Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox


Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
Hawkspar by Holly Lisle
Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay
Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
Bloodlines by Richelle Meade
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
Spiders Bite by Jennifer Estep
Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep
Venom by Jennifer Estep
Tangled by Jennifer Estep

Gifts/For Review/Netgalley

Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman (Netgalley)
Bloodshot by Cherie Priest (Netgalley)
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard (ARC from ABCFamily)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Question - In books like sookie stackhouse (true blood) series, the paranormal creature in question 'comes out of the closet' and makes itself known to the world. which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real? 
That is rather difficult a question! well we all know witches and vampires are already 'out of the closet' so perhaps, Skinwalkers. Those of native american legend that can change themselves into animals willingly and change back. (not a were-anything!) also i think mermaids, dryads, wood nymphs and faeries would be cool.. Hell, any and all i would love to come out!

Question - Non- book related this week. Do you have pets?
Why yes i do! I have the greatest little dog in the world.
Her name is Panda, shes a 3 1/2 year old Maltipoo (Maltese/poodle mix) and shes the love of my life. She is so funny, she runs around the house for no reason and she snuggles under the blankets with me at night (when shes not fighting crime that is with her AK 15) I don't know what i would do without her in my life and i will always be her mommy.

Puppy Rambo?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Truth (Truth #2)
Author - Julia Karr
Release - January 19th 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads

Nina Oberon’s life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council–ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all sixteen-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world that she is easy prey to predators. But Nina won’t be anyone’s stereotype. And when she joins an organization of girls working within the Resistance, she knows that they can put an end to one of the most terrifying secret programs the GC has ever conceived. Because the truth always comes out...and the consequences can be deadly

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


1. pick up your current read and flip to a random page
2. pick out (2) sentences to share (also the author and book)
3. No Spoilers!


Whatever the reason, no one came for me through the long hours of the night. For a while, I was treated to the comforting sound of Jamaal pounding on a door and yelling at the top of his lungs. Apparently, Anderson had locked him in one of these basement rooms, too, and he wasn't shy about letting everyone know he was unhappy about it.

Dark Descendant by Jenna black

Monday, August 22, 2011

(Pre-Islamic Arabic - Jinn, Djini, Djinni.)
Literally means one who has ability of concielment, seclusion or invisibility. 

  • Our English word for Djinn (Genie) comes from the french word that meant spirit, taken from the latin word Genius. A word for any tutor or guardian spirit.
  • For ancient Semites, Jinn were vanished spirits of ancient people who came at night and disappeared with the dawn.
  • Thought they could make themselves invisible or change into animals.
  • Type of Jinn include the ghul (Nightshade that can change shape), Sila  (unable to change thier shape) and the Ifrit.
  • Believed to be the spirits of fire.
  • Jinn live thier lives like humans, they eat, sleep, marry and die.  They are both good and evil.
  • In Myths, said to be controlled by binding them to objects.

Djinn In Books

Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine  - Djinn are widely prominent and used alot.
Declare by Tim Powers - Deals wiith Djinn in a cold war espionage community way.
Children of the Lamp Series by P. B. Kerr - The main characters find out they are part of a Djinn tribe.
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones - there is a pair of djinn and one in a bottle.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In My Mailbox

Butterface by Gwen Hayes
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Monday, August 15, 2011

In My Mailbox

 A day late this week, but here it is. I got a bit.

For Review / Gifts
The Mabinogion by Gwyn Jones + Thomas Jones (Translators) (a very special friend got this for me <3)

The Entire Noble Dead Series by Barb Hendee (no images because that would be WAY too much)
Lockdown (Escape from the furnace #1) by Alexander Gordan Smith
Bloodlands (Bloodlands #1) bye Christine Cody
Wolf Blood by N. M. Browne

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Natural Selection
Author - Elizabeth Sharp
Genre - YA/Paranormal
Pages - Ebook

Synopsis from Goodreads

What do you do when you find out your family isn't your family, death is knocking at your door, and that guy you can't stop thinking about knows more about who you are than you do? Amelia Hoffman was just a normal 15 year old until she found out the truth. Now ancient myths, supernatural beings, and murder have changed everything. Tests and school dances are no longer the biggest worry in her life-- she has to figure out how to save everyone she loves and accept the future in front of her before its too late

Amelia has always thought she was normal, human, but all that changes when she overhears her mother and father one night talking about her and how she just may not be who she thinks she is.

