Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (Series Edition)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting! This week I am waiting on...

Yes,I'm waiting on the series.Psst....If you didn't know Firelight is available for 1.99 on kindle,BN and Kobo.
Firelight has released already and Vanish(Firelight #2) released on September 6.

Here is the summary:

Firelight (Firelight #1)

A hidden truth. 
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
I read a sample on Kindle and I can't wait to grab this book!The first chapter was so well written

 (may contain spoilers.I wouldn't know I haven't read it )
To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.

The covers are gorgeous,the blurbs interesting,there's also promise of swoon worthy guys.............

Do I need to give any more reasons as to why I am waiting on this series? 

What Are You Waiting on This WEDNESDAY?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Host

The Host (The Host #1)

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

My thoughts:  Pick up this book right now!
This is a really good book.People who hate Twilight should also enjoy this one because it's not a very predictable love story.It's set in a different reality altogether.

I have devoured this book at least 3 times. I enjoyed it so much!
Even though the book starts off a little slowly(Most people just give up in the first 3 chapters) it really picks up and then things happen so quickly that you don't know what just hit you.

Wanderer was such a complex character.You sympathize and love her at once.I really liked her internal dialogues with Melanie.They were refreshing and different.

Ian...How much I love thee!
You're the guy I want to date in my future.Calm,collected and just plain amazing.I wasn't a huge fan of Jared but if he ends up with Melanie I'm fine with it.I will NOT be happy if he ends up with Wanderer!


Overall,this book is different and amazing! Pick it up right NOW!\

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blood of the White Witch Excerpt +AMAZING GIVEAWAY!

Blood of the White Witch (Of Witches and Warlocks #3)
When love came knocking on the door of novice witch, Portia Mullins, in the form of handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum, she had no idea how quickly the attraction between them would escalate. Now she finds her relationship with Vance taken to a whole new level, in a way she had never dreamed possible at this point and time of her life. Yet even as the personal connection between them explodes, the two quickly find themselves in a world of shifting balances. While searching for Vance’s missing mother, they realize they are suddenly unsure of who to trust, learning that sometimes things are not always as they appear. When Vance’s demon characteristics abruptly begin to resurface again without warning, the horrible truth comes out, crashing down upon them and shattering some of their most precious dreams. Once the deadly plan is uncovered, Portia and Vance find themselves hastily rushing against the hands of time in an attempt to stop an ancient ritual from being performed. But will they be successful before fate reaches out to twist them cruelly, possibly separating them and changing magic forever? Passion, loyalties, powers, and family ties, will all be tested when dangerous adventures abound in this third installment in the Of Witches and Warlocks series, Blood of the White Witch. (

NOTE: YOUNGER READERS STRONGLY CAUTIONED(you just have to read the excerpt to get why I'm saying that)

