Friday, November 30, 2012

Bound by Jennifer Dean Book Tour Excerpt and Review





Bound
Author: Jennifer Dean


ISBN13: 9781300196211
Release Date: October 9th 2012
Format: PDF

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal,
Romance, Fantasy


 









Summary
Once finally back in her hometown of Washington, North Carolina, seventeen year old Emma Morgan learns the simple life she knew has changed from the moment she meets the charmingly, bright-eyed Liam Alexander.

The problem? 


Her brother and best friend, Sean, doesn't approve. Only the more Emma tries to avoid Liam the more she finds him in her constant company. A risk that will expose his supernatural calling and both of their hearts. But what happens when Emma learns that Sean is the real one keeping secrets....


Review
Review coming soon

Excerpt

This is the end of chapter five, after a very intense scene.


Once I shut the door behind me, I felt as if the imaginary director had yelled “cut”, letting me finally involuntarily collapse to my knees. I closed my eyes, sitting on my heels with my hands resting on my thighs, slowly filtering in a shaky breath. What the hell just happened? I wanted to hear Sean’s voice to soothe me, but I didn’t have the strength to grab my phone from inside my purse, which I had thrown to the bed a moment before my collapse.


Suddenly I heard a knock at my door. Damn. I opened my eyes before my hands helped lift me back to my feet. I knew my mom would definitely question me if she found me on the floor like that. I breathed out two deep sighs in order to calm my expression before I was ready. Action, I thought.


“Come in,” I said.


The door opened, but it wasn’t my mother. It was Sean that peeked his head through the frame gap, before stepping inside my room and shutting the door behind him. I didn’t waste the time to rush him. I wrapped my arms underneath his as I laid my head to his chest. The instant warmth of his presence lifted me to a better place.


“I thought you had to work late,” I said.


“I just got back and felt like I should stop by and see you.” I felt him gently pat the back of my hair comfortingly. “Is everything all right?”


“I don’t know how you do it,” I said.


“Do what?”


“Make yourself appear right when I need you. But I’m glad that you do.”


“It’s a gift. Now are you going to tell me what’s wrong?”


I finally stepped back to look up at him. But now in the moment of truth, I knew that I couldn’t say anything. I couldn’t be the reason that Sean lost his friends. But I also knew that was what Ross and Nick were hoping on, and I wasn’t keeping quiet for their sake. I have to tell him. I opened my mouth, but still nothing came out. I curled my fingers into fists, looking for the courage to speak.


“I got . . . ” This was my chance as my tongue lingered with the words. Say it. “Freaked out earlier.”


Sean narrowed his gaze with a prepared anger. “Freaked out by what?”


I gulped, not quite sure why this was so hard to say. I hadn’t even begun to wrap my head around Liam Alexander. “I forgot my purse, and when I went back for it the janitor was really creepy.” I rolled my eyes for dramatics with a small shrug. “But you know how my imagination can be.”


I sighed with the guilt weighing me down like lead. I’ll admit the janitor wasn’t going to be my friend but he didn’t deserve the persona I was building of him. I expected a lecture of any kind for being stupid enough to not bring a friend with me. I even welcomed it in order to serve as punishment for lying.


Instead Sean merely pulled his neck back to gaze at me with his brow lifted. “Are you sure that’s all?”


I nodded, maybe a little too much. It wasn’t as if he knew I was lying but more that I wasn’t telling the truth. Luckily he was choosing to ignore it, and I was grateful.


My eyes shifted to the floor with guilt.


“I know it sounds a bit childish, but would you stay until I fall asleep?”


“Sure,” he said.


I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to fall asleep, but I was glad Sean had stayed to do what he had always done best, protect me. Lucky for him, I would have no problem staying away from Liam Alexander now. I wasn’t even sure where to begin with Liam. My mind could barely decipher the idea of what I had seen, let alone how to articulate it into words.


There must be an explanation for it all, but for now I laid under the covers, moving to curl into Sean, with my head rested on the warmth of his chest. It was like sunshine that radiated around my body. The warmth on my skin was like that sensation of hot water from the shower on a cold day. Just being near him made me feel better.


“Sean,” I said.


“Yeah, Em?”


