Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review of "Eden" by Keary Taylor

EdenEden by Keary Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: I purchased this book.
Genre: dystopian, apocalyptic, YA

Description from Goodreads: Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She's seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn't just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve's reality. 

In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. 

The technology wants to spread and it won't stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen. 


My thoughts: It's hard to imagine a world where humanity has been taken over by technology. This is the premise behind the book "Eden."

Eve is 18 years old and doesn't remember the past. She was found wandering by survivors from the fall of man. All she knows is the past five years that she has lived in Eden fighting to survive in a world where technology has overtaken mankind.

Before the fall, scientist discovered that they could use cybernetic matter to help people grow new limbs, or failing organs. It was the discovery that would improve the life of the sick and disabled. Unfortunately, when a thing is too good to be true, it really is. The cybernetics became a virus. It took over the human body, making it a machine and spread quickly by touch.

Eve protects those who are in Eden. She is faster and stronger than anyone else. Soon she discovers secrets from her past which are pretty intense secrets. They forever alter her perspective and how she lives life.

The secrets also lead to her trying to discover what love is and what it really means to be human. There is a love triangle in the book. One man ignites her zest for life and love and the other is part of her heart and soul. The questions for her is to discover where her heart truly lies.

This book caught and kept my attention.  The world that they live in is fascinating.  I enjoyed that Keary Taylor descried the world, but didn't dwell on it too much.  It was a great blend of story and back story.

I finished this book on the last day of March as part of the challenge to read books that have been sitting on my too read shelf too long. It can't be a book that I have to review.  I read this book solely because it interested me and I wanted to.


Friday, March 30, 2012

"The Galahad Legacy" - EXCERPT with a giveaway (US/Canada)

Triana shook her head. “No. White light. I know I screamed, and I think it was because of that extreme shift. I expected to plunge into total darkness, and instead was slammed with an almost violent white light. It was like I pierced a veil or something. As soon as that happened, I passed out.”
Lita stared at her before saying: “So you didn’t see anything, really, when you passed the boundary. A flash of light, and then...?”
“And then nothing. But...”

Please visit Truly Bookish for the next excerpt from the second chapter of The Galahad Legacy.  





Book Description:
 Life on Earth is over and it's up to 251 teens aboard the spaceship Galahad to save the human race

The Comet’s Curse, the first book in the Galahad series, was a Spring 2009 Indie Next List selection, an ALAN Pick for August 2009, and a VOYA Top Shelf Middle Fiction selection for 2009.  Now TOR is proud to announce the release of the sixth and final volume of the epic YA science fiction series, THE GALAHAD LEGACY (A Tor Hardcover; On Sale: February 14, 2012; $16.99). 
Council leader Triana Martell has returned from her journey through the mysterious wormhole, but she isn’t alone. She is accompanied by the ambassador of an alien race—the Dollovit. While the Council and crew of Galahad struggle to come to terms with the existence of the Dollovit, the ship begins to flounder. The radiation shields threaten to fail, damaged by the appearance of multiple wormholes. The Dollovit have a proposal for the crew: an offer of assistance that could be their only hope for survival. But their offer comes with an astronomical price. Beset with doubts and surrounded by danger, can Triana and her crew find a way to reach their destination—a new home for the human race?


Widely accessible science fiction filled with action, adventure, and mystery, this standalone follow-up features a diverse cast of characters with a strong female protagonist.  THE GALAHAD LEGACY is guaranteed to satisfy devoted fans as well as attract and captivate newcomers to the Galahad series. Books can be purchased here: http://us.macmillan.com/QuickSearchResultsV2.aspx?search=Dom+Testa&ctl00%24imgGo.x=0&ctl00%24imgGo.y=0


About the Author:
 DOM TESTA has been a radio show host since 1977. He is currently a co-host of the popular "Dom and Jane Show" on Mix 100 in Denver. A strong advocate of literacy programs for children, Dom began The Big Brain Club to help young people recognize that Smart Is Cool.  More information on Dom Testa, his books and educational work can be found here at www.DomTesta.com.    




