Sunday, March 31, 2013

Grimm Diaries Sunday - Review of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, by Cameron Jace

Last year I jumped on The Grimm Diaries bandwagon. Meaning, the author had a slew of promotional dates where he was offering the novellas for free on Amazon. The covers are stunning, and I am a sucker for fairytale retellings. Unfortunately it has taken me until the beginning of this year to start reading them, so over the course of the next few weeks, I will be featuring the reviews for this mini series on Sundays until I am all caught up!

Today I am reviewing the fourth installment of this series. Check out last week's review of  Beauty Never Dies.



Title: Ladle Rat Rotten Hut
Series: The Grimm Diaries #4
Author: Cameron Jace
Publisher: Author
Release Date: July 21, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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Book Description: What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Little Red Riding Hood's untold and true story. Why she was wearing a Red hood. Who her Grandma really was. What the wolf actually wanted. Where she fits in the Dreamworld. And what Ladle Rat Rotten Hut means.




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This is what I was expecting from this series. An original, well written fairytale twist... no... TWO fairytales that we all know so well.  Little Red Riding Hood and Hanzel & Gretel... Those two stories will never feel the same after you read this. 

Every twist and turn of this story was woven well together. It flowed and connected, and it FIT!


Thank you for the much better editing job on this one. The sigh of relief was long and heartfelt. I could finally just enjoy the story without having to re-read sentences and try to decipher misspelled, or misused words! It wasn't perfect by any means, but the discrepancies that I did notice did not deter me from continuing, and not a single eye roll or frustrated huff out of me this time.

And where this author get his covers??!!! Though I may not have been a fan of every installment so far, I can't seem to stop talking about these covers! 

Out of all the prequels so far, this is without a doubt, my favorite. It has been the most interesting, and better executed of all of them, and finally my interest is peaked. It won't feel like a chore to pick up the next one.







About the Author: Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters      I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.      I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review of Grace Mercy, by Robin LaFevers - Pimp my GR Friend March Book Pick!


Title: Grave Mercy
Series: His Fair Assassin, Book One
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

Release Date: April 3, 2012
Source:  Libboo.com
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble /
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A FMB Blog Tour - Erin's Review of Silver, by Keira Michelle Telford





Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)
Series: The SILVER Series #1
Author: Keira Michelle Telford
Genre: Dystopian SF
Publisher: Venatic Press (author's imprint)
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 40,000 words
Purchase: Amazon  


 Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate--death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests--they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.

 Holy Guacamole!!!  I am not normally into the dystopian/sci-fi genre but I read the synopsis on this one and just had to read it.  I was right...it was KICK ASS!  I had such a hard time putting this one down...and even found myself bringing my kindle to the washroom with me!

I have to say that I loved Silver!  She was a no nonsense, hard ass fighter that also showed a little bit of her soft side.  We are immediately introduced to her, and because of this the character development was very strong.

I loved the world building.  You can envision everything that is written so much so that it makes you feel like you are there.  It was a short read, but it didn't feel too short, which I really like.  A lot of authors seem to have a hard time fully developing a good story when they are shorter, Telford nailed it!

I am so excited that this is a 10 book series....Yes....I said 10!!!!

I would only recommend this series to an adult as there is a lot of violence that is not suitable for children.

Totally worth checking out!!! Dont forget to enter the GIVEAWAY below!
Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review of Transfusion (Aurora Sky, Vampire Hunter) by Nikki Jefford



Welcome to our stop on the 'Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter' blog tour, made possible by Xpresso Book Tours.  I have a review for you guys today. The synopsis of the novel grabbed me immediately, and I was very excited to read this book. I was not disappointed.  

There is a tour wide giveaway that is posted at the end of the review, so check it out and enter!

Also, don't hesitate to check out the Tour Schedule and visit other awesome bloggers and their stops on the tour.



