Sunday, February 27, 2011

IMM (44 ) Vlog

For Review:
The Iron Thorn by, Caitlin Kittredge
Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy by, Becca Ritchie (interview and giveaway coming soon!)
Angel Burn by, L.A. Weatherly (e-arc)
The Goddess Test by, Aimee Carter (e-arc)
Die For Me (Revenants #1) by, Amy Plum (e-arc)
Starcrossed by, Josephine Angelini (e-arc)
Bumped by, Megan McCafferty (e-arc)

Purchased from another blogger and bookstores:
The Iron Daughter by, Julie Kagawa
The Iron Queen by, Julie Kagawa
Vesper (Deviants #1) by, Jeff Sampon
Emily the Strange: Dark Times by, Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner
Wyter Chelsea: The Sublimity by, Becca Ritchie (digital copy)

Won and Gifted:
Soul Born by, Kevin James Breaux (extra copy for upcoming giveaway too!)
Lark by, Tracey Porter
Rhymes With Cupid by, Anna Humphrey
The Sweetest Thing by, Christina Mandelski
Would-Be-Witch by, Kimberly Frost
Hunted By The Others by, Jess Haines
Heavenly by, Jennifer Laurens
Matters Of The Blood by, Maria Lima
Prom Dates From Hell by, Rosemary Clement-Moore (not Maggie Quinn as I said in the blog-Maggie Quinn is the character in the book-whoops)

Special Thanks to:
Netgalley, Bitten By Books, Jess Haines, Cindy, Becca Ritchie, Random House, Jennifer Laurens, Kimberly Frost, and The Story Siren for hosting In My Mailbox.
(big hugs)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

YA review: The Iron Thorn

In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different. (goodreads)

My thoughts...The Iron Thorn was my first journey into the world of Steampunk and I have to say I like what I saw.

This novel was impossible for me to put down. I was immediately drawn in by the characters. Aoife (Ee-fah) is in a race against time as she tries to help her brother. A cryptic message sends her and her friend Conrad on a journey outside the safe confines of their city. The dangers are great, as are the people. As their journey begins, they meet a guide named Dean who quickly became my favorite character. This world they live in is full of secrets, as are the people. I enjoyed the character development and the unfolding of various mysteries surrounding the characters. These become people you would want to have your back: strong, determined, and steadfast. No matter what challenges they face, these friends stick together.

There are so many words I could use to describe the action in The Iron Thorn. The first one that comes to mind is scary. Parts of this book had me checking the locks and under the bed before I went to sleep. It was full of things that go bump in the night. There was some violence and gore, as well as plenty of magic. The best part was the mystery. The Iron Thorn is full of riddles and secrets for the reader to puzzle.

Initially I was a bit intimidated by the length of The Iron Thorn. The advanced reader's copy came in at 492 pages. However, Caitlin Kittredge did a brilliant job of reeling me and holding my attention to the very end. The only problem is now I want more. Days later I am still thinking about this magical world.

 For more information, visit Caitlin at her official website.

ARC giveaway

I have an advanced readers copy of A Hellion in Her Bed by Sabrina Jeffries that could use a review. This is not my usual genre and usually I would read it just to mix things up, but I just don't have the extra reading time.

Please note, this is not a YA title. If you are interested in reviewing it, please leave your name and contact info in the form and I will draw a US reader on February 28th.

1. Must have a US mailing addy.
2. Must commit to reviewing it on your blog, goodreads, B&N, ect.
3. Must understand that this is NOT a YA novel.
4. Enter by February 27th.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Melissa Marr Event tonight


Just a reminder about the Melissa Marr/Wicked Lovely livestream event TONIGHT at 5PM Pacific /8PM Eastern!

RSVP for the event on Facebook.
Check out a great offer to purchase a signed first edition of DARKEST MERCY!
(If you haven't tried Bookperk yet, you must check it out!)

See you there!

