Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Winner

We have not heard from one of our previous winners so we have drawn another.

So, using Random.org we selected a new winner:

Jackie N.

Congrats Jackie! You have 48 hours to respond to our email with your mailing address!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

BCM Classics: Revisited - Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

For our first book considered a BCM Classic, I am revisiting Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. With the movie coming out, I thought it was a good time to read this again. Published in 2007, it is one of my favorite books, and my definite favorite out of The Twilight Saga.
At the end of New Moon, we see Edward return, Bella deciding she wants to be a vampire, and Jacob heartbroken and trying to keep Bella from Edward.
Eclipse starts with Bella and Edward right back where they were before he left, in love and inseparable. Bella is grounded, not that it stops her from being with Edward all the time. The only thing that weighs on Bella's mind is the way things were left between Jacob and her.
Bella wants to make up with Jacob, Edward doesn't want her anywhere near the reservation and pack of werewolves. Unfortunately, when Edward was gone, Bella bonded with Jacob, and he became a very important part of her life.
After Bella sneaks
off a few times to see Jacob, Edward realizes that he cannot keep them apart and agrees to let Bella seem him.
Jacob declares his love for Bella, and wants her to rethink her position on becoming a vampire. Bella is now torn between her love for Edward and not wanting to hurt Jacob.
On top of all of this, an army of Newborn vampires is wreaking havoc on the city of Seattle, and the Cullens are trying to figure out where they came from, and how to stop them from drawing so much attention to the area.
When Bella's belongings start to disappear, the Cullens realize that there is some connection to the newborns and Bella.
As if that weren't enough, Victoria has been coming around again, trying to find a way into Forks, and kill Bella in retaliation for James being killed.
The Cullens and the Quileutes come to an uneasy truce to protect their lands and people, and find that they are able to work together easier than expected.
Who will Bella choose? What is going on with the newborns? Will Victoria ever be defeated?
Just in case not everyone has read this book yet, I will not give anything away.
The reason I love this book so much. There is a little bit of everything. Romance, a love triangle, action, drama, comedy, tragedy. This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions, and for the last third of the book, I find myself tearing up and my heart breaking.

BCM Classics

We here at Books Complete Me love to read. Obviously. We love when new books come out, and most of the reviews we have posted so far have been for newer books.
But we also have those books that are our favorites, and have been for many years. No matter how many books we read, there are always those select books that we go back to at least once a year.
For this reason, every once in a while, whenever we find ourselves in need of a comfortable, familiar book, we will be posting a review on an older book.
These will fall under our BCM Classics. Our criteria for these books is that it had to have been published three years ago or more. BCM Classics: Revisited are books that we have read before. BCM Classics: Newly Found are books over three years old which we have never read before. We are always looking for the next great book, no matter how long ago it was published.
So keep an eye out for these BCM Classics. You might find yourself a new favorite book.
And as always, if there is something out there that you love, and want to see reviewed, or if there is just a book that you love, and want to share, let us know.

Friday, June 25, 2010

And the winners are....

Noemi is the winner of prize pack 1:
Prize Pack 1
1. The complete “Wake Trilogy” by Lisa McMann
2. The complete set of “The Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith
3. “Betrayed” by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
4. “Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite
5. “The Sword of Shannara” on audio by Terry Brooks

And a few more goodies

Angela is the winner of prize pack 2:
Prize Pack 2
1. The complete “Wake Trilogy” by Lisa McMann
2. The complete set of “The Secret Circle” series by L.J. Smith
3. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
4. “Burned” by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
5. Book 1 of “The Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith

And a few more goodies

An email has been sent to you, and you have 48 hours to respond with your address. Congrats guys!

Thanks to everyone who participated and who are following us!

Winners were picked using Random.org

Thursday, June 24, 2010

We DID it!

With your help we made it to 100 followers!! We will draw the winners tonight!! Thanks everyone, and keep referring your friends to follow, who knows we could do another follower contest!

Some sad news, I am in a thunderstorm right now and cannot be online until it's over. But don't worry, the winners should expect to see something in their email tomorrow!

And a heads up too, Cindy will be reviewing Minder, and we will have a SWAG giveaway with that! Details to come shortly.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Books to Movies, TV Shows, Musicals...

Movie, book, book, movie...

I’m not sure about you, but I HAVE to read the book before I see the movie it’s based on. Then again, it could have come about from when I was young. Little Women was just released and I begged my mom to go see it. She picked up the book from Walmart and said that if I read the book first, and still wanted to see the movie, we’d go. So what did I do? I read the book, and enjoyed it. I enjoyed the movie even more.

