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Ednah Walters Guest Post and Tour stop

This was supposed to be up yesterday and I apologize to everyone for missing my stop. I had it in my calendar as being next week.

Why Does Paranormal Romance Have Such Appeal to YA?


Paranormal romance appeals to all women, LOL, not just young adult. Why? We read the books because of the heroes. We love the heroes. Reading is not just a distraction or an escape from the realities of our lives. We live vicariously through the heroines.


Okay, back to why paranormal appeal to YA readers.

First, the guys are hot. I can’t explain it. Maybe it is the eyes with unusual colors or the fact that they are physically more developed. Whatever the reason, they are super hawt!!!

Second, they are rebels. They are willing to break rules and laws to be with the heroine. Who doesn’t like forbidden love or boy who could kill you but his love for you stops him? Forbidden love in contemporary romance is usually across racial and religious lines and no one really wants to read that in a book and be reminde…

{Review} Last Bastion of The Living by Rhiannon Frater

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Author: Rhiannon Frater
Expected Publication Date: June 12,2012
Goodreads Page: Click Here

The Bastion was humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. A fortified city with a high wall, surrounded by lush land rich with all the resources needed to survive, protected by high mountain summits, and a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion became the last stronghold of the living on earth. But one fateful day, the gate failed and the Inferi Scourge destroyed the human settlements outside the walls and trapped the survivors inside the city. Now decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city as resources and hope dwindle.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her whole life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high wal…

Booking Through Thursday (13)

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Valentina Asks: Do you have a favorite quote from a book?

I actually have quite a few but one of my absolute favorites comes from the book Hollowland by Amanda Hocking and it is:

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

I just love my zombies and I just think the quote is great.

Do you have a favorite book quote? Or do you tend to not remember them? Leave me an answer in the comments below, I love reading your responses!

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Trailer Tuesday (18)

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Trailer Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Post hosted by me at Blood Sweat and Books. Each week I choose two Book Trailers to showcase. One Trailer will be for an upcoming book and the other will be one that has already been released.

This Week I will be showcasing This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opel and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Goodreads Page:Click Here


Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real.

They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor im…

{ Cover Reveal and Excerpt!!! } All The Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

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Expected Publication: December 2012
What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

ExcerptOlivia reached up, feeling the tender spots on her head. Her fingers brushed across a row of—were those…

Zurvival Saturday (19)

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For this week's Zurvival Saturday I decided to review the Book Dead Cold by Roddy Cross.

Author: Roddy Cross
ISBN: 1475105185 (ISBN13: 9781475105186)
Publication Date: April 4, 2012
Goodreads Page: Click Here

Northern Canada, the not too distant future, it's December. A massive blizzard has blanketed most of North American in layers of deep white snow, disrupting communication, travel, and deliveries. In the oil town of Fort McMurray, Alberta power is disrupted and all cell phone communication ceases. The RCMP declares a state of emergency and begins evacuating the city. Harsh weather and mass panic results in accidents and injuries all over the city. Recent reports of violent and brutal attacks committed seemingly at random had been reported all over the world. RCMP officers all over Fort McMurray are attacked by gangs of these psychos, abandoned oil sites become infernos and the loss of life is unimaginable. In a small downtown apartment a young man will awaken into this h…

{ Cover Reveal and Excerpt!!! } Dark Seraphine by KaSonndra Leigh

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Expected Publication: September 2012"Mom always says the angels walk among us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they're not all fluffy and nice."

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn't take long for him to realize something…no one can see these strangers but him. They never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly gorgeous girl strolls into his life…and things are never the same again.

Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating Gia have of making it out alive. Excerpt
There was no one in the classroom besides the two of us. To admit this girl made me feel a little s…

Booking Through Thursday (12)

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Sally Asks: Have you ever bought a book, started reading it and then realised you have already read it? If so, how far did you get? (Can you tell this happened to me for the first time ever this week!?!)

The only book I can recall doing it with is The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova. I had borrowed the book from my mom and read it, loved it and bought it. A few years later I was in Borders saw the book, instantly thought it was something Id like so bought it. After I got home I cracked it open got one chapter in and realized it sounded familiar. After a brief check of my books I realized I already owned a copy. Definitely a DOH moment.

Have you ever done this before? If so what Book? Leave me an answer in the comments below, I love reading your responses.

Waiting On Wednesday (18)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine. For this week's Waiting On Wednesday I chose *drumroll* Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger



Expected Publication: February 5,2013

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer a…

Weekly Wrap Up (17)

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Welcome back to My Weekly Wrap Up!!! Each Week I will share My Weekly Wrap Up of Books (reviews,bought,won etc..). So let's get to it shall we!

E-Books For Review
Exhale by Kendall Grey
Zombie Makers by Rebecca L. Johnson Netgalley
DeThearly,Beloved by Lia Habel Netgalley

*Thank You Kendall Grey, Del Rey Books and Lerner Publishing for providing copies to review.