To see all of the posts in this blog tour, please go to this link!   
  http://torforge.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/scavenger-hunt-book-tour/

For the giveaway you have the chance to win ALL SIX of the books in this series!  How awesome is that?
This contest is for US or Canadian addresses only.  All six books will be shipped to one winner.  To enter, use the rafflecopter form!  You must be 13 or older to enter.  See my full giveaway policy in the side bar.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review ~ "Tall, Dark, and Determined" by Kelly Eileen Hake

Tall, Dark, and DeterminedTall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: This was my Christmas Present
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Description from Goodreads: Welcome to Hope Falls where three enterprising young females are accepting applications for husbands-for-hire. With one woman already snagged, Lacey Lyman is one of only two remaining. No one really catches her eye until a handsome hunter arrives. Will Lacey find a way to bag her prey? Determined to investigate why Hope Falls’s mine collapsed, Chase Dunstan poses as a potential husband and a hunter, giving him the perfect excuse to poke around inside and outside of town. If only he could get the chatterbox Lacey Lyman off his trail. Can he keep his cover while solving the mystery of the mine?

My thoughts: The first few chapters are very confusing. They feel disjointed. I have read the first book, and the first chapters are to bring the reader up to speed on the previous events and prepare for this book. Honestly, skip them. They really don't help.

When you get to chapter four the book begins to take off and finally become a story.

Lacey is the second in the "Husbands for Hire" to find an attractive man. She doesn't want to be attracted to Chase. He is a rugged tracker/hunter/wilderness guide and not very sociable. He can be downright rude. Try as she might, she can't help the growing attraction she feels for him.

Chase didn't come to Hope Falls to find a bride. He came to find out the truth about his brother in law's death in a mine. He is seeking justice, his attraction for Lacey is more of a bother to him.

This book is about overcoming preconceived notions and opening your heart to the unexpected.

The romance doesn't happen until the end and as I was getting closer to the end, I kept wondering how the two of them would find it in their hearts to give each other a chance. The ending felt incomplete and rushed.

This is a fun book. I liked it. I liked the first one better though.




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blog Tour~ "Golden Blood" by Melissa Pearl ~ Interview & giveaway!


Melissa Peal is found here on this blog today answering a few questions about her book "Golden Blood".  Julie at a Tale of Many Reviews has orchestrated this blog tour.  Make sure that you check out the other posts that you will find a link to at the end of the post.


  I found this to be a very unique story.  Can you share with us the thought process in creating this book?


I initially got the idea from Twilight. I read those books and really wanted to write an intense love story with a magical element. I didn't want anything with vampires or angels or anything that had been done before... so I chose time travel. I love history and I thought it would be a fun way to visit different places and eras. I also wanted to turn the tables and have a physically strong and capable female character with an emotionally stable male character that could provide strength and courage.


So those were my initial thoughts. I also wanted to create these beings that could jump back and forth through time for short bursts rather than being stuck there like in The Outlander. The only other aspect I was sure about wanting was the idea of forbidden love. There is something very tantalizing about that.


Once I had those initial ideas brewing in the back of my brain, the story took on a life of its own. I liked the idea of making it a trilogy and I decided to make the first two books end with a cliff-hanger - so mean, I know.


After that came the themes of the stories - Hope, Betrayal and Sacrifice. Once I got those, it's like I'd doused my brain with gasoline and it lit with all these ideas. The stories took off from there.


Which writers have the most influence in your writing?

Francine Rivers and Dee Henderson were two writers I read in my late teens/early twenties. I loved their stuff so much. Their books know how to combine a tense, action packed story with a really indepth emotional journey. I like books that deal with relationships in a very real way and where characters show significant growth. I also love stories that are filled with romance, mystery and tension.

 What books are on your bed stand right now?

Dead Radiance by T G Ayer, my bible, the proof copy of Black Blood, some NZ Romance Writer's Guild magazines and my Kindle.

The love story between Gemma and Harrison is very compelling.  Are we going to be lucky enough to see more of them in future books?

Well, there's Black Blood and Pure Blood, of course :) But I actually have three more stories planned for them. Whether I write them or not is another story. If I get a huge fan base, begging for more, I will consider it, but for now I have some other stories I want to write.

What was your favorite part of the book to write?

