Thursday, March 31, 2011

YAtopia 200+ Followers Giveaway

Over at The TeenLit Haven they've gotten well over 200 followers. So, in celebration they are giving away books! Yay!

You can click here to go check it out for yourself.

I need to find a neat giveaway graphic.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)

Alrighty. Magic Bites is the first book in the Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series. This review is mostly about the first book, but with the first three in mind.

This is a neat little alternative reality that takes the view of magic and it's side effects a little differently. Like, it's in the future, but people are riding around on horses and your lucky if you have a car that works because the magic fluctuates and causes havoc on modern tech. Pretty cool way to look at things.

The book starts out with Kate, a magical mercenary who goes around and deals with messes caused by magic, finding out that Greg, her guardian...like her legal guardian because both her parents are dead....has been murdered. Therefore, the focus of the book is her going around solving the murder.

Through the investigation she meets two different men, Crest and Curran. She is hardcore and snarky. I do get tired of a heroine that always has a smart comeback. And is so independent they consistently make poor choices in order to assert their "I don't need anybody stance." I also get annoyed when a relationship seems already established after just the first date without any substance. It was easy to look past all this however.

Curran is a character, that after reading all the books, you will love. However, in this first book especially, I found it quite annoying because the author played up how Kate irritated and annoyed him, but I didn't always feel it was warranted...like most of the time. Even though she is so "bad arse," I just didn't feel like his reactions were all that realistic.

Also, this book has tons of description. Like lots. Surroundings, fights, and a better understanding of the world are the three things that come to mind. But you really do need it to get a feel, and she does a good job of it. I know some people like more description than dialogue or the other way around. I prefer a happy medium. This is description heavy, and I still didn't mind...not in this first book anyway.

In saying all this, I really liked this book and was in a hurry to read the next one.

The series overall so far is not disappointing. The romance is definitely not prominent in this first book, but I believe their is sexual tension enough. There is tons of action, just Kate going around getting into fights and trying to figure out what is going on. There is also a great deal of mystery...I mean the whole book is about solving a crime, so you shouldn't expect anything different I suppose.

It kept me involved, I didn't want to put it down, and even though it doesn't end with a real cliffhanger, I went immediately and read the second book in the series. I read the first three books and the kinda went....blah about it. I'll have to pick them back up sometime, I suppose.

Here's the book trailer for Magic Bites:

There are four books out now with the fifth, Magic Slays, being released May 31st, 2011.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April is NetGalley Month!!

Emily over at Red House Books has declared April NetGalley month! Basically, if you have books waiting to be read from NetGalley, then read as many as you can in April! Apparently, there are prizes for joining in on the fun, too...sweet!

Never heard of NetGalley? Well, it freakin' rocks! They've got galley grabs of ebooks, and not just any ebooks, but ARC's! Yup, read the books before anyone else does. :) Click here to find out more about this awesome website.

Anyway, I'm super psyched that someone had the initiative to declare a NetGalley month because I for one have like thirty books just sitting there waiting to be read. For real.

Also, just this week they started offering the ebooks for Kindle. Apparently they used to do this, but not since I've been a member, which has only been a couple of months. So, I've been reading all their books on my laptop. Now...I get to read em on my Kindle! Yeah!

Anywho...if you'd like to participate then click here. I'll be reviewing all the books I read...which you can find in the Books to be Reviewed tab on the top of the page. I won't be posting all the reviews right then, because some of them won't be released for a while yet...but they will be posted eventually.

And don't worry, I'll have other reviews along the way as well. :)

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where you post a book that you can't wait to release!

A book that I have been waiting on pins and needles for is Dead Reckoning, the 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse Serires by Charlaine Harris. This was the first Urban Fantasy series that I ever started reading, and it was my gateway into the world of of this fabulous genre. It's so good! And I love me some Eric!! :)

The book's release date is May 3rd, 2011. And not a shocker, I would die for an ARC.
Here's the blurb from Goodreads:

"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . "
You can click here to read the first chapter.

Deborah Smith

The author of A Place to Call Home, one of my favorite all time books, is Deborah Smith. I had never heard of her, but found her in a list of author's somewhere on the web. When I googled her I came across A Place to Call Home. After reading it, I had to read every book she had written that I could get my hands on!

These books are all Southern Romance/Women's Fiction, set in the Appalachian mountains. Smith has a gift of writing books that make you feel. The emotional turmoil, the passion, just the intensity found in each book is amazing. I cried in every book. I read every book in one sitting, I couldn't put them down. Her books have the best love stories I have ever read.

There are always great side characters to be found as well. The families surrounding the characters usually have conflict of some kind and secrets to hide. They are not cheesy though. I felt the story lines to be different, but realistic.

But I can not get over how good Smith is at writing the actual romance. The build up is amazing, and always left me aching. As far as I can remember, there were no actual sex scenes. So, that is not what I'm talking about, I'm talking about feelings and emotions. Generally you get into both heads of the characters, which is always nice. 

Another thing about Deborah Smith is that she is fascinated by mermaids! So, she has a book called Alice at Heart about just that. But, oh my gosh. It was so good. You hardly remembered there was anything supernatural about it, although it was an interesting aspect. It had the same feel as her other books.

I can't say enough good things about this author's work! Just go out and read one. A Place to Call Home, Charming Grace, A Stone Flower Garden, Sweet Hush, and Crossroads Cafe are my faves, although they are all good! But you can click here to see her other books. Admittedly, I was not crazy crazy about every book or every main character. BUT I still think they are worth a shot. These books aren't light reads, they are actually really deep and thoughtful.

I know that she also writes under the name Leigh Bridger where she writes edgy urban fantasy novels. I have yet to read those.