“I’ll stay away from Liam.”


There was a few seconds of silence where I felt like I could almost see his eyes shift away with a smile of accomplishment.


“Why now? Did something happen with him tonight?”


I shook my head, while my mind knew the opposite. “No, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I believe you. There is something strange about him.” I paused to exhale at the memory of tonight. “So, you don’t have to worry about him anymore.”


I thought of how different things would be if Sean had seen what I did. He would surely be even more protective of me. But if he had known, then it would be something he would have already told me.

Even if I knew how hypocritical I seemed by withholding what I had seen tonight.


I felt Sean’s light, comforting kiss on my scalp before he laid his head on top of my own. “Promise?”


I sighed into the warm silence crawling around the two of us.




About the Author
Jennifer lives in Dallas, Texas with her family. When not immersed in her writing, she is either engaged in a book or one of her favorite television shows.





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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Blood Debt Book Tour Review!




Blood Debt
Author: Nancy Straight
ISBN: 9781476203416
Release Date: July 15th 2012
Format:
Kindle

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal,
Romance, Fantasy

Series:
Touched #1

 








Summary
Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.

Review(edit coming soon)
At this point I have read many different types of Fantasy books. Never have I read something with centaurs in it. They aren’t your normal everyday centers though, these centaurs are actually humans that have powers that came from the gods. Each centaur has a gift, for example: mind reading, telekinesis and even some can see the future.  Its creative of what the author has come up with for her version of centaurs.
Blood Debt centers around a girl named Camille. She has lived with her mother all her life but that came to an end when he mother died. Just before she did she told Camille where he father lives and that she should talk to him. She calls him up and this is where her life changes forever.  She learns that she was never really alone and that she doesn’t only have a father but she also has Five brothers and a step mother that adores her. While visiting them she learns that she isn’t human but actually a Centaur from the Chiron herd (herd meaning family). She learns about all this old tradition the Centaur people go through, for example the fact that women can choose who they are going to marry and the men don’t date or think of any women unless they are choose by a Centauride (female Centaur) . It takes time for Camille to get use to the rules of her new life. She then hears that she has a debt to pay because of her mother and what she did in the past. She doesn’t wish to pay this debt but it’s forced onto her and then it gets more complicated when she meets a Drake who is already chosen by a female and that means she can’t have any contact with him but for some reason she feels attracted to him and he feels the same way.

Camille is strong in her beliefs from how she grew up as a normal human. She thought at first she would like the Centaur life because of her father and step mother and step brothers. Though after learning more about that life she wishes to be human, I can’t blame her being a Centuar is tough and hard to accept that life. She also tries hard to learn what her powers could be. She only knew about her powers recently and even if it takes her a long time she will try her best to learn to control them. Then she meets her grandmother. Camille goes against her grandmother so much that a necklace is placed around her to subdue her and it does for a while.Dispite that small weak moment Camille is a strong person and It makes me excited to see how she will grow more into her Centauride life.

Drake is a great guy, it’s surprising that he goes along with the rules of the Centaur people at first. Actually it makes the men tame come pair to human males. They spend their life alone until Centauride hopefully chooses them. Its almost cute in a way when he first meets Camille and learns that he doesn’t want Bianca who had choosen him, he wants Camille. He doesn’t understand his feelings till a bit later when he learn that he can’t stop thinking about her. I’m glad that in the end he figures out how to be with Camille from a plan Bianca, Gage and him came up with, while Camille was under lock.

Bianca at first you don’t know how she is like but it surprises me a bit to learn that she is a kind person. I though she wouldn’t like how the man she pick would be so into Camille, until you learn why. She wants to be Camille’s friend very badly because Camille might be able to help her be with the real man she loves who is Gage.  She is a great character and helps Camille a lot in the way of letting Camille be with Drake alone.
Gage is a great guy who got twisted up in this thing his dad and Camille’s grandmother planned. He would rather be with Bianca or no one at all. It hurts him to see Bianca be with his best friend Drake but he couldn’t do anything. Then he met Camille and learned from Bianca a plan to get them to be who they want to be with.
From start to finish I never got bored of Blood Debt and I loved every moment of it. I can’t wait to read book two to find out what happens between Camille and Drake.
Rating
4 out of 5 Howling Wolves


Author


Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC.  She has two fantastic son, three rotten dogs and an amazing husband.  When not writing she enjoys RVing with her family, swimming and reading all types of romance genres.  Her favorite is paranormal romance.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter Review


Whispers at Moonrise
Author: C.C. Hunter
ISBN: 1250011914 (ISBN13: 9781250011916)
Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Pages:
400
Format:
Paperback

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal,
Romance, Fantasy

Series:
Shadow Falls #4









Summary
Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet.  A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie’s journey in ways she never imagined.

