Monday, May 31, 2010

Supernatural Summer Tour 2010

I am so excited that the Supernatural Summer Tour is coming to Houston!  Not only will there be one amazing author but five.  Each city has different authors but most have four coming together.  For example in Houston we get Kim Harrison, Ellen Schreiber, Kimberly Derting and Kelly Armstrong.  If you are going to the event let me know I would love to meet up with fellow book lovers! Make sure you visit the Supernatural Summer Tour website where you can win an IPad and other prizes.  Also if the tour isn't coming to your city you can leave a question on the message board.

Starting the first week of June, Kim Harrison, Ellen Schreiber, Aprilynne Pike, Kimberly Derting, and Kelly Armstrong will be visiting six cities on the Supernatural Summer Tour 2010. Come out and meet your favorite authors and hear about their new books!




Rainy Day Books (Kansas City) Overland Park, KS
Jun 1, 2010 - 07:00 pm
KIM HARRISON (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
ELLEN SCHREIBER (Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites)
APRILYNNE PIKE (Spells)

Barnes & Noble (Atlanta) Alpharetta, GA
Jun 2, 2010 - 07:00 pm
KIM HARRISON (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
ELLEN SCHREIBER (Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites)
APRILYNNE PIKE (Spells)

Borders (Dallas) Allen, TX
Jun 3, 2010 - 07:00 pm
KIM HARRISON (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
ELLEN SCHREIBER (Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites)
APRILYNNE PIKE (Spells)
KIMBERLY DERTING (The Body Finder)
Barnes & Noble (Houston) The Woodlands, TX
Jun 4, 2010 - 07:00 pm
KIM HARRISON (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
ELLEN SCHREIBER (Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites)
KIMBERLY DERTING (The Body Finder)
KELLEY ARMSTRONG (The Reckoning)
Anderson's Bookshop (Chicago) Naperville, IL
Jun 5, 2010 - 02:00 pm
KIM HARRISON (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
ELLEN SCHREIBER (Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites)
KIMBERLY DERTING (The Body Finder)
KELLEY ARMSTRONG (The Reckoning)
Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego) San Diego, CA
Jun 6, 2010 - 02:00 pm
KIM HARRISON (Early to Death, Early to Rise)
ELLEN SCHREIBER (Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites)
KIMBERLY DERTING (The Body Finder)
KELLEY ARMSTRONG (The Reckoning)
Source: http://supernaturalsummer.com/

Authors Twitter Accounts:
http://twitter.com/ellenschreiber
http://twitter.com/kimberlyderting
http://twitter.com/kelleyarmstrong
http://twitter.com/aprilynnepike

For the latest information visit the Supernatural Summer Tour Website!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

An Interview with Rachel Caine

     New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author, author of 27 books, contributor to 10 anthologies and published in 14 foreign countries, Rachel Caine is outstanding to say the least. I sat down to interview Rachel after her signing at Murder by the Book in Houston. Rachel was really excited to tell fans that after 20 years she has decided to quit her day job. Rachel is out promoting Kiss of Death, number eight in the Morganville Series, during the first week it made it to number 5 on the New York Times Best Selling Series and 61 on the USA Today List. At the end of May Rachel is headed to the UK for more than 30 events in less than 30 days.

Rachel describes the first time she made it to on the NYT best selling list:
I was in a business meeting at one of those all day conference things. It was the end of the day and I was cleaning up my stuff when I got a phone call. After I passed out and got back up I started screaming. My boss ran in the door freaked out because a few weeks before I had broke my arm in two different places and she was worried about what had happened. My boss played it really cool and the next day I show up and they are having a champagne brunch. They even did a trivia but no one really knew what my books were about so it didn’t go well.
    Writing for adult fiction, romance, paranormal, and young adults you would think this author has it easy. Instead Rachel tells her fans that she is the poster child for never giving up. When she began writing her first books, romance novels, they never really found an audience. She then wrote the Weather Warden a series that is inspired by a college experience. Rachel went to school in Lubbock, TX and remembers standing by a window watching a storm roll into town. The sky looked green and she was just captivated when someone passed by and asked her what she was doing by the window to hurry and get in a stairwell. In the original concept the main character had cancer but the story wasn’t selling so the suggestion was to remove the cancer factor and the story instantly sold.