For Golden Blood - I actually loved writing all of that book. Um - off the top of my head a few favourite scenes are... when Gemma and Harrison share their first kiss and basically all the stuff in medievil England. I had so much fun putting that together.

Why will readers want to read your book?

Golden Blood is a fast paced novel filled with mystery and a very intense love story. I have been told by many that it is a really easy read and very hard to put down. If you like teenage romance, forbidden love, mystery and a girl who knows how to kick a little butt, then you'll probably enjoy it.






My quick thoughts: This book falls into the paranormal/forbidden love story genre for me.  Gemma and her family come from a line that is charged with changing the past to make things right and improve the future.  They must keep this unique ability hidden.

Enter Harrison, the attraction between Harrison and Gemma is strong and undeniable.  They cannot adhere to the edict that her kind cannot be with someone that is not one of them.  The forbidden love story is always fun.  I love to see love prevail against all odds.  There are many odds going against them.

There is a lot of action in this book that will keep your eyes glued to the page.  I gave it 4 stars and will definitely continue on with the rest of these books.  I can't wait to see if love will  prevail in the end.
Find Melissa at: BlogTwitterFacebook

About Melissa Pearl:


I used to be a full time teacher (11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the craft and putting myself out there.
My first trilogy is being self-published through Smashwords & Amazon. 
Golden Blood was released in November 2011 and has been getting great reviews, along with Black Blood (Bk #2), which came out in December 2011. Pure Blood (Bk #3) is due for release in February 2012.
It has been a totally thrilling ride and I can't wait to keep putting my stuff out there.
I live in New Zealand with my husband and two sons, but we are moving to China in August, as my husband has scored a great job working at an international school in Suzhou. It's going to be a busy and exciting year :)



Watch the trailer: (I found it on Melissa's Goodreads page and thought it would be fun to share it with you!)



To see the full blog tour ~ go to the blog tour page at http://atomrbookblogtours.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/golden-blood-blog-tour/.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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)

I found a really cute passage that I want to share with you from my current book.  It made me chuckle and therefore, it is Teaser Tuesday material. :0)

The book is Tall, Dark, and Determined by Kelly Eileen Hake.

Chase may not know what the mutters said, but a man would have to be a fool not to know they meant the same thing as a snake's rattle.  Beware and back away. pg. 114

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cover Reveal ~ "Water" by Shauna Granger

I am very excited to be one of the blogs revealing the cover of Shauna Granger's third book in her Elemental Series.  This cover reveal was organized by A Tale of Many Reviews.  I have read the first two and really liked them.  I am definitely going to read this one!

This cover was designed by  Stephanie Mooney  and the book is set to be released on June 19, 2012.


Here's the book description!
Shayna's first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.

Compelled to answer the sirens' call, the boys of Shayna's town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it's too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature.
Here are the links to my reviews of the first two books.
Where can you find Shauna Granger?
Shauna Granger's Blog
Facebook: Shauna Granger

Saturday, March 24, 2012

In my Mailbox #50



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.     


Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I have in my mailbox, eBox, and purchases I made this week in books.  It's always fun for me to look around and see what is new or books that I am unfamiliar with in other peoples mailbox.

EBooks:

The Girl Who Chased the Moon  by Sarah Addison Allen
Won in a giveaway from Butterfly-O-Meter Books

The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow by Lorin Barber
review



Hard Copies:
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonder's #2) by Brandon Mull - purchased
Caller ID - By Rachelle J. Christensen - purchased 2 copies ~ one to give away and one for me.  Both are signed.  She even signed my copy of Wrong Number!
The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly - won in a giveaway

Swag - Rachelle Christensen was so sweet when I met her this morning.  I have already read and reviewed Caller ID.  (Which is wonderful by the way.) I went to Seagull Book and Tape, where she was signing books to meet her and purchase the copies of her book.  She gave me some fun swag to share with my readers in giveaways.  I only have one of each item shown in the picture.  She gave me 10 bookmarks, 5 notebooks, and 6 pens.  Thanks Rachelle!!!

There is my week in books.  Let me know what you got in a comment or a link to your mailbox.

