Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Confessions


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they feature a Top Ten list relating to anything bookish.
 
This week everyone is to share their Top Ten Bookish Confessions!
 
Here are mine:
 
1) I have a tendency to like pretty much everything I read. I don't know if it's just good luck or if I'm just easily amused; maybe both! =P
 
2) Sometimes I hate putting star ratings on books. I can 5 star two completely different books I loved but that doesn't mean they both got that rating for the same reasons...
 
3) I'm finicky about who I loan my books out to.
 
4) As much as I love books, I haven't been to a library in years to check one out......If I want to read a book, I buy it at the bookstore or online.
 
5) I have a book buying addiction! I tell myself that I'm going to stay away from the bookstore or Amazon.com, but something always messes me up. Amazon will have some sort of promotion or my friend will call me up and tell me she has coupons for the book store and I give in! I just can't help myself.
 
6) It bothers me when the covers of series get changed before that series is even finished. Because then I'm stuck with books that don't really match....I don't like it!
 
7) It takes a lot for me to give up on a book. I like to see a story through to the end, but I will give up if I just can't stand it anymore.
 
8) Some of my fondest memories are of my Dad taking me to the library when I was a kid. He'd help me pick out R.L. Stine books I hadn't read yet.
 
9) It seems like it's physically impossible for me to write a short review! My reviews always amount to 4 or 5 paragraphs, especially if I LOVE a book!
 
10) Once, at the dental office where I work, I had some down time and was reading a steamy scene in an awesome PNR book, and I accidentally said--OUT LOUD-- "Oh dear......butt sex". TRUE STORY! Luckily my co-workers are awesome, so they didn't act weird about it. But the moment in the book caught me completely by surprise, and I had word vomit! Haha.. =P
 
-Alright, now that you've read my confessions, leave me a link to your blog so I can check out yours as well! =D

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (7)


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.
 
 *All titles link to Goodreads*
 
Here are some of the books I've received recently:
 
Bought:
 
Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready
 
SQUEEEEE!!!!! I cannot even express how excited I am to FINALLY have Enshadowed!!! I read Nevermore in January of 2011 and it's felt like I've waited forever for the second book to come out. Enshadowed's release date is technically on Tuesday, the 28th, but Barnes & Noble had it out on their shelf early so of course I had to snatch it up (special thanks to my bestie, Sarah, for spying it and alerting me right away!! )! I'm currently reading it and I LOVE it. This series is wicked awesome and you MUST read it, especially if you're a Poe fan! =D
 
I haven't read the Shade trilogy yet, but my Mom just finished reading it and said it was amazing! She bought Shine for me because I already had the first two books in the series--which she borrowed from me--but I didn't have the last one so she bought it so she could read it. Thanks, Mom!
 
I've had several people recommend Beautiful Disaster to me, so I bought it because it sounds like a story I'd enjoy. I'm stoked to read it!
 
Won:
 
The Witch Is Back playing card
 
I won this pretty bookmark from H.P. Mallory while attending her online book release party for her most recent installment of the Jolie Wilkins series, The Witch Is Back! I was so excited to interact with her and fellow fans of her series, and I was so excited to have won! She also sent me the playing card (which I wasn't expecting) which is awesome because I already have the playing cards for the previous books in the series. I've already read The Witch Is Back and it was so good!
 
For review:
 
Otherkin (Otherkin #1) by Nina Berry
Midnight City (The Conquered Earth #1) (ARC) by J. Barton Mitchell
 
Both of these sound really good! Otherkin is about shifters and Midnight City is about aliens--which is totally rad if you ask me!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!

-Shanon =)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Published: April 29, 2008
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Series: Night Huntress
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.


Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.

The second book in the Night Huntress series, One Foot in the Grave, proved to be just as exciting and amazing as the first book! When I started this book I really wasn't sure what would be in store for Cat because the ending of the previous book took such a drastic and unexpected turn, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. But what is not surprising is that Jeaniene Frost has once again delivered a well-written, addictive, witty, raw and action-packed novel!

In this installment of the series, it's been four years since Cat has seen Bones--having disappeared from his life in order to protect him and her mother. She's now working for a covert branch of government and her job is to take down certain vampires that pose a threat to society. With her own team of soldiers/agents to command, Cat is doing what she loves: delivering justice to the bad guys. She's the "Red Reaper" and she is fierce. But someone has a contract out on her life, and they won't stop until she's dead.