     With so many books how does one person keep it together? “Love what you do” Rachel says. "I'm not a morning person" said Rachel but she does get up at five because she feels it’s the best writing time. She also loves storytelling and the process in writing a book. Rachel uses her twitter account @rachelcaine to give fans book recommendation. One of her joys is getting long emails from fans where she has to keep scrolling about why they loved her books.

     Recently at the LA Times Festival of Books Rachel spoke on a panel called Blood, Fangs, and Temptation: Everything Vampire with Heather Brewer, Melissa de la Cruz, and Richelle Mead. The Huffington Post reported over 130,000 attended the Festival of Books. Rachel talked about how the fans for each author are so different. For Heather Brewer they were goth, for Melissa de la Cruz they were laid back, for Rachel they were really shy, but for Richelle Mead they were screaming with excitement

     Rachel puts out a Morganville book about every six months the ninth book is Ghost Town and is out October 26th. There will be a total of twelve books in the Morganville Series.


Question time with Rachel Caine


Are you like your characters?
Like Claire I was shy and read a lot

I think I was like Eve when I left college and we didn’t have goth then but if we did I would have been there! I would have wanted to be like Heather Brewer!

Musical taste: Classical all the way until college then I discovered rock. When Rachel writes she listens to classical.

Who is your favorite character?
  • Mernin
  • Shane 
  • Oliver
    Favorite Fan Moment:
    I received an email from a lady who was 22 and said she had never read a book and always avoided them. Her parents use to get her books and she would just move the bookmark around and eventually take them back to the library. Then the electricity went out and she had checked out The Glass House and had been doing the same thing moves the bookmark around but since she had nothing else to do she read the book and loved it. She wrote asking what else she should read. It is amazing how one book when given a chance changed someone’s life.

    Do you feel The Morganville Series can appeal to adults?
    I would say yes because really adults are just afraid that YA is a children’s story. When instead if they give it a chance the age disappears and many don’t have a problem with it. So the key is to give it a chance.

    Do you feel Twilight has had an effect on your book and why?
     I think Twilight has really helped because most people who have read Twilight were left with wanting more so they are trying to find similar books. A blockbuster success always helps. Rachel describes the Twilight effect by using the saying “A rising tide lifts all boats”
    Five Authors Rachel Recommends:
    • Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
    • Heather Brewer
    • Melissa Marr
    • Holly Black
    • Tamera Pierce
    Did you know fans write fan fic?
    Yes I have read a few and even contacted some of the authors.

    My recommendation is to pick up Rachel's books and if she makes a stop near you make sure you go see her. She is really sweet and personalized all eight books I took to the event. For more about Rachel Caine visit: www.rachelcaine.com

    Rachel will also be part of the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour:

    September 13th—Tour launches at Book People in Austin, Texas w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Rachel Caine , & Cassandra Clare 7:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE BOOKSTORE

    September 20th—Vroman’s w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, & Mary Pearson 6:00 pm VROMANS BOOKSTORE

    September 21st —Mysterious Galaxy w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Mary Pearson, Rachel Caine, & Carrie Ryan Time & Remote location: Encinitas County Library, 540 Cornish Drive,Encinitas, CA 92024


    See my full blog post here: http://cariblogs.blogspot.com/2010/03/breaking-news-smart-chicks-kick-it-tour.html


    Rachel Caine's Books

    Glass Houses
    The Dead Girls' Dance
    Midnight Alley
    Feast of Fools
    Lord of Misrule
    Carpe Corpus
    Fade Out
    Kiss Of Death
    Ghost Town
    Chill Factor
    Cape Storm
    Undone
    Gale Force
    The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
    Windfall
    Firestorm
    Thin Air
    Immortal: Love Stories with Bite
    Ill Wind
    Many Bloody Returns


    Cari's favorite books »

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Something borrowed coming to the big screen

    Something Borrowed is being made into a movie. Someone gave me this book for Christmas one year, but have never got around to reading it. I let a coworker borrow it and she liked it so much that she went and got the rest of Emily Giffin's books. The movie will be released in 2011. 

