Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: Sealed with a Curse (Weird Girls #1) by Cecy Robson

 
Published: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Format: Paperback
Series: Weird Girls
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They're the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that make them, well, a little weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders if the vampires of Tahoe are plague-ridden.

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the area safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and—oh, yeah—not lose her heart to the wrong guy or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, he's coming for her and her sisters.

This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
 
Sealed with a Curse is officially high on my list of favorite adult paranormal reads! I'm completely smitten with the characters, the story, and the hilarity that ensues throughout the entire novel. I absolutely love to laugh, and any book that can send me into hysterical fits of laughter is a complete winner. Cecy Robson is quite the clever writer, and her imagination knows no limits--I love it!

This book is told from the perspective of Celia Wird and I could seriously live inside her head all day and not grow tired of her. She is kickass, strong, independent, extremely amusing, and a little awkward at times. She also has some pretty amazing abilities. If I could, I would give her a high-five, because she is such a rad chick! Celia's sisters have very different personalities and powers but they are still equally as fantastic as she is, and they each bring their own quirky traits to the story. The Wird sisters share such an impenetrable bond and their interactions with one another proved to be quite comical on numerous occasions.

The plot in this novel is delightfully filled with supernaturals that range from awesome to downright creepy! The major conflict throughout the book is highly original and entertaining, as well as unpredictable. When vampires start becoming infected with something that turns them into violent, killing/feeding machines, the Wird sisters are roped into helping solve the mystery of who is responsible for this. This results in some terrifying interactions that had me anxious and riveted!

This investigation also leads to encounters with two men that are quite interested in Celia: a very hot vampire named Misha, and a roguishly handsome werewolf named Aric. Honestly, I'm a fan of both of them, and I'd be totally okay with Celia taking up with either of these guys because they are too darn charming and sexy to pass up! Misha and Aric aren't the only men to heat up the pages of this book though, because Celia's sisters get introduced to some cuties as well.

Aside from all of the man-candy I'm excited about, there are so many other aspects of this story to enjoy. The ending was quite satisfying and promises great things to come for Celia and the people in her life, since I'm sure her adventure has just begun. I really can't wait for the next book in this wonderful series to come out so I can continue on this journey with the Wird sisters!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
 
Expected publication: June 11, 2013
 
Goodreads description:
 
In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.
 
I am counting down the days until this book comes out! Masque of the Red Death (book one in this series) is one of my all-time favorite reads due to the overall awesomeness of Bethany Griffin's writing, as well as the fact that this series is based off of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe story! I have no doubts that the sequel, Dance of the Red Death with dazzle me just as much as the first book did. =D
 
What's your WoW pick for this week?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review & GIVEAWAY: Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders


 Published: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Hardcover
Series: Elysium Chronicles
My rating: 5/5 stars 

Renegade is the first book in The Elysium Chronicles and the story that unfolds in this book has been permanently imprinted into my brain! J.A. Souders is brilliant and her writing is phenomenal. I must admit that I really had no idea what to expect going into this book. I knew that the synopsis sounded really cool, but I had no idea that the story was going to be as gripping and completely unique as it was! There's an amazing blend of action, horrific encounters, kick-ass characters, and romance that had me turning the pages in a frenzy to discover what the next chapter held.
 
The majority of the book takes place in an underwater utopia called Elysium (I know, pretty cool, right?). It is here that we meet the main character, Evelyn. Despite my initial impressions of her, she turns out to be a very layered and complex character. I don't want to elaborate on that any further but I will say that she is full of surprises! Evelyn has been forced to think that her life is perfect, and she basically spends her days living like a puppet on a string--her behavior and actions completely out of her control. Mother, the woman in charge of Elysium, calls all of the shots, and Evelyn is just one of the many things she controls.

But before I discuss Mother, I want to address the awesomeness that is Gavin! He is a "surface dweller" that accidentally found his way into Elysium and crossed paths with Evelyn. From there, they begin to form an unbreakable bond, and he plays an integral part in helping Evelyn unearth her memories and comprehend the shocking truth behind all of the secrets being kept from her. Gavin is so good for Evelyn, and he's pretty funny and adorable as well. I'm rooting for these two all the way!

Now, let me address the bane of Elysium's existence: Mother. Mother is one of the most dreadful characters I have ever come across! Never has a fictional character made my blood boil the way she has. Her lies and manipulations are so heinous, and her power is absolutely frightening. However, I totally thought that she was going to be the scariest thing in the book, but oh dear, she wasn't! There are so many other things that Evelyn comes across in the book that will scare the pants off of you and creep you out. But yet I still loved every minute of it....