WoW: Half Blood

I have been having really good luck with books written by adult authors making their YA debut. Darkness Becomes Her was great and I am consumed with the Iron Thorn at the moment. So I am very excited to read Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout.
Half Blood
by, Jennider L Armentrout
September 15, 2011

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi—pure-bloods—have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals—well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the pure-blooded Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.(goodreads)

For more infomation, including preorder links, find Jennifer at Goodreads. For more information on all of her books, visit her official website.

*WoW is hosted by Breaking The Spine

Monday, February 21, 2011

Huge Giveaways Ending soon!

Ending Tomorrow (January 22nd)...
$150 cash+prizes giveaway at Sarah's Blog of Fun! Just think of all the books you could buy! Other prizes include: $50 Gift Certificate to Restaurant.com, Spa Naturals Gift Set valued at $45, Bath & Body soaps, Scentsy bricks and plug in warmer!

Ending February 27th...
The Epic Rat is giving away the first three books in a series of your choice.
(If you tell her I referred you, we both get an extra entry!)

Ending February 28th...
(Please tell her Ellz Readz referred you! I am only 3 referrals away from winning 3 books.

*You don't have to do your own referrals to enter. There is going to be an URBER winner chosen from following entrants. If you mention me, it just helps me out in the referral part of the contest.

 **OH, and 35 more followers and she is going to add more books, including signed copies to the prize pile!

Also Ending February 28th...
You can win ARCs of Invincible Summer! and Suzanne Young's book A Need So beautiful! And some other stuff too from Invinsible Summer- Very Exciting!


Good Luck!

Friday, February 18, 2011

More Cover LOVE?

OK, so as I was waiting for an email from my professor, I just happened to see this cover posted by the talented Kiersten White. (SQUEE) this must be the day of amazing covers.   LOOK at this...
Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
September 2011

 
Go visit her at her blog to hear what she had to say about this amazing cover.  Follow this link to preorder from Amazon.

In case you live on Mars and have forgotten, here is the first cover in the series...
I love both covers. Are you in Cover LOVE?

Cover Love?

OK, I know I am supposed to be on break, and I am....really. But I saw this and was WOWed. What a pretty cover. Have you seen this one yet?
Virtuosity
by, Jessica Martinez
October 2011, Simon Pulse

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. Two weeks before the most important violin competition of her career, she has bigger things to worry about—like growing out of that suffocating “child prodigy” label, and not disappointing her mother. But it isn’t just the wrong time. It’s the wrong guy. Jeremy is Carmen’s most talented rival, and according to her mother, he’s only interested in one thing: winning.

He isn’t the only one.

Carmen is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to control performance nerves. But what started a year ago as an easy fix is now a hungry addiction. Her mother insists now is not the time to quit, but Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of doing what she’s told.

When the darker side of the classical music industry and her mother's ambition collide, Carmen must choose between her career and her love for music.(goodreads)

I am still looking for a website for Jessica, but you can fan her on Goodreads. Here is an interview with her on the Elevensies site.

*Celebrity Author In the HOUSE!! Jessica just commented saying that her website will be up soon, but for now you can visit her blog! Here is the LINK!

I think this cover is beautiful. The pink is shocking and the bold silhouetted really pops off he cover. What do you think? OK, back to the books.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Buried


As the semester is in full swing and we are battling pre-Spring colds, I am once again buried. So, since I am not being graded on my blogging skills, I am going to have to take a few days off.  Hopefully a long weekend will give me a chance to catch-up on homework and emails.

See you Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WoW: Tris and Izzie

Love the cover of this book and I love retelling of love stories. So excited!
Tris & Izzy
by, Mette Ivie Harrison
October 11, 2011
Edgemont

A modern retelling of the German legend "Tristan and Isolde", "Tris and Izzy", is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until-- she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

Light, contemporary romantic fantasy for teens.(goodreads)
(not the official blurb)

WoW is hosted by Breaking The Spine

Monday, February 14, 2011

Follower Love GH Winner


Wow, I am amazed at the number of entries in just a few short days.

Thanks to everone who entered and a big welcome to my new friends. I hope everyone is having a great Valentines Day. I am about to make someones day a whole lot sweeter...

(like our Valentine's Day cupcakes?)