    The cast: Kate Hudson as Darcy, John Krasinski as Ethan, and Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel.


    by Emily Giffin
    Release Date: April 2005

    About the Book

    Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé.

    Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

    Backlist:
    Something Blue
    Baby Proof
    Love the One You're With
    Heart of the Matter


    For more information visit:
    http://www.emilygiffin.com

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella

         We are about half way done with May and Stephenie's novella will be coming out soon. Are you excited?  When this was first announced there was a lot of backlash on the net, but I'm curious to see who plans to buy this?  I 'm happy that she is revisiting the Twilight Saga and before you say it I know this isn't Midnight Sun so don't beat me with a stick!  As a twilight fan I take this as a good sign once again put down your sticks!  
        I do like that she is taking a minor character and turning them into the main character.  Melissa Marr does brilliantly so if you have read the Wicked Lovely Series you are familiar with this.  Cassandra Claire is coming out with City of Fallen Angels in 2011 which is about Simon Clary's best friend.  Maggie Stiefvater did something similar with Lament and Ballad.  Lament was about Luke and Deirdre and in Ballad they focus on James who is Deirdre's best friend.


    The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella
    Author: Stephenie Meyer
    Release Date: June 5th
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young

    Description from Goodreads:

    Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.




    For more information visit:
    http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/
    http://www.breetanner.com/

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Infinity by Sherrilynn Kenyon

    Infinity By Sherrilynn Kenyon
    Release Date: May 25, 2010


    Summary

    At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

    But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

    As if starting high school isn’t hard enough…now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

    Prologue

    Freewill.

    Some have called it the greatest gift bestowed on humanity. It is our ability to control what happens to us and exactly how it happens. We are the masters of our fate and no one can foist their will on us unless we allow it.

    Others say freewill is a crap myth. We have a preordained destiny and no matter what we do or how hard we fight it, life will happen to us exactly as it’s meant to happen. We are only pawns to a higher power that our meager human brains can’t even begin to understand or comprehend.

    My best bud, Acheron, once explained it to me like this. Destiny is a freight train rolling along on a set course that only the conductor knows. When we get to the railroad crossing in our car, we can choose to stop and wait for the train to pass us by, or try to pull out in front of it and beat that bad boy across.

    That choice is our freewill.

    If we choose to rush ahead, the car we’re in might stall on the tracks. We can then choose to try and start the car or wait for the train to plow into us. Or we can get out to run and fight the destiny of the train slamming into us and killing us where we stand. By choosing to run, our foot could get caught in the tracks or we could slip and fall.

    We could even say to ourselves, “there’s no way I’m dumb enough to fight the train” and hang back to safely wait. Then the next thing we know, a truck rams us from behind, throwing us straight into the train’s path.

    If it is our destiny to be hit by the train, we will be hit by the train. The only thing we can change is how the train turns us into hamburger.

    I personally, don’t believe in this crap. I say I control my destiny and my life.

    No nothing controls me.

    Ever.

    I am what I have become because of the interference and secrets of one creature. Had things been done differently, my life would have been a whole other enchilada. I would not be where I am today and I would have had a life worth living instead of the nightmare my life has become.

    But no, by keeping his deepest secrets, my best friend betrayed me and turned me into the darkness I’m learning to embrace. Our fates and destinies were mashed together by a freak event that happened when I was a kid and I curse the day I ever called Acheron Parthenopaeus my friend.

    I am Nick Gautier.

    And this is my life and how things should have been…

    **Note to Dark-Hunter fans

    The Chronicles of Nick *is* Nick’s real and true past. There is a huge surprise (several actually) in the book that I don’t want to spoil, but when you read the book, everything you think is an inconsistency will make perfect sense to you. More than that, you will understand exactly why Nick is the way he is and why he continues to hate Acheron the way he does. But you have to be patient. All will be clear on May 25, 2010.

