Wednesday, February 29, 2012

{Review} Firelight by Kristen Callihan


Darkest London #1
By: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Forever (Imprint of Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Source/Format: NetGalley/eGalley

London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask. 

Waiting on Wednesday (6): Scorched Skies

Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
My Pick this Week:

Scorched Skies (Fire Spirits, Book 2)
By: Samantha Young
Release Date: March 16, 2012

The White King has crossed the line, sounded the horn, sent out the wolves. When blood is shed and life is lost the reality of Ari’s position as both hunter and prey finally sets in. It seems her father will stop at nothing to force her will to his own and distracted by Charlie’s latest mistake and her seemingly misguided attraction to Jai, Ari never thought to fear anyone else but the Jinn King.

Blindsided and attacked, Ari learns a new wolf has joined the hunt. A dark sorcerer believes he knows a way to bleed the power of the Seal and wield it as his own, and he is even less patient than The White King.

The War for the Seal has only just begun… and it’s time for Ari to turn it on its head.
It’s time for Ari to stop acting like the hunted.

It’s time for Ari to become the hunter.
I wasn't crazy about Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits #1), but I really liked the characters: Ari, Jai, and Charlie. I'd never read much about Jinn before this so I'm going to give the series a chance! :)

What Are You Waiting On?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

{Review} Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

Between The Land And The Sea

Marina's Tales #1
By: Derrolyn Anderson
Release Date: March 30, 2011
Source/Format: E-book provided by author through Shut Up & Read's Read It & Reap review program

Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.

Only a few weeks after arriving, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her...

And maybe even find true love along the way.

Teaser Tuesdays (2): Living Violet

Want to join in?
-Pick up your current read -Open to a random page -Choose 2 NON SPOILER-ISH teaser phrases to share from that page -List the title and author

My teasers:
"I stood still for a full minute, watching his big body dissolve into the throng of window-shoppers on the sidewalk."

"Against my better judgement, I had to know what waited on the other side."
pg. 71 Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles)by Jaime Reed

Thanks For Stopping By!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lovey Dovey Books Receives a One Lovely Blog Award

Look everybody! Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance has bestowed upon me the One Lovely Blog Award. This award is given to bloggers to show how much their blog is appreciated. Another benefit of this award is to spread the love and allow others to discover awesome new blogs!

Here are the following rules for this award: 
1. Link back to the person that sent the award to you.

2. Follow the person that sent the award to you.

3. Pass along to 15 Lovely Bloggers!

Now, without further ado, here are the bloggers I picked for this award:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox(5): What Janie Found, Switched, Living Violet, The Ocean

Hosted by The Story Siren

Books Purchased:

  • Tara Kelly - Harmonic Feedback
  • John M. Cusick - Girl Parts
  • Amanda Hocking - Switched
  • Angie Stanton - Rock and a Hard Place
  • Caroline B. Cooney - What Janie Found
  • Linda Pohring - Oddily
  • Emily Franklin - The Half-Life of Planets

 Books Won: 

  • From Mia Castile (Because Points Matter Contest): Signed Generations swag, signed copy of The Ocean.
  • From IceyBooks: Cinder (Marissa Meyers) & Tempest (Julie Cross) audiobooks.
  • From Truly Bookish: Living Violet by Jaime Reed
  • From Harlequin Books: The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy
  • From Chirenjenzie: Promise by Kristie Cook

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{Review} Mayne Attraction: In the Spotlight by Ann Mauren

In the Spotlight #1
By: Ann Mauren
Published: May 3, 2010
Source/Format: Amazon/Kindle

After a foiled abduction attempt, Ellery Mayne realizes that an entire security detail has been shadowing her every move, protecting her from danger she didn’t know she was in. Working to uncover the secrets behind her elusive watchers, she carefully conducts her own surveillance, testing the limits of professionals who think she is clueless about them. Though they are hard to spot, their loyalty and care for her is not. When she finds a way to declare her feelings for one of her guards, he is blindsided with joy but fearful that his team will lose its lucrative security contract because of his relationship with the mark they’ve all come to love.

As secrets to the identity and intentions of the team’s mysterious employer begin to unravel, Ellery’s deeply buried affections resurface and battle with the love and loyalty she feels for her security team and her new love. Searching for answers and conscious that her choices will impact loved ones and guardian angels alike, Ellery finds that her life is ‘In The Spotlight’ and she is the ‘Mayne Attraction.’

Waiting on Wednesday (5): Kailin Gow

Hosted by the Breaking the Spine

Saving You, Saving Me
By: Kailin Gow
Publication Date: April 16, 2012

My pick this week is a book that is at the top of my wishlist. According to Kailin, Saving You, Saving Me is one of her upcoming books inspired by real incidents she had growing up. Doesn't that little tidbit want to make you read it too?!