Here's a book trailer for Charming Grace and Sweet Hush:


Book trailer for Crossroads Cafe:

Book trailer for A Gentle Rain

Thursday, March 24, 2011

We'll Always Have Summer

Release Date: April 26, 2011
Let me just say first and foremost that after I finished the last line in this book, well I just burst into tears. I have been following Belly, Jere, and Conrad for so long, and am so darn pleased!!!

This is one of those books where I don't feel I can give a summary, not only because it will give it all away, but because you HAVE to read the first two books to even understand, to feel the emotion.

The journey these three characters take, especially Belly, is just awesome. This is definitely a favorite series of mine. Who doesn't love a good love triangle, containing two brothers at that! Wow.

This trilogy is a must read. Do me a favor and just read it. Ah, I am so thankful to have gotten the ARC copy today. Yes, I got it today, yes I put down the other book I was reading to read this, and yes I read it one in evening, very eagerly I might add!

One book closer to completing this challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just Right (Bradfords #1)

I don't even know why this book was in my "To Read" category on my Kindle. All I can think is that I must have gotten it for free at one point from Amazon. I don't generally read books like this, lol, but I guess one every now and then can't hurt. :)

There's not much you can say about this book, except for the obvious. It's a sexy romance. They don't actually have sex until like 2/3 of the way through, but somehow manage to mostly think about it through the majority of the book. So much sexual tension!

I loved the beginning and how he just grabbed her right there in the ER and laid a big one on her. Of course you'll know what I'm talking about when you read it! :)

This is the first book in a trilogy of the Brafords, all siblings. Here's the blurb:

To save one good man, she’ll have to let her inner bad girl out to play…

ER nurse Jessica Bradford is a good girl. Okay, a reformed bad girl, but she’s done her late father proud. Now she’s one step away from landing Dr. Perfect, aka handsome, sexy, heroic Ben Torres—the hot fudge and cherry on top of her hard work scooping out a respectable life.

Ben learned the art of sacrifice from his missionary parents, but when a drunk driver he saved kills three people, he quits. To be precise, the fist he plants in the man’s face gets him suspended. And the first dish he wants on his newly empty plate is Jessica—preferably naked.

Jessica can’t believe the Ben she’s found drowning his sorrows in a bar is her knight in shining scrubs. And he won’t be pried loose until she bets 48 hours of her time in a game of pool. She loses. And the next morning she stands to lose much more.

The Chief of Staff’s recommendation for the promotion she’s been after rides on her ability to keep Ben out of trouble until things blow over.

Except “trouble” is all Ben wants. And despite herself, Jessica finds that she’s more than willing to go down with him…

Warning: Contains hot love in a store dressing room and in the front seat of a car—at the expense of a very nice strawberry patch, unfortunately—oh, and hooker boots. Can’t forget the hooker boots.
That's basically the book in a nutshell. Have fun! Cause it will basically mush your brain. :) The writing was good, I'd never read anything by Erin Nicholas before. I am going to read the next books in this series as they come out, because I definitely enjoyed the characters of the siblings, Sam and Sara. Well, Sam more so than Sara. I also felt that even though some of the situations were a bit over the top and ridiculous, the thought process and the back story of both characters was good.

This book is written in third person from both the male and female perspectives.

One book closer to finishing this challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Love Remains (Matchmakers #1)

This book was written by Kaye Dacus and released last year. It is a Christian Fiction Romance. I got this copy through a galley grab!

This is the first book in The Matchmaker's Series. Basically, a group of grandmothers want their grandkids married so they can get them some great grandkids.Their role in the book is minimal, though, as this book focuses on Zarah and Bobby.

I love stories like this. Like where a past love is rekindled. Zarah and Bobby were in love and soon to be engaged fourteen years ago, but a misunderstanding occured and they parted bitterly. However, neither ever got over one another, so when they end up going to the same church and running in the same circles all those years later...things get interesting!

The love story is not the only thing going on this book. There is also a crime to be solved, and as Bobby is an investigator, we get to follow along as he tries to close his case, which somehow involves Zarah...the question is, is she guilty or not?

The romance itself is very sweet, and I love the way it is written. The book is in third person with both Bobby and Zarah's points of view.

There are also best friend's of Zarah: Flannery and Caylor, (um, yes, those are for real the names of the main girls in this book!). I imagine future books will focus on each of them...they made for great side characters, so I look forward to their stories of love. :)

One book closer to completing this challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Die for Me (Revenants #1)

Release Date: May 10th, 2011
I'm tickled pink that so many series are starting out this year. Die for Me is the first book in the Revenants trilogy by Amy Plum, published by HarperTeen. I was fortunate to receive this ARC through a galley grab! Here's the blurb:

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.


Kate is dealing with a lot of emotional baggage over the loss of her parents when she meets Vincent, a guy who sweeps her off her feet with one look. Yeah, it's one of the those books. Where they are desperately in love from the get go. No, they don't actually say it, but their overly dramatic actions and words speak volumes. I have a hard time with this as Kate is only sixteen, and Vincent is 19 (sorta). I do understand, having been sixteen myself once, though, how easily it is to become obsessed with a boy and feel like the whole world revolves just around the two of you, etc. So, aside from what I considered a pretty corny relationship, it wasn't too bad reading it. Although, most of the book revolved solely around their relationship and Kate learning about Revenants.

The book didn't get really good until the last like forty pages, when all the action began. That was pretty cool.

Kate's character was pretty likable, and I felt that her thought process was written really well, covering all basis. I did not like how she was like sneaky, nosy, and going into places she shouldn't have been. Or how she felt entitled to know things or be places she had no business sticking her nose in. I understand completely though, that these characteristics were the ones that the author used to reveal this whole new world to Kate. So, whatever. It still annoyed me when she behaved in that fashion.

