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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Introducing The Battle of the Sexies

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Hello and welcome everyone!  By this time tomorrow, The Battle of the Sexies will have already begun!

Grand Prize Pack:

  • $20 Gift Card from Indiependent Books
  • $25 Gift Card to Book Swim
  • A book with a secret heart compartment cut out of the middle and lined with red velvet courtesy of the Etsy shop: Book Works
  • Either an 8x8 or 8x10 print from the Etsy shop: Erin Reynolds Photography

    Signed/unsigned copies of: 
     
  • The Devil Inside by Jenna Black 
  • Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance (signed)
  • Embrace the Night by Karen Chance (signed)
  • Embers by Laura Bickle
  • Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes (signed)
  • Under the Northern Lights by Vivian Arend
  • Swag pack from: Karen Chance, Faith Hunter, Jenna Black, Leah Cypess, Moira Rogers, Nalini Singh + more.

Please refer to my CONTEST POLICY and the BOTS GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY posts for further details about general giveaway guidelines, and about US, Canadian, and International participants.



A link to this post will be provided in the sticky up towards the top right of my blog.  If you click on the banner for this event, it will take you to this post.  If you ever miss a day, you can refer back here (which will be updated daily with links) to catch up!



***During the duration of Battle of the Sexies, no Cover Wars!, In My Mailbox(es), and the Faerie's Contest Finds will be posted.  Since there will be guest appearances and giveaways every single day, I do not want these to interfere with the event.  Thirsting for Thursday has been posted on July 29th (that's one week in advance) to make up for August's new releases.  I will, however, be posting one or two book reviews (for new releases in August).

Upon the end of the Battle of the Sexies event, I will begin posting everything once more.

Many apologies if this upsets anyone.




Links to Blogs:
  1. A Simple Love of Reading
  2. today & everyday
  3. Contests and Freebies  
  4. Snarky Mamma

The Faerie's Contest Finds (15)

The Faerie’s Contest Finds is a weekly post where readers, bloggers, and even authors can gather together to not only advertise for their book/swag contests, but to also enter other giveaways. These contests are NOT restricted to paranormal themes. 


Please be sure to include:
  • Contest end date
  • Blog name
  • Whether it is US, International, etc.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Tori's Review: The King's Bastard by Rowena Cory Daniells



Cloaked in silent winter snow the Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours spread of new Affinity Seeps, places where untamed power wells up. Meanwhile, King Rolen plans his jubilee unaware of the growing threat to those he loves.

By royal decree, all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Abbey because of his innate Affinity, the King’s youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Unfortunately, he’s a gentle dreamer and the other acolytes bully him. The only way he can escape them is to serve the Abbey Mystic, but his Affinity is weak.

Fiercely loyal, thirteen year-old Piro is horrified to discover she is also cursed with unwanted Affinity. It broke their mother’s heart to send Fyn away, so she hides her affliction. But, when Fyn confesses his troubles, Piro risks exposure to help him.

Even though Byren Kingson is only seven minutes younger than his twin, Lence, who is the king's heir, Byren has never hungered for the Rolencian throne. When a Seer predicts that he will kill Lence, he laughs. But Lence Kingsheir sees Byren’s growing popularity and resents it. Enduring loyalty could be Byren’s greatest failing.



Obtained: Author
Genre: Fantasy
Series:
King Rolen's Kin
1. The King's Bastard
2. The Uncrowned King (book review)
3. The Usurper (book review)
My Rating:

My Opinion:
I haven't read many fantasy books since Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy.  Usually, these sorts of books are a hit or miss for me.  The author either goes into too much detail about scenery and uninteresting facts, and thus makes the book drag on, or the author's tone and characters are too bland.  Either way, I love em', or I hate em'.

Right from the start, the covers for this series pulled me in.  A lot of fantasies have covers that I don't like, primarily because they have the tendency to appear too tacky.  Others aren't interesting enough.  As for this series?  When I saw them on Tynga's blog a while back, they were the first things I noticed.  Then I watched the book trailer (which is awesome!).  Then I read the summaries.  I was beyond intrigued at that point.  When Rowena asked me to review the first book, I literally jumped on the opportunity. 

There are three POVs in this tale: Byren's, Piro's, and Fyn's.  Readers initially witness this tale through Byren's eyes.  We learn that he is a kingson, which, in simple terms, means he is the second heir to the throne.  We also learn that his twin brother, Lence, is the kingsheir, and that there is some supposed prophecy about Byren murdering his brother.  I will be honest when I say that, for the start of the book, I wasn't too thrilled reading about Byren.  His character was too much of a goodie goodie...

...But once I read about Lence, I suddenly found myself loving Byren!  I also pitied the second heir, because his easily manipulated brother was a jerk.  Especially to Byren's best friend, Orrade.  Hell, Lence was a jerk to everyone in the story at one point.

The drama is what primarily kept me glued to the pages.  There were times, I admit, where I was ready for the book to be over.  But between Rowena's writing and the conflict threaded throughout the pages, I continued on.  So the start is slow.  It happens.  What really matters is that I was captivated enough to continue with this story, and I'm glad I did.  It was an entertaining read.

I thought I was not going to enjoy The King's Bastard due to the slow beginning with Byren.  The lack of detail about Affinity and the animals at the start of the book actually frustrated me.  What were all these foreign terms, and what did they have to do with the plot?  More importantly: why should I even care?  That happens to be my only complaint about this novel.  It would have been nice if there was a bit more explanation about what Affinity is, what it can do, and if there are different manifestations.  It's an interesting concept... and I want to know more.

It is with much relief that the wait for book two is only a month's time.  This trilogy is being published one month apart.  That means July 29th is the release date for The King's Bastard, August is the second, and September is the final book.  It must have been hard for the editor and Rowena, but I think that this method will definitely pay off in the end.  I'm already hooked!

When The King's Bastard finally concluded, I was both exhausted and disappointed.  Exhaustion stemmed from the drama throughout the entire book.  I wanted to scream with Piro and Byren when everyone around them was slowly manipulated.  (If this was a movie, I'd definitely be screaming at the screen, telling the other characters that they're morons.)  The disappointment was more because the book... well, ended.  And because now I know I'll have to wait a month until I can get my fingers on the next in this series.



Author Alert! (3)

Are you a fan of the Mortal Instruments series?  Do you live in/near New York City?

If you answered yes to both of those then you're in luck.  Check out the deets below!
  • Who: Cassandra Clare
  • What: Signing City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments book 3)
  • When: Wednesday, August 4 @ 7 PM
  • Where: Union Square Barnes & Noble- 33 East 17th Street
Go to the B&N website to find out more!



