Saturday, October 29, 2011

In My Mailbox #38

In My Mailbox is hosted by the Story Siren.  Make sure to stop by her blog every Sunday to see the links of all the blogs participating in this weekly MEME.

I didn't post an IMM last week.  I was getting ready for the bookfair that I was in charge of this week at my kid's elementary school.  It's over and we earned over $2000.00 in books for the school.  I'm pretty happy about that, but sales were way down from previous years.

So today I have several goodies to share with you. All titles are linked to Goodreads.

Received to Review:
by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa ~ Purchased

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo ~ Received to review
(There is a giveaway for this book going on at this blog, right now!

Pumpkin Roll by Josie Kilpack ~ Purchased and autographed
(Today our new library opened and she was there for the grand opening)

Faerie Lord by Herbie Brennan ~ Purchased at the bookfair

The Night of the Solstice by LJ Smith ~ Purchased at the bookfair

Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarrett J Krosoczka ~ purchased at the bookfair
(I was just hired to be a substitute lunch lady for my school district.
Not the job I had in mind when I started looking, but at this point better than nothing.  It's a foot in the door after being a stay at home mom for 16 years.)

Received to Review from Linda Hawley. EBook editions:

Dreams Unleashed (2nd Edition)

Cedardale Court by Nathan Lee Christensen ~ Review
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacey Juba ~ LibraryThing Member Giveaway
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines ~ Review
Love Unfinished by Darian Wilk ~ Won in a giveaway from Books, Biscuits and Tea!
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer ~ as part of an ARC book tour from I Read Banned Books

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my mailbox.  Leave me a note or a link to what is in your eBox/Mailbox!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog Tour ~ Earth (Elemental #1) review and an eBook giveaway!

Earth (Elemental, #1)Earth by Shauna Granger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
AGE recommendation: Older teen, violence and profanity.

Description from Goodreads: Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start. 

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it's only a ploy to draw her out; she can't let someone die because of her

My thoughts: Honestly, self published books often have a negative connotation. Many believe that they are self published because a publisher would not accept the manuscript. This book was just as good, if not better than some of the books that have a big name publisher. This book was easy to read and had a great story. I didn't get hung up on any awkward dialect or situations. Congrats Shauna for a fabulous debut novel.

This book is full of adventure and mystery. The main character, Shayna, and her two best friends, Steven and Jodi, are all able to manipulate elements of nature. They are fledgling witches. They do their best to not enter into the darker sides of witchcraft and are dismayed when someone starts to use blood sacrifices in their town.

On top of that, Shayna has nightmares where she is being chased by a beast and wakes up in the morning with claw marks and bruises on her body. Something is not right and the three of them have to figure out what is happening before midnight on Halloween.

There is a little bit of a love interest for Shayna in this book. I hope to see more of the interplay between them in the next book which comes out soon.

This is a great book to read for Halloween. It has all of the elements of a spooky story.  There are witches, demons, possession, rituals, runes, and sacrifice.

Now for the part of the giveaway.  In order to enter, leave a comment with your email address.(You must be 13 or older to enter.)  This will gain you entry for the eBook on this blog as well as enter you for the grand prize.  You must comment on all of the blogs participating in this tour to gain an entry into the grand prize giveaway.  Here is what you can win, I know I will be commenting because I REALLY want it.  :)  The last day to enter for the eBook on Bookworm Lisa is October 31st.

You can win the 2nd book!

Comment on every blog’s post to be entered into theGrand Prize for a signed print copy of soon to be released Air and bookmark! Second Grand Prize is a signed print copy of Earth and a bookmark! 

Here is a link to all of the participating blogs!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

REVIEW ~ "Better than Chocolate"

Better Than ChocolateBetter Than Chocolate by Pat Amsden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Adult romance
Source: Received from the author to review

Description from Goodreads: This is a sweet romance set in Chemainus, BC on Vancouver Island. The heroine, Elena Tighe, has moved to Chemainus to make a new life for herself. An artist she's planning on opening up a coffee shop/gallery which will allow her to be independent while allowing her to pursue her passion. She wants no help from her family, well-meaning or otherwise. 