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf.  With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante.  Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway.  Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever.   In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure.  Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

The breathtaking fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series from author C. C. Hunter...Whispers at Moonrise.

Review
It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited to read a book. This forth book of the series was just so good. The storyline for this book was just to great. Every moment of this book was exciting. There was quite a few times it brought me to tears because of the sad scenes that happen in it, doesn’t help that I was reading this book on the subway with tears in my eyes.
Whispers at Moonrise takes place at the camp where Kylie spent most of the summer at. The camps name is Shadow Falls Camp. In this book you see it being turned into a school which Kylie does attend for a while. 

Kylie is now struggling with what her ghost father just told her in book three of the shadow falls series.  She now begins to think she’s a lizard, since the name of the supernatural she is, is a Chameleon, she automatically starts to think she’s a lizard because of that name. Even though she knows she’s not really a lizard she still starts to freak out. With that going on Kylie also meets another new ghost. This ghost is different from the others though when she finds out it’s someone who she recognizes and she knows right away that its not good. Speaking to ghosts still make people in Shadow falls camp afraid. It’s unnatural to talk to ghosts according to them she’s weird and yet they are the ones who are vampires, werewolves, etc. With all this going her feelings for Lucas her boyfriend isn’t going well. He’s keeping things from her but she’s no better with keeping facts about the ghosts she’s seeing from him. She can only rely on Holiday because she too can see and speak to ghosts. Only problem with this ghost is that she can’t tell Holiday about it and she can only rely on Derek mostly on this ghost. Kylie is also changing from one Supernatural to the next and it’s just making her more like a freak because she just wishes she can be one supernatural not a whole range that change whenever her brain feels like it. When all of this is going on new teachers appear at Shadow Falls for the school year. She knows that one of the teachers don’t seem quite right and suspects he’s up to something. Maybe even something to do with the new ghost she is seeing that reminds her of someone at camp. She needs to find the person who is going to kill again before it’s to late.

Kylie our main character, hasn’t changed to much from the first three books. She’s still afraid of not know what she really is. She wants to know if she’s a witch, vampire, etc but now that she knows it just makes her more afraid of the dangers she will face and her losing relationship with Lucas. She loves him a lot and even though she has struggled with who she loves in the past three books in this book she knows she has strong feelings for Lucas but doesn’t know how to trust him when he doesn’t open up to her or that he can’t deal with the fact that she can talk to ghosts. She does her best, she doesn’t give up even when she feels hurt she tries to understand it from the others person point of view .

Della is still the head strong vampire from the first book to now. She is protective and looks after Kylie. She also is the same when interacting with Miranda, they always fight and threaten each other but never act on it. They really are friends even if they fight a lot. Della does feel left out when Miranda and Tara have boyfriends but she doesn’t but then she doesn’t try to show her feelings to anyone. It changes a little bit when she realizes a guy does like her.

Miranda still has problems with her magic, for being a witch it's a bit problematic. It’s been that way since the first few books but at least now she can deal with that fact. She doesn't feel as upset and tries her best to do spells and to even fix them. She is now with Perry the shape shifter and she is happy to be with him. She is a good friend to both Tara and Della and she will listen to anything they have to say and they will listen to her.

Holiday is the head person at Shadow Falls camp and soon the be school. She is a Fea and can speak to ghosts as well, that’s why her and Kylie have such a strong connection. She has always felt since the beginning that Kylie and her were friends even more like family. While Holiday helps Kylie figure things out, Kylie also helps Holiday with her feelings for a curtain Vampire.