I was eagerly anticipating Cat's reunion with Bones, and when he made his appearance I was pretty darn excited! Their fiery connection was still very present and Bones' determination to not let her go again was strong. As usual, these two make a fantastic team and they worked together effortlessly to track down clues leading to the person that wanted Cat dead. As usual, Bones is very protective of her and proves to her once again that he's the only one for her. Cat's realization about her happiness and love for Bones was very satisfying, especially because she overcame her resentful mother's influence on the matter. But if there were ever two characters that were meant for eachother, it's these two; and I didn't think that their romantic scenes together could any more intense and seductive, but oh boy, was I wrong!

The secondary characters in this book are definitely worth mentioning as well. Some of the vampires that are introduced, whether they were friends or foe, were pretty interesting. I'm eager to learn more about a few of them in particular. I also enjoyed the fact that Cat has several friends in this book, which is something she didn't have before. She has Bones, obviously, but it was nice that she had such camaraderie with the men she worked with, and it doesn't hurt that they're a humorous bunch! Oh, and I'm so glad to have gotten more of Rodney the ghoul! I don't know what it is about him, but I like him a lot.

There is a truckload of stuff going on in this book, to say the least. Setting aside the romantic happenings and struggles that Cat goes through, she also has to contend with some shocking revelations involving her family, as well as some interesting information about the code and laws of vampires. All of this actually ties in with the conclusion of this novel, which was pretty eventful and awe-inspiring! So naturally, I'm pretty excited to delve into the next book and continue on this journey with Cat, Bones, and her awesome friends.

Here are some memorable quotes I liked from this book:

"Careful, luv. I might be angry with you, but that doesn't mean I don't still want you. So if you do that again, I'll shag you right here, right now, and sod anyone who wants to watch."
Bones took in a long breath. I shivered, knowing since vampires didn't need to breathe, he was inhaling the traitorous scent of my desire.
"Oh, Kitten..." His voice deepened. "Now you're just daring me, aren't you?" -Bones

"Quit it! Tate, enough of the taunts, and Bones, how old are you? Why don't I just give you a pair of my panties to hang around your neck? Then whenever you feel jealous, you can wave them at whoever's pissing you off." -Cat

"Do you know how beautiful you are?" There was a gravelly edge to his voice. "Absolutely ravishing. I'm going to spend hours re-acquainting my mouth with every inch of your body, and I can barely wait to see if you taste as good as I remember." -Bones

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Published: October 30, 2007
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Series: Night Huntress
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side... and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.


I think it's safe to say that I've quickly taken a liking to this series! Halfway to the Grave is the first book in the Night Huntress series, and it is wrought with sensational characters and a fast-paced and deliciously addictive plot. The author does such a phenomenal job of weaving together action, paranormal, fantasy, and romance to produce an outstanding story. Cat, the heroine, is a smart-mouthed, sassy, intelligent and deadly chick. I will happily get sucked into her world any day of the week!

Cat is a woman in her early twenties who is half-vampire. In her spare time she slays vampires, and she's pretty good at it--luring them in with her sexy clothes and the false promise of a good time, only to stake them as soon as they're most vulnerable and don't see it coming. She's been led to believe for a long time now that basically all vampires are evil, demonic creatures up to no good. Her heart-breaking and complicated relationship with her mother has led her down this path, but Cat's beliefs are soon challenged when she comes into contact with a very powerful and cunning vampire named Bones. Finding herself in a compromising position, Cat agrees to make a deal with Bones; he'll train her to become a stronger and more capable fighter, and she'll help him catch some very dangerous vampires he's after by acting as bait (her usual strategy). This deal results in a lot of time spent together, which makes their strong chemistry and attraction to one another even harder for Cat to ignore.

I honestly don't know if I've ever come across two characters who had more of a connection than Cat and Bones! Their love is just so completely RIGHT. Their bickering was funny and real, as was Cat's denial and insecurities regarding her feelings for Bones. Bones is the perfect blend of a naughty bad boy with a sensitive side--which he only reveals to certain people (plus, he has a heavy English accent! YUM!). These two have such intensity and magnetic allure, and Bones has so much tenderness and affection for Cat that it breaks my heart a little! There's also a lot of desire between them that practically radiates off the pages. And, speaking of desire, Jeaniene Frost is wickedly good at producing some steamy love scenes! I really felt like my book was going to spontaneously combust from the amount of heat between Cat and Bones at times.

Aside from the spectacular romance, there are many other elements of this book to love. For one, Cat gets pulled into a mysterious web of danger that leads her and Bones to play detective in order to eliminate a serious threat to her, as well as the human female population. They make such a great team and I laughed out loud several times along the way while they worked together to track down the bad guys. I especially enjoyed when Cat was underestimated by her enemies. The end result was her kicking some serious butt, which was an entertaining and adrenaline-filled ride. Some of the interesting and colorful secondary characters that are introduced throughout this novel also add a pinch of intrigue to the mix. I especially enjoyed Cat's encounter with a ghost (which was hilarious), and her brief introduction to a ghoul (yes, a GHOUL!) named Rodney.