Books For Review
Haywire by Justin R. Macumber

*This book hasn't arrived yet but figured I'd mention it anyway :)

Books Won/Gifted
The Goddess Test by Aimee CarterWon Pageturnersblog*
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter*
Talisman of El by Alecia Stone E-Arc Won Librarything
International Trauma Life Support by John E. Campbell Gifted from a member on Goodreads
Radiance by Alyson Noel *Gifted from Traci@TheReadingGeek

E-Books Purchased
Arena One by Morgan Rice
The Cold Beneath by Tonia Brown

Books Purchased
None :(

Books Reviewed
ForNevermore by Sean Platt and David W. Wright
The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu

Giveaways
250 Followers…

Zurvival Saturday (18)

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For this week's Zurvival Saturday I wanted to share my favorite Zombie movie trailers Pt.2. In no particular order they are:

Dead Snow


This movie has Nazi Zombies, not much cooler than that concept lol.

Rammbock: Berlin Undead


This is a great little film and I really love this trailer.

Day Of The Dead


I really think this trailer captures the movie so well. Plus I just love how ominous the music is.

Boy Eats Girl


It's such a cheesy premise but I really like this movie and in turn it's trailer. Its a fun time!

Resident Evil Retribution


This movie obviously isn't out yet but I love the creativeness of this trailer.

Now for this weeks questions. What is your favorite Zombie movie trailer? Have you ever seen the movies mentioned above? Leave your answer in the comments below. I love reading your responses.

If you would like to participate in this or any upcoming Zurvival Saturdays, grab the button below and link me in the comments so I can check it out.

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Freebie Friday (17)

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It's time for another edition of Freebie Friday! Each week I compile a list of books that I've found for FREE and share them with all of you! All you have to do is click on the title and it will take you to the purchase page.


The Cold Beneath by Tonia Brown


Arena One by Morgan Rice


Descended By Blood by Angeline Kace


Clockwise by Elle Strauss


The Sentient Fire by D.W. Hawkins


*Though free at time of posting, please verify that the “Kindle Price” is actually $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” or “read for free”, then the book is NOT free any longer. Please leave a comment if you notice this so I can replace with another :)

Booking Through Thursday (11)

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This Week Mervih asks: Favorite secondary characters?
I have a few favorite secondary characters so bear with me. One of my absolute favorites is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter Series. She is strong, brave and some of the best lines in the whole entire series.

"Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have."


A couple of my favorite secondary characters come from The Lord Of The Rings. I love, love Samwise Gamgee, Merry and Pippin and of course TreeBeard!!

“I can't carry the ring, but I can carry you”


Pippin: "Anyways, you need people of intelligence on this sort of... mission... quest... thing."
Merry: "Well, that rules you out, Pip."


"That doesn't make sense to me. But, then again, you are very small."


Finally one of my last favorite secondary characters has no lines at all. She is actually a lioness in Amanda Hocking's Hollowland series named Ripley. I just love her characte…

{ Review } ForNevermore Season 1 by Sean Platt & David W. Wright

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Author: Sean Platt & David W. Wright
Publisher: Collective Inkwell
Publication Date: April 8, 2012
ASIN: B007SNNUMW
Goodreads Page: Click Here

All 17 year old Noella Snow ever wanted was a normal life.

But normal died with her mother, minutes after she was born. Then again when her father was murdered before her eyes on her seventh birthday. Now she spends her days in quiet misery, an outcast at school, harboring a secret crush on her best friend, Sam. Noella’s only happiness lies in her dreams, in a world where her father still lives and Dante, a mysterious stranger with a deadly touch, guards over her.

Now those dreams have turned to nightmares as Noella begins hearing voices, witnessing murders she can’t possibly know of, and seeing the monsters from her sleep merging into her waking life. Noella doesn’t want to return to King’s Point, the psychiatric hospital where she was forced to go after an “episode” two years earlier.

She tells herself she’s better.

But then one night Noe…

Huge Team Fire Giveaway!!!!

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To celebrate Ednah Walter's Betrayed, a bunch of bloggers have gotten together and created an awesome giveaway for all of you. Haven't heard of The Guardian Legacy?!? Well then this is the perfect opportunity for you! To learn more about this awesome series and Team Fire Click Here.


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Awakened Trailer


Betrayed Trailer





R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

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Ray Douglas Bradbury
(August 22, 1920 — June 6, 2012)

The Literary world has lost a great writer today. Ray Bradbury is best known for writing the controversial novel Fahrenheit 451 but he will be remembered for so much more than that. Ray Bradbury was truly one of the greatest writers in the past century and he will be missed.

Waiting On Wednesday (17)

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly blog post hosted by Breaking The Spine. For this week's Waiting On Wednesday I chose *drumroll* Adaptation by Malinda Lo.


