The Secret Life of Trystan Scott Giveaway!

Dun, dun, dun! This week, I will be giving away 3 of the best books ever! That’s right, you heard me. I will be giving away 3 super-duper awesome books!!!!

The 3 books happen to be written by the New York Times and USA Today’s, bestselling author, H.M. Ward!! From her ‘The Secret Life of Trystan Scott‘ series, the books are….Drumroll, please!

Collide (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #1), Backdraft (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #2), and Riptide (The Secret Life of Trystan #3)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Altogether, the books have a retail sticker of $26.91. And one of you guys will be receiving all of them for free! How cool is that? I know, it’s pretty cool. 😉

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Terms: The giveaway ends June 10th, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random and receive all 3 books pictured above. No cash value. US residents only. If under 18 yrs old, get your parents permission. The winner will be announced on this blog on June 11, 2013. You must claim your prize within 48 hours or it will go to another person.

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Book Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: ”

Rose Hathaway’s life will never be the same.

The recent attack on St. Vladimir’s Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose’s neck, a mark that says she’s killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters . . . Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life’s vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved?

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir’s and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?”

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (April 6, 2010)

RATING ~ 3 STARS

I didn’t like this book as much as the others, which is a disappointment, but it was still pretty cool.

Rose has left St. Vladimir’s Vampire Academy to hunt her true love, Dimitri, and kill him. She’ll be traveling across Russia, meeting new allies, and getting into trouble. Then again, Rose is always getting into some kind of trouble. 😉

The enjoyed reading her experiences with Sydney. It was interesting to see Rose with her and I enjoyed that Sydney was mentioned and there with Rose, almost, throughout the entire book.

The whole book, except for the ending, was slow. Too slow. I did not like that there wasn’t as much action as in the previous book. Rose was mostly complaining, and upset, and un-happy the entire book, which I can understand why she was, but I didn’t enjoy how much she actually was and how often I had to read about it. Around half to three-fourths of the book was over, I just plain didn’t like it. It was just…Ugh!

I enjoyed the ending the absolute most! It was awesome. Lots of action, the regular Rose(The sarcastic, kick @$$ one) came back and kicked MAJOR booty. There were some other parts I enjoyed, but they weren’t with Rose. They were with Lissa, back at the Vampire Academy. Whenever Rose went into Lissa’s head, I enjoyed reading about what was happening back at the Academy. Jill and Christian were, wait, no, are awesome!

That’s pretty much all I have to say about the book. Between everything, it was ‘Eh’. This book is my least favorite out of the series so far. 3 stars.

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I recommend to adults and teenagers. People who enjoy romance and Richelle Mead’s work should take a look, BUT ONLY IF YOU’RE OKAY WITH CURSING AND HAVE READ THE PREVIOUS VAMPIRE ACADEMY BOOKS. Ages 15-Adults will probably enjoy this. Any younger than 15..Well, wait a bit.

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Super Young Adult Paranormal Book Giveaway!

Hope you guys are interested in winning some super awesome young adult books, because I have 5 to giveaway!

I bet you want to know what they are, so I’ll tell you. We’ll be giving away the first two books in the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatric: Hush, Hush (hardcover) and Crescendo (hardcover)! The next two are the first ones in the Chronicles of Nick series by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Infinity (paperback) and Invincible (hardcover)! Last but not least, the first book in The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles: Fury (hardcover)!

All of those books have something that’s paranormal, whether or not it’s zombies or demons, they have it! 😀

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Terms: The giveaway ends December 31st, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random and receive all five books pictured above. No cash value. US residents only. If under 18 yrs old, get your parents permission. The winner will be announced on this blog on January 1, 2013. You must claim your prize within 48 hours or it will go to another person.

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Book Review: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter

 I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

Pirate Princess’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school—that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.

Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”—but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission—falling in love.”

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 20, 2007)

RATING 3 STARS

Eh.

That’s what it was. Eh. This book takes place in Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. The main conflict is romance. Romance between Cameron Morgan and Josh Abrams.

I liked the beginning. It was cool and off to a good start. I love, love, LOVE that she used parentheses for adding extra stuff the character wanted to say. It made it better for me, plus, some of the stuff in the parentheses was awesome slash funny.

Then it went downhill. As soon as Cammie saw Josh, she loved him. I’m sorry, but is that believable? Love at first sight in a book about spies? The crush/love that Cammie started feeling for Josh went way too fast.

The ending was cool and exciting, but slightly unrealistic. I liked her assignment, but the part after that…

Liz got annoying and it seemed like Bex didn’t need to be there. Mr. Solomon was annoying and I wanted to punch him a lot. Cammie, during the middle part of the book, was annoying and to me seemed slightly crazy.

I would buy the next book if it went on sale basically. I did finish this book in case you’re wondering. Amazon says this book is for 18 & up, but I read it and I’m in middle school. It was perfectly fine for me, so maybe it’s fine for your girl.

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I recommend to romance/action lovers (Mostly romance lovers) and people 8/9-young teen. This book is mostly for girls so don’t have your boy read it. That might cause some awkward moments.. If you’ve read perhaps Twilight, there’s a chance you might like this.

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”

Paperback: 320 pages
Recommended Age: Older Teen
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)

RATING 4 STARS 

I almost walked away from this one a few times… But, I kept picking it up anyway and, eventually, it was worth it.

Anna Dressed in Blood has a great premise – and that’s what kept me from giving up on it. It’s not vampires, love triangles, and teenage angst (at least not entirely.) It’s a ghost story. A really creepy ghost story at times.

The problem, at least for me, was how slow it was to take full advantage of the premise. I was almost half-way through the book before the plot itself was gripping enough to keep me turning the pages. In and of itself, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. But, during that down time there wasn’t anything to balance out the lack of excitement. Every time it felt like it was about to kick into gear, it still managed to meander of pretty quickly.