Also, if you've read anything by Suzanne Collins, this next part will interest you!  On Mockingjay's release day, Books of Wonder (in Manhattan) will be throwing a HUGE release party!

So on Monday night, August 23, 2010, Books of Wonder will be celebrating the release of Mockingjay with a party the likes of which have rarely been seen.  Starting at 8:00pm the Hunger Games themed celebration will kick off with activities and entertainment varying from face painting, magic and tattoos to jugglers, street performers and tarot card readers.

Then later, Suzanne Collins will be making an appearance.  This is something I doubt you're going to want to miss if you're in the New York area ;)

  • Who: Suzanne Collins
  • What: Mockingjay release party & signing
  • When: Monday, August 23rd @ 8PM - 1:30AM
  • Where: Books of Wonder; 18th Street between 5th and 6th Ave
  • Note: If you wish to pre-order a copy for the MOCKINGJAY MIDNIGHT MADNESS event on August 23rd, please call the store at 212-989-3270. Please note that only those books picked-up that evening will be stamped by Suzanne Collins.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thirsting for Thursday: The Monthly Book Release Update (6)


Thirsting for Thursday is, as the title implies, a monthly book release update.  On the first Thursday of every month, I will post the new releases I have discovered.  Of course, I do not have all of the book releases that are out there, which is why if there's a title you've noticed is missing, you should leave a comment to let me know!  Also feel free to let me know if a date has changed for any of these books.  While I try to keep up with all the dates, I cannot keep up with every single title.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tori's Review: Phoenix Rising by Jo Lynne Valerie


Holly is a successful, eccentric artist who has given up on love. A best-selling novelist hires Holly, asking her to "Paint my hero, my leading man..."

After Holly paints all day and all night, a face has come to life on her canvas. Imagine Holly's surprise when she meets the man she painted - IN REAL LIFE - just days later.

David is a divorced single father, a wolf biologist. On a deep winter night, their paths converge and passion ignites. David surprises both Holly and himself when he asks her to go away with him and his son, for the holidays...

But Holly is held prisoner by devastating heartbreak and a horrifying secret. Can she trust David with what is locked in the farthest recesses of her heart?

As the trio travels southwest for the holidays, the connection and intensity grows between Holly and David. In an end the reader will not see coming, Holly's mystery is solved at last - and a new path beckons them all.

A story about second chances. About healing the heart. This Winter Solstice, magic happens.

Obtained: Author
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:

1. Phoenix Rising
My Rating:

My Opinion:
When we think of paranormal, we think of vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries, etc.  What we don't think of is real life.  That's because the world of the paranormal is, well, magical.  It is escape at its finest.  When readers open up a paranormal book, they expect it to do what other books might not: completely and utterly captivate us with tales that we wish could happen, or that we could personally experience.  So while we might wish all these stories were real, we know deep down that they're not... 

Or are they? 

Phoenix Rising
is a paranormal book, but it's not the typical paranormal book you would expect.  There are no super villains with the ability of mind control.  People do not transform into furry canines.  They also don't have the ability to survive off blood.  Well... not that I know of.  In this tale, readers witness paranormal, but in a real life setting. 

Holly is an eccentric artist.  Her past story is quite tragic, and readers are slowly eased into said past as the story progresses.  With that said, I'm delighted by the outcome of this tale.  It was a real happy ending (though I do feel slightly bad for Holly's niece), one that had me smiling by the end.  And it wasn't corny!

I absolutely adored the start of this book.  I don't even have words to give it justice, which is weird for me.  But I loved it!  The tone was also enjoyable.  It was like... someone was reading the book to me, and I was able to sprawl on my bed and just listen for once (in actuality, I was sprawled on my bed reading it, but who's keeping track?).  The author's voice was soothing, and I actually found myself feeling more and more relaxed as I continued reading.

Usually I'm wary of numerous points of view.  If they are done well, they add a new level to a story.  Most of the time, not so much, because the author cannot juggle so many different viewpoints.  Miraculously, they neither jar, nor distract the reader in this particular novel.  In fact, I believe the story would have felt more barren had Jo Lynne simply focused on one or two characters only.

If you are eagerly searching for an action-packed urban fantasy, then this is not the story for you.  But, if you'd like a change of pace from typical paranormal books, while still reading about the paranormal, then I highly suggest you give Phoenix Rising a shot.  This novel was like a breath of fresh air.  My brain wept in relief for the change of pace.



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez



As a college senior and server at Hanaford Park's hottest nightclub, twenty-one year old Ryann Pierce's plan was simple: work hard, make lots of money, and avoid the ass-grabbers at all costs. What she never planned for was Quinn Donegan—the living, breathing advertisement for sinful behavior that waltzed into her life.

With an angelic face, a hard body and a butt-load of charm, Quinn had a way with the ladies—a lot of ladies. Cursed with a deadly, addictive touch, his trail of indiscretion blazed across five hundred years. Tired and jaded, Ryann is a shocking revelation Quinn didn't see coming.

Filled with desire, yet unable to touch one another, Ryann and Quinn embark on a daunting journey, battling frustrating physical limitations while exploring their new love. In a race against the clock, Ryann learns she must plead for Quinn's life before…the Eve of Samhain. Determined to end her lover's suffering, not even the danger dogging her every move can keep her from her mission.

Obtained: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series:

1. Eve of Samhain
My Rating:

My Opinion:
I felt like I had a love/hate relationship with this book at the start.  But it wasn't with the actual text... more the format of the pdf, which WOULD NOT open on my Kindle.  I had to read this on my laptop, after all.  So I started reading this book, somewhat annoyed.  And I think that influenced how I initially felt about this story.

The heroine, Ryann, intrigued me at some points, only to agitate me not even a minute later.  I felt like she would be one of those friends I'd have a sisterly relationship with: I adore her, but sometimes I just want to strangle her.  This feeling of annoyance continued for the rest of the day... until I finally stepped away from my computer for a bit.  When I came back, the story felt like it morphed from an okay read into the cute romance I enjoyed for the remainder of the book.... which reinforces the fact that I'm a mood reader.

One aspect that delighted me was the mythology within the pages.  I love learning about new folklore and new aspects of the stories I have already heard of.  By combining that mythology, and making it relevant to the tale, I believe Lisa successfully added an aspect of urgency to the plot.

I also love Quinn.  The accent.  Oh the accent made me melt.  If I heard that in person, I would probably be a puddle of hormones still.  I'm a sucker for the protective heroes who also have a softer side, and Quinn does not disappoint!  It's been a week or two since I've finished this story, and I still adore him!