This book left me open-mouthed, wide-eyed, and eager to start the next book in this series. Halfway to the Grave is the book for you if you want to embark on an invigorating journey with a heroine who has an exciting life filled with the supernatural and romance. I will definitely continue to read this series and I am fully prepared to be dazzled by Cat and Bones once again!

Here are some memorable quotes I liked from this book:

"Come to think of it, pet, you are a liar, possessor of false identification, and a murderer."
"Your point?" I snapped.
"Not to mention a tease," he continued as if I hadn't spoken. "Foulmouthed, as well. Yep, you and I will get along famously." -Bones and Cat

"Kitten, you need to make a decision. Either we stay here and behave or we leave now and I promise you"---his voice dipped lower and the words fell against my lips---"if we leave, I won't behave."
"Decide now, luv, because I can't take much more of this before I make up your mind and carry you off." -Bones

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (6)


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.
 
*All titles link to Goodreads*
 
Here are some of the books I've received recently:
 
For review:
 
Under the Desert Moon (eBook/ARC) by Emma Meade
 
This book sounds like an awesome vampire story and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to read it!
 
 Bought:

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
 
I've already read The Witch Is Back and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!! I'll be reviewing it soon.
 
I'm also in the middle of reading Pushing The Limits, which is incredibly raw/emotional and fantastic!
 
 As for these other books, I'm especially excited to read To Catch A Vampire because the first book in the series, Mind Over Monsters, quickly became one of my favorite books ever! And of course, Girl of Nightmares should be great because the first book (Anna Dressed In Blood) was SO GOOD. Sweet Evil and Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe have been on my wishlist for a while so I couldn't help but buy them when I went to the bookstore yesterday!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!

-Shanon =)
 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Published: June 6, 2012
Publisher: Jet & Jack Press
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?


*Special thanks to Wynne Channing for providing me with a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review!*

What Kills Me is a truly sensational read that is centered around a remarkable girl named Axelia, A.K.A. Zee. Her life changes one night when she falls into a well while running for her life, only to emerge as something she never dreamed could be real. I tore through this book so fast because I just couldn't get enough of Zee's story, and when I was finished there was no doubt in my mind that this book will continue to stick with me for quite some time! I have always been a huge fan of vampires, and Wynne Channing has managed to take this genre and make it her own; producing an addictive and mind-blowing plot that is unlike any other story involving vampires I've ever read. I find it very refreshing that this author added new rules and circumstances to my favorite group of paranormals.

To say that Zee's journey is very transformative is kind of an understatement. As I said before, she's human one day, and then the next she wakes up to realize that she is a vampire and her old life no longer exists from this point on. But then she soon finds out that the Empress, the leader of the vampires, wants her dead because Zee is a part of an ancient prophecy stating that she is going to be the destroyer of the vampire race. From that point on the book is all about Zee running for her life while the Monarchy's soldiers and mercenaries try to capture her so she can meet her swift demise.

Fortunately, Zee has the help of an incredibly handsome, yet seriously moody, vampire named Lucas. Together they kick some serious butt and leave a trail of bodies in their wake while they come up with a plan to save Zee. Lucas is deadly with a sword, and I must say that I quite enjoyed his intensity. Plus, I can't even tell you how much I adored the blossoming relationship between him and Zee! They had a very sarcastic and witty banter at times that had me laughing out loud, and they never failed to put a grin on my face when they were together. I also like how their romance didn't feel rushed at all; it took time for them to recognize and sort out their feelings for one another, especially because they were both dealing with a lot of personal tragedy.

Something I enjoyed even more than the romance, though, was Zee's growing power and confidence. When she started to really defend herself against those who tried to take her down, she did it with a fierceness that was almost palpable, and I did several fist pumps in her honor out of excitement while reading this book. I'm pretty sure I even shouted something along the lines of, "IN YOUR FACE!" at the end of the book when some outrageously climactic events took place! The ending had me reeling due to the profound information that was revealed. I'm not sure if there is going to be a follow-up book to this one (I would LOVE to hear that there will be!), but it ended in such a way that you get enough closure. It's easy to get lost in your own thoughts imagining what the future holds for Zee!

Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on What Kills Me, because it is such a thrilling read and you will not be disappointed. I definitely look forward to reading anything else this author writes!

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