The jewelry Vance had given me went perfectly with everything, and I felt quite sparkly, despite the nervous butterflies in my stomach at meeting a bunch of people I had absolutely nothing in common with.
Vance stepped out of the dressing room, and I turned to look at him in the formal cut tuxedo he purchased, while he fastened his tie in the mirror over the mantle.
He was magnificent, and I couldn’t even blink, let alone look away from him. For someone who was a self-proclaimed t-shirt and jeans kind of guy, he sure could pull off the formal attire well.
After finishing with his tie, he finally turned, letting his hands drop to his side while he stopped to stare at me.
“Stunning,” was all he said, his gaze raking over me, not once but twice, his blue eyes sparking to life as if I lit a match in them.
He was over to my side in two seconds, reaching out for me, and I backed away laughing, holding him at arm’s length.
“Don’t touch me. You’ll mess me all up again,” I said, knowing he wouldn’t care in the least.
He grabbed me easily and pulled me to him up against his chest, his fresh breath floating over me as he spoke.
“I’ll be gentle. I promise,” he said, and he placed a soft kiss on my lips.
I relented under his masterful touch, wrapping my arms around his neck and really kissing him back, letting my emotion flow into him, and he did the same to me. It was a breathless, yet tender, moment.
In the end, when the kiss was over, he kept his word. I only had to retouch some makeup around my mouth.
“I guess we’ve kept the guests waiting long enough,” I said with a sigh while he watched me reapply my lip gloss in the bathroom mirror.
“We don’t know any of them,” he replied with a smile. “If it weren’t so rude to my grandparents, I’d be much more inclined to stay in here tonight with you.”
“Me too,” I added with a nod, and I turned to place my hand against the side of his handsome face.
His eyes flitted down over my features and to my neck. “I guess I should let you have the opportunity to show off your new jewelry, though,” he teased.
My hand flitted up to where the new necklace lay at my neck, and I fingered it as several thoughts ran through my head.
“What’s the matter?”
“I was just thinking about how my amulet protected me when the roof fell in at the school, but it didn’t do anything when you or Damien bit me. Why is that?” I asked him.
He let out a soft sigh and pondered this for a moment before he answered. “Things like talismans are very selective in the way they activate. It’s a magic that’s helpful, but not to be relied on heavily.” He held up the hand which had the ring my grandma sent to him. “I wear this because it’s a gift of good magic from the coven. Maybe it’ll help me someday, maybe it won’t, but what does it hurt?”
I nodded. “I remember Grandma telling me it might not do you any good since your dad’s coven had already figured out ways around charms in the past,” I replied.
“It’s very difficult for something like a charm to ward off live magic,” he said while he fingered the diamond at my neck. “Your amulet protected you from something non-magical when the explosion happened, and it may have very well played a part in you being unharmed when you were almost hit by the car.
Neither of those instances had a magical force directly behind it.”
“Oh, I see,” I said, suddenly understanding the difference in the situations I had been placed in.
“Why all the questions tonight, baby? Are you feeling nervous, under protected?” he asked while he looked at me carefully.
I laughed nervously. “No. I just feel a little naked without the amulet. I’ve worn it for so long. And I’m a little nervous about meeting a bunch of people I don’t know,” I admitted truthfully.
He reached out and stroked my face with his hand.
“Portia, you have nothing to worry about tonight,” he began. “You’ll be the most beautiful thing in the room, and the guests are sure to be mesmerized by you as much as I am. And I promise you, I won’t let any harm come to you.”
“I know you won’t,” I said, trusting him completely, staring into his blue eyes.
I held my arm out to him, and he took it, leading me out of the door and to the grand staircase. We walked carefully down, turning into one of the massive hallways, walking until we reached the doorway to the ballroom.

Now for the giveaway! 
THE AMAZING LACEY WEATHERFORD is giving away an ecopy of this book to EVERY COMMENTER!
Isn't she awesome?
All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address on this post by 9/10.
I haven't read this book yet but I loved the first book in this series The Trouble with Spells.

Guys!Don't forget to thank the awesome author...

Lacey Weatherford has always had a love of books. She wanted to become a writer
after reading her first Nancy Drew novel at the age of eight.
Lacey resides in the White Mountains of Arizona , where she lives with her wonderful husband, six beautiful children, one son-in-law, and their energetic schnauzer, Sophie. When she's not out supporting one of her kids at their sporting/music events, she spends her time writing, reading, blogging, and reviewing books.

You can contact Lacey by following her on her social medias:
Facebook Fan Page at Of Witches and Warlocks- Paranormal Book Series HTTP://


Thank you Belinda for oraganising this amazing blog tour and introducing me to this series!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday(17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting! This week I am waiting on...

Everybody knows, nobody’s talking. . . .
Seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up? 
But Jimmy was her savior. . . .
When her mother died, he was the only person who made her feel safe, protected from the world. But when she begins to appreciate the enormity of what has happened, especially when Carlos Cortez, one of the victims, steps up to demand justice, she starts to have second thoughts about protecting Jimmy. Jimmy’s accomplice, Sean, is facing his own moral quandary. He’s out on bail and has been offered a plea in exchange for testifying against Jimmy.
The truth must be told. . . .
Sean must decide whether or not to turn on his friend in order to save himself. But most important, both he and Skylar need to figure out why they would follow someone like Jimmy in the first place.
Expected Publication: 30 August 2011

The summary says it all.

