A Note:

6/2/13

I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles.

https://twitter.com/Book_Faery

And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3322973-tori-book-faery

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)

xoxo
Tori

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead


Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers.  Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals--all child's play to a succubus like her.

Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse--that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina's roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there's Simone, the new succubus in town, who's intent on corrupting Seth.

But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that's visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she'll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she'll discover who she can trust, who she can't--and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity.

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Georgina Kincaid
1.  Succubus Blues (review coming soon)
2.  Succubus on Top (review coming soon)
3.  Succubus Dreams (review coming soon)
4.  Succubus Heat (review coming soon)
5.  Succubus Shadows
My Rating:
A slow start, but once this book picks up pace, you can't put it down.  I read it in one sitting and still craved for more!

Story:
Georgina doesn't seem to get a break.  After dealing with numerous life threatening events--in not even a year--our favorite succubus has a new problem: planning a marriage.  But this isn't just any marriage, mind you.  This is a marriage that she secretly wishes would not transpire.

It doesn't end there, though.  She's now being stalked by a mysterious "siren's song."  This strange presence only seems to approach her when she's at her lowest, and provides a sense of escape from her depression with promises of warmth and support.  Yet, even with this aura attempting to lure her through some sort of dimensional gate, Georgina's wary.  For good reason.

My Opinion:
Initially, I thought that Richelle was losing her touch because the start to Succubus Shadows was too slow for my tastes. It seemed as if it was the same issues we saw Georgina struggling with in the last book--Seth proposing to another woman coupled with her inability to cope--were being overdone.  But once you get past the slow start, the new direction taken is redeemed in my eyes.

Powerful doesn't give this book justice.  Georgina's struggles (emotional and moral) are not only believable but also moving.  I even found myself empathizing with the the poor immortal suffering from depression.  If you had to deal with all the paranormal issues she dealt with, and witness the person you were madly in love with parading around with their new significant other, I'm pretty sure you'd be feeling pretty bummed out too.  I know I'd be ready to demand a vacation.

With that said, I may be the only one, but I'm not a huge fan of Seth anymore.  I don't want to see Georgina's life keep going "in circles"--which is something readers are shown through a series of dreams from Georgie's past.  I want to see her embrace her life, even if embracing said life means attempting a relationship with another immortal.  Maybe someone like... Roman!

The cliffhanger Mead ends Succubus Shadows with made me want to scream.  Not out of frustration, but simply because I want to know why.  I have my suspicions now about Seth, but I think I'm looking too into the text, when in actuality, the answer could be simpler.

If you've read the first four Georgina Kincaid books, then you will not want to miss out on Succubus Shadows.  You will not be disappointed--and if you're like me, you'll be dying for the next book.



Monday, March 29, 2010

The Darkest Passion "Pre-Review" + QUESTION FORM

How many of you are familiar with Gena Showalter's writing?
How about her Lords of the Underworld series?


Well first off, you're all going to want to read this post in its entirety, because I have some super special news at the end of it! 


I just finished reading a copy of The Darkest Passion thanks to NetGalley a few hours ago.  This book is not released until May, but I wanted to post a little something, because TDP is definitely Gena's best work by far.



For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel-demon-assassin-has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting-and falling for-Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion? Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Lords of the Underworld series, Gena's created a modern day paranormal romance series to die for.  Readers are introduced to a group of sexy men, each possessed by a particular demon--pain, death, promiscuity, violence, wrath, etc.  All of these men share one thing in common: they were originally created to be guardians of the Greek gods.  They took pride in their jobs and positions, which, in turn, played an essential role for their ultimate fall. 

To discover that fall, you're going to have to read the series and find out what happened.  I'm not telling! ;)


So, on to The Darkest Passion.  First off, this story is all about Aeron, the keeper of Wrath.  If you've read the past four books already, then you know that he's got a few issues with the living arrangements.  Wrath is a very demanding, vengeful demon, and thus, the handler of Wrath is definitely guaranteed a constant struggle for power.  Aeron, however, is no pushover.  He is the type of character who loves to have everything under control.

I'm not going to go into the plot, just because I know it's too early to really get into it, and I don't want to ruin the story for all of you who are interested.  I will say that this is a book you will not want to miss out on.  Seriously. 




Gena Showalter will be making a guest appearance at Book Faery in May!!



I cannot tell you all how excited I am to tell you this!  I was talking to Gena earlier today, and she's agreed to not only participate in an author interview, but, she will also be giving away a signed copy of each of her LotU books.  So basically, this will be a week-long event where I'll be posting a book review, and then at the end of it, there will be a giveaway for a signed copy of that book.

So what's the point in announcing this now?  Well, like I said, there will be an author interview.  I thought it would be cool if there was a section for YOU to ask any questions you have for Gena.  So think of your questions, fill out the form below--or leave a comment--and send them in!


So what are you waiting for!?

CLICK HERE TO ASK GENA SHOWALTER YOUR QUESTIONS!



Saturday, March 27, 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox
is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren


Posting my IMM a day early because I want to spend as much time as I possibly can reading tomorrow.  And yes--I'm FINALLY on spring break!  Here's to getting a lot of reading done to make up for the lack of updates the past two weeks.

Can I just say that I am SO excited about the book I got this week?  Well.  I AM SO EXCITED!   I've physically received three books in the mail (two are for a HUGE giveaway that will be posted sometime later this week, yay!) but this one book...

Here is is!  I've received The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker from the lovely Leanna.  Thank you so much Leanna!