    Nick’s series will run until it intersects with Night Pleasures and then Nick will have his own novel in the Dark-Hunter world.

    Book one, Infinity, begins when Nick meets Kyrian.
    Book two will pick up the next day after Infinity ends and will be out Feb 2011.

    Remember the one promise that I try to keep in every book: Just when you think you know the truth about a character or event, you find out that things are seldom what they seem. Nick is one of those characters. There’s a lot more to our little Cajun than what you’ve seen to date. That’s why it takes 12 books to tell his story.

    There are many, many secrets you’ll learn about a lot of characters, including Cherise and especially Jaden and Jared. Just hold on… you ain’t seen nothing yet :)


    If you are like me and haven't read Kenyon's book my first questions was can I read this series without reading the rest.  Same for question for her adult books so here is what I found on her FAQ

    Q: Do the books have to be read in order?

    A: Absolutely not. As with all my series, they have recurring characters and do refer to events in past books, but each one is written with new readers in mind. So if you pick up in the middle of the series or skip around, you won't miss anything.

    Q:Is this the same Nick that you have in the Dark-Hunter novels?

    A:Yes and no. This series starts with Nick at age 14 and on the day he meets Kyrian of Thrace and gets sucked into the world of the Dark-Hunters.

    It's an alternate view of the Dark-Hunter world that was written in response to all the fans who wanted to have Dark-Hunter books the whole family could love and from younger readers whose parents wouldn't let them read the more adult novels.



    For more information about Sherrilynn Kenyon visit:
    http://sherrilynkenyon.com/
    http://twitter.com/kenyonsherrilyn
    http://www.officialsanctuary.com/chronicles-of-nick/infinity/

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    PLAY DEAD by Ryan Brown

    Tell me this doesn't look like a good book!  I heard about this book from Murder by the Book here in Houston and the cover looks great.


    Ryan Brown, a fresh new voice in thriller fiction with a supernatural edge, delivers a riveting novel featuring zombies bent on revenge in a football-obsessed Texas town.

    For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship game, where they will take on their most vicious rival, the Elmwood Heights Badgers. But on game day, bad-boy star quarterback, Cole Logan, is brutally attacked by three masked men. With the stakes so high, Cole is determined to play despite his injuries, but his coach refuses to allow it. That night on the way to the game the Jackrabbits’ bus crashes, killing all of Cole’s teammates. When he learns the steroid-crazed Badgers are responsible, he is bent on payback, and turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect the team. But even in the spirit world there are hitches. The Jackrabbits are brought back to life, but unless they win the final game against their murderous rival, the team is destined for hell. In a desperate race against time, Cole must lead his zombie team to victory…or risk their eternal damnation and violent consequences for everyone in town.

    With a fast-paced plot that twists, turns and shocks, vibrant characters who pack an emotional punch, and plenty of dark humor, PLAY DEAD is a compulsively readable thriller that reflects the national obsession with football and the growing fascination with the undead.



    For more on information visit: http://www.ryanbrownauthor.com

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Linger Bookmark Winners



    Maggie Stiefvater sent me about a handful of these pretty bookmarks to give away and here is the winners so far.  All the winners have been contacted via email requesting mailing addresses.  Keep checking back I have a few more bookmarks to give away:

    1. Monica F.
    2. Leann K.
    3. Yara
    4. Kay
    5. Amy S.
    6. Val
    7. Shelly
    8. Keisha

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Midnight Alley Review

    Midnight Alley (The Morganville Vampires, #3) Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine


    My rating: 4 of 5 stars
    Midnight Alley is the third book in the Morganville Series by Rachel Caine. If you haven't read this series and I have said it before pick them up! I find Caine's books hard to put down and usually finish them in a day or two. At the end of book two Claire made an agreement with the founder and in this book we start to see what that involves. Claire gets some perks like she is taking much more advance classes, has a new phone, and of course the protection of the founder. Shane is still having a hard time accepting Michael and the choice he made in the previous book. In Midnight Alley we find out there is a town secret which could be dangerous for the vampires. Claire has to keep the secret and solve it to save those she loves. Shane getting seriously hurt and someone stakes Sam! Seems like Shane's dad isn't the only vampire hater in Morganville, and to top it all Oliver saves Claire's life. In the end more than one person's parents come to town leaving you hanging about what will happen in the next book Feast of Fools. Over all it was a great read and I can't wait to jump into the next book.