Vincent was like all gushy, obsessed, and a stalker (like he is for real a stalker). But, I guess he is no worse than Edward. I suppose, part of what bothers me so much about their relationship is that it mirrors Edward and Bella's so much (from Twilight, of course). And you could say there are differences because Kate wants to keep her distance from Vincent and Vincent is not exactly a threat to Kate's life, but still. It felt the same when I was reading it.

However, all that aside, it was a good read. I liked the creativity that went into all the new ideas, the new world that Amy Plum came up with. I thought it was great. It is also set in Paris, which I thought was cool. I would like to go to Paris after reading this, that is for sure. :)

I would definitely suggest that you read this book. I have a strong feeling that there could possibly be a love triangle sprouting in the next book, and I actually hope so. (PLEASE leave a comment and let me know if you thought the same thing...and with whom...so we can compare...I'm dying to know if it was just me!) Also, this book gets all the gushy lovey eyes out of the way, so I'm imagining the next books will have lots more action. Amy Plum writes great action, so I'm looking forward to that! Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance, but I also like my romance a bit more gradual, a bit more realistic. But, maybe I was just in a mood when I was reading this.

I'm rambling now, but like I said, you gotta read the book. If YA fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, etc. is your thing, then this is a must read this year, just cause. I am anxious to know what other people thought about this book as well! :)

One book closer to completing these challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011
Horror/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Book Suggestions 2011

I found this Youtube video that shows tons of books (like, 102) that are being released this year. Some of them are already released. Anyways, just wanted share! Enjoy!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen #1)

Release Date: May 1st, 2011
This book was given to me as an ARC through a galley grab. Amanda Stevens is the author and surprisingly enough the publisher is Harlequin. And might I say, it's not a book you might expect from them.

I have to admit when I think of Harlequin, I think of some serious romantic fluff. This book, however, is more in the paranormal genre. (I'm happy to see that they are venturing out into more genres) There is a strong romantic interest within the book, but the main focus is in solving a crime. So, I guess you could call it a paranormal crime novel, but I almost might say it's horror as well. The author is definitely gifted in giving one the creeps through her word pictures.

This book was nothing like I expected, maybe I didn't read the blurb clearly enough, but I'm almost glad I didn't, because I ended up reading a book that I might not have otherwise. I don't normally like crime novels/detective fiction, but this book is different as it has the whole scary paranormal (ghost) aspect to it. Eeks. They were not Casper friendly either.

Okay, first you have Amelia who owns her own business as a cemetery restorer. She gets a job to restore a certain cemetery only to discover that someone is leaving murdered bodies in other's graves. The bodies are anywhere from a couple of days old to fifteen years.

To top this off, Amelia is able to see ghosts since she was nine years old. Her father, who is also able to see them, has given her a number of rules that she has followed faithfully to keep her safe from said ghosts her whole life. That is until Detective Devlin comes into the picture.

John Devlin is the detective on the case for these murders, he has Amelia come in and consult. Amelia immediately is taken with him, drawn to him in ways she can't explain, and basically, I feel, like completely obsessed with him. I get that he is hot or broody and all that, but I feel like there might be something supernatural in the attraction that she has for him. Most of the book she is swooning over him and he seems basically indifferent to her.

So Devlin would seem perfect for her, that is if he does indeed share the same feelings, except for the minor fact that he has two ghosts trailing him sucking the life force out of him. In return, when he is around Amelia he is somehow sucking the life out of her. So, yes. She is obsessed with someone that could seemingly potentially kill her or whatever.

The book was good. I didn't want to stop reading it, which is how a good book always is for me. I found it intriguing. There was a lot of interesting information about graveyards, headstones, all that jazz. It might seem morbid, but it turns out it's all rather fascinating. The romance was good as well, because you never knew how it was going to play out. It was not like a typically romance, which is always appreciated.

Like I mentioned, I'm not really into crime novels...where so much of the book is based around details involving the crime and the detective work. My brain gets a little overloaded with all this information that's part of the puzzle in solving the crime. However, like I mentioned, the paranormal aspect as well as the romantic interest made the book work for me. I did really get the creeps while reading this book. I am most definitely going to be reading the next book in this series!

Check out the book's Youtube trailer below:



One book closer to completing these challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge
Horror/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where you post a book that you can't wait to release!

A book that I'm just dying to read is Bite Club, the 10th book in the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine. If you haven't read this series, it's one that I HIGHLY suggest!!

The book's release date is May 3rd, 2011 and I so wish I could get my hands on an ARC! I've entered the giveaway on Goodreads, and definitely crossing my fingers!! :)

Here's the blurb from Goodreads:

After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...

And might I just add a remark on the cover...the guy looks NOTHING like either one of the male characters (Michael or Shane), I imagine them to be MUCH hotter! :)

Remember Me?

I read this book at the beginning of this year because I really enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's book, Can You Keep a Secret?. So, of course I wanted to read Remember Me? because I thought it would flow about the same. I was not disappointed.

It's really funny and clever. I found myself laughing and smiling at the book, to the point that my husband gave me funny looks. :)

I thought the concept of the book was very interesting: A girl that was down on her luck, not very attractive, but had awesome friends has an accident that results in amnesia. She forgets the last three years of her life. When she wakes up she finds that so much has changed in that time! She's now the boss at work, she is considered a big "b", and to top it all of...she is married! And to a gorgeous hunk of a man who is *gasp* a millionaire!

I thought Kinsella did a fabulous job making it realistic as to what would happen. I was worried that she couldn't pull it off, but she did and with great humor!

Loved it!