But her dad has other ideas. A billionaire real estate developer he's used to getting his way. Sure he's promised to stay out of it, but he never said he wouldn't send her a birthday present. He sends her his newest and brightest star, business consultant, Brad Phillips. Sparks fly. He may look a lot like Brad Pitt with brown eyes but when he tells her she'll be lucky to last six months unless she makes some changes she's ready to send him packing.

That's the last thing he wants. He thought he'd swagger in, share some of his expertise with her, and then when she's on the right track, head back to Vancouver, having wracked up major brownie points with her dad. Can Elena put aside her distrust long enough to profit from his advice and make the coffee shop/gallery the success she wants? Will Brad be able to keep Elena's business totally separate from anything to do with her dad? In short, will he turn out to be an even better present, than chocolate?

My thoughts: There is a lot of promise to this book. I couldn't grab the vision that Pat Amsden was trying to give me.

The book seemed choppy and I had a hard time visualizing the characters. It is a very short book and is great if you are looking for a light and quick read.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Review ~ The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Genre: YA Fantasy
Content Warning: mild swearing and sexual innuendo
Publication date: October 25, 2011

Description from Goodreads: My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.
My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

My thoughts:  I became a member of Netgalley because I saw that another blogger had read "The Iron Queen" early and I desperately wanted to read it.  I am a huge fan of this series.  When the Iron Knight became available, there was absolutely no way that I was going to pass up the opportunity to read the book early.  I own all of the books in hard copy and I do have a pre-order placed for this book with Amazon.

The thing that I loved the most about the book was learning more about the relationship between Ash and Puck. We see the deep friendship that they share as well as the hurt and pain that led to the feud that has been going on between them. We see what it is costing them and the emotional turmoil that they have been going through for a very long time.

This story is about Ash. He is trying to become mortal so that he can be with Megan. He wants to conquer iron, and have it not lead him to a slow and agonizing demise. He has heard rumors that lead him on a quest to the edge of NeverNever, to the end of the world to find a way to give up immortality. Along the way he discovers many surprises. He finds out more about himself than he ever wanted to know and realizes what mortality really is. I love the emotional journey that he is on, it is a great compliment to the physical journey he is undertaking.

This is a great conclusion to the Iron Fey books. I wish we could have had more of Megan in it, but this is Ash's journey. I hope that someday Julie writes a book about Puck where he gets to find a girl who won't fall in love with Ash. I would love to see him have a happy ending.

Thank you, Thank you Harlequin Teen for accepting my request to read this book from Netgalley. Thanks Julie Kagawa for giving me something to look forward to reading.  I will definitely be reading her future work.

Spooktacular hop (INTL)

Thank you I am a Reader, Not a Writer and The Diary of a Bookworm for hosting this hop!

For this hop I will be giving away one copy of "The Hollow" by Jessica Verday to be shipped from The Book Depository.  As  long as they ship for free to your country, you can enter.
Everyone who enters must be at least 13 years of age or older. (See my giveaway policy in the right side bar.)

The only thing that I will require is a follow on GFC.  Please enter using the rafflecopter below the book description.

Book Description from AmazonWhen Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special.
Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Winners from my Blogoverary + 1000 Followers

A big thank you to everyone who participated in my Blogoversary +1000 followers giveaway.  Yes, I realize that it should be blogiversary, but spell check says both of them are wrong.  I had everything made up before I realized my error.

Anyway, it's time to announce the winners!

Day one ~ The Girl of Fire and Thorns (shipped from the Book Depository) goes to:


Day two ~ Two Kindle app books.  Both chose to received "Fateful" by Cheri Schmidt:

Shadow Kohler

Day 3 ~ Blogging Essentials goes to:


Day 4 ~ Outlet shopping from Cedar Fort Publishing:

Package 1 ~ Lindsey/MamaMunky
Package 2 ~ windycindy
Package 3 ~ Natasha Areena

Day 5 ~ Choice from three books from book depository and a box of five books:

Book Depository ~ Brigit
Books ~ Krystal Larson

I have sent every winner an email.  A few already have their prizes and some have been mailed.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  There are always new giveaways around the corner.  I am currently running two giveaways and will be in a blog hop starting tomorrow.  Make sure to come back and enter.