As I’ve grown, I’ve done this with many more books. The best example of not getting the end result I wanted was The Phantom of the Opera. I wanted to see it on Broadway in NYC. So I got the book out of the library and even did a book report on it. Did I get to see it then? Nope, at least not for another 7 years.

Why do I bring this up you ask? Well, I wanted to re-read some books of mine and chose the Harry Potter series. Especially as I read they just finished production on part 2 of the seventh book in 9 ¾’s years! Those who haven’t read the Harry Potter series, they leave from 9 ¾ platform. How many books have we read that have turned into movies, TV Shows or musicals? The Twilight Series, many of Nicholas Spark’s books, Beauty and the Beast, the Southern Vampire Series (True Blood on TV), Dan Brown’s books, and there’s even talk of the Host by Stephenie Meyer becoming a movie; these are just a short list, as I’m sure you all know of even more.

One thing I’ve noticed with book to movies is you don’t get everything that the author wrote. Many small stories, subplots, either get absolved or are completely thrown out. Reading the book beforehand does give the viewer the upper hand. With the release of The Twilight Series: Eclipse to theaters at the end of this month, many that will see it have read the books, but there are many who have only watched the movies. I went to The Twilight Series: New Moon with my mom. She’d never read the books, but did watch Twilight. I had to answer lots of questions during the movie and afterwards.

I hear a lot of people who loved the book, but hated the movie. When I asked them why they hated the movie, most often than not, the response was “It wasn’t what I expected”. I have never had that problem, but I go into the movie knowing that it will not be like the book. I do come out wishing this or that was in, but overall I’ve enjoyed it. What, I guess, I’m trying to get at is, if you loved the book; don’t expect the movie to be the same, unless the author is the writer and director for the screenplay. But, in the same sense, if there’s a movie coming out and it sounds like a book you’ve heard of, read the book first, you may enjoy it! Movies are representations of a writer’s imagination for the story they are screenwriting. Not everyone thinks the same way, if we did, we’d all be robots.

Review: Shadowland by Alyson Noël

In an effort to rescue her Immortal boyfriend, Ever made the terrible mistake of trusting the wrong person. Now, even the smallest touch could result in death. Ever begins to seek answers and make more mistakes along the way. And there is a new complication: Jude. As Ever is torn in different directions, will she make the right choices?

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked parts of the book, other parts I detested. I find myself getting very frustrated with this series. I want to know what happens to Ever, but I'm aggravated because I really have no compassion these characters, more like a morbid curiosity as to what their fate will be.
I may grudgingly continue reading this series, but it is dangerously close to losing my interest all-together. I give Shadowland 2 STARS.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

In My Mailbox: Take Two

All of us here at BCM are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more.

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books (and other things) that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So this week we are excited about the following goodies:

Julie received The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. If you haven't already seen her review of it go HERE. She absolutely loved it. It's not often that she gives a book 5 stars so definitely check that one out.

Kendra received The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the Eclipse movie soundtrack and the movie Daybreakers. Of course, she has already read and loved The Hunger Games but needed to add it to her collection of owned books. The soundtrack for Eclipse is a must for any Twilight fan and here is a short description of Daybreakers from Amazon.com:

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a researcher in the year 2019, when an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.

And this week, I received My Soul to Take and My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent, The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting and an ARC of Minder by Kate Kaynak that I won from Andye at ReadingTeen.net. I am dying to read all of these books and cannot wait to get on my plane on Wednesday and have 6 straight hours with my beautiful books. Oh, and my husband. He'll be there too. :-)

EDIT: I nearly forgot that I also received two SIGNED books from Jennifer Laurens, Heavenly and Penitence! In the next few weeks will be not only posting our reviews of those two books but also having an interview with Jennifer AND she will be giving away a signed copy of two books to two lucky followers. Keep checking back!

What did you get in your mailbox this week? Is there anything you are super excited about and want to share? Any advice as to which book I should read first? Any input on the books that Julie and Kendra received?

Review: The Red Pyramid by: Rick Riordan

Mythology has always fascinated me: the clash of mortal and immortal, the lessons learned, the inevitability of destiny, and so much more. I have read the stories of the Greeks & Romans, the Norse, the Egyptians, the ancient Sumerians... well the list continues. Yet, amazingly, with my love of mythology and for modern writers, I have not picked up a Rick Riordan book until now; though, I have heard many good reviews about the Percy Jackson Series.