So after 405 entries (I am so glad I didn't have extra entries) the winner was #276 as determined by random.org.

The number belongs to ...Jane Jakins

Congrats and check your inbox!

Stick around, more great giveaways coming your way!

With LOVE...


Whether you are celebrating with someone special, hangin' with your family,
or if you are just curling up with a good book...
Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

IMM (43)

I got another stack of great books this week. A few are e-books and I have having Nook drama. So a few of them I will be reading on my laptop (which isn't really that bad, at least I can take it to bed with me). 

For Review: 
Tangled Threads by, Jennifer Estep (not shown)
Leminiscate (Angel Star #2) by. Jennifer Murgia
Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1) by, L.A. Weatherly (not shown)

Purchased:
Unearthly by, Cynthia Hand
Absolutely, Positively by, Heather Webber
Captivate (Need #2)by, Carrie Jones

Other:
Pretty Starstruck Bookmarks from Cyn Balog
Tote won from Handmade With Love Giveaway
I really need another bookshelf. What did you get this week?

*IMM is hosted by The Story Siren
**Links go back to Goodreads

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: Venom

What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most. To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin. I still do favors on the side. Like ridding a vampire friend of her oversized stalker—Mab’s right-hand goon who almost got me dead with his massive fists. At least irresistible Owen Grayson is on my side. The man knows too much about me, but I’ll take my chances. Then there’s Detective Bria Coolidge, one of Ashland’s finest. Until recently, I thought my baby sister was dead. She probably thinks the same about me. Little does she know, I’m a cold-blooded killer . . . who is about to save her life. (summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...If you are looking for a fierce, no-nonsense character, then you will love Gin Blanco.

This is the third book in the Elemental Assassin series, so if you have not read Spider's Bite or Web of Lies, you should definitely start there. This third book feels pivotal to me. Gin has reached an edge. She has lost so much in her short time and she has been defeated by love. This fact makes her character, while still tough as nails, very vulnerable. I developed a new appreciation for her character in this installment. She became so much more likable and relatable. Don't get me wrong, she is still just as fierce, even more so than before. But that vulnerability makes me like her more.

I am pleased with the other characters in Venom as well. We get to read more about the handsome Finn. We see more of Owen Grayson, who I love compared to that close-minded detective. A bit more is revealed about the mysterious sisters and Bria.

The action is once again non-stop. Estep leaves readers little time to catch their breath between scenes. It is still violent, bloody, and gritty, but retired or not, Gin is still the Spider. There were more world details revealed, as well as more fuel to the fire against Mab Monroe. As usual, I enjoyed reading the magic Gin created in the kitchen as well as the development of her elemental magic. I can't wait to see what happens in the fourth book.

For more information, visit Jennifer Estep at her website. Don't forget to add her books to your goodreads list. The fourth book in the Elemental Assassin series will be released in May under the title Tangled Threads.

*I purchased this book for my digital library.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Melissa Marr Event!!

Melissa Marr is making 1 special appearance to promote DARKEST MERCY, the eagerly anticipated, thrilling, and satisfying conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series !

The event will take place February 23rd at 5PM Pacific Time. Fans can virtually attend Melissa’s book signing, ask Melissa questions, and interact with other fans here: http://www.vivolive.com/harpercollins/melissamarr.

 

Melissa Marr burst onto the Young Adult literature scene in June 2007. Her debut novel, WICKED LOVELY, instantly became a New York Times bestseller, as well as a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and Marr was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Starts author. WICKED LOVELY also won the Romance Writers of America RITA award for Young Adult books and was named a finalist for Borders Original Voices award.

Don't forget to RSVP! See you there.

The Amateur Vegan

I am not the only blogger in the family. My little sis has blog called The Amateur Vegan.  Here, she shares her favorite dishes and experiences with her Vegan lifestyle. She is celebrating one year of Vegan eating. Congrats Honey.

Here is a pic of the Chocolate Cupcakes she made-the recipe is on her site!
Stop by and say HI!