REVIEW ~ Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure

Tashi and the Tibetan Flower CureTashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure by Naomi C. Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Source: Netgalley

Description from Goodreads: Tashi loves listening to Popola, her grandfather, sing Tibetan chants to the click, click of his prayer beads. She also loves hearing Popola s stories about the village in Tibet where he grew up. But recently Popola has been sick, and Tashi is worried. One of the stories Tashi remembers tells how people in Popola s village use flowers to help themselves recover from illnesses. Will this healing tradition work in the United States, so far from Popola s village? Determined to help Popola get better, Tashi recruits family, friends, and neighbors in a grand effort to find out. Lyrically told and illustrated with impressionistic paintings, Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure shines a tender light on the universal bond between grandchild and grandparent. Readers of all ages are sure to be inspired by the gentle power of this story and its spirit of compassion and community.

My thoughts: I thought this was a beautiful story.

Tashi's popola (grandfather) is sick. He fondly remembers living in Tibet and the healing properties of flowers. He shares his memories with Tashi and she tries to help him heal with flowers.

I loved the affection and love between Tashi and her grandfather. Her desire to help him brings a community closer together.

Books are a great way to help children learn of other cultures and customs.  In the back of the book is information on Tibet and the Tibetan words used in the book.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Guest Post ~ Tess Hilmo ~ author of "With a Name Like Love" + Giveaway (US & Canada)

Today I am very excited to share a post from an author that has just come to my attention.  She has a new middle grade southern murder mystery published by Macmillan.  Of course you say "middle grade southern murder mystery" and you immediately have my attention.  I am very excited to read her book.  So excited that I wanted to find out a little more and share it with you before I have the opportunity to read it.  In her email to me Tess said the her book has just been chosen as an American Booksellers Association "New Voices Selection fro 2011".  Let's hear from Tess.

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?”   Really, any novel length work is a compilation of many ideas over a long period of time.  But, how do we remember those little influences?  I create what my husband calls The War Room.  Here is a photo of my War Room for With a Name Like Love:

I jot down a word or turn of phrase that I like and put those, along with other idea prompts, onto a poster board.  Then, as I’m writing, I can look up and find snippets of ideas to keep me going.  For example, one of the words on these posters is “inky”.   One day, I was trying to write a scene, but felt lost on the specifics.  I chose the word “inky” and wrote a whole story around it.  It is the part of my novel where Ollie (my main character) takes a walk out into the field with her daddy.  It is nighttime and she is feeling sad about something that happened earlier that day.  Here is the result of my inspiration:

 “There, under the inky sky, Ollie’s daddy began to sing.  He sang low and soft.  He sang the welcome song she had chosen that evening, Rock of Ages, because he knew it was her favorite.  And as he sang, Ollie cried.”

The whole scene was built around a simple word that I had jotted down on a piece of paper and taped up onto my office wall!  In the past, I tried to keep word and idea journals but found them difficult to reference as I was writing.  Having those things right in front of me has made all the difference.


Tess is generously offering a copy of her novel along with some swag to a lucky winner here at Bookworm Lisa  This is for US and Canadian addresses only.

To enter: As always you must be at least 13 to enter.  Leave your name and email in a comment.  Simple.  If you would like an extra entry you can follow Tess on GFC on her blog. (Click on the word "blog" to get there.)  Just let me know in the comment that you went over there and are a follower.  Two max entries.  You can even leave the info in the same comment.   The contest will run through November 4th. Thanks for stopping by and enter now!  You do want to read it. (I want to read it too.)  Good Luck!

Here is the book description from GoodreadsWhen Ollie’s daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father. Jimmy insists that his mother is innocent, and Ollie believes him. Still, even if Ollie convinces her daddy to stay in town, how can two kids free a grown woman who has signed a confession?  Ollie’s longing for a friend and her daddy’s penchant for searching out lost souls prove to be a formidable force in this tiny town where everyone seems bent on judging and jailing without a trial. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

REVIEW ~ The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Coleen Coble
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Source: Netgalley

Book Description: Olivia Stewart's family is one of the Four Hundred-the highest echelon of society in 1910. When her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, Olivia leaves their New York City home for Mercy Falls, California, to determine what befell Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry. But the more Olivia gets to know him, the more she doubts his guilt-and the more she is drawn to him herself. pbrbrPWhen several attempts are made on her life, Olivia turns to Harrison for help.B /BHe takes her on a ride in his aeroplane, but then crashes, and they're forced to spend two days alone together. With her reputation hanging by a thread, Harrison offers to marry her to make the situation right. As a charity ball to rebuild the Mercy Falls lighthouse draws near, she realizes she wants more than a sham engagement-she wants Harrison in her life forever. But her enemy plans to shatter the happiness she is ready to grasp. If Olivia dares to drop her masquerade, she just might see the path to true happiness.