Have a great week reading!
All of the titles are linked to their Goodreads page.  You can click on the link to find out more about the book and add it to  your list.  The Caller ID in the swag is linked to my review.  There is information in the post about a contest that she is running right now.

Review of "New Girl" by Paige Harbison

New Girl by Paige Harbison

Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Source: ARC from Netgalley

Book Description:
A contemporary young-adult retelling inspired by the classic 1938 romantic suspense bestseller Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
They call me 'New Girl'...
Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.
Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.
Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend…but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.
And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.




Colleen's Thoughts: 
Although I didn't realize it until after I read the book, this story is a fairly precise replica of du Maurier's Rebecca.  I didn't read the book description before I read it, otherwise I would have already known.  However, the more I thought about the book after reading it, the more I put the pieces together.  The character's names and many of the situations greatly reflect the original story.  I did not like the contemporary setting very well.  The fact that the characters were teenagers in such "adult situations" was disturbing.  This is most definitely not a book for younger teenagers, if for teenagers at all.  The f-word is used profusely throughout.  There are countless sexual situations that probably do happen in a boarding school atmosphere,  but, it is uncomfortable and inappropriate for children to read about.  I do not recommend reading this book.  If you want know the story, go read Daphne du Maurier's original instead.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Review of "Goddess Interrupted" by Aimee Carter

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #2)

Rating 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Review ARC from Netgalley
YA
Release Date: March 27th

Book Description:


WHAT IF IMMORTALITY ISN’ T FOREVER?
KATE WINTERS HAS WON IMMORTALITY.
BUT IF SHE WANTS A LIFE WITH HENRY IN THE UNDERWORLD, SHE’LL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT.


 Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of
Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the 

help of the one
person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.


Colleen's Thoughts:
I have really enjoyed this series.  I love Greek mythology, and usually like any re-tellings I can find.  This is the sequel to The Goddess Test and is a contemporary setting.  I liked that the Greek gods had all chosen more contemporary names, and although there was a key to who was who in the back of the book, I liked trying to figure it out on my own.  


Kate and Henry ended the first book with a blossoming relationship.  However, this sequel sees their relationship run the gauntlet in order to prove they are meant to be together.  There are some very frustrating scenes, and some very touching scenes.  There are a couple of innuendos, but nothing overwhelmingly disturbing.  
I loved it.  However, the ending is a huge cliff-hanger!  I cannot wait for the next book!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Abby Finds Her Calling" review ~ Blog Tour

Abby Finds Her Calling: Home at Cedar Creek, Book OneAbby Finds Her Calling: Home at Cedar Creek, Book One by Naomi King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour for Pump Up Your Book
Genre: Christian fiction

Book Description: Bad enough that Zanna abandoned James Graber and disgraced her family on her wedding day: older sister Abby Lambright is the one Zanna returns to, to reveal she’s pregnant. As speculation whirls around Cedar Creek, Zanna confesses and is shunned, yet refuses to reveal the identity of her child’s father. She spends her time at Abby’s little house making rag rugs, until finally—when Adah Ropp insists on knowing who disgraced Zanna, the Lambright family, as well as James and the Graber family–Zanna reveals that Adah’s own son, rebellious Jonny Ropp, is to blame. She can’t possibly marry Jonny because he’s left his family rather than be baptized into the Amish faith—not that he’ll ever settle down and marry anyone.




My thoughs: This is a very enjoyable book. I was intrigued by the Amish culture and the relationships of the diverse individuals in a small Amish community.

Abby is a peacemaker. She is one of those golden people who helps everyone around her see the positive side of situations.  Abby has declared herself an old maid.  She has found peace and contentment with her life, even though she didn't realize her hope and desire to marry James and have children.  She is called on to help when her younger sister doesn't show up for her own wedding. Zanna is supposed to marry James.

The situation with her sister is very sticky. There is a good reason why Zanna ran away instead of getting married. Her reason turns the small community upside down and shows the real character of many people.

The book is about healing. It is about forgiveness and loving others in spite of their faults.

I think that Naomi King did a wonderful job at description and illustrating compassion in her book. Definitely a book worth reading.

The only thing that I wish I could have seen in the book is a happily ever after for Abby.  I wanted James to fall in love with her and realize that she is the woman of his dreams.  This is the first book, so maybe that will come later.  One can only hope.