Derek is our half human half Fea who is a really great person, it makes me sad to see that he does love Kylie and she knows that he loves her but she can’t be with him. Even so he still comes to her when her feelings are all over the place cause he can feel them strongly because of his Fea powers. He is willing to stay by Kylie’s side and just be her friend that’s enough for him. He doesn’t care that she is with Lucas as long as she is happy.

I do like Lucas because he’s a werewolf but he’s not treating Kylie fairly. In the first three books you learn that they have a past together and that Lucas always wished she was a werewolf, but even without that part he still cares about her but now he’s taking their dwindling trust and stretching it to far.  He says he can’t tell her because it will make her more upset so he keeps things from her. Lying is never good in the relationship and even though he tells Kylie he loves her. It doesn’t help when he puts his pack before her. He can’t stand up to her, he can’t sit with her during meals he has to leave her alone. He knows he is hurting her but he’s asking her to hold out a bit longer so that he can get onto the wolf council. Though seriously if you can’t see how much your hurting your girlfriend you have no right to be her boyfriend.

Review
5 out of 5 Howling Wolves


Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand Review!

Blood Bond
(Dirty Blood #3)

Author: 
ISBN: 1479263265
Release Date: August 31st 2012
Pages:
347
Format:
Kindle

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult,
Romance, Fantasy

Series:
Dirty Blood #3







Summary
Hybrids.

If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it.
Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out.

Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.


Review(edit coming soon...)

Packed full of action and romance, I couldn't get enough of 'Blood Bond'. It was not what I was expecting when I began to read the third book of the series. To learn that Tara is getting closer and closer to turning into a wolf, and that the hybrids (which are usually half hunter/half wolf, but occasionally wolf/human hybrids) are now after her it was just amazing. I did find the bad guy in this book a bit too simple and easy to take care of, so I didn't really care much for the bad guy. The hybrids made up for the poor villain.

The story line mostly takes place at Tara's home, and Jack/Fee's home. This was due to her being grounded after she traveled to Nevada to find someone who could save George.

The story was well paced and exciting. Tara is getting used to her now dangerous life. As summer holidays arrive, she and Cambria plan to stay at her house for the summer. With excitement of seeing Wes again, she can't wait to get home. But, she can't help but feel sad for leaving Alex.  Back at home, with her over controlling mother, she finds peace at Jack and Fee's place. There, she can spend time with her friends and Wes. She learns that George is getting sicker from something Fee gave him to stop him from transforming. It made Tara worry for him, but it became worse when he began to feel stronger. It meant that he was slowly losing his humanity and becoming a wolf. It made Tara more determined to find a way to save him. Its not long before she leaves and learns that Miles (a cousin and bad guy from book two) was telling the truth on how to save George. The only problem now is that they are now bonded, meaning they can feel each others emotions. It could also mean that they're more then just pack members. It's not until later that Tara learns more of what's happening to her and how to save all the Hybrids. The Hybrids are uncontrollable, because of how they don't have their humanity. They lose themselves in what they are doing and only follow one leader, who is making them do bad things. She saves them, but there was huge consequences to that, that your going to have to read to find out. 

Tara is frighten about her becoming a werewolf even though it's a part of her. She has grown much stronger as a person, but still has lots of fears to get over. Being afraid of what she's becoming. I guess would be normal for anyone, especially since she doesn't know what her friends and family would think of her. Not what I expected from her at all. She knows Wes is also a werewolf and half Hunter, like her, only he could change into a werewolf a lot longer then her. It's because she only now starts to feel the change coming that makes her fear it. She also is very open with Wes she tells him everything and doesn't lie to him any longer. Tara also meets with another changing situation when she learns what her blood can do and what it can do to save the hybrids. 

Wes is his usual strong, protective self, but unlike in the first and second books, he is more trusting of Tara and he will let her do things if she thinks she can do it. He loves her so much that he would never again tell her a lie. He also doesn't become to jealous with Alex any longer, because he knows that Tara loves him more then Alex.