I still laugh about the line in the book where she sees that she owns skinny jeans and she's like...how am I supposed to get these jeans over my boots? :) Clever. Very clever humor.

This book is full blown chick lit, which means that romance is a bloom. Now the question is...is the romance about her falling in love again with her husband (who's seemingly perfect)...or is there someone else???

If you haven't heard of this author or this book, I'm sure that you have heard of the Shopaholic books...and movie based on said book...so if you like those I'm sure you'll like this..although I have not had the pleasure of reading the Shopaholic books.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Cowboy's Touch

Release Date: March 29, 2011
This Christian fiction novel was given to me as an ARC in a galley grab. I just love me some galley grab!

This plays out as a romance, but there is a bit of mystery as well. Like I said, it's also Christian fiction.

Abigail Jones is an investigative reporter known as The Truth Seaker in her mother's magazine, Viewpoints. Abigail also deals with health issues caused by hypertension. She is a workaholic which only makes matters worse. After a bit of coaxing her mother and sister are able to get her to go to a little ole place in Montana with the idea that she would be looking after her Great Aunt Lucy and her mental stability, while at the same time getting some much needed rest from her stressful job.

Upon arrival at Aunt Lucy's Abigail discovers that she actually rents a little house on a ranch. Soon after she meets the daughter of the owner, Maddy. Abigail and Maddy form a quick bond. Of course, soon after meeting Maddy, she meets the very handsome cowboy/rancher Wade Ryan.

Abigail ends up becoming Maddy's nanny for the summer and lives under the same roof as Wade and his daughter. Soon Abigail discovers that Wade isn't all that he appears to be. Turns out Wade used to be somewhat of a celebrity and the mystery surrounding his late wife's death is extremely intriguing to Abigail and her natural lure to investigating. She is determined to find out the truth and write an expose about it for column without Wade discovering that she knows his true identity. This could also be an answer to prayer, as her mother's magazine is floundering, and unless their next issue is beyond awesome, they are being shut down. An article about Wade Ryan, a.k.a. J. W. Ryan, could be what saves the family business as well as countless other jobs. What Abigail doesn't expect is the depth of her feelings towards the man she is investigating.

Wade Ryan has taken his daughter off the beaten path to hide away from people that might recognize him. He stays busy running his ranch and raising his daughter. He doesn't allow himself to get involved with women, because he doesn't trust himself. But when Abigail shows up...everything changes.

An immediate attraction is to be expected,  but will Abigail find out the truth despite that and in order to save the magazine. If so, at what cost, and to whom?

Alrighty, so that's what the book is about. It was good. I like romance novels and Christian fiction. So, it was right up my alley. I did however get mad several times at Abigail for her sleuthing, but that is what adds to the mystery aspect of the book as well as her spiritual growth.

As far as the writing was concerned? I thought it was excellent. The storyline was believable...you get inside both Abigail and Wade's heads which I like, and the dialogue was smooth.

This is a nice Christian romance, without an overly preachy subtext.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Matchmakers 2.0

I did not know what to expect when reading this book, as I had never heard of the author, Debora Geary before.

I didn't expect it to be written so well and with such a solid story! Very well done! Also, it's short. I read the book in like an hour. But it's full too.

The main chick is Mick, and she is leader of the team at matchmakers.com that hooks up all the people that are finding it hard to find there match.

The focus of the book is Mick, who in losing a bet, has to add her own profile to matchmakers.com. In doing so she meets Sam....is he her perfect match?

Miri and Derrick are great side characters who we also get to see fall in love! Okay, here's the blurb:

MICK Guppy scientist and victim of her self-inflicted dating adventures.
MIRI Astrology whiz and promoter of steamy sex for the greater good.
DERRICK Data genius and life idiot.

Meet the match team at MatchMakers.com, the web 2.0 online-dating service with a personal touch.

Can Mick lead her team, find a guy, and finally win Match the Loser? Enjoy a little humor, a little romance, and occasional trivia about guppies.


I really enjoyed this read. Like I said, it's a quick one, but was complete. Sometimes when you read books like this, the writing falls short or even the plot is a little lame. I thought this was well written and very solid.

I'm going to be on the outlook for more Novel Nibbles from this author!! Novel Nibbles...what a cool idea!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Journey

Release Date: April 11, 2011
The Journey is the first book in Wanda E. Brunstetter's Kentucky Brother's series. You always know what you're going to get when you read one of her book, a solid story built around a couple falling in love in the Amish community.

It always fascinates me to read her books, because the Amish community fascinates me. It's always interesting to read about the differences in the ways of living.

Even though this is the first book in the series, there are other people's stories woven throughout. This is how Wanda always does her books, each series bleeds into another. It's nice, considering if you have read her previous books then you are able to catch up with other characters. However, if you have not had the pleasure of reading her other books, then you will feel fully introduced. It's not like you have to read her other series in order to understand what is going on.

This book focused on Suzanne Yoder and Titus Fisher. It's written in third person and you get the point of view of everyone and their brother.

Basically you have Titus in Lancaster, PA living at home with his parents (which is totally common when they aren't married), the girl he has been in love with and courting for years, Phoebe, has decided to run off to California with a girlfriend. Phoebe has yet to join the Amish Church, has told Titus that she doesn't know if she will ever join. Since Titus has already joined the church, they are broken up. Titus is heart broken but he is soon given the opportunity to move to Pembroke, KY to start work in another Amish Community. He jumps at the chance. Titus is dealing with insecurities, as his twin brother is far more accomplished in life than he is. Titus is also a wee bit immature.

Suzanne Yoder is thinking that she is going to be an old maid. She's an Amish girl that doesn't care for cooking (gasp!) and instead loves to be outside hunting or fishing. Her passion is working with wood, though her grandfather and brother won't allow her to help out in the family woodworking business (said business that Titus is coming to work for).