I feel like I could gush about Renegade for four more paragraphs, but I won't, because I don't want to spoil the mystery and enchantment of the book for everyone else. But I will say that if you enjoy stories that are completely original and mind-blowing, then you need to do yourself a favor and pick up this book! With that said, I can't freakin' wait to get my hands on the next book, Revelations!

*****
 
Now, onto the giveaway!
 
I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica (A.K.A. J.A. Souders) at her book release party/signing back in November. She's an extremely nice and funny person, and she is a very gifted writer! I had her sign an extra copy of Renegade for me so I could give it away, so here we go:
 
 
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Renegade, plus a magnet, bookmark and pin!
Just read the contest rules and fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter for a chance to win.
 
Contest Rules:
 *Must be 13 or older
*US only
*Winner will have 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen
  


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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (17)


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*
 

Bought:
 
 
From Olde City, New Blood mini convention (St. Augustine, FL):
 
Assorted Swag
Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (SIGNED & Personalized! Ahh!)
Alterant (Belador #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love
 
-Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Olde City, New Blood convention last weekend. My best friend Sarah, however, was one of the participating bloggers at the Con and brought me back the most epic swag bag I have ever seen! Big THANK YOU/I LOVE YOU to Sarah (The Book Life)! I gave her my copy of Obsidian to have signed by Jennifer Armentrout and that was all I was expecting her to bring back for me, which would have been quite enough for me since JLArmentrout is one of my favorite authors. I don't get swag on a regular basis, so this swag bag was one of the best surprises I've ever received!
 

 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 =)
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
 
Release date: February 26, 2013
 
Goodreads description:
 
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory's brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she's become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city's secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it's too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
 
I am so excited for this to come out!! The Name of the Star blew me away, and I'm sure The Madness Underneath will do the same because Maureen Johnson rocks my socks! Hehe... =)
 
What's your WoW pick for this week?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

 Published: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
 
Wallbanger is a sensual, hilarious, and incredibly fun book that I very highly recommend! Alice Clayton sure knows how to write a sexy story filled with developed characters that will attach themselves to you and not let go!
 
The main character, Caroline, has such a strong and witty voice throughout the entire novel, and I just love her! I cannot tell you how many times I laughed out loud uncontrollably at something Caroline did or said. Her friends are equally as amusing and likable, and one of my favorite secondary characters just so happens to be Caroline's cat, Clive! Yes, Clive is a cat, and he is pretty darn awesome. He is involved in some of my favorite scenes in the book and his presence fits so well into the story!
 
The fun in this book truly begins on Caroline's first night in her new apartment, when she is surprised to hear her neighbor having some very loud, and very graphic, wall-banging coitus. Simon, her neighbor, keeps up his nightly activities until Caroline confronts him after her own sexual frustration and irritation gets the better of her. What happens next unfolds in a series of hot, funny, and swoon-inducing moments that make me absolutely adore this book!
 
Caroline and Simon start off not very fond of eachother, but it's not long before they form a tight bond and friendship that leads to so much more. These two have impeccable chemistry and hilarious banter that is snarky as well as tender at times. Simon can be as sweet as he is smoldering, but when he turns on his charm it is quite dazzling! Him and Caroline have some incredible sexy times that are written so well that you will need to fan yourself vigorously afterwards!
 
This book makes me smile for so many reasons, and I will definitely be re-reading it in the future when I need a healthy dose of romance and laughter. 


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (16)


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*
 
 
ReVamped (Angel Creek #1) by Ada Adams (Signed!) My review.
ReAwakened (Angel Creek #2) by Ada Adams (Signed!) My review.
Angel Creek Swag
 
-In December Ada Adams announced that she would send signed print copies of her books to anyone interested in buying them, and being the HUGE Angel Creek fan that I am, of course I jumped at the chance! It was my birthday last month, so Ada also sent me some awesome birthday swag to go with my books! A big thanks, once again, to the lovely Ada Adams. If you haven't read her books yet, I urge you to do so because she is an amazing writer!
 
S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret #1) by L. Marie Adeline (ARC)
 
-I received this book for review from LibraryThing. It has received some very flattering reviews and I've heard that it's quite sexy! ;)
 
Drain You by M. Beth Bloom (ARC)
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (ARC)
 
-These ARCs were given to me by my bestie, Sarah. I swear, every time I do a STS post she gets a mention because she is always showering me with books she no longer wants! Thanks Sarah!
 
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 =)

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