The Red Pyramid begins the Kane Chronicles. Carter and Sadie Kane have spent very little time together; after the death of their mother, Carter travels with their dad, while Sadie lives with their maternal grandparents. One Christmas Eve, in a bizarre incident at the British Museum in London, their dad is trapped by an Egyptian god, Set. Sadie and Carter are catapulted into a world they never knew existed as they try to rescue their dad... and stay alive.

As they seek the answers and the help they need, Sadie and Carter discover that they are from a long line of magicians with interesting connections to the gods and goddesses of Egypt. As they learn about their family, they must also figure out who they can trust and who are enemies in disguise. The Red Pyramid is action-packed with a fascinating weave of Egyptian mythology, modern-day antics, adventure, and the buddings of romance.

I truly enjoyed this book. In fact, I could not put it down (I started it last night and stayed up until 5:30 am to finish it). I rarely do this, but I give Riordan's The Red Pyramid 5 STARS. I cannot wait until next year when book 2 of the Kane Chronicles is released. Now, I need to read the Percy Jackson series...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

There is very little that changes in the village that Mary lives in. Everyday the Unconsecrated attempt to infect another of the living. Everyday the villagers try to live a life that the Sisterhood tells them is best.

When Mary's father went missing a few months before it was assumed he became one of the Unconsecrated but Mary's mother continued to hope he would return. When her mother was bitten and infected as well, Mary's life began to unravel.

As if losing both her parents to the Unconsecrated were not enough, no one speaks for her to court her for marriage, as is the custom in her village and her brother turns her away and forces her to join the Sisterhood. It is during this time at the Sisterhood that she discovers that nothing is as it seems.

When the Unconsecrated breach the fence and nearly everyone is lost to them, she must decide between staying in the place she has always known and trusted and searching for the ocean that her mother spoke of when she was a child. She must fight for her life and for those of the ones she loves.

Is there more to the world than what the Sisterhood has told them? Should she marry the one who loves her or should she fight to be with the one she loves?

Mary's story is a gripping one that I could not get enough of. I found myself rooting for her and hoping she would succeed. There were times that I wanted to scream at her but most of the time I just wanted her to find what she was looking for. I wanted her to be happy and to be able to believe in something worth believing in.

I give The Forest of Hands and Teeth 4 solid stars.

Check out more from Carrie Ryan HERE. I look forward to reading more from her and have already started The Dead-Tossed Waves, book two in the series.

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second installment in this very addictive series features our heroine Katniss Everdeen returned from her victory in The Hunger Games. While she managed to keep herself and lovable Peeta Mallark alive through an act of defiance to the capitol, many questions remain unanswered. Katniss is uneasy and with good reason. She gets an unwelcome visit from evil President Snow and her fears are confirmed.

Apparently a spark has been lit in the country and Panem is on the verge of rebellion. Katniss has come to symbolize the rebellion itself because she dared to defy the capitol. The 75th anniversary of the Games is upon them: a sure set up for something huge to happen. Aside from all this there’s the question of the love triangle. Who does she love, Peeta or Gale? Poor girl has to choose between 2 good boys. I’ll admit I did get a bit irritated with her at times, but the girl has a lot on her plate.

I am loving this series more and more. It has it all. Action, political strife and a very interesting love triangle. Who can resist? There was one part where I honest to goodness dropped the book. Its full of twists and turns. Let the countdown to Mockingjay begin. A must read for teens and adults alike. 4 1/2 stars.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review- Upon the Isles of the Seas: Setting Sail by Grace Elliot

It's 1849, plauges of all sorts rage through England, Scottland and Ireland. Bess and Ewan McAllister with they're two children, try for a better life than the coalmines. After saving for years, they are able to purchase tickets to move to New Zealand, for a new start. Laruen Kelly is one of 5 children of a strong Irish family, and she is giving a new start by a wealthy benifactor Lady. Edward Morgan, strong tempered, loses his wife of only a few years to disease.

All of them meet on board the ship Victory. Miss Kelly, teaching the children on board to keep them entertained. Edward and Ewan helping out with keeping the peace.

We read of the struggles, hardhips and joy they had while traveling to a different land. We see through them, the power stronger than man, that directs their paths. I was moved while reading this novel. I'm always in awe of history and "what people did back then" but to read the emotions Grace Elliot put into this book, it's like you're there with them. I give this book 4 stars.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Once upon a time, two little girls, Scarlett, 11 and Rosie, 9, lived with their grandmother in Ellison, GA. They had a happy childhood, until one day the big bad wolf showed up and turned their lives around.
Fast forward seven years. Scarlett, scarred and missing an eye from that fateful day years ago has dedicated her life to hunting and killing the Fenris, or werewolves, the creatures responsible for changing her life. Along with Rosie, and neighbor Silas, the woodsman's son, they try to keep the Fenris from killing young women.