Monday, February 20, 2012

In My Mailbox (4): Love, Cupcakes, Freedom & More

Hosted by The Story Siren

Everyday in the month of February Astrea Press is giving away one of their many books for free, one day only. I've been getting some really awesome books from them so make sure you check it out. Of course I got tons of freebies from Amazon, just too many to remember :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Nothing Else Matters by Leslie DuBois

By: Leslie DuBois
Published: January 18, 2012 by Little Prince Publishing
Source/Format: Purchased/Kindle e-book

When racism tears a school apart, can love put it back together?

As the senior star quarterback of Charleston Preparatory school in South Carolina, Scott Kincaid is poised for a spectacular professional career in sports. Though he and Reyna Lewis have been best friends for six years, between leading Charleston Prep to victory week after week, and seeking the approval of his tyrannical, racist mother, he doesn’t have time to develop anything more with her. But when his once perfect, healthy body is attacked by a debilitating disease, he reevaluates what is important in life. Just when he finally realizes he’s in love with his half black, half Puerto Rican best friend Reyna, a presidential election throws their small private school into racial turmoil. Now it’s up to Scott and Reyna to unify their school and their city. But it just might cost them their new-found relationship.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: Under the Stars by Rebecca A. Rogers

Under the Stars

By: Rebecca A. Rogers
Published: August 1, 2011
Source/Format: Purchased via Amazon/Paperback
Length: 332 pages

After seventeen-year-old Andrina’s home is demolished by meteors, she encourages her family to relocate to Legora, one of the few remaining cities that promise a new life to weary travelers. But Legora’s food and supplies are in shortage—too many refugees have sought protection behind its gates—and the only option is to appeal to the King of the New World for provisions. When the town assembles a lottery to choose who will plea to the king, Andrina holds the ill-fated ticket.

Her arrival in Valyad, the royal territory, sparks intrigue from King Zarek. Andrina can’t imagine herself acting like the other girls, who flounce after Zarek’s affection and money, but she considers giving in to her flirty side if it’ll guarantee that her family is fed. So when Zarek leaves Andrina with a bitter decision—marry him or he’ll strip Legora of its supplies—she has no choice but to accept being Queen of the New World.

Soon, though, Andrina uncovers that Valyad is smothered in deceit. Days after their wedding, Zarek is found stabbed to death and all fingers point to Andrina. Betrayed by Valyad’s governor, who wants the crown for himself, Andrina learns that it’s the people who will cast a vote on her fate; people who don’t want a commoner operating their kingdom. Andrina must not only convince Valyad that their king didn’t die by her hand, but also outsmart the sly politicians of the realm with a surprise they can’t outrun.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays (1): Emerald City

Want to join in?
- Pick up your current read
- Open to a random page
- Choose 2 NON SPOILER-ISH teaser phrases to share from anywhere on that page
- List the title and author

My teaser this week is from page 232 of Emerald City (eGalley) by Alicia K. Leppert.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

In My Mailbox (3)


Free from Amazon:


For Review:


From Booklending

So, not as many as the last couple of weeks (thankfully!). I won some incredible prizes this week too but I won't share until I actually get them. 

SN: I'm spending this weekend away from the computer, but if you leave me comments I'll reply and check out your IMMs on Monday!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

Meeting Destiny

Destiny Series #1
by Nancy Straight 
Published: June 27, 2010

Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Scars of Defiance by Lorena Angell


Published: May 27, 2011

What would drive Sierra Montgomery to board a dilapidated airplane in a blinding snowstorm and parachute onto a partially frozen lake knowing if the plane didn't crash from the weather, she would most likely die in the icy waters? Paul Bronson is about to find out. His family has housed defectors ever since General Reginald Rawlings ousted the monarchy in the neighboring country thirty years prior. The latest plane load of refugees brings a beautiful young lady with a bounty on her head and a claim on Paul's heart. The struggle to keep her safe and out of the enemy's hands will be the toughest thing Paul has ever done, for one cannot defy Gen. Rawlings and come out unscathed.
Sierra is the last Montgomery, a once powerful royal family whose members had been terminated. Scars of Defiance tells her struggle to defy the present dictator, Reginald Rawlings, and his son, Victor, who she’s been arranged to marry. Along the way she finds allies and love to make it through this terrible tragedy.

Scars of Defiance is a truly enjoyable read. This novel isn’t just light romance, but has an undercurrent of politics and action. Before your eyes start glazing over with boredom, the politics in this story isn’t complex or a giant snooze-fest. The government system is easily explained throughout the story and doesn’t take the focus away from the main plot.

Sierra is a character of strength and courage and her perfect match, Paul, complimented her with his bravery and loyalty. They were written as ages 18 and 19, respectively, but I couldn’t quite remember that they were supposed to be that old. They just had such innocent personalities, even with their upbringing and lifestyles. If they didn’t talk about mature subjects like college or marriage like it was right around the corner, then I would’ve pegged them as younger characters.

I would recommend Scars of Defiance to anyone who wants a light romance with twists and turns throughout.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012