My sweetie sis also runs a yoga studio in the Cleveland, Ohio area called The Yoga Space. If you live in the Cleveland (Berea) area, check out their website to see the class schedule!

Love Bites


I did a guest post today at Book Rat for the Love Bites event. Fans of True Blood will enjoy this one. Drop by and say HI.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Epic Giveaway! update

Last week, some of you may recall the post for Heather Zundel's Epic Giveaway, maybe this will refresh your memory...
Now its even bigger as she has added 11 more books and great swag (like a Catching Fire T among other things)!  There will be tons of winners!

If you haven't already, GO ENTER! PLZ tell her Ellz Readz sent you and we will both get an entry!

Good Luck.

YA review: Darkness Becomes Her

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed. (goodreads)

My thoughts...Brilliant storytelling, a kick-butt heroine, paranormal beings, and edge of your seat action are all the ingredients needed to make this debut hit by Kelly Keaton. I loved this book!

I instantly liked the heroine Ari. She is smart, strong, determined, and very unique. Her silver hair and teal eyes make her stand out like a sore thumb, until she enters New 2. Here she meets some people that think her peculiarities make her special, not just different. The supporting characters will steal your heart, especially little Violet. I look forward to reading more about these characters in future books.

Darkness Becomes Her offers reads tons of action and a touch of romance. I am going to be vague, because I don't want to give anything away, but I will say the ending really surprized me. Looking back, there were clues, but I was so involved in the story, I didn't figure it out until the very end. The ending did wrap up the current story, but left plenty of room for more action. I will be reading more in this series.

*On a side note, the advanced readers copy had a decent amount of language, as you may have read in other reviews. In a recent conversation, Kelly mentioned that much of the language was cut out of the final version. With that update, this book is perfect for teen readers and those readers young at heart.

For more information, visit Kelly Keaton at her website. She can also be found on Facebook. Darkness becomes her releases February 22, 2011 and while not titled yet, there will be a second book in the series!
CymLowell

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interview: Pam Bachorz

Please help me welcome author Pam Bachorz to the blog today. She is celebrating the recent release of her second novel, Drought.
In case you have not read it yet, here is Goodreads' summary:

Ruby Prosser dreams of escaping the Congregation and the early-nineteenth century lifestyle that’s been practiced since the community was first enslaved.

She plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient that makes the Water special: her blood.

So she stays.

But when Ruby meets Ford, the new Overseer who seems barely older than herself, her desire for freedom is too strong. He’s sympathetic, irresistible, forbidden—and her only access to the modern world. Escape with Ford would be so simple, but can Ruby risk the terrible price, dooming the only world she’s ever known?
1. The story in Drought sounds very intense. What was your inspiration behind the story?
PB: As hokey as it sounds, a vision started this story. I was driving along a country road in upstate NY and I passed a dilapidated barn. In a flash, I imagined there was a table in the middle of that barn—with a cup of water in it. A drop of blood fell into that cup.

For a long time, I didn’t know whose blood it was, or why it was going in the water. I made a lot of false starts before I got into the story that DROUGHT became.

2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. How would you describe Ruby?
PB: Ruby is strong but she’s not the type of girl to pick up a stake and head for the nearest vampire (nor does she have any vampires in her vicinity!). She wants to change things for her enslaved Congregation, make things better, but she has a hard time selling anybody on her ideas. But she doesn’t give up—ever. That’s one of her greatest strengths: persistence.

3. Let's not forget about the villain, please tell us about Darwin West.
PB: Darwin is a man twisted by denied love. Ruby’s mother Sula broke off their engagement a very long time ago, because she fell in love with Ruby’s father, Otto. Darwin has never forgotten it—and he has never stopped loving Sula, even though he keeps her and the Congregation as captives. He is the sort of man who’s used to getting what he wants… except for Sula.

4. While they both have dark undertones, Candor and Drought seem to be worlds apart. Was Drought more challenging to write being that it is a dystopian novel?
PB: Well, DROUGHT is rather longer than CANDOR, so just dealing with the extra plot strands and length was different! Both had their own challenges. But I tried to go deeper, richer with DROUGHT and that definitely pushed me to expand my skills.

