Saturday, April 30, 2011

On My Wishlist {5}


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City that runs every Saturday. It's where you share a list of books you've been dreaming about but haven't purchased yet. They can be old, new or upcoming releases. For more information click here.


Here's what's on my wishlist this week...

The Half-Breed Edition 

Darkness Unbound by Keri Arthur
{Dark Angels Series ~ Book #1}
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 27, 2011

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems. Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans. And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side. (Goodreads)



The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 15, 2011

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped—and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be. (Goodreads)


Two heroines who are as unique as their gifts make up my wish list today. Half-breeds are always interesting characters to me, they tend to have an inner struggle and vulnerability that draws you into their world. If the blurbs aren't enough to entice you, just look at those beautiful covers! I don't know about you guys but I'm anxious to read more about these rare heroines!

What's on your wishlist this week?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday {9}

Follow {my Book Blog} Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee.com.

This week's feature blog is:
Starting the Next Chapter

This week's question:
Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten?


Wow...this is an extremely difficult question to answer. Ten books...so not fair! I definitely wouldn't be able to choose just one series so in an extreme case that I don't have my Nook with me I'd have to choose some of my faves from my top series...if I can't have them all I'll take a small dose of my beloved characters!

Here they are in no particular order:

1. Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
2. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
4. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
6. Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
7. Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward (can't be in a bomb shelter without V!)
8. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (for Chapter 32 alone!)
9. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
10. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

Happy Follow Friday!


18 & Over Book Blogger Tagalong Friday is a weekly theme hosted by Laurie at Bitten by Paranormal Romance where book bloggers who review adult books come together to make new friends and share little tidbits about themselves!

Question of the week:
Do you have another hobby besides reading?

When my nose isn't stuck in a book I love to spend time in the kitchen baking...cookies, muffins, cakes..you name it and I'll try making it! When winter rolls in you can find me with my knitting needles attempting to make something else besides a scarf...I'm working my way up to hats next winter! And lastly, although I don't claim to be a pro by any means, I sometimes get into the mood and venture into the scrap-booking and card making world...watch out Martha Stewart!
TAG...you're it!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory

A Tale of Two Goblins
Author: H.P. Mallory
{Dulcie O'Neil Series ~ Book #2}
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Smashwords
Source: Courtesy of author for blog tour
Buy it here:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A Dreamstalker— a creature that stalks and kills its victims in sleep. A fairy in law enforcement determined to stop him. A potions smuggler who possesses something she wants. A vampire with his own agenda. And a partner who couldn’t possibly be sexier or more frustrating.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy working in law enforcement for the Netherworld. When Knight Vander approaches her with a case regarding comatose victims, she agrees to help him, imagining the most difficult part will be combating her attraction to him.

But, what Dulcie isn’t betting on is the fact that the case becomes personal when she learns all the victims are somehow linked to her.

When her best friend falls victim to the Dreamstalker, Dulcie must do everything in her power to ensure her friend’s survival, including associating with criminals and accepting the fact that desperate times do definitely call for desperate measures. (Author's Website)

My Romancing Thoughts:

Just when you think her books can't possibly get any better...H.P. Mallory proves you wrong!

Dulcie is back and sassier than ever the second time around! When we left Dulcie in To Kill A Warlock, she had handed in her letter of resignation to the A.N.C. (Association of Netherworld Creatures), giving up being a law enforcement agent and off to pursue her career as a romance writer. Things are coming along just fine until the sexy Loki, Knight Vander, shows up to ask  Dulcie for help in a new case involving a Dreamstalker where victims end up in a comatose state. Dulcie agrees to work with Knight putting aside her intense attraction to him and soon learns that all of the victims have one thing in common...her. The case takes a more personal turn when her best friend, Sam, becomes the Dreamstalker's latest victim. To save her friend, Dulcie will have to venture into dark and sinister places, risking her own life along the way.

This was a non-stop thrill ride! The story is full of action from page one and keeps you engaged until the very last word. Dulcie has undoubtedly grown as a character from the first time I met her and I truly love seeing a softer side of her in this book. She's still the confident and feisty heroine but with a little less attitude and a lot more heart. Her devotion to her friend is admirable, any girl would be lucky to call her a friend.

The story wouldn't be complete without the hunky men of this series and H.P. Mallory does not disappoint. Bram, Knight and Quillan are hotter than ever, making it so hard to choose a favorite! Although they each have their charms, the chemistry between Knight and Dulcie is incomparable. There are a few steamy scenes between the two that are great but still not enough to satisfy me...stop teasing us H.P.!

A Tale of Two Goblins has an extra pinch of fairy dust that makes it that more special than the first book! There's more action, mystery and romance, along with the side-splitting humor that is H.P. Mallory's trademark. We learn a little more about our beloved characters while welcoming some interesting new ones. Was I expecting a cliffhanger? No...but I am anxiously looking forward to Dulcie's next adventure. If you're a lover of the paranormal and want a lighter and fun read without stepping away from the genre, look no further and definitely check out this series!

My Rating:

Quoteworthy: 

"Tennyson was right when he’d said it was better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. I’d loved and lost and I could honestly say it was better to let the assholes go and break some other dumb ass's heart than risk mine again."