What I didn't like: the emphasis on one's body image.  The start primarily focused on this, and after constant reminders, I began skipping paragraphs dedicated to Ryann's insecurities.  It's not that I hate books that explore this, but some books hone in on it too much to the point where it's overkill for me.  And yeah, I think all women could relate with some of the thoughts flying through the heroine's mind as she observed Quinn with other women... but... I just got tired of it after a while.

Overall, I enjoyed it.  If there was less emphasis on what I had mentioned, I think I would have enjoyed this even more.  It's a great read though, and captures the element of a cute romance very well.  If you'd like to learn a bit of mythology while reading a cute love story, read this book!



Monday, July 26, 2010

Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow


All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them...beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland. In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don t see. Her best friend Logan, suddenly acts very protective. Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That's fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.


Obtained: Publisher
Genre: YA
Series:

1. Bitter Frost
My Rating:

My Opinion:
Where to begin?  Throughout the entire start of the story, there were numerous similarities betwixt Bitter Frost and Julie Kagawa's The Iron King.  Unlike the latter, the former's heroine did not leave me as frustrated.  That's not to say I was not frustrated, for both books succeeded in doing that at one point, but more on that later in the review.

I absolutely adored the start.  These two authors definitely have a knack for writing extraordinary descriptions that suck me straight into their worlds.  Bitter Frost's start was strong.  Delightful.  Cute.  I loved Logan.  I was intrigued by the dreams and our little visitor, Kian.  I began to lick my lips in anticipation for the inevitable love triangle (yes, despite my occassional hate for love triangles in YAs, I still was excited for this one).  In some ways, I loved the beginning of this novel so much more. 

Now some of you might be rolling your eyes with these comparisons.  Let me just say this: it wasn't intentional for compare the two; it just happened.  Both are faerie novels, both have a heroine in high school.  Both have royalty in their blood.  Both have an ice prince, and a more lighthearted best friend.  It was bound to happen.

Once these two books, however, dispense their heroines into the world of the fae, that is where we begin to see major differences.  In fact, even the reasons for entering the world of the fae are different.  I felt that Bitter Frost adopts more of a fairy tale-esque feel to the novel at this point.  Suddenly, the heroine--who was a typical high school reject--transforms into an elegant, refined princess.  Love begins to blossom.  There is a tragic death.  An evil stepmother (or two) makes life hell.  It began to feel surreal.

What I didn't like as much?  Once Bitter Frost picks up speed, I feel the story adopts more of a rushed feeling to it.  I suddenly went from a pleasant ride to being dragged along in a race.  The more I struggled to slow down, the faster it went.  I also did not enjoy the fact that our heroine transforms from a "normal" teenager into this faerie princess.  The change in her speech and mannerisms was just too abrupt and weird for me.

Word of warning: the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger.  If you have an aversion to cliffhangers... then this might leave you frustrated.  Sometimes I enjoy them because they leave me dying for more.  Sometimes I detest them because I want to know what happens next so badly, I think I will explode.  This ending left me slightly confused... while also ending on such a note that I'm pleasantly salivating for more.

If you are a fan of faeries, I believe you will enjoy this novel. If you enjoy novels that have a fairy tale feel to them, you too, will enjoy this novel.  As for me?  I'm happily anticipating the second book.



Sunday, July 25, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Taken by the Others by Jess Haines

CALLING ALL URBAN FANTASY BOOK REVIEW BLOGGERS:

Want to review an ARC of Taken by the Others, book 2 of the H&W Investigations by Jess Haines? 

Yes?  Well you're in luck!  Jess is offering 5 ARCs to 5 lucky bloggers!

Snippet of TBTO




Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia–for very different reasons.

Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties–and even her desires…



For more information about TBTO, please refer here.


So are you interested?  Are you a blogger?  Good! 
Please follow the guidelines below, and you might receive a copy of the second book!


Please answer the following in your comment:
  1. Do you have a book review blog?
  2. Do you read Urban Fantasy books?
  3. Where do you live?  (Please state which country)
  4. Have you read book 1: Hunted by the Others?
  5. If you have not read the 1st book, would you go out to buy it if you received an ARC of  Taken by the Others?
  6. Please provide your email.
  7. Please provide your blog's URL.
  8. Are there any other places where you post your book reviews?  (IE: Amazon, Goodreads, etc)
  9. Have anything else to say? 


Fine Print:  These ARCs are REVIEW COPIES intended for book review bloggers ONLY!  Please do not leave a comment if you: 1) don't have a book review blog; 2) don't typically enjoy Urban Fantasy books; 3) do not have the intention of reading and reviewing this book.  Supplies are limited.  Not everyone is guaranteed a copy.  The contest will close when Jess has chosen her 5 bloggers.  Either Jess or I will email the winners.

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Bought:

  • Evernight by Claudia Gray
  • Dark Days by Jocelynn Drake 

  • Historical Tweets
  • Undateable
  • Regretsy
Received these books from Random House a while back, but I forgot to include them.  Sounds like they'd be amusing to read while at the beach.

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    The Faerie's Contest Finds (14)

    The Faerie’s Contest Finds is a weekly post where readers, bloggers, and even authors can gather together to not only advertise for their book/swag contests, but to also enter other giveaways. These contests are NOT restricted to paranormal themes. 


    Please be sure to include:
    • Contest end date
    • Blog name
    • Whether it is US, International, etc.


    Friday, July 23, 2010

    Tori's Review: Unchained by Sharon Ashwood



    Paperback - 384 pages
    Price: $7.99
    ISBN 13: 978-0451230737
    Released: July 6, 2010
     
    Sharon's Website
    Buy it via the Publisher 
    Buy it via Amazon  
     
    Obtained: Author
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Series: The Dark Forgotten 
    1. Ravenous (book review)
    2. Scorched
    3. Unchained
    4. Frostbound (book review)




    Ashe Carver is one kick-ass monster killer--and she has the scars to prove it.  But faced with a custody battle for her ten-year-old daughter, Eden, she's hung up her stakes and taken a job at the public library, determined to prove she's as good a mother as she is a hunter.

    Easier said than done.  Lovelorn vampires haunt the library, a slime demon is hanging out at the mall, and, after centuries of guarding a supernatural prison, dashing Captain Reynard strides into her world like a hero from a classic novel.  He has only weeks to live unless Ashe finds the thief who took his soul--and he's just too drop-dead gorgeous to die...

