Monthly Archives: November 2012

Favourite Five Friday


1. Patricia Briggs’s cat sure does love the manuscript of Frost Burned!

Photo: This is what Patty's kitten thinks of Frost Burned, which I am trying to edit.  Obviously, she doesn't care that these manuscripts pay for her kitten chow! :D



2. The Bloodlines Facebook page has created teaser trailers for The Indigo Spell.
Photo: Late night shooting and early starts, means next day napping between takes.
Aww…
Photo



3.   Celebrities have been growing a moustache for movember and I highly respect their dedication for the cause, but what do you think about the look? Tache or no tache? Go here for more







                    

4. Ilona Andrews treats us with a snippet from Magic Rises which is Kate Daniels #6, supposed to be out around August 2013. Go here!


5. Julia Quinn posted this photo on Facebook!
Photo: I could not possibly think of a better definition.

Desperately Desiring

Making a living can be rough if you’re already dead. After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife – with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost. Thankfully, some things have changed for the better; her job at the rechristened Davis Funeral Home is keeping her busy and her fragile romance with Patrick McCallister is blossoming – thanks in part to their combined efforts in forming a support group for Returne addicts. But when some of the group members suddenly disappear, Bryn wonders if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…

Goodreads reviews here


Rachel Caine writes three fabulous series already- The Weather Wardens, The Undone and her YA Morganville. I first read her Weather Wardens and from then on I was a major fan. Rachel Caine is actually the only person who I’ve had my books signed by at the moment. The Undone series I’ve only recently come across, they’re in the same world as The Weather Wardens, just different characters. The Morganville, now on book number 13 out of 15 in the series, about a girl who discovers a town of vampires. One of my Desperately Desiring was on the Bitter Blood which recently just came out in that series.

Anyway, Two Weeks’ Notice is the 2nd in her Revivalist series. The first is about a woman who works in a Mortuary and dies, and finds herself relying on a drug called Returne, to keep her alive. It’s slightly zombie-ish, in that, if she doesn’t get the drug she will decay and suffer slowly. Really enjoyed the first and this hopefully will pick up the pace and maybe get some romance in there as well.


For those of you who haven’t before read Working Stiff-the first in the series:

It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it – dead or alive. Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment – until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele. Now Bryn faces being terminated…literally. Bryn is given the chance to take down the bigger problem, pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast before she becomes a zombie slave. A real working stiff.

Goodreads review here


Favourite Five Friday

1. Tuesday, the Arcane Vault announced a sale, nothing over $10 to get rid of the old, so they can bring in new merchandise. For those of you unfamiliar with the Arcane Vault, it’s a site that sells Vampire Academy merchandise. Their site got bombarded with sales, so much that their site crashed! They’ve recovered it, and I urge you to buy something at such cheap deals! The shirts had gone by the time I found out about it, but I bought this:

Before it was $36 and now it’s $10!

2. Also on a related topic, Richelle Mead is doing a Goodreads chat on Monday, it isn’t technically live, but you can post a question now and she’s going to answer them on Monday. Find out more here

3. Hair accessories are being used by a lot of celebs, I think they’re so pretty and elegant! Find out more here

  
(Above, Florence Welch, Jennifer Lawrence and Keira Knightley.)

Image 1 of ASOS Hanging Crystal and Chain Hairband Image 1 of ASOS Flapper Hair Band Image 1 of ASOS Diamante Tiara Stretch HeadbandImage 1 of River Island Crystal Head Band
These flapper headbands are from ASOS and are £15.00 each, except the last right one which is £10.00.

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5. Get your everafter freebie from Kim Harrison! She’ll mail them to you if you can’t get to her signings, go here for more information.

Have a great weekend everybody! 

Desperately Desiring…

Fury’s Kiss
Blurb:

Karen Chance continues her terrific urban fantasy series featuring the kick-ass daughter of a vampire in this sequel to Midnight’s Daughter and Death’s Mistress.
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir – half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing . . .
Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.
It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.
To find out what was done to her – and who is behind it – Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead . . .

This book was released on the 11th October… and I’m just getting round to reading it! I’ve already bought it, but I’m desperately desiring to read it- if that counts. Karen Chance is on my recommended books simply because she creates amazing worlds and characters. Along with sexy Louis-Cesare, this series is a must-read. If you love a hardcore heroine set in an action-packed world with fairy’s and vampires, you will highly enjoy this.

