadison.com/collected/
Series Website: http://coveted-series.com where you can get wallpapers and other extras like these

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Quotes! Coveted by Shawntelle Madison


Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read:
: #1 Coveted by Shawntelle Madison
(Click title for review)

As always there may be some spoilers or may lead your merry minds to spoilers.

1. Bill had told me that during Quinton’s spare time he used herbs from his garden to stuff the recently deceased like Thanksgiving turkey and bring them back to life. I told myself that with all the crazy men out there I could’ve done a lot worse.

2. The man may have round-trip tickets to Creepyville, but he also has the balls of an African elephant.

3. “Friends don’t let friends pull Alpha rank on them”
“Too bad, request denied.”

4. With two werewolves reading to pounce on his, this wizard was still keeping his cool-he had balls the size of snow globes.

5. I never thought I’d have to actually carry a man home, but with a mighty heave, I picked Nick up and hauled him across the field. If he’d been a suitor, my mother would’ve been proud to know I’d finally snagged a man.


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Review: Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks


Never Seduce a Scot
Series: The Montgomerys & Armstrongs #1
Author:  Maya Banks
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Adult, Historical
Release Date: Sept 25th 2013
Pages:  372
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

Rating

Reason chosen: 

I like me some Scottish men.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her dutyunprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

Review:

Graeme, Graeme, Graeme. Dear Lord Graeme. I would love a man like him pleading for me to stay with him. This book was unique from all the others that I have read because of two facts: 1. Eveline is deaf and doesn’t want people to know it. Instead they all thinks she is daft/dumb. And, 2. Graeme isn’t you average Alpha Male. Actually he doesn’t come across as an Alpha male until the end. Graeme made me smile like no other. He wasn’t hard and bristly and needed a woman to change him. Oh, no. He was a bit of a softy to begin with. Which, I really really liked about him. And then when you finally start to get a little ticked and want him to man-up…he does. And then you end up smiling all over again. Now, I kind of expected the over-all plot, but it was still very interesting when it played out including the big climactic scene. The only thing is that it took some time for the action to really start. Overall, I was pretty pleased with this book and this will definitely be a series that I continue with.

Good:

Eveline—A different kind of character

Graeme—A different kind of Alpha male

Graeme’s brothers—loyal, which is hopeful for the next couple of books.

Bad:

The action was a little slow.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this is a series I plan on continuing. I liked Maya Banks’ other historical romance series The McCabe Trilogy and I am a giant sucker for Highlanders. I found that I loved the characters and that both seemed pretty different from the standard that many readers have come to expect. The plot was interested, although somewhat slow, and the big large fight scene that we expect with a warrior novel was very well done. Overall I was scooped up into the Scottish world or rivalling clans and a betrothed couple just trying to do what is best for themselves and their people.

Next in the Series:

Highlander Most Wanted (#2)->Click for review


Highlander Ever After (#3) ETA: September 24th 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a love of a Highland Romance this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Daughter of Glen series by Melissa Mayhue, Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot/Mia Thermopolis, Ugly Duckling series by Manda Collins, and The McCabe Triology by Maya Banks

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog:

Twitter: @maya_banks

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