    My Rating:

    My Opinion:
    I would just like to say this before I begin: I bought Sharon's first book, Ravenous, a while back.  However, due to a large TBR pile--as I'm sure most bloggers can relate to--I did not have the chance to start the first book.  In fact, it was months before I finally fished it up out of the book pile.

    That was one of the stupidest mistakes of my "reading life".

    I'm always pleasantly surprised when I find a paranormal romance that resonates with me.  I adored Ravenous, as you will see with my review sometime soon.  I haven't read Scorched yet (shame on me), but I plan on doing so immediately...or maybe I'll save it for when I need an amazing book fix, since I am positive Mac's story will not disappoint. 

    I would also like to mention my reviewing slump I had experienced.  I read plenty of books within the past few weeks, and yet... I couldn't find the words to give any of these books justice.  And boy, have some of the books I've read deserved it.  Now, imagine my pleasant surprise upon finishing Unchained: I had things to say!  I know I've found an excellent book when it has the ability to delight me out of a slump.

    Okay, so all of that aside, I absolutely love the Carver witches.  Ashe is the older sister in the family, and she is a badass slayer.  She has a gun, a motorcycle, and a daughter.  Strange combination for a mother, right?

    Wrong.  She pulls off the multitasking required of the modern day mother so perfectly, I was actually.  Well.  Surprised.  While juggling the duties of two different lives, Ashe becomes a convincing heroine that the reader can connect with.  On countless occasions, I desired nothing more than to offer a helping hand in order to ease the burdens this young woman was forced to experience.  And then, to have Ashe desire a man whenever she sees how happy her sister and her lover are?  It felt real.  She felt real.  I wish she was real (no I don't, because then Reynard would be real, and I would love to gobble that man up). 

    We see characters from the earlier books make guest appearances once again, which is an aspect in series that I adore.  It's always fun to see the characters you initially fell in love with reappear, reassuring you with a huge grin that finding the love of their life hasn't made them dull.  If anything, Holly and Alessandro are still buzzing with life, even with certain changes.  I will readily admit that sometimes, I hate the after story of couples, simply because they settle down and come off as boring.  Not the case with these two.

    Then, there is the wonderful Englishman, Reynard.  I feel like I didn't know as much about his character as I might have liked, probably because I have not yet read Scorched.  I think I'm a sucker for a younger heroine, and then a seemingly immortal hero who could pretty much claim to be said heroine's great-great-great (tack on about five more of those) grandpa.  It's always entertaining witnessing the hero's shock upon adjusting to the modern world.  In fact, one of my favorite books of all time explores this.  But Reynard had an air of dignity about him as he marveled at the sights.  Not to mention, there was an inner bad-boy in that guard that made me pretty much want to ravish him like every other female in that book did. 

    Ashe's daughter added an entirely new element to the story that I enjoyed, both because she added her own sort of urgency at certain points, and she also assisted in redeeming some of the other secondary characters.  Lovely characterization all around.  Just like in Ravenous, I was convinced, I was holding my breath in anxiety, and then exhaling (when I wasn't suffocating) in relief.  I loved it.  I loved this.  What more is there to say?

    The plot is unpredictable.  You know it's a paranormal romance, so you know there's going to be a HEA, but the journey towards that happily ever after made everything entirely worth it.  I was surprised, and Sharon kept me guessing until the last page.  Which, by the way, was the perfect ending for that couple.  Like I said on Twitter last week: I giggled like a madwoman while feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

    Thank you Sharon, first for an amazing start to the series, then by granting me the opportunity to read Ashe's story, and then by inspiring me to actually write up a review.  I think it's safe to say that if you have not yet read The Dark Forgotten series, that you should do so immediately.  Sharon's characters are amazing, I promise you won't regret it :)

    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Tori's Review: Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood


    Paperback - 352 pages
    Price: $6.99
    ISBN 13: 978-0451226174
    Released: February 3, 2009

    Sharon's Website
    Buy it via the Publisher 
    Buy it via Amazon 
     
    Obtained: Bought
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Series: The Dark Forgotten 
    1. Ravenous
    2. Scorched
    3. Unchained (book review
    4. Frostbound (book review





    Vampires, Werewolves, and other creatures have emerged from the shadows. And some of them have sinister THINGS on their minds...

    Holly Carver is a witch who sometimes relies on the help of Alessandro Caravelli for her family’s preternatural investigations business. Alessandro is the oldest and strongest vampire in Fairview—and he’s made no secret of his desire for Holly. But while she aches to succumb to his suggestive wiles, she knows it would be an invitation to trouble.

    Then Alessandro’s queen, Omara, complicates matters when she turns up in Fairview to enlist his help. Sultry and manipulative, she is jealous of Alessandro’s feelings for Holly, and demands he use Holly to trap Geneva—the most evil demon of all.

    My Rating:
    This book has received the Faerie of Honor rating (what's this?)

    My Opinion:
    I love this book--in fact, I want to go back and re-read it ALREADY because I loved Holly and Alessandro so much!  It's taken me a few weeks to write this review because initially, I wasn't planning on doing so.  But then I realized, if I loved this book so much, why not spread the word?

    So this is me spreading the word.  (And plus, I'm posting my review of Unchained up tomorrow, so you can get a double whammy of the Carver sisters this way.)

    Holly is a witch who can hold her own.  Her character is so rich and appealing that I couldn't help but adore her from the start.  This is the second time it's happened, everyone.  I have a tendency, as I've stated before, of detesting the heroines in the first book of a new paranormal romance.  Sharon Ashwood has successfully done what only Larissa Ione has been able to do, and I think I love Ashwood for it.  I love Holly, that's for sure!

    Alessandro is an Italian vampire.  I thought he was mysterious and oh-so sexy.  He was heroic, and I respected him for resisting his urges as much as he did.  It's always amazing when an author can capture the essence of the predator--ie: the vampire--in a paranormal book, while also managing to include some humor in the process.  Sharon succeeded with Alessandro.  I love him too!

    The plot was rich and developed beautifully.  I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this, however, I don't want to discuss the plot too much... because I feel like I'm going to spoil it if I start talking now.  Let's just leave it at: it kept me glued from the first page all the way to the very last.

    I'm still recovering from my reviewing slump, but Ravenous saved me from drowning from my reading slump.  It's refreshing knowing that this was Ashwood's debut book.  And, I can guarantee you that the series (or at least book 3) is even better.  Read it.  You won't regret it.  I promise!

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010

    Tori's Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn


    Released: July 13, 2010
    Hardcover - 352 pages
    Price: $17.99
    Publisher: Egmont USA
    Source: BEA
    Genre: YA, PNR
    Series: Siren
    Buy: Amazon

    Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

    Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

    Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

    Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.