I cannot wait to start reading this book!  Expect a review up soon for it :)  Leanna was also kind enough to send me a bookmark, and the covers for her next two books which will be published later this year.  Curious about those dates?

4/27/10
The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker

9/28/10
A Midwinter Fantasy




Reviews this week:

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six.  She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.


But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.  Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face....and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.




Other Updates:


1.  Thirsting for Thursday: The Monthly Book Release Update
This is basically a new feature I've added to my blog.  After being tired of checking, and checking, and checking the same dates for books that I'm anticipating, I've decided to compile a list of new and upcoming books, along with their release date.  This will be updated on the first Thursday of every month, with pictures of the covers that will be coming out that month.  Expect the next update to this on Thursday, April 1st!


2.  Another Giveaway

Did you enjoy the Georgina Kincaid giveaway I hosted earlier?  Do you want free books?  Who doesn't!?  I won't say much about this now, simply because I'm still finalizing everything.  Just be sure to keep checking back to Book Faery this week.  I'll be posting up a huge new giveaway that you won't want to miss! 


3.  The Triple Threat
Are you a fan of Twilight, Supernatural, and/or The Vampire Diaries?  Well then you won't want to miss this upcoming week-long event!  There will be plenty of discussions--and yes, GIVEAWAYS!!!  Yours truly will be posting during this event on Thursday, April 1st.  This is a post all you Twilight fans will definitely be interested in.  Which team are you on: Team Edward, or Team Jacob?! 

Here is the tentative schedule we've got for it so far.  Check back to Book Faery for the finalized schedule later on!


Saturday 3/27

Scare Me Up Some Supernatural

Read what Authors have to say about one of our favorite TV shows.
http://romanceinthebackseat.com/paranormal/blog/2010/03/scare-me-up-some-supernatural.html



Sunday 3/28


Sexy Sunday Contest and Giveaway

Team Edward - Hottest picture of Edward Cullen - Judged by author Veronica Blake
http://ritbs.blogspot.com

Vampire Diaries - Who has Caught VD? Giveaway

Have you read the books or watched the show?  Share your thoughts and be entered to win.
http://www.savvyreaders.com/Blog/

Watch New Moon with Us

Terry Kate and the masterminds behind Teens Read and Write share their take on New Moon.  Get your DVD cued up and when we say play you will be joining us and hundreds others as we go through the movie together.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/terry-kate/2010/03/29/twilight--new-moon-with-live-commentary



Monday (3/29)


Novel Reaction

Discuss the books that made the show - see where the series is going.
http://novelreaction.com/


Tuesday (3/30)


What Readers have to say on The Neverending Shelf

Twilight Lovers and Haters share your thoughts -
Twilight Lovers what is the worst part of the Saga
Twilight Haters, what is the best part of the Twilight Saga
http://www.theneverendingshelf.com/



Wednesday (3/31)


Twisted Fates Cafe

http://twistedfates.livejournal.com/



Thursday (4/1)


Battle of the Sexies Giveaway on Backseat Nightmares

Sam vs Dean
Stefen vs Damon
Edward vs Jacob
On what side of the divide do you fall?
http://romanceinthebackseat.com/paranormal/blog/

Team Jacob, or Team Edward?  On Book Faery

Hear who's team Tori is on.  Talk about which side you're rooting for!
http://book-faery.blogspot.com/



Friday (4/2)

TBA




Saturday (4/3)


TBA


Sunday (4/4)


Sexy Sunday Contest and Giveaway

Team Jacob - Hottest picture of Jacob Black
http://ritbs.blogspot.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Blogger Hop (2)

Looks like it's that time again!
Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books is hosting another Blogger Hop.

Blogger Hop is a great way for you to stumble upon some new (and not so new) blogs.
Check it out!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa



Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six.  She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.



But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.  Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face....and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


Obtained: Bought
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Series: The Iron Fey
1.  The Iron King
2.  The Iron Daughter (coming in Feb, 2011)
My Rating:
A great read.  I was excited for The Iron King's release months before it was due.  Harlequin did a great job with the publicity, and Julie's writing was good enough that she had me absorbed in the book from a chapter's preview.  When it got closer to the release date, though, I felt as if there was a bit too much hype about this book....and all around the same time, which, in turn, made my expectations for it even higher than it already was.  The writing is wonderful, and so was the plot, but there were a couple of things that I believe could have been improved.

Story:
Enter Meghan: a teen forced to live out in the swamp due to a hillbilly step-father who is intimidated by technology, and a mother who is more a flake than a parental figure.  The only two people who seem to actually acknowledge her existence are her step-brother, Ethan, and her best friend, Robbie.  Don't forget Floppy, Ethan's stuffed rabbit.

Meghan's sixteenth birthday is quickly approaching, much to her delight.  While she may not be the most popular--okay, she's at the bottom of the popularity food chain--she'll be tutoring the boy she's crushing on, and she'll be getting her learner's permit.  Goodbye swamplands, hello car!

Things seem great... until a mishap occurs during a tutoring session, a malevolent force kidnaps her kid brother, and Robbie starts acting a little too weird for comfort.  Who can Meghan turn to now when it seems the world is out to get her?

My Opinion:
I stayed up until 4am readingdevouring the first half of The Iron King this past Friday night.  Then it was finished on Monday between classes, which might have taken away from my experience due to all the noise (and those uncomfortable college campus chairs). 