Title: Transfusion
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #1
Author: Nikki Jefford
Release Date: December 9, 2012

Genre: YA Paranormal
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble


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If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?




As evident by my introduction of this post, I was anticipating this novel. But I was surprised initially, when I didn't take to it right away. Mostly due to the way our main character, Aurora, was introduced to the weird circumstances of her new life, after her near death.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review of Changeling, by Philippa Gregory


Title: Changeling
Series: Order of Darkness, Book One
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 24, 2012
Source: Goodreads.com Giveaway Win
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble / TheBookDepository

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Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of the first-ever teen series from #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.   Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.
Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.
Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Grimm Diaries Sunday - Review of Beauty Never Dies, by Cameron Jace


Last year I jumped on The Grimm Diaries bandwagon. Meaning, the author had a slew of promotional dates where he was offering the novellas for free on Amazon. The covers are stunning, and I am a sucker for fairytale retellings. Unfortunately it has taken me until the beginning of this year to start reading them, so over the course of the next few weeks, I will be featuring the reviews for this mini series on Sundays until I am all caught up!

Today I am reviewing the third installment of this series. Check out last week's review of  Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder.



Title: Beauty Never Dies
Series: The Grimm Diaries #3
Author: Cameron Jace
Publisher: Author
Release Date: June 20, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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Book Description: What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Peter Pan has a plan. Since it's been hundred years since his friends were all cursed by the Brothers Grimm, he is about to wake up Sleeping Beauty, his eternal lover. Oops, you didn't know that. Blame it on the Grimms.

But in the middle of the ceremony, he is visited by the Evil Queen who manipulates him into helping her with information about Snow White. This or she will expose him as he has been secretly kidnapping kids to help him rebuild Neverland in the Dreamworld.

After the deal is made, Peter continues with the ceremony, bringing Sleeping Beauty back into life. What Sleeping Beauty is capable of and who she really is are like nothing ever written in the books.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.



I have been struggling with the series so far because of editing issues, but was pleased when they were very minimal in this third installment. 


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pimp my GR Friend - April Picks!


Welcome to this month's edition of Pimp my GR Friends, where I showcase a random friend from Goodreads.com, pick three books in common, and ask you guys to help me choose which book I should read by voting in the poll below.

I am smack in the middle of March's pick, 'Grave Mercy', by R.L. LaFevers, and I am just loving it! I will be posting a review for it at the end of the month. So stay tuned! 

Meet my GR Friends!

This month, it's a double friend feature, since these two hilarious ladies co-write for their awesome blog, Two Fantasy Floozies.  They are also really awesome authors, so click those author links at the end of the post and check out their novels.

Kenya Wright & Alicia Wright Brewster @ 'Two Fantasy Floozies"!! 

I love stalking their blog and they always make me laugh. Here are three posts that I enjoyed recently

Alicia's Review of 'Parallel'

 'February Book Battle'

Kenya's 'Tips from Baba'


 Let's get to the poll. I chose three books. One, all three of us have in common. Then I chose one from Alicia's list, and one from Kenya's. Click on the covers for the book description.

Here are the picks!



Vote below! Poll closes March 31 @ 2359 hrs. 
AND, Kenya took some time to answer some questions for me too, so don't go yet! :)




 A Little Q&A with Kenya!

If you were to choose the most memorable novel from your favorites list what would it be and why?
Master of Crows is one of my most memorable novels. It's romantic, high fantasy, lots of magic, some sex, etc. I can go on and on and on!

This is the link to my review:

What is your favorite genre to read?
Man. This question is so so so not fair. It's like saying who is your favorite child. lol. I'm a big fantasy writer and reader, but lately I've been branching out and reading contemporary erotic romance. I've become addicted with the drama filled troupe of billionaire alpha-innocent woman. However, my true favorite genre will always be fantasy romance with a sex scene toward the end. You can't forget the sex scene!
 