When the number of wolves in the area seems to be going up, the three hunters head to Atlanta where the largest group of wolves has congregated to find out why.
As the reason comes to light, and time is of the essence, Rosie starts to have second thoughts about devoting her life to hunting. She wants to see what else life has to offer, but is torn. She doesn't want to turn her back on her sister, who sacrificed so much for her, but at the same time, she doesn't feel like she can go on the way she has.

When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Scarlett was so one minded, that I thought it was going to get old. But then I looked at Scarlett deeper. I looked at what was driving her, and started to empathize with her, and the book took on a whole new life. She is a strong female character, but she is driven by desperation to do what she thinks is the right thing to do. It is the only thing that makes her feel, and the only thing that keeps her moving. I almost wanted to feel sorry for her.
I like the double points of view in this book. Looking at things from both Scarlett's and Rosie's eyes helps the reader to understand why they are doing the things they do, how they feel about what is going on.
I give this book 4 to 4 1/2 stars.

The Joy of Audio

There is nothing more that I love than curling up on my couch or outside in the shade with a great book in my hands. I could spend hours each day reading and would happily do so if I didn't have two small children to feed, play with and give my love and attention to.

Until a few months ago, I had no idea that my library offered books on audio. Nor did I know that New Hampshire has a whole site, New Hampshire Downloadable Books, dedicated to these audiobooks. At any one time I can have up to three books checked out and they expire two weeks later.

When I first tried this out, I wasn't sure what to think of it. I went with Twilight on audio because I already knew I loved the book and wouldn't stop listening to it just because of the voice. Now, I can't get enough.

I always make sure I have a book on my iPod (some of them allow you to download them to your iPod until they expire) when I am heading out to run errands. I can listen to an entire book within a week and I love the feel of reading even when my life gets so crazy that I don't have time to pick up one of the many books on my shelf.

Not every book is on my site but there is a good enough variety that it's keeping me happy. I listen when I'm driving. I listen when I'm cleaning. I listen when I'm doing yardwork. It's the perfect solution for me to keep my head in a book without neglecting my duties around the house or my children.

If you are interested in listening to audiobooks from your state, check with your local library. They should be able to tell you where to go. Not all states have it unfortunately but I'm hoping yours does.

And one thing I would like to impress upon you - please be honest. If you are listening to audiobooks from the library, please do the right thing and delete them from your iPod or computer when your time is up. Authors work very hard on their books so please give them the respect they deserve.

FYI: At the moment I am listening to The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I will be posting my review soon.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Review: Burned by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

Zoe Redbird faces her most difficult challenge thus far in the House of Night series. She is in the Otherworld, her soul in pieces, and she only has 7 days before she is lost forever. Her Warrior, Stark, is determined to do whatever it takes to save Zoe. Will Zoe be able to pull herself together before time runs out?

Her best friend, Stevie Rae has major problems, and big secrets, of her own. She is having trouble deciding what to do about Rephaim, a Raven Mocker, who may hold the key to helping Zoe. Will she have the strength to get the answers needed to help her friend?

Plus, there is more to Aphrodite's gifts than she ever thought possible. Will she do what is necessary to help Zoe, or will she turn away from the powers the Goddess has given her?

Also in Burned, the reader discovers more about the religious and political world of vampyres. There is more at stake than anyone ever imagined, and more than just Zoe's fate hangs in the balance. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast weave an intriguing story that grows more fascinating with each book.

Burned is my favorite in the series so far. This novel develops some very interesting and deep aspects about the nature of good and evil, honor, and love. It is also action packed and riveting. I give Burned 4.5 STARS.

In My Mailbox - Our First Edition

All of us here at BCM are super excited to be joining the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more.

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So, this week I am excited about the following books (I went on a little shopping spree/splurge):

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher;
  • Glimmerglass by Jenna Black;
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson; and
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer.
I've already read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and since that one has already been reviewed HERE on BCM, I am currently reading "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa. Stolen will be next on my list though so be sure to check back for the review of that one.

Here is the product description for Stolen by Lucy Christopher from Amazon.com:

Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty--rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar--pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. STOLEN is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare--or die trying to fight it.