    A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.

    My Rating:
    This book has received the Faerie of Honor rating (what's this?)

    My Opinion:

    Where to start?  I loved this book, I think that much is obvious, considering I've added it to the Faerie of Honor list. 

    Initially, I wasn't interested in Siren.  It was a YA, and I was slowly--yet surely--growing tired of all the paranormal YA that has bombarding me at every angle.  After a while, I grow tired of reading about young teenage girls making stupid decisions that ultimately echo throughout the rest of the book.  Yes, most teenagers aren't as experienced and don't understand certain things, but it appeared as if this was a trend--no, more like an excuse by some authors to be less creative.

    Suffice to say, Vanessa has some instances where she is being somewhat silly, but she does not fit into this typical mold of the teenage heroine.  She is strong, brave (despite what she may believe), and beautiful.  When her sister dies, this young woman takes matters into her own hands.  Most people would simply accept Justine's death for what it was, yet Vanessa does not.  She knows there is something wrong... and I loved her for it.  I love heroines who take the initiative, but are also wary during the process.  That's not to say I don't love the other heroines who run into a fight with guns blazing, or the ones who slowly and patiently wait it out, those are different books, for different times.

    The cover was visually appealing, and it is extremely beautiful.  In the beginning, I didn't understand the significance of the colors or the overall designing of it.  Now that I do, I appreciate it so much more.  I know a lot of people instantly dismissed the colors and the somewhat creepy feeling emanating from the closeup, but I guarantee you, should you read this tale, you will understand why.

    I loved the relationship that had just began to sprout between Vanessa and Simon.  Simon's cute, and I adored his character.  It was frustrating towards the end listening to all the worries our young heroine had, especially after the two seemed to experience a monumental moment together.  The romantic in me yipped in joy... only to wail in dismay towards the end.

    This intricate world of sirens Tricia has created intrigued me so much that I'm curious to see if there will be a second book, and whether or not this will turn into a series.  While looking, I couldn't figure out if there was going to be one... I really hope there is!  Witnessing the change Vanessa undergoes towards the end will be an interesting followup.  As will the relationship--PLEASE tell me it'll work out!--with Simon.

    Overall verdict?  Loved it, highly suggest it.  It's a refreshingly new summer read that is absolutely perfect for the beach!

    Series Order:
    1. Siren
    2. Undercurrent (Tori's Review)

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Cover Wars: Hunted by the Others versus Taken by the Others

    Hello and welcome to another installment of...
    Cover Wars!
    (inspired by Kate's Throwdown Thursday at The Neverending Shelf)

    Cover Wars is a weekly post occurring every Monday at Book Faery.  Two covers will have a "face off," and it will be up to the readers to decide who is the victor and who is the loser.  This is a great way for readers to have their voice be heard, while also promoting new/old books in the process.

    Note: My apologies for pushing this back to Tuesday.  I had already scheduled a guest post way before Cover Wars! was in mind.

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    Guest Post with Jo Lynne Valerie

    Hey everyone!  We're going to veer slightly off schedule.  I'm going to delay Cover Wars! to tomorrow, because today... I have a very special guest for you all!

    Earlier last week, I had the opportunity to explore a wonderfully written novel (Phoenix Rising) by a talented, kindhearted author who takes a different approach when writing a paranormal book.  Her name?  Jo Lynne Valerie, the Para Goddess.  Please give her a warm welcome!  This post is sure to intrigue the paranormal addicts out there.




    When Paranormal Fiction Comes Close To Reality
    by Jo Lynne Valerie

    In books, the Paranormal is HOT these days! Recent visits to B&N and Border's proved it; the shelves and tables were lined with books for adults, teens, tweens and kids, on all manner of paranormality.  As an author of Paranormal Fiction, I couldn't be happier.  This is a great time to be a para-writer!  But my Paranormal fiction is a little different from what you might expect, based on what's currently hot in the genre.  You see, my Paranormal Fiction comes very close to reality, if not entirely authentic.

    Wait, what? Yep, it's a true fact: I've taught metaphysical classes for years and have engaged in too many real Paranormal investigations to count.  In my hometown, I've been the person called to address real hauntings, banish negative entities and lift curses.  I've also been the one to bestow blessings on homes, babies and newly married couples.  In addition to my career as a writer and author, the actual, factual Paranormal has sort of been my gig.  So why wouldn't I build real-life Paranormal into my fiction?  As they say... the truth is so... much... stranger!

    Speaking of strange... let me dish a little about my brand new book, set to release August 24.  It's called STRANGE LOVE.  Readers, I am so excited about this novel, it's bordering on outrageous!  You're going to get to experience the Paranormal very close to the way things really are, and I think you're going to love it!  Believe me, I know from experience, that the moment one realizes there's a very real supernatural world right alongside our own, we also realize life can be much cooler and magical than we ever dreamed.

    Strange Love, a Contemporary Gothic Paranormal Novel, is the story of heroine Kasia Kovalenko, a sociology student at the University of Massachusetts.  Strange Love's hero is tall, dark and accomplished Lucas Alvarez, son of a famed oceanographer and Psychiatry PhD candidate.  Kasia and Lucas meet on campus and hit it off... just like gazillions of students every day.

    Seems normal enough, right?  Oh, contraire... You see, Lucas comes from a lineage that is not entirely human.  In reality, his entire family is quite supernatural.  Lucas, and all the men in his immediate family, shift into a wolfish state one Full Moon each year.  Lucas' grandmother Adoncia, is the matriarch of the family and she also happens to be a Witch.

    What!? The Alvarez men shift on just one Full Moon?  Yes!  Because I've written Strange Love very close to the energies of the actual Full Moons each year.  Oooh, and Adoncia is a Witch?  What cool powers does she have?  So glad you asked! Adoncia has the powers many lineaged Witches who've practiced and honed their Craft for years would have: she can divine the future, create and administer healing elixirs, cast an impressive array of spells and communicate with unseen spirits.

    *smirks a little*  I should know about these things; I myself am a practicing Witch (quite different from Wiccan!), having been raised, mentored and trained by skilled, magical women.  My personal power animal is the wolf and I belong to Coven of the Wolf, created within the spiritual community I founded in my city, Temple of The Moonlit Path.

    Yep!  Strange Love is a Contemporary Gothic Paranormal Novel based on reality.  What's gothic about it?  The imagery, for one thing... and the texturing, for another.  I'm a passionate, intense Scorpio; this book is deep, intense, and it does run a tad dark - just like the real Paranormal.