About Naomi King

Charlotte HubbardDrawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Home at Cedar Creek series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.
To find out more about Naomi or her work please visit http://www.naomikingauthor.com


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Review of "Spellcaster" by Cara Lynn Schultz

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Schultz

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: March 27, 2012


Description from Goodreads:
Finding your eternal soul mate -- easy.
Stopping a true-love-hungry evil -- not so much...
After breaking a centuries-old romantic curse, Emma Connor is (almost) glad to get back to normal problems. Although...it’s not easy dealing with the jealous cliques and gossip that rule her exclusive Upper East Side prep, even for a sixteen-year-old newbie witch. Having the most-wanted boy in school as her eternal soul mate sure helps ease the pain—especially since wealthy, rocker-hot Brendan Salinger is very good at staying irresistibly close....
But something dark and hungry is using Emma’s and Brendan’s deepest fears to reveal damaging secrets and destroy their trust in each other. And Emma’s crash course in ├╝berspells may not be enough to keep them safe...or to stop an inhuman force bent on making their unsuspected power its own.
She’s found true love...but can she keep it?


Colleen's Thoughts: What a plot!  A lot more magic this time - some very cool, but very gruesome scenes.  I really liked how Brendan is the perfect Knight in Shining Armor.  He protects her, he rescues her, he is intensely devoted to and in love with her.... the list goes on.  We women melt at that kind of behavior.  But, I also liked how Emma learned not only to stick up for others (she's done that throughout both of the books), but how she learned to stick up for herself - a skill many women, especially teenage girls, need to hone. So, in that respect, this book has a lot to teach YA readers.  However, it is full of offensive swearing, violence, sex, etc.  One thing I really appreciated though, Brendan never tried to coerce Emma into any compromising situations.  Although things happened that I would never want my teenagers to be involved in before marriage, and despite Brendan's previous relationships, he and Emma never participated in premarital sex.  I was grateful that the author wrote their relationship that way.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Review of "Mayfair Moon" by JA Redmerski

The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy #1)The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour
              Thanks to A Tale of Many Reviews!
Genre: Paranormal YA

Description from Goodreads: After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family. 

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from. 

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.



My thoughts: Adria and Alex are sisters who are bonded closely together. Their mother is more concerned with her drunkard husband and is too needy to be a mother. She is more of the child, and the girls are protective and take care of her.

One evening Adria and Alex are out for a walk when they happen upon werewolves fighting. This event drastically alters their lives. They are both banged up by the incident, and it is in this condition that DFS shows up at their door.

They are uprooted and shipped off to live with their uncle in Main. While family life is better, Alex is struggling and shuts herself off. She ends up leaving for a lifestyle that is less than ideal.

Adria is left to deal with everything. There are some things going on that are inexplicable. Teens disappearing and assumed dead, rampant sickness, etc. One of her friends live with a bunch of people that make her uncomfortable, but there is a really good looking guy in the group.  Yup, here comes the love interest.

I liked the book. It kept me reading and anxiously turning the pages. At midnight I had to remind myself that I did have to get up in the morning and that it was really time to put the book down and turn out the light.

While the book is a fast and furious read, there are many parts that are predictable and follow the patterns of some of the paranormal books that have been previously published. J.A. Redmerski is able to keep her story unique though.

The book has resolution at the end, but it is not all pretty and tied up with a bow. She leaves room for the books that are to come in this trilogy, without the feeling of being left hanging. I personally really like that.

My content warnings: This book is fairly clean.  There are violent situations and material that is for an older YA audience.  There are situations that would be accepted in a wolf pack, but are not normal for humans.  For example. some of the girls trying to get the attention of the alpha and those are in a sexual innuendo sort of way.

Check out the rest of the tour!