Colleen's Thougths: I enjoyed this book very much.  The romance was tasteful and the mystery was exciting and intense without being terrifying.  It was easy to become involved in the drama of Olivia's and Harrison's lives.  Their tenuous relationship went through a life-time of experiences and changes through the story.  Although it may seem far fetched for the loose ends of the story to wrap up the way they did, while immersed in the book, my suspension of disbelief was not offended.  It is a fun, entertaining, and very tasteful book - especially if you are searching for a romance novel without any smut.

REVIEW ~ Franklin's Halloween.

Franklin's Halloween: A Classic Franklin Story by Paulette Bourgeois

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Source: Netgalley

My son came home from school sick today. I thought he might like to cuddle up with mom and read a story. That always seems to help a little.

We read Franklin's Halloween. I had downloaded it from netgalley and wanted to read it with my eight year old. I love to see what children think. I know what I like in a children's story: great pictures, humor, a lesson, phonetics....etc. Kids mostly want a good story and to see the pictures. I asked him what he thought and he said it was good. I asked him if other kids would like this book and he said "yes." Ok, no elaboration here, but what can I expect? He's laying in his bed with a bowl close by. He did say that his favorite part was they mysterious ghost.

My thoughts are that  this book is really cute. I love Franklin. The stories are always well illustrated and have a solid plot. Franklin's dilemma was what to be for Halloween. The fun part was when there was a mystery concerning a ghost. At the end everyone is happy and had a great Halloween. Cute and sweet book that has all of the key elements of a good story. Not too scarey for little ones either.

I definitely recommend this book to sit and cuddle with your favorite trick-or-treater.

Review ~ "Ding Dong the Diva's Dead" Blog Tour

Ding Dong the Diva's DeadDing Dong the Diva's Dead by Cat Melodia

Source: Received to Review
Age Recommendation: Adult
Content Warning: Sexual Innuendo and Swearing

Description from Goodreads: Deborah de Lille is an opera singer—in the least grand sense. Debbie doesn’t foresee a future beyond Handel Messiahs and low-budget tours ... until her agent finagles her a minor role with a small-town company. The artists assembled for this production of Offenbach’s spooky opera, Tales of Hoffmann, have more than opera on their minds. Their games of love are not for the faint of heart, and the cutthroat atmosphere may have become literal. How far are they willing to go to advance their careers and even the score? The singer Debbie replaced died under suspicious circumstances, and after another minor player bows out suddenly, she is also given her role. Now she has two small roles that no one in their right mind would kill for. So, either someone isn’t in their right mind, or the close calls threatening Debbie’s safety are all unlucky coincidences. Add to the mix three preening tenors, a sexy lesbian director, a vengeful conductor, an obscenely rich and Hollywood-handsome general director, a fading Italian pop star, a trio of bitchy leading sopranos, an ambitious understudy, countless attention-starved underlings, an anti-opera terrorist group, a resident ghost, and Debbie’s kooky and dysfunctional friends and family, and you have an opening night that promises to genuinely thrill and chill.

My thoughts: Amazing what can go wrong when inflated egos, jealousy, revenge, and lust are the background elements in an opera production. Of course, this is all behind scenes action, not necessarily what is happening onstage.

Debbie has taken a role in a production that the previous diva took an unfortunate dive off of a cliff. She is thrown into a cast that is having issues. Unexpected accidents and the resident ghost try to lure her away. She is committed to furthering her career and seeing it through.

The book is told with humor and introduces the reader to the world of an opera production. I believe that this production is overly dramatic which adds to the humor and interest.  I was thinking that I should have had Colleen review this book.  She is the opera singer reviewer on this blog.  Instead I talked to her a little about it and she laughed and said that she had seen some of the background drama and that Cat did describe the production of an opera well.

