Thursday, January 19, 2012

Warriors of Ankh Giveaway! by Author Samantha Young

To Enter:
*You must be 16 years or older
*Giveaway is international
*One Winner will win a signed copy of Blood Will Tell, Blood Past and Shades of Blood as shown in the vlog above.
*One Entry per person
*There is no requirement to follow the blog or any of my other social pages.
*Giveaway will end Midnight (GM) Thursday 26th of January 2012. Winner will be announced Friday 27th January 2012.

Just click on the link above to enter for your chance to win signed copies of this series!

Author Description
When the heroine and the villain are one in the same…

Eden is a Soul Eater. While that hasn’t meant much to her in the past, she’s pretty sure any minute now she’s going to go all "Carrie" on her eleventh grade class.

Noah is an Ankh. As an immortal Warrior, his purpose in life is to hunt down and kill Soul Eaters.

Together they are about to embark on a journey that will change their lives forever...
... A journey in search of Eden’s redemption.
But with enemies and tests of morality and strength around every corner, it will be a journey that pushes them both to their very limits.

Can the promise of honor, purpose and love be enough to temper the monster within?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Title: Blood Red Road
Author: Moira Young
Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Fiction
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2011 
Pages: 549 pages
Series: Dust Lands, #1
Reading Level: 12+
Content: Kissing, Mild Cursing


Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.


Saba is an eighteen year old girl who has never been beyond her miniscule dried-up hovel of a home world. She knows nothing of what exists in the outside world. There are only a handful of people she has met in her life, three of which include her father, her twin brother, Lugh, who she is her sun, and her useless and annoying little sister, Emmi.

After her brother is taken by strange men who kill their father, Saba begins her trek across the unknown to fulfill her promise to her brother to find him. Going on nothing more than sheer determination and stubbornness, Saba knows that she cannot quit, cannot give into fear, she must be strong. Those who have helped her, now rely on her; Jack, the handsome stranger with a crooked grin, the revolutionary Free Hawks, and her little sister, Emmi, whom she discovers isn't as helpless as she had originally thought.

Along her quest, Saba learns to guide herself, accept help from those around her, and just who she is, a survivor.

I just finished this book about 2.8 minutes ago and had to immediately sit down and share my experience with this story. I wanted to eat this book after I was done reading it. Crazy, yes, but I really did. I wanted to know more about the characters. I wanted to experience theirs lives more fully. After hugging the book to my chest, kissing the cover, and sniffing the bindings, eating it was all I had left. I did not eat the book. It was a loaner from the library. Alas, I do believe they would be rather irritated with me if I ate their book. Besides, I do believe that it would taste most unsatisfactorily the same as many other books. Depriving me of the essence I was seeking to being with. Besides,  my fiber quota has been met for the day so there really is no need to digest the pages. Although, I feel that is exactly what I did while reading it. Devoured it. Savored it. Swirled it around in my head and let the aromatics overwhelm my senses.

The style in which the story is written is broken and harsh and wonderful and fluid. I was so worried the first few pages that this was going to be a difficult read. Trying to understand and stay in the story. It truly fell away into a musical masterpiece that I lost myself in.

And then there is Jack. Who is he? What does he know? Should we trust him? I'll let you figure that out for yourself. What I will tell you is that there were times in the story where I felt like I had just had my first kiss. All warm and tingly, a little light-headed, and completely lost in the moment. **Sigh, Swoon, Smile**

Bonus Material

Movie rights for this book have been sold to director, Ridley Scott, with a tentative release date of 2014. (I will now be putting this on my watchlist!)

Book Trailer for Blood Red Road.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Title:                      Under The Never Sky
Author:                  Veronica Rossi
Publisher:              HarperCollins
Pub. Date:             January 3, 2012
Series:                   1st In Series
Pages:                   384
Genre:                   Young Adult,
                              Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Reading Level:     14+
Content:                ???

Author Summary

EXILED from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive. 

A HUNTER for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must learn to accept one another to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Here is an excerpt from the book.