Sounds really good, doesn't it?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Under Construction - New Look Coming Soon

As you may have noticed, the blog looks a little (ok, a lot) different today and it may well look like this for a few days yet to come. We are in the process of upgrading our look and it could take a bit for everything to look the way we want it to - not to mention the hard work that Pixie is putting into doing this for us (Insert HUGE thank you here).

So bear with us and join us in being excited about what BCM will look like once completed. :-)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

100 followers contest!

Another contest? Well yes!

We have over 180 followers on Facebook, 60 on Twitter and 22 on our blog. We are looking to get even more on our blog! You just click on “follow” and enter how you want to follow. You don’t have to have a google account; Yahoo, Twitter, and some others will work! So, you ask, how do you gain entry into this contest and what’s the limit?

We want to get 100 followers on our blog!

You gain one entry for clicking to follow our blog, one for posting this contest on your blog, one for following us on twitter, one for re-tweeting it, one for following us on Facebook and that’s not all! You gain an entry for each person you refer to us (if they also submit a form)!! So, you refer 10 people to follow us, and 8 click to follow, you get 8 entries!

But what are we going to get, you ask. Well, we have two, count that TWO prize packs! The first two names drawn on random.org will be the winners of these prize packs! Oh, and you’re wondering what’s in the above said packs well:

Prize Pack 1
1. The complete “Wake Trilogy” by Lisa McMann
2. The complete set of “The Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith
3. “Betrayed” by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

4. “Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite
5. “The Sword of Shannara” on audio by Terry Brooks
6. “The Voice on the Radio” by Caroline B. Cooney
7. SIGNED “Jillian Dare” bookplate with bookmark
8. “Maria V. Snyder bookmark/bookplate set

Prize Pack 2
1. The complete “Wake Trilogy” by Lisa McMann
2. The complete set of “The Secret Circle” series by L.J. Smith
3. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
4. “Burned” by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast
5. Book 1 of “The Vampire Diaries” by L.J. Smith
6. “Fire & Ice” t-shirt
7. Maria V. Snyder bookmark/bookplate set - SIGNED
8. “Before I Fall” bookmark

But that’s not all! There will also be a few extras added in! Some books, some bookmarks! But we will keep that a secret! ;)

Though we love followers from all across the world, we are only opening this to US residents.

Just fill out the form below to be entered!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

WIN Soul Screamers from Rachel Vincent

If you don't already know who Rachel Vincent is, you should. She's an amazing author who has written the Soul Screamers books: My Soul to Save, My Soul to Take and her newest release, My Soul to Keep.

Check out her trailer for My Soul to Keep below and go HERE to enter for a chance to win your choice of signed, personalized Soul Screamers novels and a Soul Screamers t-shirt!

Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer

Have you ever wondered what Bree was thinking? Or how the newbies were created? We know from Eclipse that Victoria was creating them with the help of Riley. But what were they thinking? Stephanie Meyer gives us a peek into their short second lives, through the point of view of Bree Tanner.

Somewhere near Seattle, Washington, newborn vampires are on the loose. Bree has befriended two vampires in her large coven. But, in Eclipse we never meet them. In this book, I came to care about Bree. She didn't know what Riley, nor Victoria for that matter, was up to. She trusted Carlisle. Even though I knew the ending (about the last couple of pages are similar to Eclipse, just through Bree's POV and not Bella's), it still didn't matter. I was wishing she didn't have to die, and that she could go with the Cullens.

Stephenie Meyer wrote an introduction for this novella, where she tells us what she was thinking as Bree became more than just another newborn vampire. I give this book 4 and a half stars. If you enjoyed Meyer's Twilight Series and craved for more, you will enjoy Bree's story.


Monday, June 7, 2010

Win a SIGNED copy of Dead in the Family!

If you love Charlaine Harris and her Sookie Stackhouse series, you definitely won't want to miss this!

Once Upon a Twilight is giving away a SIGNED copy of Dead in the Family!

Go HERE to enter! Good luck!

Review: Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

Lover Avenged is the seventh installment in JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This one features the half symphath half vampire and total baddie Rehvenge. As fans of the series know Rehvenge has to heavily drug himself with dopamine to control his symphath urges. While his drug use increases and is spinning way out of control he meets Elhena. Ehlena is a nurse at the vampire clinic run by Dr. Havers. She is gentle natured but resilient as she takes cares of her mentally ill father and hopes for some romance. Things heat up when the symphath princess learns of the budding romance between Rehvenge and Elhena. She is in love with Rehvenge and blackmails him for his romantic attention. Rehvenge must choose between protecting Ehlena and his vast club and drug dealing empire. His world is spinning away. As a bonus readers are treated to a subplot featuring Wrath the blind king and his mate Beth.