At the beginning of the book, cat Melodia, struggles to find her writing voice. It took her a bit to her into her stride, once she did the story was more enjoyable to read.

I only recommend this book to mature readers due to the sexual innuendo that is a major theme of the book.

About Cat MelodiaCat Melodia is the nom de plume of a Seattle-based mezzo soprano and voice teacher. Like her heroine, she often wears the pants on stage. Three of her opera adaptations/translations have been performed at community colleges. She has a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in German Literature from Princeton and a Master’s in Music.

“I don’t think the general public realizes how unglamorous the lives of opera singers can be—at least those of the 99.9 percent who don’t hit the big time,” Melodia says. “The world of operatic also-rans is a goldmine of humor, peopled as it is with larger-than-life characters whose insecurity, desperation and envy make them unusually good murder suspects. Most of what happens in my book is unlikely in the extreme, but there is more truth to it than you might suppose.”

To find out more ~ visit the blogs participating in this tour!

October 1
The Bluestocking Guide
click link to read posted review
Live to Read
click link to read posted review

October 2
Review from Here

October 3

October 4
Whispered Thoughts

October 5
Crazed Mind
click link to read posted review

October 6
Tic Toc
click link to read posted review

October 7
The Book Faery Reviewsclick link to read posted review
Confessions of a Book Habitueclick link to read posted review

October 8
My Favorite Things
click link to read posted review

October 10
The Crypto-Capers Review
click link to read posted review
Knits, Reads and Reviews
click link to read posted review

October 11
Carol's Notebook
click link to read posted review

October 12
Book Dilettante 
click link to read posted review

October 13
Bibliophilic Book Blog
click link to read posted review
Books and Needlepoint
click link to read posted review

October 14
Community Bookstop
click link to read posted review

October 15
Heather's Blog
click link to read posted review

October 16
click link to read posted review
Red Adept Reviews
click link to read posted review

October 17
Reader Girls
click link to read posted review

October 18
You Gotta Read Guest Blog (author interview)

October 19
Bookworm Lisa

October 20
A Lovely Shore Breeze

October 24
The Book Connection

October 25
CelticLady's Reviews
Mybitsandbleeps' Blog

October 27
Bookin' with Bingo

October 31
Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
Just do the following:

          ~Grab your current read.

          ~Open to a random page.

          ~Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. (Sometimes I cheat a bit on this one and do a few more sentences.)
          ~Be careful not to include spoilers! (make sure that what you share doesn't give to much away.               You don't want to ruin the book for others.)

          ~Share the title and author, so the other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.  :0)

Time for Teaser Tuesdays again?  Must come around once a week or something.  

My teaser this week comes from Earth (Elemental #1) by Shauna Granger.

Jodi would have to hide them under her bed or in a dresser drawer where she ran the risk of her sisters finding them when they went in to steal her clothes.  As for Steven, his mother still frequently cleaned where she wasn't wanted and picked up his laundry and put it away for him, which completely ruled him out.

Monday, October 17, 2011

REVIEW ~ Beatrice Munson

Beatrice MunsonBeatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the author to review.
Age recommendation: Adult
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction

Description from Goodreads:  In Vista Heights, the women of the neighborhood have started to look like their homes, varying shades of beige. Lost in this world of suburbia, Marissa Lyons learns her high school nemesis has bought the house right across the street from her. Afraid that her arch enemy, Beatrice Munson, will arrive with Marissa's high school crush as her husband and cause Marissa to relieve the insecurity of high school in her her forties, she decides to face the music and head to Beatrice's house with warm cupcakes. But what Marissa finds is something she never expected. How will Marissa and the rest of the women of San Martino deal with someone like Beatrice Munson, whose defining moment in her life was to get a boob job or go on a trip to Egypt. This story is about friendship, love, learning to look at things differently, and great parties. Step into the world of Vista Heights where you might not only recognize the women, you might be one of them.

My thoughts:  This book is so beautifully written. I was caught up in the story and entranced by the people in this book.

Picture an average neighborhood in the suburbs. Mothers get caught up in the lives of their children, husbands, and homes and put all of their dreams on hold. Life becomes commonplace until an amazing woman moves in across the street and shakes everything up. That is the basis behind this story.