" I wasn’t living in Utopia—I was living in Splendor which was about as nice as a troll’s asshole."

"It matters because I don’t like games. Mean what you say and say what you mean."





Be sure to stop by Romancing the Darkside on Tuesday, May 3rd, as I host a stop on H.P. Mallory's A Tale of Two Goblins Blog Tour for an interview and a chance to win an e-copy of this awesome book!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Corsets & Clockwork

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anxiously awaiting.

My pick for this Wednesday...


Author: Ann Aguirre, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, and more...

Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!

This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White. (Goodreads)


*Release Date: May 10, 2011

Why I'm waiting:
Steampunk has recently become one of my favorite genres! The blending of Victorian times with futuristic innovations seems a little odd to some but it just seems to work. Steampunk always delivers a great adventure and heartwarming romance...I haven't read a book in this genre I didn't enjoy and I'm sure Corsets & Clockwork will be another winner!

Order your copy today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday {9}

Teaser Tuesdays is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 





     "As his coachman drove along the rutted London road Merrick couldn't stop thinking about the young woman he'd just met. Had the jolt he felt been mere attraction? Or had there been genuine magick at work? He wasn't sure which idea was more disturbing." 
    - Steam & Sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape





     "His voice was a mere breath whispering against my skin, and I closed my eyes, reveling in the feel of him. The touch of his lips against my neck brought a hiss of air from my mouth, and before I lost all sense of reason there, Blue walked over and pawed my toes, as if reminding me I'd been attempting to unlock the door and more so, that I was acting like an idiot." 
    - A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory


    What's your teaser this Tuesday?

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Review: Twilight Prophecy by Maggie Shayne

    Twilight Prophecy
    Author: Maggie Shayne
    {Wings In the Night Series ~ Book #17}
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Publisher: Mira
    Source: Received for review by NetGalley
    Buy it here:
    Amazon | Barnes & Noble

    According to ancient prophecy, there's only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Poe, part human, part vampire, believe that they are that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive—and mortal—scholar Lucy Lanfair.

    As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of.
    But Lucy soon realizes that she holds this powerful immortal's soul in her hands and that it's her destiny not only to stop a war but to save him from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die—and so will her heart. Is the power of love strong enough to save the world?
    (Goodreads)


    My Romancing Thoughts:

    A vampire tale of adventure and romance that definitely stands out among the rest!

    James and Brigit are twins who couldn't be more different. Half- human, half-vampire, James has chosen to walk away from his people and use his healing gift for good while his sister Brigit embraces who she is and doesn't apologize for it. When an ancient prophecy is revealed, naming James and Brigit the salvation of their race, these estranged twins must join forces and face their destiny to survive. What James didn't foresee is that the fate of their race possibly lies in the hands of the very woman he saves one night, mortal and scholar Lucy Lanfair. She's the only one with the knowledge to help them and James is soon torn between holding Lucy against her will to save his people and doing what's right and letting her go. 

    This was a wonderful adventure in a never before seen vampire world. Maggie Shayne does an exceptional job of mixing Egyptian history and mythology into vampire lore. Her characters are well developed and multi-faceted. James and Brigit's characters are polar opposites and yet manage to balance the other half flawlessly, they're the perfect example of Yin and Yang. Despite their differences they have a love and respect for each other that is moving. Lucy is an ideal heroine who has intelligence, strength and vulnerability. The romance between Lucy and James is tender and passionate but not rushed which I enjoyed immensely. It's always great to see a romance develop throughout the story and not have it thrown at you from the the first page. You know a story is worthy when you're delighted even by the villains!

    Twilight Prophecy is a winner for anyone who craves excitement, twists and turns and a romance with great sexual tension in their books. The story is fast paced and will keep you guessing. Maggie Shayne's writing is addicting and will leave you wanting more!

    Although part of a series, this book can easily be read as a stand alone.

    A big thank you to Mira and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review another praise worthy book!

    My Rating:



    Sunday, April 24, 2011

    In My Mailbox {8}


    In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren, is a weekly feature where you can showcase all your new and wonderful books, whether from the library, bought, won or received for review!

    This week was full of awesome freebies! Guess the Easter Bunny came a little early!

    Here's what's in my mailbox this week...

    FOR REVIEW

    Belladonna in Hollywood (Vampire Vintage, Book 1) When You Dare

    By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle
    When You Dare by Lori Foster

    FREE EBOOKS FROM ALL ROMANCE BOOKS

    Photographs & Phantoms  Bodyguards in Love Volume One: Brier's Bargain Seb's Surrender LUCAS a paranormal romance / shapeshifter fantasy Black Cougar series #1 
    A Deadly Game (A Nick Fallon Investigation) The Sacrifice (Forbidden)

    Photographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape
    Brier's Bargain by Carol Lynne
    LUCAS by Eliza Gayle
    A Deadly Game by J.P. Bowie
    The Sacrifice by Samantha Sommersby

    FREE NOOKBOOKS FROM BARNES & NOBLE

    Wings with Bonus Material Deadworld 13 Little Blue Envelopes with Bonus Material

    Wings with Bonus Material by Aprilynne Pike
    Deadworld by J.N. Duncan
    13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

    That's all in my Easter basket...

    What's in your mailbox this week?


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