I felt as if Meghan's relationship with Ash was slightly rushed.  I understand that life or death situations can really affect people, and that had they not been forced into that position, the two might not have acted the way they did.  But for some reason, it felt a bit too surreal for my tastes.  I can't put my finger on what it was.  Perhaps it was due to some of the things Ash uttered to Meghan.  Regardless, that was the major aspect that shook me out of my reading-haze and made me look at the book more carefully.

I also feel as if the confrontation, and likewise, it's outcome, with the Iron King was brief.  Readers spend the entire book advancing to this point, hearing about how Meghan has all this potential, and it feels as if Ash was not only Meghan's crutch, but that he was also the leading man (instead of Meghan).  I am, by no means, calling the end of the encounter a cop-out, but I was left feeling somewhat disgruntled.  I wanted to see Meghan kick ass a lot earlier!  Or at least to have something happen instead of her running around completely defenseless the whole time.

So now that I've got the criticisms out of the way, what redeemed the book in my eyes?  For one thing, the characterization was superb.  Grimalkin and Puck are by far my favorites from the tale because they have such quirky personalities.  I was able to envision the ice prince, Ash, as some frosty badass who needed Puck--his polar opposite--to balance the serious with the funny.  I did not care so much for Meghan's character in The Iron King--she was somewhat bland, perhaps because I was dying to see her powers surface a lot sooner than they did, and for her to grow more as a person.

The second redeeming quality was the attention to detail.  Descriptions of the inhabitants and their surroundings in Nevernever are what truly got me absorbed in this book.  I love the allusion Julie makes to Alice in Wonderland in the first part.  Before even mentioning the rabbit hole, once the story started picking up, my brain kept screaming "it's Alice in Wonderland! It's Alice!" But once readers grow adjusted to Nevernever, this world becomes the author's own personal domain--one that I am enamored with.

Overall, it was a terrific read.  This is definitely the type of book that you will devour in a day if you have the time.  I'm really looking forward to what Julie has in store for us in The Iron Daughter



So my lovely readers:
This is something new, but, I know this book's been pretty popular with a lot of people and I want to hear what you all think.

For those of you who have read it, who are you rooting for?  Team Ash or Team Puck?



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thirsting for Thursday: The Monthly Book Release Update


Ever wonder about those new books that were released that you didn't know about?

I did.

And that's why I'm introducing, after careful consideration, a monthly post (posted on the first Thursday of every month) about new and upcoming books that I stumble across.  This list is always going to be growing and updated.  If you see a book isn't on the list that you're looking forward to, leave me a comment telling me the name and who it's by and I'll be sure to add it!  :)

And please, if you're going to use this list in any way, link back to me.  It took a very long time to find/organize all these authors and titles.


If you are an Author/Publisher
and wish to add books to this list

Click here


March 2010

Tuesday 3/30/10
 | Patricia Briggs | Silver Borne |
| Richelle Mead | Succubus Shadows |


April 2010
04/01 | Karen Healey | Guardian of the Dead
04/06 | Kelly Armstrong | The Reckoning 
04/20 | Melissa Marr | Radiant Shadows
04/27 | J.A. Pitts | Black Blade Blues
04/27 | Leanna R. Hieber | The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker
04/27 | Meredith Duran | Wicked Becomes You
04/27 | Rachel Caine | Kiss of Death
04/27 | P.C. and Kirstin Cast | Burned


May 2010
05/04 | Aprilynne Pike | Spells
05/04 | Devon Monk | Magic on the Storm
05/04 | Jess Haines | Hunted by the Others
05/04 | Shannon K Butcher | Running Scared
05/18 | Richelle Mead | Spirit Bound
05/25 | Gena Showalter | The Darkest Passion
05/25 | Ilona Andrews | Magic Bleeds
05/25 | Jenna Black | Glimmerglass
05/25 | Jennifer Estep | Web of Lies


June 2010
06/01 | Phaedra Weldon | Revenant
06/01 | Sara Lindsey | Tempting the Marquess
06/08 | Sherrilyn Kenyon | Infinity: Chronicles of Nick
06/08 | Tricia Rayburn | Siren
06/22 | Stacia Kane | Unholy Magic
06/29 | Adrian Phoenix | Black Dust Mambo
06/29 | Carrie Vaughn | Kitty Goes to War
06/29 | Erin Kellison | Shadow Bound
06/29 | Kasey Mackenzie | Red Hot Fury
06/29 | Yasmine Galenorn | Night Myst


July 2010
07/06 | Chloe Neill | Twice Bitten
07/06 | Meljean Brook | Demon Blood
07/06 | Nalini Singh | Bonds of Justice
07/06 | Sharon Ashwood | Unchained
07/20 | Carrie Vaughn | Discord's Apple
07/20 | Maggie Stiefvater | Linger
07/27 | Erin Kellison | Shadow Fall
07/27 | Kelly Meding | As Lie the Dead
07/27 | Stacia Kane | City of Ghosts


August 2010
08/03 | Rachel Caine | Total Eclipse
08/03 | Devyn Quinn | Siren's Call
08/03 | Sherrilyn Kenyon | No Mercy
08/31 | Kresley Cole | Demon from the Dark
08/31 | Cassandra Clare | Clockwork Angel
08/31 | J.K. Beck | When Blood Calls
08/31 | Kelly Gay | The Darkest Edge of Dawn