What are you waiting on?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review:Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

 The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3)

BLURB: My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.


My thoughts:

This is by far the best book in the  Iron Fey Trilogy.
The book picks up right where The Iron Daughter ends.

*Spoilers if you haven't read the first two books* Meghan and Ash are heading towards Meghan's house and suddenly they encounter Iron Fey.*spoiler ends*

For all of you who thought it was over,it isn't.This book explores what We've all always wondered:

"Where does Meghan fit in the Iron Kingdom?"

This is by far the best book in the whole trilogy(I haven't read The Iron Knight yet)

Throughout the series I kept on thinking,this book is good but there's "something" missing,this book had that "something".

Ash was so wonderful in this book.For once,he's not trying to push Meghan away every second and Meghan....
Meghan has changed so much.
She has grown mentally and emotionally.I always thought that Meghan didn't stand up for herself .In this book she did.She really grew on  me in this book.I'm actually starting to admire her.

My only problem with this book is that it was slightly predictable and there wasn't enough Puck!

Fans of this series will love this one and If you haven't picked up this book ,you should because this book is totally worth your time!

I'm actually quite scared of picking up The Iron Knight because I loved the ending.Even though it wasn't perfect I loved it.It was like the ending of Harry Potter, sad yet hopeful. I don't think even the Iron Knight can top this book.

My Rating:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Review + Swag giveaway :Breathe by Abbi Glines

Abbi gimes

Blurb:Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to without each other breathe again?


Source: Author

FTC Disclosure:I received an ecopy from the author . This did not affect my review in any way.

My thoughts:
The synopsis really intrigued me and I thought that the story was from multiple perspectives(i.e. the guy and the girl's) but unfortunately it wasn’t .I really think that some of the dialogues wouldn’t have seemed as cheesy if we knew what was going on in that rock star’s head.

I really found the story and the idea interesting. It was real.Usually if a book is about real problems it ends up dealing with substance abuse but  this book did not deal with substance abuse (YAY!).

Also, usually if a story has a star/jock/unattainable guy and a normal girl, the story usually deals with only one problem: We can’t be together due to *insert reason here*.

 What about what will happen if they do get together? Won’t the girl have to deal with jealous girls/aw-poor you people/paparazzi? This book deals with what happens after they get together too! I found this very refreshing.

I also liked the fact that the main character was mature for her age and not some OMG-I'M-IN-LOVE spunky teenager who falls in love with a person with her eyes closed.Sadie's complicated relationship with her mother was also an interesting twist in the boy-meets-girl story.

The ending wasn’t very satisfying as it seemed a little rushed but it was believable.

My pet peeve: The dialogues and the language. Sometimes, it was just too formal. They’re teenagers, they do not talk like that. Also, a lot of dialogues, (especially the  cheesy ones) were repeated quite often. 
But, the fact of the matter is : I thought they were cheesy YOU might find them very romantic.

Overall: The book was  fun and managed to keep me entertained.Abbi Glines is an author to keep an eye out for.I think her books will get better.

My Rating:
(Not for everyone but worth a shot)

AUTHOR:(Click to go to blog!)
Book Trailer
Now for the giveaway!
ONE lucky commenter will win a Breathe canvas bag.(INT!).Don't forget to leave your email address in the comment!

THE GRAND PRIZE(INT): Barnes & Noble gift card, Breathe water bottle, beach bag, beach towel and a cooler! You Must comment on every post of the book blog tour to be entered. Please check out the tour schedule here: for links to the other blog posts to comment.