    In order to entertain readers, I've included some interesting arcs and plots.  But I assure you... readers will come away from Strange Love knowing a lot about Para reality!  I'm dishing up the good stuff on the power and magic of the Full Moon, along with a lot about non-fiction witchcraft!

    When Paranormal Fiction comes close to reality, there's a departure from mythology and only a slight element of fantasy.  This is what I've written in Strange Love.  As a bonus, I've included a very cool little feature at the end: witchy facts, a few spells readers can try out safely and some real Full Moon and wolf lore.  I want readers to adore Strange Love and discover some supernatural surprises at the end!

    Tori, thanks for giving me the amazing opportunity to post and dish on your blog, about my upcoming release.  Such an honor, what a pleasure, and I thank you!  As a token of my thanks, I'll be sending you one of my author's copies of Strange Love, before release.  Signed and stuffed with very cool Para swag, of course. *winks*  Readers, if you've got any Paranormal questions, please feel free to stop by my blog this Thursday at http://www.JoLynneValerie.blogspot.com.  I'll be hosting my weekly Thoughtful Thursday tradition, where I answer questions on the paranormal, holistic health, writing, or if you prefer, I'll draw an Oracle card and provide Intuitive insight.

    Moonbeams and Luv ~
    Jo Lynne Valerie
    www.JoLynneValerie.com
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    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    In My Mailbox (20)

    In My Mailbox




    Click the image to learn more about this event.
    Did you fill out the form for the grand prize giveaway? 
    FORM CLOSES JULY 31ST

    The Faerie's Contest Finds (13)

    The Faerie’s Contest Finds is a weekly post where readers, bloggers, and even authors can gather together to not only advertise for their book/swag contests, but to also enter other giveaways. These contests are NOT restricted to paranormal themes. 


    Please be sure to include:
    • Contest end date
    • Blog name
    • Whether it is US, International, etc.


    Friday, July 16, 2010

    Blog Tour: Author Interview with Emma Michaels



    I'm happy to have Emma Michaels, author of the upcoming book The Thirteenth Chime stopping by Book Faery today to answer a few questions.

    "Emma Michaels was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them with every moment.

    With her Debut novel, The Thirteenth Chime being released August 13th 2010 and future releases planned Emma Michaels aspires to one day make it to the top ten of the New York Times Best Sellers List. With her fiancé at her side and her small white Chihuahua, Hope, she writes, reads, reviews and tries to live everyday to its fullest, whether in the pages of a good book or reaching out to others."



    Connect with Emma
    Blog
    | Website | Twitter | Goodreads



    Thanks for stopping by Emma, and congratulations on your debut!

    So first thing's first, according to your blog, you were a book reviewer before getting published, and you still write a few reviews now.  Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself that we can't find via your blog or website?
    A) Good question. I have a lot of strange quirks like a love of quills and notebooks even though I almost always use my computer to write. My favorite bookstore is actually a very small bookstore in San Diego, California called Warwick's. It is half book store and half office supplies/ art supplies and gifts making it the perfect fit for me. I draw often and love many different types of crafts. Overall, yes, there are many things I could tell you but I think we might be here for quiet a long time. *laughs*

    If you could describe your novel in one to two sentences, how would you do so?
    A) It is story of the bond between two people - David and Destiny - as they are pulled into a trap created by a madman almost fifty years ago. It is their journey together, despite all of their differences and their past as they face "The Thirteenth Chime".

    What exactly inspired you to write The Thirteenth Chime, and how long did it take you to write the first draft?
    A) I had a number of inspirations for "The Thirteenth Chime", but I think it was Washington State itself that compelled me to write this novel the most. This land is beautiful and you can feel its presence all around you in the trees, the earth and in the ocean. The first draft did not take me very long to do, but I did spend a few years doing the research. I wanted to be sure that certain elements of the story were as authentic as possible.

    Do you have a favorite scene from The Thirteenth Chime?
    A) Yes I do! I can't describe it in great detail yet, but I can share that it is a moment between David and Destiny when they are alone and they come to terms with the past. They finally accept one another.

    Who's your favorite character?
    A) Stephanie. She is a close friend of Destiny and a very important character within the story. She is just filled with so much heart and spunk!

    Did any authors in particular inspire you to write this novel?
    A) No, not this particular novel. I have been inspired by authors after reading their books. Tamora Pierce, for instance, has always been a great source of inspiration and hope to me.

    Do you listen to music when you write, or do you need absolute silence?
    A) Music is very important. It can help me write a scene because it brings out the emotions within me that can help me work through what is going to happen next. Another advantage to the music is that if you reach a roadblock, you can lean back, close your eyes, and let the notes and sound of the music flow through you like a cool breeze on a warm day.

    What is a typical day like in the life of Emma Michaels?
    A) I love my routine *laughs* A typical day for me is when I lay to the birds chirping for a few minutes in bed before I get up and eat while checking important messages for the day. Once I have handled messages, I turn head straight into writing. The hours I write very depending on the day, but I make sure I write each and every day. I also make sure I get out every day and enjoy the world around me, even if it is only a short walk on the beach or the main roads surrounded by trees. I also make sure I spend as much time with my fiance and Chihuahua as possible!

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    Chocolate!!!!!!
    White or black? White for houses black for clothing (unless it is summer)
    Day or night?
    Day, though it used to be night. Since moving to Washington it has become day. (though my favorite is still sunrise or sundown!)
    Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Either! yeay chocolate... I guess if I had to choose... dark.
    Coffee or tea? Tea. Although I like coffee, I've tried to give it up and drink tea almost every day.
    Paranormal Romance or Paranormal-YA? Paranormal YA, although the beauty of my book is that you get both in one!
    Printed book or E-book? A good question! Although I am a traditionalist in that I do love the feel and smell of a good book in my hands, I have grown exceedingly fond of e-books. They help to save the environment and the savings that publishers accumulate from e-book sales provides more royalties to the author and more to charitable donations. Bokheim Publishing believes in only doing e-books, although they do work with printed books on request, which was a blessing for me as they are going all out to do both for "The Thirteenth Chime"!

    Thank you so much for helping me spread the word and to everyone reading! If we all work together we can get The Thirteenth Chime to the New York Times Best Sellers List but I can't do it without you!!! Thank you for your support!

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire


    October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

    The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.


    Obtained: Author
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    Series: October Daye
    1. Rosemary and Rue
    2. A Local Habitation (book review)
    3. An Artificial Night (book review)
    My Rating:

    My Opinion:
    First thing's first: I had most of this review typed up last week, but then guess what happened?  Blogger ate it up.  I was not pleased.