5. Ding, Ding. You have just won dinner with a fictional character from literature or film. Who will you be dining with?
PB: Anne Shirley, from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (and all the following books!) by L.M. Montgomery. Anne is a feisty redheaded writer struggling to balance love, art and her family. I can’t imagine why I think we’d get along!

Pam, thank you for taking the time to chat with us and congratulations on your new release!

For more infomation, visit Pam Bachorz at her website. Her books, Candor and Drought can be purchased at bookstores everwhere.  Visit Pam's website for a link list!

My review of Drought can be found here.  Can't wait to start, read the first two chapters!

Follower Love Giveaway Hop

GIVEAWAY CLOSED-WINNER ANNOUNCED SOON
I wanted to offer a prize that could be used by a variety of readers. There are so many genres of books to choose from, so I decided to let you choose. Up for grabs is...

The Amazon.com website is the place to find and discover anything you want to buy online at a great price. Amazon.com's huge selection includes products in Books, Electronics, Music, MP3 Downloads, DVD, Home & Garden, Apparel & Accessories, Beauty, and more.
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INTERNATIONAL readers, please enter! If an international winner is selected, they will receive a book from the Book Depository up to $15.

Giveaway open to EVERYONE! 
The hop closes February 13th. To enter, please complete the form. Since this all about follower love, you must be a GFC follower to enter. The button is on the left toolbar! Winner will be selected using Random.org and will be notified using the provided email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. One entry per person please.
Good luck!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Handmade With Love Giveaway Winner

Special thanks to the wonderful team who hosted the giveaway!


Thanks to everyone who entered and welcome new friends! 

The winner was chosen using Random.org. There were 222 entrants with 399 total entries. The winner was number 86:
Jayme H whos email starts jaymee7.......

Big congrats and check your inbox, I will be emailing you soon. Didn't win? Come back tomorrow for the Follower Love Giveaway Hop!

YA review: Born At Midnight

Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap. Her parents are getting a divorce. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn’t put out. Her grandmother died and now Kylie’s acquired a stalker. Unfortunately, she’s the only one who seems to be able to see the stalker. And that gets her sent to a psychologist’s sofa. The kooky psychologist gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it’s a camp for troubled teens.

They thought wrong.

It’s a camp of supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters. And if she believes the camp leader, Kylie is one of them, too.

Just because she’s seeing ghosts, just because she was born at midnight, does that really mean she’s not human? And if so, what is she? Not even the other supernaturals can tell her.

As Kylie attempts to cope with the realization that these creatures actually exist, and that she might even be one of them, the ever present stalker/ghost appears to have secrets that could unravel the mystery of Kylie’s identity and her destiny.

But getting a ghost to open up is as hard as getting a guy to talk about his feelings.

As Kylie struggles to find answers, two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vie for her attention. However, Kylie’s determined that before she lets her heart discover a new love, she needs to solve her indentify crisis and unearth the truth of her destiny.(summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...I'm hooked. Mystery, hot paranormals, and plenty of romance, Born at Midnight will satisfy all sorts of readers.

Yes, most of us have read similar books: camps for troubled teens, teens with paranormal magic and abilities, but this one stands out. The magic is in the characters. C.C. Hunter does a brilliant job of writing the relationships.  You know that spark between two characters? Its that instant feeling that you know there is some serious chemistry brewing. This book has it and it sucks you in. The characters are very readable, even the bad ones.

Another strong aspect of this story is the mystery. What is the heroine Kylie?  As I was reading, I found myself trying to puzzle it out. The world of Shadow Falls is very rounded, with a wide variety of paranormals. They each have their unique abilities and rules, which leads to some confrontations. This melting pot of teens are forced to cohabitate at this camp in an effort to learn more about each other. Kylie struggles to learn more about herself and the others.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  C.C. Hunter created an exciting world with tons of potential.  I will be looking forward to the rest of the series!