All giveaways end on August 23, at 5 pm Eastern time.
Abbi will go around and pick the winners from all the blogs, and compile them for the live chat on the 25th. Then Trish Wolfe will post a winners round up the next day so you can check here on the 26th . But if you win, you will get an email so no need to break into a sweat!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting! This week I am waiting on...
Isle of Night (The Watchers #1)

Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.
When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.
Expected Publication: 6 September 2011
I loved the first line of the summary.It reminds me of all those advertisements you read or watch, like
"Tired of mosquitoes try *product name here*! ".There is a  hope that this is a fresh take on  Vampires .(crosses fingers)


Guest Post: Music of the Soul by Tawny Stokes(Author of Static)

Today I have the author of Static,Tawny Stokes at this blog.I love her taste in music.(Broken is a really good song.I love it!).I'm really looking forward to reading her book.The synopsis got me hooked!

Music of the Soul
By Tawny Stokes
(image source:google)

Music has always been a big influence in my life.  Today, I listen to different playlists to write.  The playlist will depend on the genre of the book and the mood.  To write my latest book STATIC I listened to a lot of Evanescence, Papa Roach, Adema, Sick Puppies, Skillet, Flyleaf and Breaking Benjamin.  Other books require a softer edge, so I’ll put on my Sia station, with some Lykke Li, and Bat for Lashes, and Beck and even Enya.  Songs will even give me new ideas for books.
As far back as I can remember, music has been there in my life.  I can pinpoint moments in my life with certain songs.  Billy Idol was a huge part of my life when I was in my early teens.  I cut and dyed my hair just like his.  I use to wear denim and leather and chains, and gloves, and do everything with a “Rebel Yell”.  I met a wonderful sweet boy during my Idol phase.  He was in his Idol phase as well. 
Then I went from Idol to hardcore punk.  Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Clash, SNFU, Black Flag.  I went to a lot of gigs with my big blue Mohawk and combat boots and slamdanced with the best of them.  Even dived off a few speakers in my time.  I was a bit of a groupie to some local bands, following them from gig to gig.
Mind you, I was never like Salem Vale from my book STATIC.  She’s a hardcore groupie to the band Malice.  And this obsession gets her into BIG TROUBLE.
Music and my past exploits in the punk scene, had a big part to play in STATIC.  Out of all my books, STATIC was one of the easiest to write.  It flowed out of me like water.  It is also one of my favorites.  And I hope it becomes one of yours as well.

Here is my partial STATIC playlist.
Broken – Seether (with Amy Lee)
Getting Away with Murder – Papa Roach
Kick in the Teeth – Papa Roach
Not Alone – Red
End of my Rope – Trapt
World So Cold – Three Days Grace
Comatose – Skillet
Beautiful Bride - Flyleaf
Is Music a big part of your life?  How has it influenced you?  Who are some of your favourite musicians?

Praise for Static

“You’re going to love Static --- a deep, dark and sexy ride. This is a creepy and unique addition to the YA paranormal genre that goes a little bit further and gives a little bit more.” - Janet Gurtler, author of I’m Not Her and If I Tell, Sourcebooks Fire.

"STATIC is an edgy, dark, and delicious read! Tawny Stokes is a tasty new voice in YA fiction." –Michelle Rowen, national bestselling author of Demon Princess series

"Static is an edgy, unique, whirlwind paranormal story with great action and amazing storytelling. This one leads you down a path you won't forget. Don't miss it!" - Denise A. Agnew
award-winning author

Book blurb:During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She’s been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It’s a dream come true.

Except the dream turns to a nightmare when she wakes up in a dumpster, tossed away like yesterday’s trash, with no memory of what happened the night before. She feels strange, different, as if something is trying to get out. Soon she realizes she’s changing…turning into something not quite human.

Now a hunger deep inside claws at her to feed, to siphon energy from those around her. Before she can do just that, Trevor, the band’s roadie shows up and stops her from killing. With his help she learns to control the hunger inside, because he’s just like her. And in return he wants her help to do one little thing…
Help him kill the members of Malice.

Buy links:AMAZON,

About the author:
Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love,
 vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny still enjoys old school punk rock, trance, zombie movies, teen horror films, and fluffy bunnies. She lives in Canada with her fantastical daughter, two cats, and spends most of her time creating new stories for teens.
You can visit her at  or follow her on twitter @TawnyStokes
Tawny also writes adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy under the name Vivi Anna.  You can visit her at or follower her on twitter @authorViviAnna



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