Expected Publication: September 18,2012
Reese and David don’t remember what happened to them after a bird flew into their headlights on the Extraterrestrial Highway--not the resulting car accident and certainly not a bit of the 21 days of care at the military hospital in Nevada. It’s a good thing, the doctors and colonels tell them, that they crashed on a military base, but they won’t tell Reese and David what the extent of their injuries were, or how they were healed. They do tell them they’re not going home, though, until they sign a confidentiality agreement.

When they get home, Reese can’t help but find everything a little weird. Worldwide bird strikes resulting in plane crashes have grounded air travel, David won’t talk to her, and she could swear she’s seen her military doctors around the neighborhood. It’s only when she m…

Trailer Tuesday (17)

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Trailer Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Post hosted by me at Blood Sweat and Books. Each week I choose two Book Trailers to showcase. One Trailer will be for an upcoming book and the other will be one that has already been released.

This Week I will be showcasing Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Author: Simone Elkeles
Publication Date: April 13,2010
Publisher: Walker Books
ISBN: 0802720862 (ISBN13: 9780802720863)
Goodreads Page: Click Here


When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting …

{ Review } The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu

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Author: Kenechi Udogu
Publication Date: September 27,2011
ASIN: B005Q9ZXUC
Goodreads Page: Click Here

When Jo finds a lone glass slipper on the night of the royal ball, she realises that there is more to the seemingly ordinary object than meets the eye. Searching for its owner, she is led to the palace where the princess sets her on a journey that thrusts her into an unexpected world of magic and illusions. It soon becomes clear that there is a lot more to her mission as she discovers startling secrets about her past and struggles to embrace her destiny.


I received this book for review from the Author. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.

Review:

The Other Slipper chronicles the tale of Cinderella's infamous glass slippers. I found this to a very intriguing plot and was immediately hooked. Sadly this book fell short of my expectations.

The Good

The Concept- I really liked the concept of this book. As far as I can remember I have never read a book…

Book To Movie Monday (15)

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For this weeks Book To Movie Monday I have decided to cover the movie Fight Club.

First Let's Discuss The Book Below Is The Cover


Now for a little back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Fight Club is written by the Author Chuck Palahniuk and was released August 17,1996 by W.W. Norton. Fight club was inspired by an altercation the Author once had on a camping trip. Fight Club was initially written as a short story in the compilation The Pursuit Of Happiness but was later expanded to full novel form after receiving positive feedback.

Let's look at some of the characters in the book.

Main Protagonists

The Narrator- Nameless and suffering from Insomnia he is the co-creator of Fight Club. Due to his long suffering fight with Insomnia The Narrator attends support groups for people with terminal diseases as a way to vent his frustration though he is physically fine himself.

Tyler Durden- Co-creator of Fight Club. Tyler is friend to the Narrator and is eve…

Zurvival Saturday (17) Movie Review: Resident Evil

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For This Week's Zurvival Saturday I decided to review the movie Resident Evil.

Title: Resident Evil
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release Date: March 15,2012
Run Time: 100 Minutes

From IMDb: A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.


Review:

I really could geek out for hours breaking down all the little bits and pieces of why I find Resident Evil so awesome. Today though I will spare you and instead I will break it down all nice and tidy and list The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Resident Evil.

The Good


The Umbrella Corporation- Seriously one of the best Evil Corporations ever created. I love how completely plausible a big Pharma like this is as well. I mean who really knows what goes on beyond those doors. Truly scary.

The Red Queen- I love this spunky holographic security program. The Red Queen is designed in such a way that "she" has comple…

250 Followers Giveaway!!!!!

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Wow!!! I cannot believe I have managed to surpass 250 Amazing Followers in what seems like such a short amount of time. A big Thank You to all of you who helped my blog reach this milestone, I couldn't of done this without you. All of you are my motivation to keep doing this. I especially want to send thanks to those who have shared posts, commented and retweeted time and again.

Now onto the Giveaway details. I will be giving away a book(s) of choice up to $20 USD. International Followers are free to enter but just take note that due to finances they will be gifted E-Books as prizes (either Nook or Kindle is fine).

Rules:

-Must Be A Follower on GFC,Networked Blogs or Twitter. Please leave your name in the box provided on the Raffle Copter form (I will be double checking).

-Must Be 13 Years Old To Enter. If under 18 and chosen winner please get parental permission before sending me your address.

-Giveaway will be Open June 1st starting at 5pm CST and Close July 5th at midnig…

Kick-Off Midsummer Dream Fair!!!!!

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Hear Ye,Hear Ye
Come One, Come All!!


Play Games, Win Prizes and Eat Funnel Cakes throughout the month of June!! To follow the fair visit J.L. Bryan's Blog byClicking Here.

{ Cover Reveal } The Collector by Victoria Scott

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Expected Publication: March 2013
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.

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