When Titus first sees Suzanne he has a hard time being around her or even being cordial because she reminds him so much of Phoebe. Titus soon starts courting Suzanne's best friend Ester.

This book is The Journey of Suzanne and Titus coming through a rocky first meeting, to becoming friends, and then possibly something more. I like how in the book, they really didn't even like one another all that well for at least half of it. It wasn't love at first sight. There was a definite building of a relationship here, which I always appreciate the author taking the time to do.

Of course, there are other things going on here too...family troubles on Titus' side of the family and so forth. We follow Phoebe on her quest to find happiness among the English in California, Titus' mother learning to let her son go, along with other family drama.

Overall, it's a good book. Not the greatest book ever written, but decent, clean, and altogether wholesome. Good Bible verses and lessons throughout as well.

Here's the booktrailer:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bumped

Release Date: April 26, 2011
Fascinating.

I was really excited to read this book if only for the fact that Megan McCafferty wrote it. She wrote one of my favorite series of all time, The Jessica Darling Series. Ms. McCafferty's mind just works in unbelievable ways, and she just comes up with the most interesting story lines. Of course, the Darling series was young adult romance, coming of age, not young adult dystopian. So, I was interested to see how she was going to pull it off.

Wow. Can I just get a wow? Here's the blurb:

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.


So, yes, admittedly at first, it was a little confusing. But most books like this are. Because you are being introduced into a completely different world, but without actual introductions. You have to figure out what's going on through context and dialogue. At first I did wonder if any of it was going to make sense, but fear not, it happened in no time.

This world was written in a neat way with made up words, the way of talking was new and fresh, it's all rather creative. Ms. McCafferty has a way of writing that is fun. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but it makes for a rather quick read. It's very enjoyable to read what she writes on paper, she just has a way, I suppose.

The storyline was like nothing I had ever read before. Sometimes I would sit back and think, this woman must be a genius for coming up with this. Maybe that's a little overblown, but that's how I feel. She just wows me. :) I got my romance fix, I got my sci-fi/fantasy futuristic fix (dystopian), I got my McCafferty fix, and now I'm waiting waiting waiting for her next book. Unfortunately, I imagine that's going to be a while.

The only fault I found with this book, was at the end I realized that there was going to be another book! There has to be! This can not end in that manner!

Oh, I just watched a video where Megan McCafferty talks about the book and she says there WILL be another...that this will be a two book series. You can watch the video below.

Pale Demon

One of the many fabulous series that I read last year was the Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. So far, including this here Pale Demon, there are nine, yes I said NINE, books in this series.

I read the first eight books back to back. While reading them, I felt some of the books were lacking. But of course it would have to be some form of miracle if you literally liked every book better than the one previously published. But over all, it's a quite excellent series!

You've got Rachel Morgan, a witch. The books encompass her life and how she is thrown out of the witching community for consorting with demons.

There are lots of interesting topics of discussion in these books, but I think the main one would be, where do you draw the line between good and evil? Is there a gray? Rachel is eventually cast out because she has used black magic, which is considered evil - but ha, she has only done it for the greater good or to save her life, at no harm to anyone but herself. Yet she is considered a black witch.

These thoughts all lead us to Pale Demon where she is on road trip with her pals to get to "court" in time. These court proceedings are supposed to answer these very questions. If court goes badly she'll be in Alcatraz or with the demons forever and ever. She doesn't want that. Along the way there are definitely a bunch of bumps and bruises. It doesn't help that she has had to escort Trent there as well...and someone's trying to off him! About half way through the book they make their destination, which I appreciated, because I didn't want the WHOLE book to be about their travel, but it just gets better and better.

On a side note...I love Trent. I love how in one of the earlier books Rachel transformed into an animal that Trent caught, captured, and tortured knowing full well who she was...yet all along, I the reader, am thinking, Oh my gosh! They were made for each other! He might seem horrid sometimes, but at the very same time he is very edible. Things like this happen throughout the books between them. Trent always seems out to get her, yet, you just know there is so much secret love. Okay, maybe that is just my wishful thinking...but still!

This book was not a let down, and probably one of the best of the series. Not to mention it was jam packed full of Trent. Ivy wasn't in the forefront (thank you Ms. Harrison). There was just enough Jenks. Just enough action. Oh, and Trent has an unexpected secret. Perfect.

The series as a whole is definitely worth reading (nine books folks! - catch up!). Lots of different characters throughout...pretty creative story lines. There are witches, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, elves, demons and pixies.

Major downfall of series in my humble opinion: Ivy, only because I just don't like her...although I gather loads more do.
Best part of series: Trent and Jenks

Mmmm...I wonder how long it will be before I get to reread this series?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Falling Under

This is the first book in the Falling Under series by Gwen Hayes.

First, let me just say that I LOVE series books in the paranormal/urban fantasy, mostly young adult, department. I was so bummed towards the end of last year because I spent all 2010 discovering and reading, like, every single book in all these amazing series, only to have to wait for the next book in each series. I knew from then on it was the absolutely torturous waiting game of one (if your super duper lucky - two) a year. Arg.

So, I'm on a mission to discover new series, even though it's going to be tedious, with the waits and all. I was fortunate enough to find all these books last year that already had, like, five to eight books released. But now I'm starting from scratch and will continue probably into my thirties reading series that I am starting just this year.

Anyway, my point is....this is the first book I ventured into this year. And oh boy, I was so not disappointed! I imagine this will be a trilogy though. I can't see it going farther than that...but who am I to say what the author has in mind...or better yet how popular they will become?

So, was I pleased with my new discovery? Heck yeah! Totally psyched!