    Seanan contacted me a month ago (give or take) to review Rosemary and Rue.  Surprisingly, it took me about a month to finish this book, but not for the reasons you'd think.

    I love to--when I'm not compulsively reading like a junkie--take my time when reading a novel I enjoy.  Think of it as savoring your favorite dessert.  If you devour it in under a minute, chances are, all the unique tastes and textures will be lost to you because you were being a glutton.  Yet if you spend maybe five minutes eating that very same dessert, thankful for every single bite, it's an entirely different experience altogether.  The same applies to Rosemary and Rue, albeit, instead of finishing it in a day, I spent about a month. 

    So, for the entire time I took summer classes--when I wasn't reading poems at the last minute--I spent my train rides experiencing Toby's world again and again.  It was something I anticipated with the utmost excitement.  I wanted to figure out who the murderer was.  I wanted to figure out if Toby would reacquaint herself with the world of the Fae.

    Unfortunately, I finished the novel a day or two after I completed my summer class.  Strange that I would be sad about a book ending, isn't it?  With Urban Fantasy, the world building is one of the most exciting aspects of the story, and with Rosemary and Rue, this definitely rings true. But even more than that, Toby and the fae she interacts with intrigued me just as much as the world they lived in.

    So we've got a story packed with great, 3D characters and the world sounds as if it could actually be real and happening right under our noses (do you have something to admit to your beloved readers, Seanan...?), not to mention a real mystery to solve.  Who was the mastermind?  Why did they do what they did?  And, more importantly, how did they do it?!

    I was pleased because I kept guessing.  I honestly, for the life of me, could not figure out the ending to this book early on.  It wasn't until the very end, when tiny hints were given, that everything suddenly began to click in my mind.  So much like the delightful Toby, I was riding this story on the edge of my seat, curious.

    I've admitted in the past that I love a good paranormal romance.  It has only been recently that I also love a good Urban Fantasy that doesn't really... have any romance in it.  For the most part, Rosemary and Rue has no romance.  But then Seanan teases readers with men from Toby's past, making us--or at least me--wonder if Toby will eventually reintegrate herself back into society and fall in love again.  I think I'm going to have to continue with the series to find out.

    By the end of R&R, I had one pressing question: what the heck is going on with Tybalt!?  For those of you who don't know, he's pretty much the king of the cats.  Not going to go into too much more, so you'll just had to read the book to learn more about that awesome character.  But seriously.  That one moment, with the blood and the sentence that Toby hears?  I kind of squealed, agitated that I couldn't learn more.

    The only thing I didn't really enjoy so much?  The prologue.  I actually thought, when I first began reading, that I wasn't going to enjoy this story much.  What happens to Toby in the start did not... well, it didn't make me very fond of the book.  But you know what?  Much like Toby learns to live with what happened, I did too.

    And, because I'll always mention it when I feel the need to do so, the cover gets super special bonus points for me.  Who doesn't love a cool looking cover?  The entire series so far looks amazing--but in particular, I'm enjoying An Artificial Night's look.

    So I think it's safe to say that Rosemary and Rue is a book I highly suggest you check out, especially if you're interested in giving the urban fantasy genre a shot.  As for me?  I want to read A Local Habitation as soon as I possibly can.


    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Read-a-thon wrapup & winners x3!

    So a giveaway and a read-a-thon challenge ended today.  But before I go tell you who the winners are, I'm going to just give a quick summary of what happened the past 3 days for this read-a-thon:

    Day 1:  1.5 books completed

    Day 2: 2 books completed (one wasn't on my original list, and I'm too lazy to go back and edit things now)

    Day 3: 1 book completed

    As you can see, I've proven my prior statement before all this began that, when it comes to read-a-thons, I'm lazy.  Yep!  But on the bright side... 2.3k written on Day 1 and 1.3k written on Day 2 for the WIP.  Also sent out a bunch of emails and got some work that I've been putting off done, so I guess it's not all that bad :)


    Okay so now that that's done, I'm sure you're all curious to know about the winners, since most of you probably don't give a crap about my reading progress :P

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    There were 180+ entries.  Strangely enough, I also reached 750 followers on the final day.  Huh...  As I promised on the contest page, I've added a second winner to receive a different prize package.

    Winner 1:
    Justina
    Winner 2:
    Alexia

    Both of you wanted more than one prize pack, so you're going to have to tell me in an email which ones you want.

    Aaaaand... the winner of the mini challenge, according to random.org is:
    Lizzyland


    So the emails have been sent.  Get back to me within 48 hours with addresses.

    Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 3 (plus a mini-challenge!)

    Once Upon A Read-A-Thon


    Part I: The Mini-Activity

    I actually found this little activity thanks to another blogger from a different reading challenge, so thank you nomadreader.

    So where in the world have you read the past few days?

    Follow these steps to participate:

    1.  Go to this link (you'll need a Google account)
    • Zoom in to find the location you want.
    • Hit edit (it's at the top right corner to the left of the map)
    • You'll now have the ability to add a pin mark to the map.  To locate the pin mark, look at the top left hand corner of the map.  It should be the middle button.
    • Enter the location(s) of where your books took place!  Be sure to include the author's name & the title of the book and your blog name & address.
    • Click OK to add your pin to the list.
    • Click DONE in the left sidebar.
    • Check out all the other locations.
    2.  Come leave a comment telling me you posted your pin(s) & your email address.

    So what's there to win?

    • ARC At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E. Feist
    • Shadowfae by Erica Hayes
    • 13 to Life swag
    Mini Challenge ends at 11pm tonight.  Winners will be announced with my Favorite Trio giveaway sometime after that on Thursday.



    Part II: Book Status

    Completed:
    • I Married a Dragon- Beverly Rae (55% complete)
    • Eve of Samhain- Lisa Sanchez
    • Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow
    • Phoenix Rising- Jo Lynne Valerie

    To Read:
    • The Phantom Diaries- Kailin Gow
    • Whisper of a Witch- Suza Kates
    • Phoenix Rising- Jo Lynne Valerie
    • The Crescent- Jordan Deen
    • Nocturnal- Anthology
    • Tidal Wave- Vivian Arend
    • Whirlpool- Vivian Arend
    • Under the Northern Lights- Vivian Arend

    Part III: Updates
    • 8:00 PM: Just finished Phoenix Rising by Jo Lynne Valerie.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Battle of the Sexies: Grand Prize Giveaway!