I am a huge fan of this series. This installment did not disappoint. I It was a bit lengthy but filled with rollercoaster like twists and turns. You can’t help but feel for Rehvenge. He does not always do the right thing. His life has been difficult and he has committed some questionable acts of violence. But as always by the end of this book JR Ward just leaves you hungry for more. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. 4 ½ stars.

*We realize that this review is a little out of order but sometimes you can't help but revisit the best books.

Posted by Cindy for Sasha

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games takes place in the post apocalyptic USA. Hunger is rampant. The political system is ruled by the ruthless Capitol and there are 12 districts. Each year 1 male and 1 female teen from each district is randomly chosen to participate in a Gladiator-like televised event to the death where only 1 will win. Watching these events unfold is mandatory. This is a tradition stemming from the rebellion of the 13th district which was obliterated as punishment.

Our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is a tough cookie who’s had to be the head of her family since her father’s untimely death. Gale is her friend and hunting partner. Or is he? You definitely sense there are some underlying feelings there. Peeta Mallark is the baker’s son. Thing’s get quite interesting at the reaping which is the day the “tributes” from each district are chosen. When Katniss little sisters name is called, well, she cant allow that and immediately acts to replace her. Peeta is the male tribute who is chosen along with Katniss. The tangled love triangle that ensues as the Capitol plays up their “love story” is one you won't want to miss. There’s also plenty of action and gore as the Capitol ensures the tributes face each other and fight to the death.

Wow what an amazing read. It had me riveted from page 1. I could not put the book down. I was literally in tears at the end. My heart breaks for Katniss, Peeta and Gale. Who will she choose? Will the Capitol ever forgive her defiant act of rebellion? Tune in next time kiddies, I’m sure I will finish the next installment, Catching Fire, in the next few days. A definite must read. 4 ½ stars!

Check out more about The Hunger Games HERE.

Posted by Cindy for Sasha

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Winner Is..........

And the Winner of our very first giveaway is: Mindy!!!!


You should have an email shortly!

Thank you SO much to everyone who entered! We'll be having a few more amazing giveaways in the next few weeks so keep checking back. :)

*The winner was chosen using random.org*

Review: Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Linda Howard has been one of my favorite authors for a number of years. With Blood Born, Howard enters the currently-popular world of vampires with co-author, Linda Jones. Blood Born is the first of a series for these two authors.

Luca Ambrus is a vampire by birth, which makes him uniquely powerful in the vampire world. Luca seeks to uncover a conspiracy that would result in the subjugation of mankind. He discovers that conduits, those who can call forth the warriors who protect mankind, are being murdered. He meets Chloe Fallon, a conduit, and Luca is determined to protect her. Will they both be able to survive the danger that creeps upon them with every turn?

I give this book 3 Stars. While the book kept me fairly interested throughout the story, this is not a novel I will return to read again. I plan to continue to read the series, however, because I am a devoted Howard fan.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jane Slayer by Charlotte Bronte, Sherri Browning Erwin

If you have read the Bronte classic Jane Eyre, then you know the story behind Jane Slayer. If not, that's ok too because in either case, you are in for a treat. Jane Slayer is the supernatural remake of Jane Eyre. Characters and plot are pretty close to the same, but Jane has it in her blood to slay the supernatural beings.

She is raised by vampires, goes to school where there are zombies, meets warewolves. And all she wants is to love and be loved. This is a very cute story, and I would give it 4 stars.

If you enjoyed reading this, there are other remakes of the classics, one of which I'm looking into getting "The Little Vampire Women".


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review: Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Anyone born after the Shift can see ghosts. No one knows how or why.
Aura is your normal everyday teenager, who can see ghosts. She hangs out with her boyfriend, Logan, and his band. She goes to school. She works for her aunt's law firm translating for the ghosts that adults cannot see.
When tragedy strikes, Aura has to figure out where her loyalties lie: with the dead or the living. And with the help of her new friend, Zachary, Aura wants to find out why the Shift happened and how to stop it.
This is Smith-Ready's first YA novel. She has adult novels in the fantasy/urban fantasy/romance genre.
I give this book a solid 4 stars. The characters are believable and likable. There is a bit of a mystery to keep you pulled in and question everything. And this book doesn't answer anything. It left me in anticipation for the second book in the series, which will be out in 2011.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett's debut novel, The Help, is told from the perspective of three very strong, yet completely different women: Eugenia (Skeeter), Aibileen and Minny. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, these women, without knowing it, change not only their own lives but the lives of those around them. Skeeter is a young white woman who had just graduated from college and wants nothing more than to be a writer. Aibileen is a colored maid for one of Skeeter's friends, Mrs. Leefolt. Minny is Aibileen's best friend who is also a colored maid, although her employment record is less consistent, due to her having trouble not saying what is on her mind.