September 2010
09/01 | Maria V. Snyder | Spy Glass
09/02 | Lauren Kate | Torment
09/07 | Anya Bast | Cruel Enchantment
09/07 | G.A. Aiken | Last Dragon Standing
09/07 | Sophie Jordan | Firelight
09/14 | Robin Wasserman | Wired
09/21 | Kiersten White | Paranormalcy
09/28 | Jennifer Estep | Venom
09/28 | J.K. Beck | When Pleasure Rules
09/28 | Lauren Kate | Torment
09/28 | Sherrilyn Kenyon | Deadly Promises


October 2010
10/01 | Rachel Vincent | Alpha
10/05 | Kalayna Price | Grave Witch
10/05 | Melissa de la Cruz | Misguided Angel
10/05 | Meljean Brook | The Iron Duke
10/12 | Sarah Beth Durst | Enchanted Ivy
10/18 | Jackie Morse Kessler | Hunger
10/19 | Andrea Cremer | Nightshade
10/19 | Sherrilyn Kenyon | Blood Trinity
10/26 | Gena Showalter | Ecstasy in Darkness
10/26 | J.K. Beck | When Wicked Craves
10/26 | Yasmine Galenorn | Harvest Hunting
10/?? | Ilona Andrews | Bayou Moon


November 2010
11/02 | Shannon K Butcher | Living Nightmare
11/03 | Rachel Caine | Ghost Town


December 2010
12/07 | Skyler White | In Dreams Begin
12/?? | Cate Tiernan | Immortal Beloved


January 2011
01/11 | Faith Hunter | Mercy Blade

February 2011 
02/?? | Julie Kagawa | The Iron Daughter

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Updates (3)

Hi guys, just wanted to check in and let you know that Book Faery's not dead.  Finishing up midterms tomorrow, and then I'll be back to posting a lot more.

Until then, I thought I'd leave you all with a hilarious chat log my friend sent me.  I never knew this, but basically there's this guy who goes around these cyber sex chat rooms and totally starts messing with the other participants.  Guaranteed to make you at least smirk!  As for me?  I was crying in laughter hehe


And on that note, I will leave you all to go back to preparing my speeches for class tomorrow.


Here's what's in store for this week:
  • Review of The Iron King
  • Review of If You Dare
I've also got a couple of new features I'll be adding to Book Faery that I'm really excited about!
  • Monthly: I will be compiling a list of new and upcoming releases.  This list is definitely not complete, so if I'm missing authors you enjoy, leave a comment when I post it and I'll add them to the list!
  • Weekly: After talking to Rachel over at Bitten by Books, I've decided to do a weekly roundup of paranormal events.  If you've got a weird happening that you want to see posted, send me an email over at xlilangeltorix[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll be sure to mention you in the post!
That's all for now.  Hope you have a great Wednesday!  And tell me what you think of the newest features for Book Faery! :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Author Signing!

Hi everyone!  So today, I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater at Books of Wonder in Manhattan, NY!  I didn't get to talk to her for very long, but it was still a pretty fun experience.




That's my book right there!  Maggie Stiefvater held my book!
Haha, well this was the 2nd shot we took because my camera wasn't working initially and so the first picture was taken while Maggie was talking.



Maggie with a friend of mine.  She signed the book with "I hope you cry" LOL.



And now my book is beautiful ;)
Initially she put Tory, which explains why she wrote what she wrote hah.


Thanks Maggie, it was such a pleasure to meet you!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blogger Hop

Want to discover some new blogs?
Or want to meet some older, more established blogs that you might not know about?

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox


I went out and bought one book this week again.  Don't have a lot of money, and I'm saving up the cash I do have for a super awesome giveaway that's coming up!  Figured I'd see what the craze is about this one particular book :)






ONE FINAL REMINDER:
If you live near Manhattan, don't forget to stop by Book of Wonder (18th St. between 5th and 6th Ave) tomorrow for your chance to meet Maggie Stiefvater, the author of Shiver!  She, along with... 62(?) other authors will be signing their books between 2:00-5:15.  Maggie's time slot is from 2:00-2:50.



Reviews this week:

1. Undone by Rachel Caine (review)
Once she was a powerful Djinn.  Then Cassiel defied her ruler, Ashan, who tore her very essence away and reshaped her in human flesh as punishment.  Forced to live among mortals, Cassiel has found refuge among the Weather Wardens--whose power she must tap into regularly, or she will die.

Cassiel earns her keep by assisting the Earth Warden Manny Rocha on his missions--which she finds much easier than coping with the emotions and frailties of her human condition, especially her growing affection for Manny's brother, Luis.  But when Cassiel encounters a malevolent force that threatens the Rocha family, she discovers that her perceived human weaknesses may be her greatest strengths...
Living among mortals, Cassiel has begun to develop a reluctant affection for them--especially the intriguing Warden Luis Rocha.  As the mystery deepens around the kidnapping of innocent Warden children, Cassiel and Luis are the only ones who can investigate within both the human and the Djinn realms.

But the more Luis and Cassiel search, the more dangerous the trail becomes, reaching not only into a fanatical splinter group, but into the highest ranks of Cassiel's immortal kin.  An outcast from her own kind, Cassiel must now rely on her own limited earthbound powers to save the young Wardens...if it's not already too late.