MAYFAIR MOON TOUR SCHEDULE



Monday, March 19, 2012:
The Fairytale Nerd ~ Excerpt #2 and eBook Giveaway

Young Adult Book Reviews ~ Review, The Writer’s Cave Guest Post, and eBook 
Giveaway

Good Choice Reading ~ Excerpt #1
Reader Girls ~ Review and eBook Giveaway

Tuesday, March 20, 2012:
Chapter by Chapter ~ Review and eBook Giveaway
Pen to Paper ~ Review and eBook Giveaway
Bookworm Lisa ~ Review
Splash Of Our Worlds ~ Review and eBook Giveaway


Wednesday, March 21, 2012:
BookSpark ~ Excerpt #3 and eBook Giveaway
Dreaming Dreams ~ Review and Author Interview
Refracted Light | YA Book Reviews ~ Dream Cast Guest Post

My Pathway to Books ~ Top 10 with Jessica Guest Post and eBook Giveaway

Thursday, March 22, 2012:
The Autumn Review ~ Review and eBook Giveaway
 
JJ iReads ~ Review and Excerpt #4 
The Life of Fiction ~ Review and eBook Giveaway

Friday, March 23, 2012:
Endlessly Bookish ~ Review, Deleted Scene Guest Post, eBook Giveaway
 
A Tale of Many Reviews ~ Final stop and Grand Prize



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)

Teaser Tuesday time!  I haven't posted one in about a month.  So, it's past time for me to participate in this MEME

My book this week is "Abby Finds Her Calling'" by Naomi King.  I am reading an ARC, so pages may not match up in the final edition.

"Don't stand there fussing at me.  Unless you want to meet up with the very folks you betrayed, looking like this?" pg 41

Spring Into Books Blog Hop (International) giveaway!

I love to hop around and see what books are out there in giveaways.

Today, I am participating in the Spring Into Books Hop hosted by eReading on the Cheap and Beck Valley Books!   Thanks to both for hosting a fabulous giveaway.

What I have to offer today is either a gift code from Amazon for $15.00 (US) or a book up to $15.00 (US) from the Book Depository.


To enter, please us the Rafflecopter form.  While I love and encourage comments, they are not an entry in this contest.  Good luck and enjoy your hop.

You must be 13 or older to enter.  See my full giveaway policy in the upper sidebar.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Book Hop (US) Giveaway

I'm going to giveaway four book that I have sitting on my shelf that need a new home!  Thanks Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer for helping me accomplish this task.  One winner will receive all four books. :)

They are:
Faerie Lord by Herbie Brennan
Watched by Sharde Richardson
Possess (ARC) by Gretchen McNeil
Haven by Kristi Cook (There are a few scribbled out swear words, my daughter had  a problem with them and read the book before I did.)

I have linked the titles to Goodreads. You can click on the title to learn more about each book.

This is for US entrants only. The cost of shipping is high.  The only way to send out this many books for me in one box is to pay media mail shipping, which I can only do to US addresses.  I have another giveaway that starts on the 20th (today) that is International.

You must be 13 or older to enter.  Please see my giveaway policy in the upper sidebar.  Entry is through the rafflecopter form.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

In My Mailbox #49



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 my mailbox is short and sweet.  It's pretty amazing though.

Both are hard  copies.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagaway - to review. (ARC)

The Alchemy of Forever byAvery Williams - purchased.

There's my mailbox for the week.  What did you get in yours?  Leave me a comment with a link so I'll be sure to drop by and visit.  Have a great week of reading.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Review of "Tiny Snail" by Tammy Carter Bronson

Tiny Snail by Tammy Carter Bronson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Library Check out
Genre: Children's picture book

Description from Goodreads: Tiny wants to live under the Maple Tree, but she cannot reach it in one night. Armed only with her friend's advice, Tiny crawls into a land with no shade. Tiny sets goals and perseveres with an attitude of gratitude! Includes four educational pages about snails."

My thoughts: This is a wonderful children's book. It follows "Tiny Snail".  She wants to live under the maple tree, but it seems to be far away. She doesn't believe that she will be able to get there.

Her animal friends help her see that she can reach her goal by making small goals.  she learns that she can ask the maple tree to come closer, but she needs to do her part by moving forward to meet it.

This has a great message for kids.  I love that Tiny learns about achieving and setting goals.  She is grateful for her friends who all do their part to help her along the way.  I came across this book recommendation when I was preparing an activity to work with teens about setting goals. Unfortunately it wasn't available when I needed it. I put my name on the waiting list and received it a few months later.  I can see why it was so popular. :)