Here's a blurb about the book taken from goodreads:
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
The whole book was excellent, but I saw it as almost two books in one. The first part was mainly a passionate love story...yes, reminiscent of Twilight. But that is tried and true, and there is nothing wrong with that! The second half...that is where the fun begins, where the paranormal really starts to take place.

This author is really creative and gifted, her ideas were so fresh...I had never read them before. Yes, the romance consists of forbidden love...but that goes all the way back to Romeo and Juliet...we all love that stuff! The paranormal stuff...now that was all fresh. And her descriptions were so good, she painted the coolest word pictures, it was like you were there, you could see it. They could make a movie of it and know exactly how the scenes would look.

Anywho, if the following books are as good as this, or even better, then this is going to be a rockin' series!

Check out the Falling Under trailer video:

Friday, March 4, 2011

My One and Only

Release Date: March 29, 2011
I was able to snag this book through a galley grab! I just love me some galley grab!

Anywho....it was so sweet! Basically, you've got the story of Harper and Nick. Now, they go way back...married when they were young, divorced quickly after. Once divorced they each moved on with their lives...but not their feelings (though Harper would deny it).

Harper became a divorce attorney on Martha's Vineyard...where she is pretty cynical about love...and Nick started his own architecture company in New York. One day Harper's sis, Willa, calls her up and says something like...Guess what?! I'm getting married, and not just to anyone but to your ex-husband's brother, Chris!....yeah, so now the exes are brought back together for the wedding.

They have hard feeling towards each other, but circumstances bring them together (don't they always?). Love is in the air!!

I really did like this book. I've never read anything by Kristan Higgins before, but she is a great writer. This book is written in first person and like a stream of conscious. You always know what's going on in Harper's head. I loved Harper. She could have easily been a very unlikeable character, as cynical as she was, but somehow she just wasn't. She was witty, funny, just plain lovable. Nick's character was great too. The descriptions in this book were excellent...really made you see/feel what was going on.

The ending was a little extravagant/outrageous....but it's fiction, so it's forgiven.

I laughed a lot, I had a big ole smile on my face for most of the book, and I did cry. So all in all, a fabulous work of chick lit!

Here's the very funny book trailer for My One and Only:

Save the Date

Here's another book that I recently won through the First Reads program from Goodreads, which is by Jenny B. Jones.

This book is a Contemporary Christian romantic comedy, which I love. Here's a blurb of the book:

"When Alex and Lucy pick out wedding invitations, they wonder if they can be printed in vanishing ink.
Former NFL star Alex Sinclair is a man who has it all--except the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancee in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn't quite what he seems, Lucy will find her heart on the line--and maybe even her life. When God asks Alex and Lucy to scrap their playbook and follow his rules, will they finally say, "I do"?"

That pretty much sums up what the book is about...a nice fake relationship for the benefit of the public eye, followed by a fake proposal, that leads to a not so fake kinda love. :) 


I think most people would probably not have an issue with this book at all, and going by other's reviews of the book, they didn't. The book has a great story, with a great leading man, side characters, and good writing. But, for me, the first two-thirds was really hard to get through. Only because I had a hard time with Lucy. To me she was really annoying. She seemed bitter, judgmental, and just plain mean. Everything she said just seemed spiteful. I had a hard time, aside from her non-prof work, seeing what other people in the book saw in her. But, this could have just been a mood I was in. I can't deny the girl was quite witty and very sarcastic. She didn't come around for me until the last 1/3 of the book, which I found to be a joy to read. I was glad I kept reading, and I was very happy with how everything concluded.

I would recommend the book to anyone who likes a fun romance that has humor and with Christian perspective because it gives you just that in a nice solidly written book.

 I found this great review on Youtube from drunkonwords who also won this book through Goodreads! Yay! Check it out:


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Amy Parker

I was given the opportunity to read two ARC books by Amy Parker...who is a Christian children's book author.

I requested these books because I am a mother of two girls and a Christian as well. I am always looking for more books to add to their book case, but not any ole book will do for me. I only allow them books that I think will be enriching in someway...usually Christian oriented.

I have never reviewed children's books before, so I wasn't so sure how to go about doing it. Then I went to her goodreads page (which you can see by clicking her name up above) and saw that she had written many other books as well!

I had already decided that I was going to have to go buy the two books I got in the galley grab when they come out because I received them e-book style. Now I'm thinking I'm going to have to go on a Amy Parker book shopping spree for my girls.

My eldest daughter (four) sat with me when I read both books and she just loved them. I'm honest when I say, not all books capture her attention. If the writing isn't upbeat with a good rhythm and/or the illustrations aren't well done, then she just doesn't care for it, and who can blame her? She was completely fascinated by both of these books though! She asked questions about the pictures, she listened to what I read. I can only hope that she learned something from it!

Alrighty, so the first book I read was Thank You, God, For Mommy. It was just so darn adorable. The little pandas, well you just want to eat them up. The writing was so sweet that I actually got tears in my eyes! What can I say? I love my girls', and this book is just a reminder of how much a momma loves her kiddos. 
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
So, the second book I read was, Thank You, God, For Daddy. This one was just as adorable as the first. This one had lions instead of pandas which were just as edible. Just loved it. I mentioned above how I hoped my daughter learned something, and I meant it. These books were a great reminder of what their parents do for them, how much they love them, and most of all, to remember to thank God for our blessings!
Release Date: May 10, 2011

So, I was very happy to get both of these books and so very appreciative. But I think I am even more happy to have discovered this author, and in looking at her goodreads page, she has several more books that I'm going to have to go check out. I suggest you do the same!

Here's a list of the other books I found:

A Night Night Prayer
A Christmas Prayer
Your Forever Family
God's Promises for Boys
God's Promises for Girls

It also appears that she wrote or co-wrote a few other non-children books as well. Going to go have to check em out!