Beatrice Munson has lived her life as she wanted to live it. She comes back to the neighborhood of her growing up years to have the final dream, to become a mother to an adopted child. She is now in her 40's and content with the life she has lived. She breathes vitality into those around her because of her love and zest for life.

Marissa is the first person that her vitality touches. Marissa is a divorcee, stay at home mother. She begins to notice the monotony of the neighborhood and starts to make small changes, the first thing is her wardrobe.

Pretty soon, Beatrice has touched the lives of many of the women of the neighborhood. They begin to dream again and grab life. Their relationships begin to change, not just with each other, but with their families.

Romances come, marriages are strengthened, new friendships are forged. This is a book about hope and love.

I was amazed at how some sensitive life issues were handled. I loved how it was illustrated those others who are living a different life, or whose lifestyle is different are human, with hopes and dreams.

There are some elements of the story that I would say that it takes a mature reader to appreciate this book. There are some issues, like a near date rape that are hard to read, but show the growth of the characters, and the love of caring neighbors and friends.

Overall, a great book.  I received this book to review from the author.  I would love it no matter the source from whence it came.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

In My Mailbox #37

In My Mailbox is hosted by the Story Siren.  Make sure to stop by her blog every Sunday to see the links of all the blogs participating in this weekly MEME.

This week was an amazing week as well as an EXTREMELY frustrating one.  Thanks to all for participating in my celebration of one year of blogging and over 1000 followers. I picked up some new ones and I am grateful.  I received some incredible books in the mail that I am very excited to read, and I got a new kindle.  Of course, if my old one wouldn't have broken, I wouldn't have purchased a new one.  I lost several books to review, but the bright side, I am now closer to catching up on my reading.

Ok - Here are the books this week:

We'll go from the  bottom up on the stack.
All titles are linked their description on Goodreads.

Something Witchy This Way Comes by Veronica Blade (REVIEW)
Falling from Grace by SL Naeole (Won in a giveaway from Love of Books)
Gossamer by SL Naeole (Won in a giveaway from Love of Books)
Bird Song by SL Naeole (Won in a giveaway from Love of Books)
Black Halo by SL Naeole (Won in a giveaway form Love of Books)
Grace of Day by Sl Naeole (Won in a giveaway from Love of Books)
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Won in a giveaway from An Avid Reader's Musings)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Won in a giveaway from An Avid Reader's Musings)
Emerald by ML Hamilton (Won in a giveaway from ML Hamilton)
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Purchased)
Daughter of Helaman by Misty Moncur (Purchased)
The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Robers (Review)
On the side, my new kindle with it's slip case.

Now here are the eBooks to review: 

Soul Protector by Amanda Leigh Cowley
Supernatural Fairy Tales by Dorlana Vann (She's giving away eCopies at Goodreads, just go to the link and download!)
Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan (Netgalley)
The Next Door Boys by Jolene B Perry (Netgalley)
Effie at the Wedding  by Tracy Marchini (Library Thing Member Giveaway)
The Jinx by DF Lamont

There is my week.  I hope that you had a great week in your mail/eBox.  Let me know what you got!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Blogoversary +1000 Followers Day #5

Today is the final day of my celebration.  I am offering two packages.  The first is a choice of one of the books to be shipped from the Book Depository.  You must live in a country that they ship to for entry.
The three choices are books that I reviewed, and loved. There will be one winner chosen for this package.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The titles are linked to Goodreads for a book description.

The second package is for US entrants only.  It is a package of these books.
Matched by Ally Condie
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Summer Island by Michael Cormier
The Boathouse by Caroline Upcher

The only mandatory entry is to follow me on GFC.

There are optional entries, there are more ways to follow me than GFC.  They are all in the right sidebar.

You may copy and paste this in twitter for 2 entries. Copy your URL and paste in the box


The final day of @Bookworm_Lisa blogoversary + 1000 followers giveaway.  Box of books and a book depository prizes.

Or you may choose to post it on facebook.  You can go to the bottom of the post.  You will see a small facebook icon. You can click on it and create the link.  You will need to copy the URL and paste in the box.

This contest will run for one week.  The final day to enter is October 21st.
Thanks for celebrating with me!!

Fill out the form to enter.