I would really have liked to see more character depth from the beginning. More relationships. More conflict. More to keep me reading, and building the suspense, while waiting for the “ghosty” parts. Heck, I really wouldn’t have been upset to see any of the characters suffer a horrible death for the better part of half the book. That’s a problem.

As the story goes on, I never really fell for the protagonist, Cas, but there was still enough there to keep me hooked. Maybe that was the problem – the bulk of the beginning was supposed to be introducing Cas… and I just never really grew to like him during that time. At times I actually disliked him. If nothing else, how do you have a “ghost hunter” who seems so weak at times.

I normally would have rated this around three stars. But, my rule is that if I’ll pick up the next book in the series it’s worth 4. And, I just may grab the next one. Maybe. This book actually ended on a note that strongly reminded me of Demon Kissed – and that’s a great series.

***Although YA, my twelve year old will have to wait for this one… Otherwise I foresee a lot of nightmares in the near future. Just an FYI – maybe your kid is made of stronger stuff. But, I was creeped out at times, and I’m old enough to know the bogeyman isn’t under the bed.

4 star book review

Recommended for people who read YA Horror, Ghost Stories, and like a good creep-out.  Need a spooky read for Halloween?  This is it.  Anna Dressed in Blood is followed by Girl of Nightmares (release date Aug 7, 2012).

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Book Review: The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2)
by Cinda Williams Chima

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Description: “You can’t always run from danger… Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen. The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction. EXCERPT: Han slid his fingers inside his shirt and absently touched the serpent amulet that sizzled against the skin of his chest. Power flowed out of him and into the jinxpiece, relieving the magical pressure that had been building all day. It had become a habit, this drawing off of power that might otherwise pinwheel out of control. He needed to constantly reassure himself the amulet was still there. Han had become strangely attached to it since he’d stolen it from Micah Bayar. The magical pendant had once belonged to his ancestor, Alger Waterlow, known by most people as the Demon King. Meanwhile, the Lone Hunter amulet made for him by the Clan Matriarch Elena Demonai languished in his saddlebag. He should hate the Waterlow jinxpiece. He’d paid for it with Mam’s and Mari’s lives. Some said the amulet was a black magic piece—capable of naught but evil. But it was all he had to show for his nearly seventeen years, save Mari’s charred storybook and Mam’s gold locket. It was all that remained of a season of disaster.”

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 592 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)

5 STARS-YOU GOTTA READ THIS!

I ♥ this book~!

Raisa/Rebecca and Han/Cuffs/Hunts Alone(This guy has too many names) are back in this book! Raisa has run away from the castle to go into hiding from the High Wizard. She is on a journey to Oden’s Ford, where she wants to enroll to a soldier school.
Han Alister(I’m only calling him that now) is on a journey to Oden’s Ford, but for a different reason. He is going to Mystwork House with Fire Dancer to train(I’m not telling you for what, hahaha!!!)

The book takes place in Tamron, Arden, Oden’s Ford, and, err, not sure of the rest. Sorry folks!

Again, there are two conflicts in this book, one for each main character. Raisa’s is; What is happening back in the Fells and should she go back? Han Alister’s is; What are the Bayar’s up to? Both plots are amazing(So are the characters). Raisa’s may sound a bit boring, but I actually found it interesting.

I liked Han and his story a lot. Raisa on her trip to the Ford was awesome too. 😉 Amon…Eh. He just…isn’t my favorite character int he book. I like everyone’s attitude though. Fiona…Is a creep.

In this book I didn’t find many(Try none) typos. I’m now reading the third book in the series(Hehe, I got it straight).

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Series order: #1-Demon King, #2-Exiled Queen, #3-Gray Wolf Throne, #4-Crimson Crown

Recommended for readers who enjoyed Harry Potter, Eragon, and Artemis Fowl Series.  This series has the feel of epic fantasy, but it moves faster than Eragon.  The core of the series is magic.  Despite the title of the 1st book, there are no demons running around, well not at this point anyway.

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Book Review: Stone Prison (Twisted Tales #1) by H.M. Ward

macabre short story, dark fairy tale, hm ward, demon kissedStone Prison (Twisted Tales #1) by H.M. Ward

Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “Bestselling author of the DEMON KISSED series presents TWISTED TALES.

The Stone Prison is a macabre tale told in the spirit of Grimm. An evil enchantress, a stone tower, and a girl whose fate hangs in the balance as the clock approaches midnight make for a bone-chilling fairy tale.

Recommended for ages 15 & older. This series may be too gruesome for younger Demon Kissed fans. STONE PRISON is a novella (a short novel) and is meant to be read in one sitting. The print edition is 78 pages or 12,285 words.”

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED!

I picked STONE PRISON up after finishing the author’s Demon Kissed series without really knowing what to expect… Short stories can be hit or miss, and here the author was starting from scratch with a new world and new characters – and it worked beautifully.

As a short story, I’m reluctant to give much away. The author does a lot within the 10,000 words she’s given us, and it seems silly to write just as many in order to say how much I enjoyed it. This is a fairy tale. Not in the spirit of Disney, but of Grimm. And that’s probably the best comparison, since I can’t think of any other contemporary writer doing anything similar. In Grimm’s Cinderella there’s bloodshed and self-mutilation before you get to the happily ever after. Ward is easily as dark and twisted. And the reader will take a perverse pleasure in exploring the twists and turns that lead into the darkness.

A must read, but not for the light of heart and not before bed. I’ll look forward to the next “Twisted Tale.”

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I recommend this book for people who enjoy Grimm’s fairy tales, Once Upon A Time (the TV show on ABC), older teens, and adults who enjoy a hauntingly good tale.

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Related Reviews: DEMON KISSED