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Published by Gollancz on September 3rd 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Bought
three-half-stars

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Published: 3 September 2009
  • ISBN-10: 0575085304
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18-year-old Katsa is the niece of King Randa, living in one of the seven kingdoms in this dystopian/fantasy world. Some people are born with a ‘Grace’, meaning they have a certain skill, but are often feared or exploited for their talents. Born with a killing Grace,  Katsa accidentally killed a man at a very young age. She began to train her lethal ability, at first using sacks filled with grain, perfecting her knife, archery, combat, and sword skills. Her ability to fight and kill was well known, and one day the King; started exploiting her skills to kill or maim anyone who displeased him in the other kingdoms.
For years Katsa is repulsed by the orders she obeys, and later decides to create a Council to secretly defy the King, where she helps people in the kingdoms who have been wronged. On one of her missions, she meets Po, who has a Grace of fighting, and they seem matched in their abilities. They start to train together and their next mission is to find out who kidnapped his grandfather.
Katsa was an interesting person at times and also a little frustrating, because she has only ever had one friend before and doesn’t know how to proceed in any relationship. As Po and Katsa become friends, their relationship was quite relaxed, and it was clear to me, they were going to be more than friends. Katsa grows, as she learns how to mostly trust another person, other than herself. Most of the people in the Kingdom are disgusted by her, and in doing so, making Katsa believe she is a savage monster herself. We see her vulnerable in a relationship and it’s a new experience as she always keeps people at arms length.
Katsa refuses to marry because of her inability to trust, and her desire to be independent her whole life. She can’t bear to wear a dress or have her hair done up, heading straight to the archery building for her comfort zone when she gets upset. It seems like she’s compensating for physical strength, because she feels vulnerable. I understood why Katsa feels she can only trust herself and a handful of other people, and I thought Po and her fit very well as a couple, him being the Yin to her Yang. However, I have two opinions on their relationship. I really liked their relationship when they were friends. I truly believed the build up towards their relationship, but from then on, I was slightly disappointed. I really wanted their love as an opportunity for them to act more as a couple. Having said that, I understand that it’s not Katsa’s type of personality.
The plot had such potential, and there was lots of build up, but the fight scenes were quick and didn’t give me enough time to enjoy them. Katsa was praised a killing phenomenon, yet there were not enough fights to satisfy me. Throughout the book,  I didn’t get enough intrigue and it didn’t leave me guessing. I liked the premise of the story and what Kristin Cashore has built, but the story never hit me hard enough.
The twists and turns in this plot were very interesting, but not un-put-down-able. I really liked the different characters and their development,  enjoying the contrast between Katsa’s badass personality and her vulnerable side. The world Kristin has build is interesting, and I’m excited to see where she takes me in the next book.
I give this a 3.5 Stars

three-half-stars

Favourite Five Friday

1. Goodreads vote for the best Paranormal Fantasy 2012. I’m not sure who I’m going to vote for but these are my favourites:
Kelley Armstrong- Thirteen
Kim Harrison- A perfect blood
Patricia Briggs- Fair game
Richelle Mead- Shadow Heir
Ilona Andrews- Gunmetal magic
Biting Cold- Chloe Neil

Aahh, too much to choose from!
I haven’t yet read Fury’s kiss by Karen Chance, or Karen Marie Moning’s Iced ( a crime I know!) But I loved their previous books and I’m sure those are just as good.
Vote for your favourites here

2. The cover of Biting Bad by Chloe Neil is revealed, and I have to admit, it looks pretty badass. It’s the 8th novel coming out August 6th 2013. The seventh-House Rules- is coming out February 5th 2013.




3. Breaking Dawn hits cinemas today, and I have to sit through it purely for the fact that it’s the last one. Everyone seems to love Kristen Stewarts sexy look at the London Premiere, with her Zuhair Murad  jumpsuit and her Christian Louboutin shoes. I like the shoes and makeup, but maybe not so much the jumpsuit. What do you think?



4. Richelle Mead’s 4th Bloodline book is called The Fiery Heart, apparently all will be explained in The Indigo Spell. It’s from Adrian and Sydney’s point of view, and I’m a little excited to see Adrian’s witty thoughts first hand. Maybe we’ll finally get some cute love from them both, which we’ve all been waiting for. The Indigo Spell releases 12th February and there’s more information on Richelle Meads blog



5. MUA released Nail Constellation, that stick to your nail polish in the five colours below. Review to come soon.
 

Or, Nail Inc Bling It On Midnight, with cute sparkly glitter.

Desperately Desiring…

… Wolfishly Yours.                              

Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves, #6)

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140226349X

Accustomed to running wild with her Lycan brothers in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to London where Lady Hadley offers to sponsor and assist her. Before she knows it, Vivi finds herself in the middle of a pack of English wolves who are all vying for her attention. But Lady Hadley’s handsome son Grayson is determined to keep her out of trouble. If only he knew how…

I’ve never read this series before, but I hear you can read this as a standalone. I’ve also never ventured into the world of paranormal/ historical romance before and I’m excited to read it. You can pre-order here, or read some reviews here, but the book doesn’t come out until 1 February 2013.

Favourite Five Friday

1. Epic Reads created a map of every state in the US, with a book for each state. How many have you read? Find out here




2. Givenchy is about to release the Lively collection later this month by Liv Tyler. Three lipsticks inspired by Liv but, the one I’m really excited about is a black lipstick…that’s not a black lipstick. The idea is that it reacts to your lip’s colour and makes the lipstick unique for everyone. If you want more information go here




3. Ever wondered why Ilona Andrews hasn’t done a YA series? Unfortunately, Ilona doesn’t have any plans for Julie yet, however, she has shown a prologue and chapter 1 on her blog of another YA series that she’s working on. She does warn you though, to be careful what you wish for because, these scenes is quite dark.

4. There is to be a third Bridget Jones novel! Those of you familiar with these books, know how utterly hilarious and cringey they are. They’re about a single British woman, trying to give up smoking, drinking and going on a diet.
 They are also talking about a Bridget Jones musical and a third film, not based on the novel. In the films Mark Darcy is played by Colin Firth and Daniel Cleaver is played by Hugh Grant, what more do you want? Find out more here


5. Cosmopolitan have some awesome new trends I especially like these shoes:



Go here for more.






Desperately Desiring…

This week I desperately Desire…Bitter Blood
It’s been a while since I’ve read about  Shane and his flame-thrower, I hunger for Michael and Shane’s insulting comments. And where has crazy Myrnin been all this time?
 The Morganville Vampires is a series about a vampire town that Claire Danvers discovers and cannot leave. Bitter Blood #12 came out yesterday, but I have been subjected to wait for Christmas!
That’s another 48 days. Shane’s wit is going to have to wait. 
If you haven’t read this YA series before, go have a look on goodreads.

Blurb:
For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. 

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

Review of Cry Wolf Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #1)

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #1
Published by Orbit on July 29th 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
four-stars

The Alpha and Omega #1                              
Paperback: 307 pages
Release date: July 29 2008
ISBN: 978-1-84149-794-5
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer – and son – of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that Anna is not only his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf – a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack…


Anna Latham lived in Chicago as a waitress earning next to nothing and living poorly. An abusive werewolf turned her three years ago because she is a rare Omega, this means she can help calm the pack and doesn’t have to obey to orders of those in her pack. Her life before was simply to get by until her knight in shining armour killed her pack Alpha- Leo and her main abuser-Justin.
 I thought Anna’s behaviour would bother me, because she acts like a submissive wolf and normally Patricia Briggs has quite strong characters, yet I actually liked her personality and thought her submissiveness was realistic, and gave her character more depth. Also, the chance to grow throughout the series, proving we can have strong female characters that aren’t mouthy.
The hero is Native American Charles, who has never before had a mate, but what he calls his ‘Brother wolf’ instantly chose Anna the moment he saw her as his mate. Neither of them know what they’re doing, and because this is written in the third person, it’s quite interesting to see their thoughts and the complete miscommunication between them as they find their footing in the relationship. Both think their doing everything wrong. Charles is a very dominant wolf yet his father-Bran is alpha and Charles is effectively the pack killing machine, he kills those who need to be killed.
Anna has to move from Chicago which she finds tough, her surroundings are completely different as she enters a plush house. Gone has her little apartment with sparse furniture, and instead of city life, there is a small town with a huge forest and scenery. Anna copes well with this and though Charles and Anna don’t know each other that well, I liked to see their relationship develop as they slowly began to trust each other and fall in love.
We gain insight into a fellow pack member Asil, his mate died long ago and he keeps having terrible dreams and asking Bran to kill him. I liked his different insight and it quickly became clear why we were told his past and troubles.
The plot slows down towards the middle when they are on a mission, focusing more on their sweet romance, but soon picked up again towards the end. The last chapter seemed slightly rushed, because I think Patricia Briggs didn’t want to lengthen it out in the next book.
Patricia has a series written before this following Mercedes Thompson, and she also has issues with abusive behaviour in the series, they are set in the same world, yet you can read this book first even though there are some references to Mercy. She first wrote about Charles to make the Marrok’s pack seem more real to the reader, she found herself liking Charles’ character and when asked to write a short story, thought he would be a good idea. Overall, I enjoyed the book and the character building, and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
I give this 4 Stars

four-stars