Have any of you read these books?  What do you think of them?
And what did you all get this week? =)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Updates, Contest Winner & BBP Online Conference Info

I hope everyone's doing great--especially in this wonderful weather! :)

Just wanted to give a few updates, so that you didn't think I disappeared.  I had midterms this week and have a few more next week, which is really consuming a lot of my reading and blogging time.
  1. I'm currently readingdevouring The Iron King, which I had to force myself to put down at 4am this morning... just so that I could be up in time for appointments today.  Expect a review of that within the next couple of days!
  2. If you haven't heard about the Book Bloggers and Publishers Conference, now's your chance to register for it!  This is a 3 day event, which started today.  There are audio interviews with various well-known and successful bloggers and publishers, along with forums posts for all the blogger listeners.  Have your blog critiqued!  Late registration for this event is OK--all interviews and posts will be up for 14 days following this conference.  $20 blogger registration fee (pay through paypal)  Check it out!  http://bbpcon.blogspot.com/
  3. MAGGIE STIEFVATER is in New York City this weekend!  Sunday Afternoon at Books of Wonder (18th St between 5th & 6th Ave) 2:00-2:45.  Check out what other authors will be at the NYC Teen Authors event here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=56488781586#!/group.php?v=info&gid=56488781586

And finally, the winner of my Georgina Kincaid contest is... 
Rachel

Congratulations!!  I've sent you an email.  Please respond back to it with your mailing address by Monday morning so I can send you the four books ASAP!

Have a great night, everyone, and stay tuned for another giveaway coming very, very soon! =)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Unknown by Rachel Caine




Living among mortals, Cassiel has begun to develop a reluctant affection for them--especially the intriguing Warden Luis Rocha.  As the mystery deepens around the kidnapping of innocent Warden children, Cassiel and Luis are the only ones who can investigate within both the human and the Djinn realms.

But the more Luis and Cassiel search, the more dangerous the trail becomes, reaching not only into a fanatical splinter group, but into the highest ranks of Cassiel's immortal kin.  An outcast from her own kind, Cassiel must now rely on her own limited earthbound powers to save the young Wardens...if it's not already too late.


Obtained: Bought
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Series: Outcast Season
1. Undone (book review)
2. Unknown
My Rating:

Story:
Cassiel, a Djinn-turned-human, is faced with a huge predicament revealed at the end of Undone: give in to Ashan's demands and thus, become Djinn again, or fight Pearl--a malevolent force she destroyed thousands of years ago--but as a human this time.

Paired with Luis Rocha, the duo are constantly attacked by child soldiers trained by Pearl.  Not only that, but more and more reports of missing children are popping up everywhere they turn.  Isabel, kidnapped in the prior installment of this series, is still missing.  Perhaps there is a link between these children and Ibby's disappearance?

My Opinion:
Like I said up above, I am in love.  I thought that I enjoyed the Weather Warden series, but Cassiel's story definitely beats Joanne's in my books. 

The slow and steady shift from Djinn to human is what intrigued me the most with this newest installment.  Djinn in Caine's universe are cold and calculating, yet we see such warmth in Cassiel's character.  It is a sudden, significant shift that occurred in Undone, and one that was written beautifully and explored further in Unknown.  It is important to note, however, that while Cassiel is human and acts more human with each and every page, the Djinn in her still pops up here and there throughout the book.  Reintroducing the cold and calculating back into Cassiel's character added a new and interesting twist for me.  The shift between the two is both subtle and smooth, and the reactions from all the secondary characters are amusing, to say the least.

The strange physical attraction Cassiel felt towards the Earth Warden, Luis, in Undone has sparked romance betwixt the duo now.  Said romance is not only believable, but also charming, hilarious, and absolutely "aww!"-worthy.  Unknown ended on such a beautiful note, I squealed in delight and hugged the book to my chest in glee.

Wondering if you should start this series by Ms. Caine?  I highly suggest you do.



Monday, March 15, 2010

Author Interview with Laura Stamps + Giveaway!

Hey guys!  So the other day, I posted a book review on the first installment of A Vampire's Kiss by Laura Stamps.  Laura's agreed to stop by and answer a few questions some of you might have in regards to this new series of hers.  Hope you enjoy!
Read my review on:
A Vampire's Kiss


So without further ado, let me introduce you all to the lovely Laura!  And keep reading, because there's a super awesome giveaway following the interview! :)

Interview

Hello, and welcome Laura!   Care to tell us a little about yourself?
Hey, is that a loaded question, or what?  *lol*  Okay, I'm a paranormal erotica novelist.  I write several series, all spin-off series from my main series, The Witchery Series.  I've been a fulltime writer for 23 years, and my fiction and poetry have been published in over 1000 magazines, literary journals, and anthologies worldwide.  I've published over 45 books, and received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and 7 Pushcart Award nominations, among many other awards.  Besides that, I'm known across the web as a shameless slut.  What can I say?  I LOVE sex!  I'm also a Wiccan Faery Witch, empath, and psychic. 

If you could summarize the Witchery Series and The Manigault Vampires in one sentence each, what would you say?

The Witchery Series
is a paranormal romance series about contemporary Witches, and the novels range from empowering to romantic to erotic.  The Manigault Vampires is a hot erotica spin-off series about the sexy vampires in Columbia and the Witches they fall for.

Can A Vampire's Kiss be read as a standalone?

Yes.  All my novels in all my series have a HEA.  I also make sure you know enough about the characters from my other novels that you'll enjoy A Vampire's Kiss.  However, let me warn you.  There's a good chance you're gonna fall in love with these characters.  In that case you'll wanna to know more about them.  And that means most people do end up reading and loving The Witchery Series.  But it isn't a necessary read in order to enjoy the vamp series. 

Okay, so spill.  Why write about witches and vampires?