    For more on Rachel Caine visit her website: www.rachelcaine.com

    Friday, May 14, 2010

    Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus


    Shadow Hills will be released July 13th 2010.



    About Shadow Hills:

    His love captivated her... his secrets might kill her.

    Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

    After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

    But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life.


    Book Trailer:


    Shadow Hills is the first novel for author Anastasia Hopcus.  She is currently running a contest on her blog for a chance to win a copy of Shadow Hill, Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and a lot of other great prices.  By the looks of the book trailer I am really excited to read this one.

    To enter the contest visit: http://anastasiahopcus.blogspot.com/2010/05/two-months-to-go-contest.html

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    Burned Review

    Burned (House of Night, #7) 
    Burned by P.C. Cast
    My rating: 2 of 5 stars

    Finishing Burned was sort of a let down and more so than the books in the past. I don’t feel anything major was accomplished in this book. Sure Zoey is back from the Otherworld but did we really think she would stay there? She is the main character after all. It seems like with the House of Night Series it’s either a hit or miss, for example I loved Tempted but not so fond of Marked.
         The story picks up from where Tempted left off and Zoey’s soul is shattered from watching Kalona kill one of her inner circle. While in the Otherworld Zoey starts to lose pieces of her soul and makes the decision to stay there. I found it hard to believe she didn’t think about how this would affect her friends, warriors, and most importantly her grandmother. She never fights to find a way back and if she truly loves those she left behind it should have weighed on her mind just a little.
         Stevie Rae seems to be following in Zoey’s footsteps and I say this because she is keeping secrets, having a hard time being the High Priestess, not being able to choose one guy, and ultimately wanting to be with the bad guy. This feels like Zoey, Stark, and Eric all over again. Aside from Stevie Rae the Nerd Herd does not play a big role.
         We only saw Grandma Redbird once, which for someone who could lose her granddaughter I would think she would be more involved role. Also the way Dallas talks is annoying he adds the word "Girl" at the end of every sentence when he is talking to or about Stevie Rae. Heath does the same thing with Zoey. He says annoying phrases such as "snot nose" or it seems he can never speak properly which as the story line goes along it really gets old. Cast throws plenty of profanity that doesn’t add value to the story. To parents if your younger teens read this series I would be cautious with this book.
         I felt that the book jacket and/or description made it seem that Stevie Rae and Aphrodite would save Zoey when really Aphrodite only had one vision that she could see what the world would be like without her. The stand out star was Stark he grows into being a better person. Even though the House of Night is centered on the female characters, Spark is really the only reason to finish this book.
         I took a few days to write the review because I was hoping that as the days passed I would find the good in Burned, but that didn't happen. I am not sure if it's because the book was bad or I have read so many great books since I started the series that this book just didn't live up to what I have read. Either way I was not happy. Have you read the book? What did you think? Did you enjoy it?


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    Saturday, May 8, 2010

    MsEdu's Review of The Iron Daughter

     The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2) by Julie Kagawa
    Advance Readers Copy via NetGalley
    Release Date: August 1, 2010
    5 out of 5 Stars
    Guest Reviewer: MsEdu

    Iron Daughter the second installment in the Julie Kagawa series did not disappoint. The main characters are back Megan, Ash, Puck (Robin Good Fellow),Iron horse, and Grimalkin.  The story starts off with Prince Ash picking Megan up from her house in order to pay the debit she promised in the first book.  Megan is half fairy -half human daughter of King Oberon of the Summer Court.  Once again Prince Ash and Megan are caught up in a high stakes drama that rips their barely there relationship apart.

