Winner of the Secret Life of Trystan Scott Giveaway! *dun, dun, dun!*

Heyo, everybody! I suppose that you all are wondering who the winner of our lovely The Secret Life of Trystan Scott giveaway was, huh? Well…….*drumrooooooll*

Congratulations to Maggie Katz! You will be receiving the first 3 books in The Secret Life of Trystan Scott series by H.M. Ward!! Congrats!
Please step up and claim your prize within 48 hours or the prize will go to someone else. Must also be a resident of the United States of America. Thank you.

I am terribly sorry for the delay in announcing the winner. I had a trip come up out of nowhere and couldn’t find the time to do it. Once again, my apologies.

~Izzy, The Pirate Princess(Of awesomenss 😉 )

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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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! 😀

Altogether, these books have a retail sticker of $82.95. One winner is going to get all of them away for free! How awesome it that!!!!!!!!

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Make sure to tell your friend that you can win 5 FREE AWESOME BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

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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: 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).

Grab Anna Dressed in Blood on Amazon now. It was only $2.99 when I grabbed it!

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Book Review: The Dig by Michael Siemsen

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Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner’s gift is also his curse: Whenever he touches an object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands. Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he has “read,” Matthew agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya. There, threatened by unknown enemies and helped by a beautiful but prickly ally who begins to understand his strange ability, he journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.”

Print Length: 324 pages
Publisher: Fantome (January 17, 2011)
Recommended Age: Young Adult

REVIEW: 3 STARS-IT WAS OKAY

In The Dig, Siemsen manages to keep the reader engaged in two completely distinct stories. There’s a modern, paranormal, story that he uses to weave in a second, more science fiction, story that’s easily as compelling. It’s a great feat. And I found myself happily transitioning between the two worlds.

Likewise, he’s developed some great characters. A few reviewers have complained that they didn’t find anyone truly “likable.” But, I think the “problem” is actually a more three-dimensional protagonist. Unfortunately, the villain is a bit caricature-ish, which may undermine the more well developed characters. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to turning each page.

The disappointment didn’t hit until the end… Siemsen wrote two great stories and wove them together almost seamlessly. So, over the course of each chapter the anticipation of a great pay-off builds. You want to know where it’s all going! But, the great climax never arrives… In fact, it felt incredibly anti-climactic when it was all said and done. The best that can be said is that all the loose ends were neatly tied up.

Hopefully Siemsen brings his great style to another book, and the storytelling is paired with a more dramatic purpose.

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You may enjoy this book if you liked: Neanderthal

Recommended for guys, Sci-fi readers and YA book fans.

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Book Review: The 13th Prophecy (Demon Kissed #5) by H.M. Ward

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Mike’s Review

DESCRIPTION: “The time has come for Ivy to face her dark fate.

There are no other options—she must destroy Kreterus. Failure to destroy him will result in the annihilation of the world we know and Ivy being doomed to reside in the Underworld for eternity.”

Reading level: Ages 16 & up
Paperback: 362 pages
Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (March 5, 2011)
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/demonkissed

REVIEW: 5 STARS–NOT TO BE MISSED

This series started out as solid Young Adult reading. I devoured them alongside my daughter… But, with this concluding volume the series has really graduated into a full-fledged adult paranormal romance – and it’s stronger for it.

All along we’ve seen Ivy Taylor struggle with the reality of who she believes herself to be versus who she is fated to become. With this book, the underlying theme that has been alluded to all along becomes much clearer – life comes in shades of gray. Good and evil, right and wrong, aren’t always clear cut. That’s what made me appreciate this series so much for younger readers. Can a likable, lovable, relatable character really by damned? Can true love be deeper than mere swooning, and complicated by less admirable feelings? Does someone always have to win?

This was a really great, satisfying, conclusion that avoided the typical Disneyification that we expect in modern stories. And, that’s also why my twelve year old won’t be reading this last book for a while… The sexual tension in the past books is ratcheted way up and allowed to play out more than it has before. The relationships are more complex – and at times twisted – than a young kid could be expected to follow. And, the ending leaves readers feeling as though the author was true to the story and characters, even if it meant taking us all on a wild ride and a very dark roller coaster.

If you’re an adult reader who hasn’t picked up this series yet, the Ivy-Eric relationship alone will be enough to keep you turning pages.

THE 13th PROPHECY is the 5th and final book in the Ivy Taylor/ Demon Kissed story.  H.M. Ward has announced that Demon Kissed will continue under a new series name FALL OF THE GOLDEN VALEFAR, and follow Eric’s story.  Anticipated release is Summer 2012.  See author’s website for more information.

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*Recommended book club read.  Due to the nature of this series, it is an easy book to discuss, with many talking points.

I would also recommend this series for teen or adult paranormal romance readers, dark paranormal readers, vampire fans, and readers who enjoy lots of fast-paced action.

The 13th Prophecy is the fifth book in the bestselling Demon Kissed series by H.M. Ward.

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Related Reviews: Demon Kissed, Stone Prison