Jackson seems to be immune to the beginning of the civil rights movement and there is little, if any, respect for the colored help of the white families. When Skeeter approaches Aibileen asking her if she wishes that things were different, Aibileen doesn't know what to say so she just pretends she's happy with the way things are. Happy with how she is treated by her employer, Mrs. Leefolt. Happy that thanks to Hilly Holbrook, she will now have to use a bathroom separate from the rest of the family in the garage. Happy with the fact that one day the little girl she is raising will also see her as nothing more than colored and less than.

Aspiring to be an author, Skeeter applies for a position in NYC only be rejected but given the opportunity to share her ideas with the publishing company. She decides to write a book about what it's like to be a maid in Jackson. After much convincing and agreeing to change the names of the maids, the three of them begin. Despite the danger of being hurt and losing their jobs ten other maids eventually sign on to share their stories for the book as well.

The Help is an incredibly powerful book and I'd recommend it to all of my friends. I felt like I was living in the 60's and could just imagine what that must have been like. I came to love the characters and am catching myself hoping there will be a sequel. I am dying to know what Aibileen and Skeeter do with themselves in the future.

The Help gets 5 out of 5 stars. Incredible!


Three Best Friends Fabulous Day by Mary Ting

I was given the opportunity to review Three Best Friends Fabulous Day. The author, Mary Ting, is an elementary school teacher and a mother who was inspired by her own daughter's friendships to write this chapter book for children.

The stories in this book are based on the real life events of three best friends as they are learning about issues such as friendship, health and the interests of young girls. Three Bests Friends is written from a second grader's point of view and has short, easy to read chapters that I believe a child would find entertaining.

Each chapter is a different scene during the day that gives an inside look into how the average second grade girl may interact with her friends. Kaitlin, Charisse and Kaylie are three best friends who are learning from one another constantly and make you want to observe the conversations of young children more.

While the grammar isn't perfect in this book, I don't believe that takes away from the value of the stories at all. I found the book to be adorable and plan on giving it to my niece, who just happens to be a second grader. I'm sure she'll enjoy it and I love the subtle learning lessons she can get from reading it.

Three Best Friends Fabulous Day gets 3.5 stars.

Mary Ting is an aspiring author and if you would like to hear more about this book or would like to contact her, she has a Facebook page for Three Best Friends and you can purchase the book HERE.

Cindy was sent a copy of Three Best Friends Fabulous Day to review, free of charge. All opinions expressed are hers and were not influenced by the author or anyone else associated with this book.

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Book 10 is here in the Sookie Stackhouse books! This one shed light on a lot of what was hinted on in the previous books. Sookie and Eric are working on their relationship, they have trials just like everyone does.

The shapeshifters are facing many of the same problems the vamps did when they came out to the world.

I would give this about 3 stars. It was ok, but not action packed like the previous books in the series.


Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

Xhex is missing. The Black Dagger Brotherhood, an elite vampire-warrior force, are doing everything they can to find her, but it seems she has vanished without a trace. John Matthew is determined more than any to find her. As time is running out, and the war between vampires and lessers escalates to alarming proportions, will John Mathew rescue Xhex before it is too late?

Lover Mine captures the reader from the very beginning. J. R. Ward intricately entwines several plots throughout the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and she continues to deliver intrigue, romance, and amazing characters in Lover Mine. Ward ties together story lines she has carried through a few books now and adds some surprising twists; however, Ward leaves readers wanting more of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Readers new to the series will have a difficult time jumping into this book without having read previous books in the series.

Lover Mine earns a solid 4 Stars. It will be interesting to see what happens next with the Black Dagger Brotherhood…


Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Wow, I am liking Nicholas Sparks more and more. In Dear John, a young man (John) wants more out of life than his usual day to day activites. He ends up following after what his dad recomended and joined the army. When he was half way through his time, on leave he meets a girl. She has shown him so much. They promise to write to each other often.

A year later, he comes and meets her folk. They promise that when he is out of the serivce, they'll get married. Then September 11 happens. He signs up for two more years, and she's left with a broken heart. Will love conquer all? Find out!