Alex is holding a lot of secrets in this book. His character flip-flops. In the second book, he trained Tara and opened up with her about his past. Now, he keeps changing his story. He makes you believe that he loves Tara despite her being a 'dirty blood' (half werewolf/half hunter), but he hates werewolves and would rather see them dead. Then he saves her and tells her that he is actually been working for Tara's grandmother the whole time and wasn't planning to do any killing. So you start to believe he is a good guy, but the ending will leave you confused with what his real plans and motives are.

Cambria is still Tara's best friend. She supports Tara with the problems with her mom and Wes. She helps Tara come up with plans. Cambria's not perfect though, and she does crack under pressure. She tells people the truth about Tara, but would never turn her back on her.

George use to be human, but after what Miles did to him in book two, he needs Tara's help or he would die. He cares a lot for Tara, even lobing her at one point. He's becoming closer to her as a friend, and even becomes a pack member.

Jack and Fee are leaders to the Cause (to help Hunters and Werewolves work together). They care a lot for Tara, Wes and everyone else that comes to the house. They are like a second parents to everyone they meet, and they know a lot about what happen in the past between Werewolves and Hunters. They are never changing, becoming rocks for the otherwise unstable characters.

With everything going on in Tara's life, there is hardly time for her to have any time alone with Wes. When she does, she almost loses control over herself, due to the strong pull between the two of them. It gets worse later when she learns that after exchanging blood with George, he now feels her emotions. So she can't be with Wes without feeling embarrassment. Oh, and she still cares for Alex. (Come on Tara, this isn't 'Twilight'! Pick a guy!)

Review

5 out of 5 Howling Wolves



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Iced by Karen Marie Moning Review

Iced
Author: Karen Marie Moning
ISBN: 0385344406 (ISBN13: 9780385344401)
Release Date: October 30th 2012
Pages:
495
Format:
Hardcover

Genre: Paranormal Romance,
Urban Fantasy

Series:
Dani O'Malley Trilogy #1










Summary
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.



Review
I’ve been waiting so long to read this book, and I'm happy to say that it was very much worth the wait. Nearly every moment kept me hanging on. I would like to point out that while this is an adult book, 14-year-old Dani is not sexually active. However, characters around her do have sex. I did have one problem while reading this book; I didn’t mind that sometimes the point of view changes to characters outside of Dani, but I found the POV of a character named Kat to be just filler. I ended up skipping the Kat POV's and found myself not missing too much.

As a quick recap, this book is part of a series, so this review may contain spoilers. (The previous books are 'Darkfever', 'Bloodfever', 'Faefever', 'Deamfever', and 'Shadowfever,' and the 'Moon Fever' graphic novel.) The series follows the events after the wall between the Fae (fairy) world and our human world.

This book takes place in the same time and location where the other five books of the Fever series takes place. This book follows the story of Dani “Mega” O’Malley story and her point of view. Dani is different from everyone. She has inhuman speed and strength, which she uses to kill Fae's. She wants her beloved Dublin to be free of the Dark Fae. Dani will even go to places where she knows she shouldn’t, as one wrong move and her life is in danger of turned over to Ryodan, who wants her to work for him. He is willing to even use force to make her work for him. The force comes in the form of holding one of her friends hostage. Dani wants to find out what, or who, is turning Dublin to ice, she doesn't have time to play his games. She's a loner, wanting to be by herself, but she also wants to save her friends. If she does work with him, you know it'll be with a handshake with her sword. Luckily, by her side are Christian and Dancer. Christian is a highlander who is slowly turning Dark Fae. Dancer her best friend, who she’s been with since After The Wall Crash. Between these three men, she’s being pulled multiple directions, her own wants pushed away. During all this, she has to deal with her old friend MacKayla Lane, who wants her dead. She will do anything to stay away from her.

Dani isn’t like any normal 14-year old-girl. She’s fast, being able to move to a new location in a matter of seconds. She also has super strength, which she needs to kill Dark Fae with her sword. The sword never leaves her sight, and she can’t stand to be without it. In fact, she's in danger from every Fae in the city if she doesn’t have her sword. I love her strong personality, and how she can stand up to someone like Ryodan who most people are frighten of.  Even with everything happening around her and Ryodan trying to control her she doesn’t once lose who she is.