Pandemonium Preview

Pandemonium Excerpt

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (Heralding Trumpets)

I have been trying to think of a new non-lame name for my book blog. Please check out my blog and submit your ideas to me. Who knows maybe I will pick your idea! (I see some kind of contest or giveaway as a possibility!)

Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

My rating: 1 of 5 stars! This doesn't happen very often, but there is no way I care enough about the characters in this book to read the sequels. The storyline was predictable, the characters flat, and the action few and far between. I forced myself to finish the book. The entire time I was skimming, thinking about what I was going to read next, and what I was going to make for dinner. Soooooo glad I am finished reading this and can put it on the shelf and never look at it again!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cinder - Once Upon A Cyborg

Book Details

Title:                              Cinder
Author:                          Marissa Meyer
Publisher:                     Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date:        January 3, 2012
Series:                            Lunar Chronicles #1
Genre:                            Young Adult, Science Fiction
Length:                          387 pages
Reading Level:             12+
Content Screening:     Nothing of Note

Book Description

          Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

          Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. 

Book Review

          Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is a completely enjoyable read with unique concepts and endearing characters wrapped up in a sci-fi setting. 

          When I first saw the cover for this book, I was curious. After, reading the synopsis, I was intrigued. Then I read the first five chapters, which were free on, and I was hooked. Cinder is a wonderfully imaginative re-telling of the fairy tale, Cinderella. Though that makes the story somewhat predictable, Marissa Meyer has done a lovely job of giving the story to us completely revved up and out of this world (tonque-in-cheek) way.

          As much as I actually loved this story, I also had some issues with it. What's up with the Lunars? Are you sure New Beijing is really the setting? Why do Kai and Cinder like each other? Why is the antique car in the story? These questions are left unanswered at the end of the first book in the Lunar Chronicles and I don't except to have them all answered any time soon as the next book in the series, Scarlet, is not even about Cinder and doesn't come out until next year. I'm counting on Ms. Meyer to work some major magic to fit the answers into all of the subsequent books and to give us more Cinder and Kai (and don't forget Iko)!

         I would definitely recommend this book to my friends as an enjoyable read. I give it 3.5 out of five stars. Due to the lack of world-building, not having more cultural references, and not giving us more answers.

Bonus Material

The prequel, Glitches, is available on Don't worry there aren't any spoilers for Cinder.

Here is the Official Book Trailer for Cinder. Kinda cheesy, but hey it's fun!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review: Hollowmen

Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book Hollowland and couldn't wait for Hollowmen to come out so I could find out what happens to Remy and her brother. Although I enjoyed reading the continuing story, I was a little let down. The character development wasn't there for Remy's new love interest. He could have been eaten by a zombie and I would have only felt bad for 10 pages. The exit from the compound and the secure lab was way too easy and the rest of the trek from the compound to Canada was a little flat on adventure. Oh, and let's not forget just happening to run into her brother and her lion together. Yeah, that was a little ridiculous. The ending was a little flat as well. I didn't feel that they were really safe. The ending in fact of Remy just deciding to stay where she was at the she was going to not go an further is what the writing felt like to me. Amanda Hocking decided that this was all the farther she wanted to go with this character so she was digging in her heals and screw it if it was a satisfactory place to stop. This story could have been so much more. Remy deserved better.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review: Wither

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ripped from the security and comfort of her twin brother and the home that she grew up in, Rhine is kidnapped and sold to a wealthy man and becomes one of four sister wives which are required to provide their husband with friendship, companionship, love, and children. With humanity slowly dying out because of the virus, which kills women at the age of 20 and men at 25, society has become lawless and the value of human life something of days gone by.

Rhine will do anything to escape the cage she has been living in. No amount of fancy clothing, exquisite food, or entertainment can replace the feeling of freedom. The question is how is she to escape when she can't even find the front door? Not only does Rhine have to figure out how to get out of her current life of luxury and imprisonment, but she also has to figure out what she feels for her husband and if maybe there isn't someone else who she won't be able to leave behind when she goes.

Lauren DeStefano creates a future world that is disturbing and engaging, leaving you wishing for the next book.

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