I give this 4.5 stars. I will be reading this more, maybe not when my own man is deployed.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate hated the small mindedness of his small town. He hated that he had lost his mother to a fatal car accident and that his father had retreated into himself since. He hated the dreams he kept having of the girl he had never met but felt like he had to save.

Ethan had no idea just how far he would go to save that girl when she came into his life like the hurricane she is. He does everything he can to protect Lena from what will come on her sixteenth birthday but will it be enough?

The supernatural takes on a whole new personality in Beautiful Creatures. Light or Dark. What will Lena choose?

I give Beautiful Creatures 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to book two, Beautiful Darkness, due out October 26, 2010.

Check out the official Beautiful Creatures website for more information on this great book


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

What if you have everything you could want as a seventeen-year-old but then lose it all in a matter of seconds. Your mom. Your dad. Your baby brother. Gone. And you are left to watch the wreckage as your own life hangs in the balance.

Mia is that seventeen-year-old girl. One minute she was riding down a snowy road in Oregon with her family and next she was watching as the paramedics arrive in an attempt to save her life.

The thought of going on in life without her family seem unbearable to Mia. How could she possibly leave them behind?

Will the love of Mia's remaining family and friends be enough to make Mia stay? What would you choose?

This is absolutely one of my favorite books of the year so far. I could not put this book down. Gayle Forman tells a beautiful and painful story that will have you not only hoping for Mia to survive but also mourning the loss of her family.

If I Stay gets 5 stars without a doubt!

~ C

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel was just a normal teenage girl. Well, normal in the homeschooled, vegan, supermodel beautiful kind of way. When her parents moved to Crescent City, Laurel thought the biggest change in her life was going to be attending public school for the first time in her life. For a while that was true. Until she sprouted a flower from her back. A flower that looked very much like wings.

She chose to tell only David, the boy she had become so close to in school. He was her rock and they were perilously close to becoming much more than friends when she met Tamani.

Tamani was alluring, beautiful, calming and had a way of never really leaving Laurel's thoughts. He was also a faerie - just like Laurel. Laurel couldn't deny how easy it felt to be around Tamani and when she was with him the rest of the world faded away.

Laurel is given the task of keeping her mom's property from being sold and that proves much more difficult than she had imagined. After Laurel's father suddenly becomes deathly ill, Laurel's mom decides there is no other option but to sell the property so Laurel and David set out to investigate the man who is attempting to buy it. This brings them to their own near death experience and soon they learn that faeries aren't the only mythical creatures out there.

Generally, I don't find myself to be a fan of books about faeries and was hesitant to read Wings when I found out it was about them. I must say though, I am very happy that I did decide to read it. Wings gets 4 out of 5 stars and leaves me very excited to read Spells.


The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

This book hit close to home for me. Each chapter follows a different character form their POV (point of view). Ronnie and her brother had been sent down to their father's house for the summer. Their parents had divorced three years prior. Then she meets Will. Its one of those loves that you know is real. At first Ronnie didn't want to talk to her father, let alone be in the same house. Gradually, she does start talking to him. It ended with me in tears (you will definately need the tissues for this one). I give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

And I think I'm going to try to see the movie version.

Tempted by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

In book six of P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast's House of Night series something happens that you would never expect. Zoey has been chosen as The House of Night's High Priestess and that means she has to take charge in the fight against evil once again. She's in love with two boys at the same time and that doesn't even begin to describe the turmoil going on inside her.

Kalona is claiming to Erebus and she has to stop him and Neferet from changing vampyre life as everyone knows it. Even though she knows Kalona is evil she can't - or doesn't want to - resist him. He comes to her in her dreams and they feel so real that she doesn't know what to believe. She wants him but doesn't know if it is really her that wants him or A-ya's memories.

In this installment of the series Zoey and her friends fly to Italy to meet with the Vampyre High Council. She has to convince them - and herself - that Kalona is indeed evil. Can she do it?

I promise you will not want to miss Tempted if you are a fan of The House of Night Series. Tempted had me laughing one minute and crying the next. I believe it may just be my favorite of the series so far. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Luce Price sees things. Dark, shadowy, scary things. After the terrible death of her boyfriend, Luce is sent to Sword and Cross, a reform school in Savannah, Georgia. The moment she sees Daniel Grigori she can't shake the feeling that she had met him somewhere before. Luce tries to get closer to Daniel but he pushes her away again and again but Luce just can't give up.

I enjoyed this book but I also found Luce to be annoying at times. I was left wanting more details a good amount of the time but at the end of the book a lot of those details were explained away in such a way that makes me think I'll still be anxious to read the second in this series. I'm giving Fallen 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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