Ryodan hardly ever shows emotion, and when he does it's strange. It makes him seem normal when you know he's anything but. He also has a powerful attitude, wanting everything he sees. He's the type who will make sure he gets it. Dani is the one thing he can't get, so he resorts to blackmail. His powers scare both the Light and Dark Fae. When Dani thought there were only two weapons in the world that can kill Fae, here comes Ryodan killing a Fae without those weapons. Surprises keep happening with Ryodan around, and you wonder what other secrets he’s hiding. It surprises me that I fell in love with his character from book Five of the Fever series. He's a mean, cold individual, but I can’t help but love how he acts around Dani. There is a difference in how he treats Dani from other people. They're only small hints, which you need to read to see for yourself.

In 'Shadowfever', you see how Christian was slowly beginning to change into something else. In 'Iced', you know for sure of what he’s becoming and you can’t believe it. He hates that he's becoming a Dark Fae, but the more he changes, the more he embraces the change. He’s attracted to Dani, but he won’t touch her in anyway because of how young she is. When he's with Dani, he acts like his his normal self, but once away from her, he acts more and more like a Dark Fae. He would risk his life to save Dani or someone she cares for, which may be what saves him in the end.

We don’t know much about Dancer, only that he’s 17 he’s human and is Dani’s best friend. He and Dani have a deal to not worry about each other. Like Dani, he keeps different hideouts. He's always moving and setting up traps so that he knows when someone is trying to get into his hideout. He also tries to work with Dani to figure out new ways to capture and kill the Dark Fae. He even stood up to Ryodan and Christian despite being only human. Goes to show how strongly he feels for Dani.

This book also makes me super glad that Karen Marie Moning put two of my favorite characters into the book, Dani and Ryodan. In book five of the Fever series, I saw a bit of a spark between those two. No romance yet, but she is only 14. Maybe when she gets older a romance will blossom. I will be so excited it Moning goes in that direction.

Rating
5 out of 5 Howling Wolves

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Excerpt & Treasure Hunt: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton


Welcome to the treasure hunt tour for The Forever Girl!

Here's how it's done:

Each stop on the tour will have a small excerpt with a code hidden it. Visit all the stops to gather the letters, unscramble the phrase, and email it to :

sandra.ashton-holtzman[at]bookandblogservices[dot]com


The winner will receive a goody bag including:

1 Forever Girl Ring
1 Forever Girl Keychain
1 Forever Girl Necklace
1 Forever Girl Bookmark
1 Forever Girl Candle
1 signed copy of The Forever Girl
1 signed copy of the companion novella, Her Sweetest Downfall

IMMORTALIZATION: The author will also immortalize the lucky winner by giving them a cameo appearance in the next Forever Girl book.

Bonus: If you've already reviewed The Forever Girl on Amazon, include the link to your review along with the unscrambled phrase for an additional entry!


Forever Girl
Author:  Rebecca Hamilton
ASIN: B00729GQ0A
Release Date: January 26th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal,
Fantasy
Series:
Forever Girl #1








Summary
“Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.


Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.


One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.


Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.


The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.”

My Review:
The Forever Girl part 4
“I think you have the wrong address.” I waved a hand, indicating the lone warehouse and long-abandoned gas station on the other side of the parking lot.

“This is Club Flesh.” Amusement laced her voice. “You’ll love it, trust me.”

I would have loved anything indoors your code is g at this point. The air was far too cold for late September. I nodded toward a steel door lit by a lone, broken streetlamp. “We going in?”

Ivory grinned. “That door’s just for show.”


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Katsubou no Manazashi Manga Review


Author: Saki Takarai
Artist:
Saki Takarai
Genra: Yaoi
Year: 2009
Original Publisher:
Gentosha  
Volumes: 
 1 Volumes (Complete)
 Licensed (in English)
No
English Publisher









Summary
After his mother deserted them, senior high school student, Reo was living together with his mother's stern ex-lover, the very imposing uncle Shuuji. But 2 months ago, as he dropped by his home on his way with a friend one evening, an event occurred that changed their relationship forever.
Since the day his uncle forcibly embraced him, the man demands his body time and again and Reo who has been suffering ever since seeks his close friend Kenta’s advice but…

Contains another short story: Pretty After ~ After

My Thoughts on the Manga
At first I was a bit mad at the manga because of how the characters acted. Soon though when the real story was told I began to like it more and more. It's cute story but has some dissappointments with the characters.