For more information, including purchase links, visit C.C. Hunter at her website.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

IMM (42)

For Review:
Divergent by, Veronica Roth

Purchased:
A Brush Of Darkness by, Allison Pang
Bitten In Two by, Jennifer Rardin
Awakened by, PC and Kristen Cast
The Iron Witch by, Karen Mahoney

IMM is hosted by The Story Siren

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Series Giveaway

My friend Celia at The Epic Rat is holding a series contest. You can win up to three books in your most desired series!  How exciting! Plus if she reaches 350 follower-she will add a second winner!


Here are some series I would love to read...
The Iron Fey by, Julie Kagawa
The Body Finder by, Kimberly Derting
The Accidental Series by, Dakota Cassidy
Strange Angels by, Lili St. Crow
Mercy Series by, P. Briggs (I started this one and really need to read more)
The Highlander Series by, Karen Moning


Go enter, the giveaway ends February 27th.
If you tell her EllzReadz referred you, we both get an extra entry!

**While you are out, don't forget to enter Heather Zundel's epic contest. We can get extra entries there too. She is giving tons of great books away!
Good luck!

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Book Smell

I saw this on the Shelf Report this morning and had to share.
I am always joking with people saying how much I like my e-reader, but it needs a "new book smell button". Because don't we all love the smell of a new book in our hands. Right?

Well here is the solution, Smell of Books has designed an aerosol e-book enhancer. Here is the ad...

The smell of e-books just got better

Does your Kindle leave you feeling like there’s something missing from your reading experience?

Have you been avoiding e-books because they just don’t smell right?

If you’ve been hesitant to jump on the e-book bandwagon, you’re not alone. Book lovers everywhere have resisted digital books because they still don’t compare to the experience of reading a good old fashioned paper book.

But all of that is changing thanks to Smell of Books™, a revolutionary new aerosol e-book enhancer.

Now you can finally enjoy reading e-books without giving up the smell you love so much. With Smell of Books™ you can have the best of both worlds, the convenience of an e-book and the smell of your favorite paper book.

Smell of Books™ is compatible with a wide range of e-reading devices and e-book formats and is 100% DRM-compatible. Whether you read your e-books on a Kindle or an iPhone using Stanza, Smell of Books™ will bring back that real book smell you miss so much.

Go visit the site to check out the rest of the smells and the warnings which may include dizziness and hallucinations if not used in a well ventilated area. LOL

I love starting the weekend off with a laugh. hehe

Time to get your GroupOn Baby!


I have mentioned before how I am totally addicted to GroupOn. It offers "coupons" at a discounted rate. So here's a new one...

$20 GC for BARNES & NOBLE for only $10
(This one is listed under Erie, PA-good for instore or online purchases)

Now I know we can all find something to buy at B&N, now you can get some and get some free!

Follow this link to purchase your groupon. You need to register with your email and some basic info, painless really. They don't spam, they just send you new deals daily. I have gotten a local gym membership, GC for Amazon, GC for Bath & Body, and a GC for a local restaurant.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

YA review: XVI

Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer. (goodreads)

My thoughts...I have not read many dystopian novels, but this one stands out among them. It had all of the elements I expected: fear, fantasy, and a fresh voice. That fresh voice comes from Julia Karr. Her YA debut will have you questioning the society these characters live in.


There are several plots in this story. The one that attracts the most attention is the sex. Women (girls) are not treated very justly and are branded when they turn 16. At this point, they are available for sex. The idea of this uncomfortable for me.  However, I expect this out of dystopian; it is unimaginable compared to the world we live in. Another plot was the resistance to government. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. The secret organizations, the sneaking around, the spies, and that question of who can be trusted really kept me turning the pages.


The characters were likable and interesting. The heroine, Nina, seems to have good morals and she sticks to them. There is a love interest for her, but this boy seems to have a few secrets of his own. My favorite character in the book was Wei. She stands tall, has a strong voice, and kick some serious butt!


Overall, I really enjoyed XVI and I will definitely be watching for more by Julia Karr!

For more information, visit Julia Karr at her website.