Why vampires?  Because they're sexy and hot.  Duh.  Why Witches?  Because I'm a Wiccan Faery Witch in the Deep South.  Most people have no idea what real contemporary Witches are like unless they know one.  For example, Wicca is a peaceful, feminist nature religion.  Surprise!  Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show what real Pagans are like.  My purpose was not to evangelize readers, because Pagans are not evangelical.  But just to educate those who are curious about us.  Plus, our men are soooooo sexy.  Yeah, it's been a lot of fun.  *lusty grin*

So to answer what people are probably wondering (who have just stumbled upon your new series), what's your reasoning behind doing a serial release of one book?
I just went through a period of 16 months with no new books coming out.  HORRORS!  I never planned for this to happen.  It just did.  In fact, for 23 years I've always published 2-4 new books every year to feed my fans' addiction to my work.  But last year one of my publishers went out of business, I got a new agent, and another publisher is taking waaaaay too long releasing series and books that have been finished for years.  So when I got the opportunity to publish a serial through Kittyfeather Press I jumped on it.  I thought it would be totally cool to give my fans and readers a dose of hot vampire erotica every month in the form of a serialized novel.  Kinda like a magazine.  Each issue is only 15-20 pages long, so even if you don't have an e-reader they're easy to read on computer or print out.  Yeah, I'm really excited about this.  Stephen King did a similar thing in 1996 when he serialized The Green Mile.  And Playboy Magazine runs serialized novel excerpts as well.  So I figure I'm in good company, right?  ;)

What are we going to love about A Vampire's Kiss?

Besides the fact Dray is sooooo HOT?  You're gonna love the chemistry between Dray, who is reserved and classy, and Sara, who is a free-spirited Witch with a raging hot libido.  When they aren't giving you a good case of panty-melt with their sizzling sexcapades, you'll be laughing like crazy at how they tease and torment each other.

What do you have planned for future books in The Manigault Vampires series?

Book 2 will be about Val, Dray's gorgeous, fun-loving brother.  Book 3 will be about Atwell, their very handsome cousin.  Both vampires, of course.

What's your favorite book, and why?

Demon's Fire
by Emma Holly.  She is an amazing writer.  Plus, I fell hard for Prince Pahndir.  But I tend to do that.  I was soooooo in love with Donnie in What Witches Want: Book Two of the Witchery Series it took me several months to get over him.  Now I'm falling hard for Dray.  Hell, who am I kidding?  I'm totally smitten with his vampy self.  Purrrrrrrrrr...!

Any advice for writers?

If you wanna write, do it.  And get used to rejection.  It's nothing personal.  It just helps you become a better writer.  Like I said, my work has been published in over 1000 magazines.  Know what that means?  It means I've received over 10,000 rejections.  In the beginning that helped me learn my craft.  After I became well published and had developed a style and a following I ignored those rejections.  When you get to that point there's only one thing to do.  Hit the "delete" key on your computer and keep going.  I mean, that's why they put that key on there, right?  lmao!

Thanks for taking the time to answer!

Thanks for asking.  I had a blast!  Of course my two goals in life are to have as much fun and sex as I possibly can.  This interview definitely fell under the fun category, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.  Really.  Good questions!  ;)


Giveaway
 
Laura's graciously offering the first three chapters of A Vampire's Kiss to one lucky commenter.  
Interested in getting a copy?  It's easy!

Contest Guidelines:
1. You must be a [Book Faery] follower (or an email subscriber).
2. Either leave a comment about the interview or ask Laura a question.
3. Be sure to include your email in the comment so I can forward it to Ms. Stamps if you win.

Extra Entries:
[+1] Goodreads friend request: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3322973
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[+2] Follow @Book_Faery on Twitter (inc your name)
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[+3] Twitter/sidebar/blog about this interview and giveaway (include links)

Winner will be announced April 2nd
(Laura's birthday!)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox
is hosted by Kristi @ Story Siren

Got a lot of reading done this week! :)

New Books:
Bought:

1. Caressed By Ice
by Nalini Singh




 
Received:

1. A Vampire's Kiss
by Laura Stamps




 





For Review:
1.  Unknown 
by Rachel Caine










Reviewed This Week:
1. Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater

Read this review:
Link
2. A Vampire's Kiss
by Laura Stamps


Read this review:
Link
3.  Undone
by Rachel Caine

Read this review:
Link







To Read:
1. The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa







 



Don't forget to sign up for my Georgina Kincaid giveaway!  It ends this FRIDAY (3/19)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Undone by Rachel Caine



Once she was a powerful Djinn.  Then Cassiel defied her ruler, Ashan, who tore her very essence away and reshaped her in human flesh as punishment.  Forced to live among mortals, Cassiel has found refuge among the Weather Wardens--whose power she must tap into regularly, or she will die.


Cassiel earns her keep by assisting the Earth Warden Manny Rocha on his missions--which she finds much easier than coping with the emotions and frailties of her human condition, especially her growing affection for Manny's brother, Luis.  But when Cassiel encounters a malevolent force that threatens the Rocha family, she discovers that her perceived human weaknesses may be her greatest strengths...

Obtained:
Bought
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Series:  Outcast Season
1.  Undone
2.  Unknown (book review)
My Rating:
Re-read this.  Enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time.

Story:
Cassiel's tale begins upon her ejection from her "heaven", which is in actuality, the aetheric.  It is at this point, after being saved by David--the New Djinn's Conduit--that she learns she needs Wardens in order to survive.  For you see, when she was banished from the aetheric, her powers were banished also, meaning she is now a human.  Something she is not thrilled about.

It takes a family--the Rochas--to slowly melt her ice encased heart.  But when this is finally achieved, will it be too late for her?  For them?  For humanity?