Natural Selection is the typical YA paranormal romance book with a few new elements put in to keep it slightly unique. Amelia is a Gaia, a creature of nature who has the ability to heal and work with plants and earth. Her brother is a Djinn and her sister is a Succubus. The diffrent paranormal creatures throughout the book was a nice touch, there are Witches as well but they are not the good guys this time around. In fact, enemies come in the most unlikely of places...

The characters themselves are the typical bunch, the lead is a plain jane but becomes beautiful and suddenly people are noticing her, the brother and sister are supportive but also harsh when nessasary, It was fine how it was but not anything that really strays from the norm.

The action is minimal but adequate when it shows. The love interest, Nathaniel is cute, protective, and loyal. I did enjoy this book, and I even shed a few tears in certain spots. There is some talk of sex but its minimal. All together its a nice little package of a YA novel and I do look forward to the next book in the series.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

About a week and a half ago I was asked by Easy Canvas Prints to review a canvas print from them.

I decided the print I wanted was a picture of my mothers dog Queenie with a big smile. It was presented to her today, and she cried.  My phone camera can not do it justice, but here is a pic. It is MUCH better in real life!

Easy Canvas Prints really is just that, easy. Its a step process, and very foolproof. You start off by selecting your size canvas (prices are shown next to it) and there is also a size comparison on the right side. Next you upload your image and size it to your needs/likes.  You then have a choice of borders, color finishing and retouching. Afterwards you just add it to your cart and pay! I spent a good deal playing around with the option and finding what I thought looked best.

Shipping is fast, and reliable. The print is packaged very well and marked appropriately on the package as fragile.

Now for the print: GORGEOUS! the colors are rich, the texture is that nice canvas feel and smooth and the quality is phenomenal. I got a retouch on the eyes of Queenie since they were glowing in the original picture and they made her eyes look very good, and a wonderful deep rich brown which her eyes are naturally.

I am extremelly happy with my print, and it made a wonderful gift for my mom. Easy Canvas Prints is defiantly the place to go for great quality canvas prints your sure to love.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

1. Pick up your current read
2. Flip to a random page.
3. Pick out 2 sentences to share, as well as the book and author
4. No Spoilers


Senna smiled. He'd said it like a grudging compliment instead of an insult - like a friend might.

"Witch Song" by Amber Argyle

Sunday, August 7, 2011

In My Mailbox

A Darkness Forged in Fire (Iron Elves #1) by Chris Evans
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Mermaids Madness (Princesses #2) by Jim C. Hines
Blood Red Road by Moira Young

ARC The Riftwalker (Vampire Empire #2) by Clay and Susan Griffith

Friday, August 5, 2011

Question - Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that changed you from an average reader to an avid reader, did it help you deal with a particular difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?)

My book would have to be.. The Dark Elf Trilogy Collectors Edition by R. A. Salvatore.

I picked up this book about 13 years ago, after i read it i HAD to read the rest so i picked up all the book (11 of them at the time i think) and read them over the years. 
It was the only book series i was reading at the time. Then i moved to florida in 2007 and shortly after i decided to branch out and read more because i was tired of waiting for the next Drizzt book to come out. So I guess in a way, R. A. Salvatore simultaneously sparked my interest, and helped me find new ones. I am also still avidly watching for and reading his books as well.

Question - What is the 1 ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

Funny this is asked, i would love Neverwinter (Neverwinter book #2) by R. A. Salvatore that comes out in a few months. I want it NOW!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

So a while ago, I was asked to play a game for the ABCfamily show "The Nine Lives of Chloe King." and since I finished all nine paths to the game I got to ask actor Benjamin Stone who plays Alek on the show a question, and he answered!