*Review part of Presenting Lenore's Dystopian February

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cover LOVE?

I just figured out how to check the mentions on twitter, I have been lost since they changed it. Actually, I am not sure how I found it, but anyways, a little bird left me a pic of this cover. I have not seen this one before, but I love it.
by, Amanda Hocking
January 2011, Createspace

In the small midwestern town of Honalee, Hazel Panning and her best friend Molly Novak are determined to get through her sophomore year in one piece, despite the vicious cheerleaders and Hazel's ridiculous crush on Landon Hooper.

Life gets more complicated when Hazel realizes that she has a penchant for sorcery, like her aunt. Her plans to stay under the radar take a detour when she and Molly stand up for themselves, and Hazel gets the courage to act on her feelings for Landon.

Hazel discovers that the sleepy town of Honalee isn't so sleepy, and magic doesn't make high school easier.(goodreads)

For more information, visit Amanda at her website.

WoW: Hereafter

There are so many great books coming out this year, my list just  keeps getting longer. I love the cover of this one and the story sounds haunting.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson
June 7, 2011 (Harper Collins)

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss. (goodreads)

For more information, visit Tara Hudson at her website.
WoW is hosted by Breaking The Spine

Handmade With Love Giveaway

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Welcome to Ellz Readz and the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway.
Hundreds of blogs are participating in the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway Hop! Each one is offering a themed giveaway - all the prizes are handmade treasures or gift certificates to shops that sell handmade items. There is a linky at the end of this post. After you've entered here, hop on over to the next blog on the list and keep going as long as you'd like! The more you enter, the more likely you are to win. Good luck!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

YA review: Angelfire

This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.(summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...Angelfire is the first book in the trilogy and it did a great job of setting up the world that Ellie is living in. One day, it is normal. Ellie is a very wealthy, yet fairly normal girl who suffers from extreme nightmares. The next day, she finds herself in a strange world filled with foul creatures who want to kill her and a new identity of the Preliator. Not to mention this unusual boy, who oozes mystery. There are some suspicious characters that may be hiding some secrets, I am sure more will be revealed in future books.

There is quite a bit of action in Angelfire, some of it gruesome. Ellie struggles to remember her strength and role as protector. She fights some pretty scary creatures and takes a few good hits. There is the beginning a relationship developing, but I think more of that will develop in future books.

Overall, I liked Angelfire. It is a solid start to a new series, one that I will continue to read!

For more information, visit Courtney Allison Moulton at her website.

*ARC received from Around the World Tours
CymLowell

YA review: The Lipstick Laws

At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone's life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her. For April Bowers, Britney is also the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don't even know she exists. But one lunch spent at Britney's table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. But Britney's friendship comes with a high price tag. How much is April willing to pay?(goodreads)

My thoughts...This debut by Amy Holder will appeal to fans of ChickLit and younger YA readers. The story reminds me of the movie Mean Girls. There is a really pretty, popular girl who rules the school. Boys love her, and the girls love to adore her, but also fear her. April finds herself in the right place at the right time, gets noticed by Britney, and is suddenly immersed into the land of the beautiful people. Of course, pretty and popular don't equate to sweet and kind, so the drama unfolds, leaving April with a dilema.


The pros...The story is very fast paced laced with plenty of humor. There is a moral to the story and I think this would be a good book to be used for discussions with teens about peer pressure and the need to fit-in with their peers.  While many of today's teens are not wearing runway fashions or designer shoes, the issues are the same. I think Amy Holder did a good job of writing these issues using humor and a bit of romance.


The cons...While I enjoyed the style of writing and the humor in the story, the characters fell short for me. While I can normally relate to YA stories, this one was too young for me. The characters were too shallow for me to enjoy. 

This may not have been a hit for me, but it was for these reviewers:
Princess Bookie gave it 4/5 stars
Brooke Dillon gave it 5/5 stars
Lauren (Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf) gave it 5/5 stars

For more information, visit Amy Holder at her website. The Lipstick Laws will be released, follow this link to preorder from Amazon.

*E-Arc received from NetGalley.
 
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