My Opinion:
If you haven't read Caine's Weather Warden series yet, I strongly suggest you stop where you are and pick up those books first.  Or at least, read the first one, okay?  I'm telling you this now, because while you can read Undone without too much prior knowledge of the Weather Warden universe, you're not gonna know who the hell all these other characters are that are introduced in the beginning.  You're also going to read about lots of allusions to past events in the other series and be like huh?  And I know that some people might not be thrilled about that, especially in the start of the book.  Plus, Caine doesn't delve further into these concepts as much in Undone as she does in her Weather Warden series.  So, I think people might be a teensy bit confused if they start with the Outcast Season series first.  Just my fair warning.

Warning aside, Caine does it again with beautiful characterization.  Cassiel had me cracking up with her strange Djinn mannerisms at the start.  Seriously, they were hilarious.  I fell in love with her persona all over again the past two days because of that, it was wonderful.

Cassiel's thoughts really invade your own, effecting the way you view the other characters.  You grow bored of a certain person when she does.  Your interest is sparked when hers is with Luis.  You feel a softening of emotions towards little Isabel.  It's the strangest thing, because it doesn't happen often enough for me as a reader.  Usually I still feel somewhat detached, but with Undone, I felt as if I were Cassiel at times.

I found that the most interesting aspect of the story was Cassiel coping with all of these new human emotions.  Seeing things initially through a Djinn's perspective is a great new and interesting approach.

It's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of Rachel Caine.


Friday, March 12, 2010

**Giveaway Reminder**

Just a friendly reminder :)
Don't forget to enter for your chance to win the first four Georgina Kincaid books by Richelle Mead by:

FRIDAY
MARCH
19TH!!

That's next Friday!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Vampire's Kiss by Laura Stamps



Sara Gadsden is a Wiccan Green Witch addicted to paranormal romance novels and their gorgeous vampire heroes. Like most people, she has no idea vampires actually exist until she meets Drayton Manigault at a Samhain party. Dray is not only one of Columbia's wealthiest businessmen, but he's also been a vampire for the last 145 years. Oh, and he's totally yummy. When Dray offers Sara a job working for his computer company, Manigault Technologies, fantasy collides with reality, and Sara's future is suddenly transformed into one wild, smokin' HOT ride!


Obtained: First 3 chapters courtesy of the author
Genre: Erotica/Paranormal Romance
Series: The Manigault Vampires
1.  A Vampire's Kiss
     -Vol. 1 No. 1
My Rating:
Chapters 1-3 were a great start to what I hope is a funny, interesting story! 

My Opinion:
Dray and Sara are sizzling, and Laura's writing style definitely makes it easy to imagine that electricity and attraction between the two.  The start to this piece--the party--was kind of slow for me, but the following day/chapter picked up and left me wanting more.

What I would have liked to see was an explanation about how vampires could go out in daylight.  But maybe the explanation is later in the book.  I was, after all, only able to read the first three chapters.

I must say that I was disappointed to find myself flying through the first installment to this so quickly--and before anything steamy happened!  And it was definitely unfair to have Chapter 3 end the way it did.  :(  VERY unfair!  Do you hear me Ms. Stamps!?

This is an interesting twist to how we read books.  Instead of publishing a paperback or hardcover to this new series, Ms. Stamps will be introducing a set amount of chapters monthly, which you can buy at her website for $1.99 each.  If you don't have an e-reader (like me), it's easy to attain a file to read on your computer instead.

If you're still a bit unsure about diving into this new book, Laura posts chapter 1 up on her blog for a nice little preview.  I definitely think it's worth checking out if you're in the mood for a steamy read.


Want to read Chapter 1 to A Vampire's Kiss for free? 
Want to buy the first part of this series?  (Chapters 1-3)

Author Alert!

Attention New Yorkers!! 

Do you live in/near Manhattan?  
Maggie Stiefvater is going to be in NYC next weekend (3/18) for the NYC Teen Author Festival!

She'll be at these two places:

Friday, 3/19 (South Court, 42nd Street)


2:10 – 3:00: Using Genre to Tell the True Story of Adolescence
featuring:
Judy Blundell
Sarah Beth Durst
Lauren McLaughlin
Diana Peterfreund
Sara Shepard
Maggie Stiefvater
Robin Wasserman


Sunday Afternoon
Books of Wonder (18th St between 5th & 6th Ave)
2:00-2:45
Alma Alexander
Nora Baskin
Cathleen Davitt Bell
Judy Blundell
Libba Bray
Coe Booth
Elise Broach
Alexandra Bullen
Nick Burd
Sarah Burningham
Susane Colasanti
Matt De La Pena
Violet Haberdasher
Maggie Stiefvater


Here's the event for the list for other authors!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--watches back.  He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
the heat.
Sam has lived two lives.  As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves.  And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance.  But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied.  Sam must fight to stay human--and Grace must fight to keep him--even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
1. Shiver
2. Linger
3. Forever
My Rating:
Devoured this in two days. I wish I could have skipped class today to sit and read/finish this. Holy jeebus, all of you who told me to read this ASAP? I love you all.  Seriously.  It was such a breath of fresh air in comparison to some of the other books I've read recently.

Story:
Grace is a seventeen year old girl fascinated with the wolves residing in the forest behind her house.  When she was younger, she was brutally attacked by said wolves, only to be saved by one particular golden eyed pack member.  This wolf has been her obsession for the past six years.

Lucky her when, after a "brutal murder", this golden-eyed creature shows up on her doorstep.  As a human.  With a gunshot wound to the neck.