Reo is a good kid and he never thought his uncle/step dad to treat him like the way he did. He could only keep it to himself until he learn that his friend Kenta found out. He tried to run away and listen to Kenta only to learn his friend isn't what he seems to be. Then he learned the real truth to why his uncle treats him the way he does and he starts to see him in a different way.

I would have never guessed the Reo's uncle would be such a kind guy. He may look scary but he isn't he cares a lot about Reo for what happen years ago in the past. He was saved by the boy and maybe his reactions to him were in the wrong but he loves the boy so much. He even took the blame for what happen the night Reo seduced him. He was only trying to help the boy and he even ended up falling for him.

Design




Cute expressions coming from Reo a lot in this manga. Reo is the light hair kid and the uncle would
be the older men. Simple hair styling but the expressions were really well done. There was detail in the background but not a whole lot the author liked to make designs for the backgrounds quite a bit.












Rating
3.5 out of 5 Howling Wolves


.5

Cool as You/ Toshishita no Ryuugi Managa Review



Author:
Kae Maruya

Artist:
Kae Maruya
Genra: Yaoi
Year: 2009
Original Publisher:
Tokuma Shoten   
Volumes: 
  3 Volumes (Complete)
 Licensed (in English)
No
English Publisher








Summary
Yuusuke and Atsushi are not connected by blood. They have not seen each other for several years. Atsushi matured, and even became much more than his older brother. He moved to enroll into University. Yuusuke receives an unexpected visit from Atsushi who has come to live with Yuusuke.

My Thoughts on the Manga
I'm so happy that the decided to make this into a three part manga, I just can't see this as a one shot. I really enjoyed this manga. It was mostly focus on the two characters and their releationship with one another. I did hope that there would be more romantic scenes but the manga made due with the kisses they gave to one another.

Yuusuke really does fit his modeling job. He's beautiful and knows how to stand in front of the camra. It doesn't stop him from feeling inferrior to his step brother Atsushi though. It's one of the reasons why he stopped playing basketball because he thought he didn't want to be compaired to Atsushi. Though when they work together it makes Yuusuke happy and can't help but feel that they are like brothers again. Until Atsushi says he has fallen for a guy which makes Yuusuke surprised and he can't help but keep thinking about that fact until he ends up falling for Atsushi. But he can't confesses his feelings because of how it might hurt Atsushi's carrier.

Atsushi maybe mean at times but he cares a whole lot for Yuusuke his step brother. He started to play basketball because of him and even became a famous player. To be closer to Yuusuke he asked for him to be in a commerical together. From then on they lived together and Atsushi begans to lose his control on holding back his feelings for his brother.


Design



I really love how this manga was design. The characters have lots of detail in them. Each character is different and they don't look the same at all. Well except for two characters at first until Atsushi shaved to gotie then he looked different and younger too. The expressions on the characters are done right where you know what they are feeling and the detail in the clothes are done really well as well.









Rating
5 out of 5 Howling Wolves


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Asunder

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


Asunder
Author:  Jodi Meadows
ISBN: 0062060783 (ISBN13: 9780062060785)
Release Date: January 29th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction,
Paranormal, Fantasy

Series:
Newsoul #2








Summary
DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Random Reads November


Random Pick #26

Destiny and Deception
13 to Life # 4
Author: Shannon Delany
ISBN: 0312624468 (ISBN13: 9780312624460)
Release Date: January 31st 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy,
Paranormal Romance
Series:
13 to Life #4



 




Summary
The sensational fourth novel in the 13 to Life series sees Jessica and the Rusakovas fighting to overcome their biggest challenge yet.

With the threat of the mafia seemingly gone and the company's headquarters in Junction destroyed, Pietr Rusakova is adjusting to being a normal teen and Jess is realizing normalcy may not be what she wanted after all. But both Jess and Cat know the truth--that normal can't be taken for granted. Their precious cure isn't permanent--and when a new danger stalks into their small town, Alexi decides he must overcome his issues with the mother who abandoned him to be raised by wolves and make a brand new deal to save his adopted family.