What Can't Wait

This is a Galley Grab review...Thank you Lerner Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book!

I like books that tell about a person's life, where there is no moment of great climax, but many small moments of meaning. This book is so very meaningful, interesting, hopeful and definitely engrossing.

Marisa is Mexican, her parent's are from Mexico and moved to Texas later in life. She is bilingual and very, very smart. But because of her parent's culture, her life is difficult in ways other people's most likely are not.

The girl has so many responsibilities, it's not even funny. She has to work as much as she is able, she has to watch her sister's daughter, she has to keep up in school...AP courses, etc. Her father doesn't think school is important and actually thinks (and makes her feel) that she is a bad daughter for putting so much time and effort into getting good grades. Even though she does it so that she can go to the school of her choice and become an engineer. She even has to give half her paycheck to her family to help pay the bills.

I have to say it was rather interesting to read the dynamics of this family, as mine is nothing like this. I know that people with different cultural backgrounds see/do things differently, and it's just fascinating to get a glimpse into the workings of a family that is so different from your own, even if they are fiction. I felt like it was realistic, though, and probably true to life.

So basically, Marisa is dealing with all sorts of family drama. On top of that she has a new boyfriend, Alan, who she has been in love with forever. But Alan isn't too much of a problem, because he is just so darn wonderful (most of the time). The family drama bleeds into the rest of her life, though, her relationships and school. It's hard for her to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This book is a walk through the last semester of her senior year as she learns to prioritize what's important to her, not let what her father thinks become what's true (because it's not), and to learn how to deal with life and be strong in it.

The book is well written and the dialogue is excellent. One of the only problems I had with the book is within the dialogue, and it's probably my own fault. But there is Spanish mixed in throughout the book, because they are Mexican after all, so they speak Spanish. Definitely makes it more authentic, which is a good thing! I thought the author, Ashley Hope Perez, did a good job with helping you figure out what they were saying by the context of the surrounding English as a whole, but there were still a few spots where I was not able to understand at all what was being said. Of course, I could have just googled it, but to be honest I was so engrossed in the book, I just didn't care all that much!

I loved Marisa's interaction with her niece, Anita. I actually really liked Marisa's character as a whole, which is always a relief. There seem to be an abundance of unlikeable leading ladies in books these days. Not in this one! You don't always agree with her, you don't always think she's making the smartest choices, but she is still likeable...which I think says a lot about the author's ability. Marisa goes through so much in this book and you need to read it yourself to see if she comes out shining. Does she learn to stand up for what she believes in, what she wants? I highly suggest you find out yourself!



Miss Ashley has another book, The Knife and the Butterfly, coming out in 2012, which I am definitely going to read. I'm glad to have been given the opportunity to read this book, because I found another author to follow! Yay!

Courting Sparks

This was the first book I ever won through the Goodreads First Reads Program. I was totally psyched to have won it, and even more pysched when I got it and it was a signed copy with a little message from the author. How totally sweet is that to win!?

But then I got nervous, because I'm like, what if this book completely stinks. What if I can't even get through the first couple of pages? Fortunately, it turned out to be good. :)

Courting Sparks is a book about Noah and Daphne, life-long friends. Daphne dated Noah's cousin, Aaron, for ages until their messy break-up. Noah was always there for Daphne, but he always wanted something more from her too. Daphne wasn't having any of that and fought him, or rather herself on it. The book is a journey of how they find their way from best friends to possibly something more.

Along the way there are weddings, bachelorette and bachelor parties, and an arsonist on the loose that needs to be caught. Of course, Daphne seems to be always a bridesmaid never a bride. :)

It's a fun read, pretty simple and straight forward. Just like I like, nothing was drawn out and it never got boring. I liked that it was clean, that it showed both character's points of view, and that their emotions/thoughts were pretty realistic. It was also funny, the conversations amongst the girls in this book, the situations (which were well thought out), and the wedding mishaps. The outside characters were fun as well!

Of course Noah was very likable...or shall I say YUMMY?! :)

I'm really happy to have gotten this book, and I thank the author, Joselyn Vaughn. I'm going to have to check out her other book!

One Day

The book, One Day, written by David Nicholls, was first published in June of 2009. So it's not like it's a brand new book that every one has been anticipating and running around trying to get it.

It has, however, been made into a movie, that I for one am much anticipating. The movie, One Day, stars Anne Hathaway (what a cutie!) and Jim Sturgess (from the movie Across the Universe...yum!). The release date is July 8, 2011....so if you haven't already you have plenty of time to run out and get the book and have it read before the movie is released!

Now on to the review!

When I see a movie that is coming out I tend to see if there was a book first. It's really surprising how many movies are adaptations from a novel. A lot of times the book turns out to be one that I would not normally read, but I read it anyway, just cause. This book, though sounding odd, seemed to be a romance. So, I was more than happy to read it.

Here's the blurb about the book:

"Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY."


So basically, I was thinking how on earth will the author pull this off? How on earth will this author make a whole book interesting and fulfilling if he only focuses on one day a year. I mean, don't you think that there would be way too much missing for the story to actually feel full?  I was worried the book was going to suck.


But, alas, not only was the author able to pull it off, but I was sucked in and read it in one sitting. The format was neat and interesting...kept the book flowing.

Not to mention that it showed these characters realistically, I felt like they were real and we are able to be a part of the journey with them from the time they are college graduates to around forty years old. I didn't feel left out of either of their lives. I felt like I'd known them the whole year before, not just that day. It was really neat to read how these two grew and such as the years went on.