After rushing Sam to the hospital, only to discover his super human healing abilities, the duo are plagued by one particular problem: the closer it gets to winter, the more susceptible Sam is to the change back to wolf.  Will they figure out a way to save the young boy before it's too late?

My Opinion:
Any book that can get me invested enough that angst-y scenes make me cry or almost cry has claimed a special place in my heart.  Shiver is a new addition to this select list.  It is so beautifully written that I'm actually sad that I finished it today, even though I was dying to see what would happen with Sam and Grace.

My favorite character is Isabel.  She seemed like some prissy little snob, but once she was integrated into the group, she was hilarious.  I had to slap a hand over my mouth quite a few times today in order to keep my squeals of laughter quiet because of some of the things she said.

Grace and Sam compliment each other perfectly.  Grace is confident and sexy, while Sam's the little insecure emo kid.  His flip flopping between being shy/insecure and wanting to kiss Grace senseless got me frustrated at one point, only because it felt like they were so far in their relationship already for him to act like that with her.

The one thing I have to complain about?  THE ENDING!  I wanted to squeal in frustration just because of it.  It was so abrupt and left me needing more.  Stiefvater, you're so cruel!  And the wait is so long for Linger.... =(

But in all seriousness.  This book was perfect.  I loved it.  If it's in your TBR pile, I highly suggest you read it next.  You won't regret it.



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Awards! (2)

I've received two awards this week!  This is so exciting!!

7 things about myself:
1.  I love to write, and hope to become an established author someday.
2.  After getting my BA, I want to either work at a publishing company, or become a high school English teacher.
3.  I have a puppy that is less than a year old who gives new meaning to the name 'Demon Spawn' and 'crotch biter'.  He also is a typical male and is a panty thief....
4.  I love playing video games.  I'm currently playing Aion.
5.  I also want to go to culinary or pastry school.  Cooking/baking are two of my other passions.
6.  I got the nickname Ice Princess because my hands and feet are always so cold during the winter.  Stupid bad circulation!
7.  I wish I had a beta reader or someone who was genuinely interested with my book ideas and who would actually want to help give me constructive criticism.  My friends fail at it.  I don't think they take me seriously about the whole goal to publish a book someday.

If you received an award for your blog:
  • Accept the reward, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
  • Pass the award to other blogs that you've newly discovered.
  • Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know that they have received the award.
  • Don't forget to write 7 things about you in your post!
  

Major thanks to Demon Lover's Book Reviews & More! for awarding [Book Faery] with the Beautiful Blogger Award!

My Winners:
1.  Book Addict
2.  Book Lovers Delight



And thanks to Bitten by Paranormal Romance for the Sexy Blogger Award!

My Winners:
1. Ramblings on Romance Etcetera, Etcetera
2.  Mindful Musings



Thank you for being so kind!  It really means a lot that people enjoy my blog :)

PS. I finished Shiver and am in the process of writing a review for it now.  Woo!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ravish by Cathy Yardley



An innocent beauty, trapped in sleep...
Sheltered from society, Aurora Jacquard has yet to feel the sweet release of physical love.  Then, on the night she is about to give in to temptation, she inexplicably falls into a deep coma.
A handsome prince, determined to discover her secrets...
Jacob White is one of the best neurologists in the world, and he intends to awaken Aurora from her virginal slumber.  But when she begins to invade his dreams every night, beckoning him into a sensuous place of lust and danger, Jacob realizes there's more to this woman than meets the eye.
It will take more than a kiss to wake her up...
Trapped in a world of erotic dreams, Aurora and Jacob must surrender to their deepest darkest desires...but how far are they willing to go?


Obtained: Bought
Genre: Erotica/Romance
Series: Smoldering fairy tales for adults
1. Crave
2. Ravish
My Rating:
I was excited to read this upon seeing another blogger's review on this book, but when I started the story, I felt it just dragged on and on.  I was actually tempted to close the book halfway through and not finish it, but I managed to late last night.

My Opinion:
I REALLY wish there was more character development.  Dialogue and reactions are what primarily irked me the most about this tale.  Rory, Jacob, and all the secondary characters appeared more 2D than any other book I've read.  Not to say that I'm necessarily flaming this book, mind you, but I just find it hard to believe that everyone could live happily ever after when 75% of the book was about sex.

Then again, most of the story was based upon the dream world.  Maybe that's why I feel so skeptical about some of the reactions?  Rory and Jacob admitting their love for each other just felt the most random... almost as if Yardley was trying to justify all the dream sex the two had, and to strengthen the supposed bond the two shared.  I don't know.  I enjoy reading sex scenes just as much any other person who reads books by authors such as Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, but this book.  I don't know.  Maybe it was Yardley's writing style.  Maybe because other authors add a bit more plot and actually build the relationship a bit more.  I can't pin my reasoning for not enjoying this book to one particular aspect.

The book is priced at $13.95, but I bought it through a secondary source for $8.  I don't spend more than $10 on any author unless it's someone like Anne Bishop or Patricia Briggs.  This wasn't the book for me, but some of you might still enjoy it.



In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox
This week I've got some super awesome books that I can't wait to dig into!


 


1. Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop
2.  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
3.  Gentlement Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles

~*~*~*~

I'll be reviewing all three of these once I get through them.


I will also be reviewing:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
(which I STILL haven't started yet because I began Ravish the second I got the book)
Ravish by Cathy Yardley


Yay I can't wait!  What did you guys get this week, anything exciting?