    As in the first book there is a love triangle between Ash, Puck, and Megan.  Whether your Team Ash or Team Puck you can’t help but root for the heroine, Megan.  Megan is developing a sense of who she is and what she must do to help her family and friends.  They are many new characters introduced as well. Julie has created such a vivid world of fey for readers to enjoy.  I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto the first book, The Iron King.  I read that one in less than 48 hours.  I repeated that again with the Iron Daughter it is a crowd pleaser.

    This book by far is in the ranks of Melissa Marr and Holly Black it will definitely be going on my Superstar list.  I will not tell the ending but it was so emotional.  To have to wait for the third book is killer.  I will immediately read it.

    I would like to thank MsEdu for sharing her review and NetGalley for providing an advance copy!  I can't wait to read this series!

    For more information on the author:
    http://www.juliekagawa.com
    http://twitter.com/Jkagawa

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    Winner of Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer

    We have a winner for the personalized copy of Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer!


    Kim your the winner!   Email me your mailing address who to make the book out to.

    Winners have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be picked.

    If you did not win make sure you sign up for the 100 blog post contest where the prize is an autographed bookmark by Maggie Stiefvater.  To view all contest past or present click on the contest tab at the top.

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    May Reading List

    So here is my schedule of what I plan to read this month.  Feel free to join me and then we can discuss.  Also I am always up for taking recommendations.  If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods.  Happy reading!

    Burned Burned by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast [done]

    Midnight Alley Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine [done]

    My Fair Lazy: One Reality Tele... My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster - [done]

    Shade Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready - [done]

    Spirit Bound Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead [done] 


    Feast of Fools Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine [currently reading]


    Need to Finish:

    The Luxe The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    Raised by Wolves Review

    Raised by Wolves
    Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Release Date: June 8th 2010

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes tells a suspenseful story with plenty of action. Bronwyn Alessia St. Vincent Clare should have died at age four when a rogue werewolf came to kill her parents. Bronwyn or Bryn for short hid and was saved by Callum, the alpha of the area. Callum is a thousand year old werewolf with the largest pack of werewolves. Callum adopted the human girl and raised her as wolf. Bryn rebelled and fought to block out the pack way of life. Where the werewolves would never disobey Callum Bryn pushed the limits by sneaking out, getting less than straight A’s and might have borrowed a motorcycle when the owner wasn’t looking.

    Barnes created a very intricate world with lots of back story. For example werewolves are born and are mostly men. Female werewolves are only born as a set of twins and most werewolves are born to human mothers who rarely survive the birth.

    Bryn was raised by Ali one of the human wives who is pregnant with twins. Ali is only a few years older than Bryn and has always fought to give her a normal life. When Ali goes into labor Bryn can’t watch and she escapes to the forest.

    She eventually ends up at Callum’s house where she discovers a boy caged in the basement. Chase is not only a boy but a new wolf who tells her he was bitten before he turned. Chase shifts when he smells her fear and crashes against the bars of his cage trying to feeding on her.

    I really like that Bryn isn’t a victim but a girl who can kicks a$$. Since Callum claimed her as his when she came into the pack it guaranteed her security, but she also had to learn to fight and survive just in case something went wrong.

    The story takes so many unexpected twist that I can’t begin to describe them. The moments Bryn shares with Callum are so emotionally charged. One moment I wanted to yell at him and others I wanted to love him. I was smitten with Chase from the moment he told Bryn “Before the attack, I liked cars, Yeats, having a bedroom that locked from the inside and you” can we say ahh! The ending was really surprising and unexpected. One of the things I found a little creepy was how newborn wolves can shift from wolf to human. If you thought baby vamps were creepy wait until you meet the shifting wolves. Over all I thought the story was great and I hope that there will be a second book because I can really see this turning into a series.

    I would like to thank Melissa Marr and The Rath and Ruins boards for having the monthly giveaways where I won an advance copy of Raised by Wolves. Make sure to pick up Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes on June 8th 2010.


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