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    I figured I’d start showing some of the awesome goodies you can win in the grand prize giveaway (that is the poll portion), while also explaining how the process will work.  Maybe it'll make you guys a bit more excited for this :)

    Just a friendly reminder: this portion of the event is for US residents only.  If you live outside of the US, and are willing to pay for shipping, you're more than welcome to enter.  Likewise, if you have a US buddy willing to ship books out to you, that works also!

    • Step 1: If you haven't done so already, FILL OUT THIS FORM before midnight July 31st.
        
    • Step 2: On August 1st, if you look to the right, I will have posted a picture link that will direct you to TWO polls on my sidebar, meaning you should go and vote!
       
    • Step 3: Spread the word!  Try to sway people and convince them to vote for your choices!  The heroes and heroines you voted for in the form you submitted will be battling for dominance until August 18th
       
    • Step 4: On August 19th, I will post a third and final poll that will last until August 31st.  This will contain a second face-off between the top 3 heroes and the top 3 heroines. 
       
    • Step 5: Spread the word, because this is where it will really count.  You will receive 5 entries per character that you chose (on the form) who made it into the final 6. 

      If you correctly vote for which character gets:


      1st place, you will gain 30 additional entries
      2nd place, you will gain 25 additional entries
      3rd place, you will gain 20 additional entries
      4th place, you will gain 15 additional entries
      5th place, you will gain 10 additional entries
      6th place, you will gain 5 additional entries

    • Step 6: Now it's time to wait and see which characters dominate.  Curious to see what the prize pack consists of?


    Grand Prize Pack:

    • $20 Gift Card from Indiependent Books
    • $25 Gift Card to Book Swim

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    • A book with a secret heart compartment cut out of the middle and lined with red velvet courtesy of the Etsy shop: Book Works
    • Either an 8x8 or 8x10 print from the Etsy shop: Erin Reynolds Photography

      Signed/unsigned copies of:

    • The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
    • Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance (signed)
    • Embers by Laura Bickle
    • Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes (signed)
    • Under the Northern Lights by Vivian Arend
    • Swag from: Karen Chance, Faith Hunter, Jenna Black, Leah Cypess, Moira Rogers, Nalini Singh plus many more!

    And this list is still growing!  From the prizes already, I know there will be plenty of books left over.  I'm curious, from all the prizes listed above, would you guys prefer it to be one huge prize, or divided into a couple?



    Are you an author, publisher, bookseller, or Etsy merchant interested in contributing to the grand prize giveaway?  Please send me an email at: tori.book.faery[at]gmail[dot]com

    Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 2

    Once Upon A Read-A-Thon


    Current thoughts about Day 1:
    1. I suck at staying on task sometimes.
    2. Read-a-thon's are a good way for me to get other tasks done.
    3. Stay away... my dad bought me pepper spray yesterday.  Yes that is random.  No I'm not going to erase it.


    Completed:
    • I Married a Dragon- Beverly Rae (55% completed)
    • Eve of Samhain- Lisa Sanchez
    • Bitter Frost- Kailin Gow

    To Read:
    • Bitter Frost- Kailin Gow
    • The Phantom Diaries- Kailin Gow
    • Whisper of a Witch- Suza Kates
    • Phoenix Rising- Jo Lynne Valerie
    • The Crescent- Jordan Deen
    • Nocturnal- Anthology
    • Tidal Wave- Vivian Arend
    • Whirlpool- Vivian Arend
    • Under the Northern Lights- Vivian Arend

    Updates:
    • 3:27 PM: Just about to start Bitter Frost.  Had some errands to run.  Feeling like I'm getting sick (or maybe it's because I kept waking up because of dreams last night.
    • 5:30 PM: Finished Bitter Frost.  Was a very fast read.

      Monday, July 12, 2010

      Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 1

      Once Upon A Read-A-Thon


      Super sorry, but due to the crazy weekend (congrats Spain on winning the 2010 World Cup!), some BBQs, and trying to work on the WIP, I didn't get a chance to find two covers for today's Cover Wars! challenge.  I'll post the next one up in a week, so consider this more time to vote.

      Now, however, officially starts the Once Upon a Read-a-thon challenge!  If you haven't signed up for this, or filled out the form for the giveaway, I highly suggest you click the button up at the top of the page and do so.  It'll be fun :) 
      • Today, I'll be stopping by this post with updates on which books I've finished etc.  
      • Tomorrow, I'll make a new blog post with additional books I may add to the read-a-thon pile.  I might also include some of the mini-activities other bloggers are hosting for this event when I decide to take a break.  
      • On Wednesday I'll be posting my own little mini-activity for participants.  Under that I'll include updates & other mini-activities I participate in.
      I hope you'll all come participate in this!  It sounds like a lot of fun, and there's no minimum or maximum amount of books you need to read.

      Below I've listed the books I'm planning on reading.

      Books I'm planning on reading:
      • Bitter Frost- Kailin Gow
      • The Phantom Diaries- Kailin Gow
      • Eve of Samhain- Lisa Sanchez
      • Whisper of a Witch- Suza Kates
      • Phoenix Rising- Jo Lynne Valerie
      • The Crescent- Jordan Deen
      • Nocturnal- Anthology
      • Tidal Wave- Vivian Arend
      • Whirlpool- Vivian Arend
      • Under the Northern Lights- Vivian Arend
      • I Married a Dragon- Beverly Rae (50% completed)
      So there's eleven books for now.  I'm not sure how long they'll take me, but if I can get through all of them in three days, then awesome!  Most of them are either short stories, or are novels that are on the shorter side.  Not planning on taking on any of the longer novels that I'd like to read, just because I'd like to lessen my TBR pile.

      So what titles are the rest of you devouring within the next three days?




      Updates:
      • 1:31 AM: Started I Married a Dragon
      • 4:47 AM: 55% done with I Married a Dragon.  Sleep time
      • 1:06 PM: Giving up on I Married a Dragon (not enjoying the heroine commentary so much... ergh) Starting Eve of Samhain
      • 2:00 PM: Eve of Samhain didn't open on my Kindle (damn damn damn!).  Reading it via the computer (which is sloooow reading for me)
      • 4:18 PM: I suck at this.  Have been procrastinating for the past hour lol!
      • 6:31 PM: Just now resuming Eve of Samhain.  I suck at staying on task.  I did, however, send out a bunch of emails that I needed to do, so I guess it's not so bad.  I also just had way too much chocolate pudding... going to puke.
      • Okay I just gave up with reading for the rest of the day.  Ended up working on the WIP instead because I couldn't stand looking at the comp anymore.