There were some gaps in both story and character, but overall I really enjoyed the read. I was definitely curious to see how it ended for them. Quite frankly, I was shocked by the ending. I guess I saw it as a possibility, but put it in the back of my mind. Get ready to laugh....and cry. Because I'll admit, I did cry.



It was good though, and I can't wait to see what they do with the movie! I look forward to comparing the two and seeing which I like better!

Here's a book trailer I found of One Day:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

100+ Reading Challenge 2011!

Click here to join the challenge!
Yet another challenge! This one is massive! But I totally think/know that I can do it. I've already challenged myself to read 100 books on Goodreads this year...so it's basically the same thing.

This challenge is hosted by My Overstuffed Book Shelf.

I will continually add to the list as I finish books throughout the year. The title of the books will be linked if I have posted a review to the book on my blog as well...so check that out! I have reviewed all the books on my Goodreads page.

If you have a suggestion as to a book that I should read, let me know in the comment section below! I always want to learn about new books, or even old ones for that matter. Happy Reading!

Books read in 2011:

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
2. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson
5. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
6. Take Me There by Susane Colasanti
7. When Venus Fell by Deborah Smith
8. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
10. A Ringless End of Light by Madeleine L'Engle
11. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
12. Awakened (House of Night #8) by P.C. Cast
13. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
14. Beastly by Alex Finn
15. Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
16. Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
17. Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
18. One Day by David Nicholls
19. What Can't Wait by Ashely Hope Perez
20. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
21. The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter
22. Matchmakers 2.0 by Debora Geary
23. A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter
24. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
25. Courting Sparks by Joselyn Vaughn
26. Perfect Strangers (Love Letters #1) by Jahnna N. Malcom
27. Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
28. The Summer I turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han
29. It's Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han
30. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
31. My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
32. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
33. The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens
34. Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
35. Love Remains (Matchmakers #1) by Kaye Dacus
36. Just Right (Bradfords #1) by Erin Nicholas
37. We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
38. A Marriage of Inconvience by Susanna Fraser
39. The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell
40. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
41. Bite Me by Parker Blue
42. Try Me by Parker Blue
43. Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann
44. Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy
45. Mercy by Rebecca Lim
46. Pheonix Rising by Pip Ballentine
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Check out my other reading challenges:
Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
Horror/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011!

Click here to go sign up!
Oh! Another challenge for me! Yay! This one is for books in the Fantasy Genre. Which I love, of course!

So, the challenge is being hosted by Darlyn & Books. But if you want to sign up for the challenge too, then click here.

Basically this challenge has five options of how many books I plan to read this year to go towards this challenge. Of course, I'm going to have to pick Obsessed, which is reading 20. Eeks. I think I can do it though. I already have several that I have that need to be read in the next month...and there are always more after that!

If ya'll can think of a book that I don't have down on my list, then you just let me know in comments section below! I would very much appreciate it. My most treasured books I have learned about through word of mouth, the best way to discover knew books!

Anyway, the following will be my list, incomplete as of now. When I finish a book I will link the title to my review, for easy access! If I have yet to write a review, then I will soon!

Books for the Challenge:

1. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes (finished!!)
2. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley (finished!!)
3. Beastly by Alex Finn (finished!!)
4. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle (finished!!)
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (finished!!)
6. Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder (finished!!)
7. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon #1) by Alison Goodman
8. Eona (Eon #2) by Alison Goodman
9. Angel Burn (Angel Triology #1) by L.A. Weatherly
10. Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum (finished!!)
11. Hereafter (Hereafter #1) by Tara Hudson
12. The Restorer (The Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens (finished!!)
13. The Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett
14. The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1) by Caitlin Kittredge
15. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
16. Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
17. Bite Me by Parker Blue (finished!!)
18. Try Me by Parker Blue (finished!!)
19. Mercy by Rebecca Lim (finished!!)
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Check out my other challenges:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011
Horror/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011!

I like joining challenges as far as books are concerned. So, I went in search of a good one. I found an Urban Fantasy/Horror book challenge on bookchickcity.com.

Basically I need to read like 24 books in these genres this year. I'm thinking that won't be a problem, as I think Urban Fantasy is my fave! I've already got a couple under my belt for the year too. :) I'm not so sure about what constitutes a Horror. Hmmm.....I'll have to look into that.

Do you have any suggestions as to what I should read?? Help me add books to my list...add a comment with a suggestion, please!

The only problem I foresee is that I am not good at knowing what books would be categorized as Urban Fantasy...so, if I have a book in my list that is NOT in that genre...let me know! 

So, lets see...I am going to make a preliminary list of books that I plan to read to fulfill this challenge....it might take me time to come up with all the books. Keep checking back as I will periodically be adding names. Also, below that I will post a list of books I have finished. You'll be able to click on the name of the finished books to be taken directly to my review of the book.

Books to read:

1. Destined (House of Night, book 9) by P.C. Cast
2. Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, book 2) by Cassandra Clare
3. Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, book 10) by Rachel Caine
4. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse series, book 11) by Charlaine Harris
5. Unseen (Outcast Season, book 3) by Rachel Caine
6. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Series, book 4) by Cassandra Clare
7. River Marked (Mercedes Thompson, book 6) by Patricia Briggs
8. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, book 4) by Chloe Neill
9. Bloodlines (Bloodlines, book 1) by Richelle Mead
10. Pale Demon by Kim Harrison (finshed!!)
11. Awakened (House of Night, book 8) by P.C. Cast (finished!!)
12. The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (finished!!)
13. Die for Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum (finished!!)
14. Bite Me by Parker Blue (finished!!)
15. Try Me by Parker Blue (finished!!)
16. Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballentine (finished!!)
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If you are interested in joining this challenge find click here.

Check out my other challenges:
Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
100+ Reading Challenge 2011