Your favorite reading atmosphere? 
In my lounge chair at home with a glass of wine. You can't forget the glass of Pinot Noir. All in my family know this.

What do you love most about your blog or blogging?
I love discovering new books and building relationships with cool authors that love to break the literature mold. I've found that blogging has become more significant than other things in life and I love it.

My deep thanks to both Kenya and Alicia for being part of this feature. Definitely check out their amazing blog.  You can also connect with them through the following links:



Thank you all for visiting, and please don't forget to vote! I am really looking forward to seeing which book wins!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Bleeding Edge, by Raven Bower





It's a short post today, but an eye catching one!  Not only is this cover AWESOME, but the book blurb sounds SO interesting! I can't wait to read this one. I want it, I want it, I want it!!!


And definitely check out today's giveaway at the end of the post.



Title: Bleeding Edge
Series: Weeping Dark #1
Author: Raven Bower
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Format: Ebook, Paperback
Length: 115k words

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N |
Book Description:

When a rash of brutal murders target the most defenseless of her people, spunky captain Shayla Dormyr is determined to bring the culprits to justice. Defying the command of the Prima Canticle, who claim jurisdiction over the ritually slain children, Shayla embarks on a rebellious mission that could cost her rank and freedom.

When she unwittingly exposes a Blood Rune to her prime suspect, the troublesome sell-sword Daibryn, it unleashes arcane consequences that renders them vulnerable to an ambitious and cruel Blood Mage.

Shayla and Daibryn embark on an adventure that will take them to worlds far larger than they ever imagined where love, hate and mystery put their souls to the test.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Xpresso Tour - Strength, by Carrie Butler

Strength by Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #1 
Publication: March 7th 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing 

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.



I really enjoyed this book.  Of course coming from me I will start with the romance.  LOVED IT!  It wasn't unbelievable the way some YA books are.  It had all of the elements that make a great paranormal romance.  Also.....HOLY PIGS IN A BLANKET....I have fallen for yet another fictional character.  Why do you authors do this to me?!




The story was great.  Sometimes I think the YA Paranormal Romance genre is way too overdone.  Always the same damn thing...this one was different.  First off it was in a college setting and not in the usual high school one.  It also had great action, and was so well written and easy to read that I had a very difficult time putting it down.

All in all a great read, one I would highly recommend to any YA Paranormal Romance lover!  If this is you than you are in luck....we have a giveaway for you!  Make sure to enter, and let me know what you think!!





Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Grimm Diaries Sunday - Review of Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder, by Cameron Jace


Last year I jumped on The Grimm Diaries bandwagon. Meaning, the author had a slew of promotional dates where he was offering the novellas for free on Amazon. The covers are stunning, and I am a sucker for fairytale retellings. Unfortunately it has taken me until the beginning of this year to start reading them, so over the course of the next few weeks, I will be featuring the reviews for this mini series on Sundays until I am all caught up!

Today I am reviewing the second installment of this series. Check out last week's review of  Snow White Blood Red.


Title: Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder
Series: The Grimm Diaries #2
Author: Cameron Jace
Publisher: Author
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon


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Book Description: What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Seventeen-year-old Alice Grimm lives a dangerously enchanted life. Other than being distracted by a Dreamhunter called Loki Blackstar who has a heart of gold but acts like a jerk, she has a job to do. Being a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, she is one of few in the world who can locate the fairy tale characters and remind them of who they are. This time, Alice flies to Venice where an 800 hundred year old witch's skeleton surrounded with seventeen glass slippers was found by archeologists in the city that invented the art of glassblowing. When Alice and Loki follow the lead, they find one of the fairy tale characters she had been searching for. It's a famous girl character that you know by name, but never really knew what actually happened to her.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.



This review is going to be short. My frustration from the first novella that I read is at an even higher level with this installment. Either my newly edited version didn't take, or the edit still needs some major work. Grammatical and spelling errors gallore. It's distracting and infuriating. It ruined the story for me. 

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