So long Sookie Stackhouse! Review of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

12 09 2013

After 14 years of vampires, werewolves, faeries, and supes of all kinds, telepath sookie Stackhouse’s adventures has fnially come to an end. And I am sad to say that this ‘dead Ever After’ should have stayed dead.

dead ever after Finished: September 10th, 2013
Published: May 7th 2013 by Ace
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
POV: Mainly First Person with bits of Third Person
Number of Pages: 338

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart…

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…”

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I was really looking forward to this book. Sure, the last couple books have pissed me off, but I was SURE Sookie would get a good happily ever after filled with life and death battles, mystery, and a love that would conquer all. What I was expecting and what I actually got were two different things. Not only was this the same typical Sookie plotline (which I hoped would have changed in the last book), but the overall villains and love story were so typical and anti-climatic. I was really disappointed in this book.

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There are too many characters that make a half-assed appearance in this book as a kind of way to give them a ‘wrap-up’.

Sookie: I never thought she could piss me off more than she did in this book. Half the time she just kind of whined about Eric and Sam without really doing anything. The rest of the time she was clueless as to why someone was coming after her (I mean, come on! She had 13 books to make enemies, it should be obvious!) As if that wasn’t enough, she kept reminding the reader about her past relationships and complaining about her faerie enhanced garden. If I had my land blessed to be fertile, I would have been ecstatic! That’s less money I would have to pay for groceries! The bad ass Sookie I had grown to like seemed to completely disappear in this boo for a whinier, pining Sookie. If she would have just turned into a vampire, she would have been fine! Most of her loved ones are either dead or some type of part-supe themselves! Seriously, she was pretty bad.

Sam: I know he had just died and come back to life because of Sookie and her Cluviel Dor, but he was such a Debbie Dower. He made some really stupid choices in the book that forced him to alienate himself from Sookie. And on top of it all, he barely showed up when she was dealing with some difficult stuff (I know its because of a deal he made, but seriously! That shouldn‘t matter!). I’ve never been a real big Sam fan and he made that clear more than ever in this book.

Eric: I’ll be the first to admit that I am a die hard Eric fan, but I feel like he didn’t try hard enough in this book to keep Sookie. In fact, he was a total ass. I know he’s always been one, but he usually redeemed himself to Sookie one way or another. This time, however, he didn’t even try and that really irritated me.

All of Sookie’s Exs: Any normal woman knows that you want to get over your exs and never pine over them or want them to come knocking. But Sookie isn’t normal and neither or her exs. Not only did they all more or less come over whenever they felt like it (even though they were helping her) some made themselves at home at her place. I don’t know, but I fell like they all seemed too harmonious together. If I were in a room with my ex-boyfriend’s exs, I wouldn’t be so okay with it.

The so-called ‘villains’: The villains were pretty much people that Sookie had already defeated teaming together to try and get revenge on her. I won’t say who they are for all of you fortunate enough who have not read it yet. All I can say is that the hype was built up so much and then dropped to rock bottom in the most uninteresting action less conclusion ever.

Everyone else: We got a look at everyone else in Bon Temps who interacted with Sookie and got a bit of a wrap up for them all. It wasn’t great and all of it was not important at all. Just a bunch of uninteresting fluff to lengthen the book.

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I think I’ve said enough about how piss-poor the plot was, but I’ll expand a little more here.

It was your typical Sookie Stackhouse plotline. Mysterious enemy comes after Sookie. Sookie proceeds to try and figure it out for 95% of the book. Discovers the not so surprising villain that she should have figured out 200 pages prior. She gets kidnapped, tortured, or almost killed. Someone comes and saves her. End book.

Okay, there are the occasional steamy sex scenes here and there, but that is pretty much it. I’m sad to say that even those steamy sexes scenes barely made an appearance in this book. In fact, there was only one and it was hardly worth mentioning. In fact, there isn’t really much else worth mentioning. I didn’t like any of it, if I’m going to be completely honest.

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I was really disappointed by this book. I was expecting some epic final conclusion to the magical life of Sookie Stackhouse, but what I received was anything but that. I give it 3 out of 5 Stars.
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And the Winner is…

7 09 2013

Hey all!

So for the past week I’ve been participating in the Three Wishes Blog Blitz and had a giveaway of my own. In case you missed it, here is that post.

I have selected a winner for my giveaway. And the winner is…*drumroll* Danielle Shipley! You have been favored by the giveaway gods and will receive a Voodoo Doll keychain named Bookworm and a bunch of signed book swag! Congrats! Please email me with your address so I can send your prize post haste!

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I plan to have some more giveaways soon, so be on the look out for that in the upcoming weeks. Halloween is right around the corner and I happen to be a huge Halloween nut. I may come up with some FABULOUSLY Frightening Treats!





Sweet Legacy Blog Blitz!

2 09 2013

Hello all! Today is September 3rd and the official realease date for the final book in the Sweet Venom series, Sweet Legacy!

Sweet Legacy “Greer has always known she was privileged, though she had no idea how special her second sight made her, even among her triplet monster-fighting sisters. But when a god starts playing with her mind, can Greer step up in her pretty high heels to prevent anything from stopping her sisters’ mission?

Grace loves her adopted brother, Thane, but now that he’s back and has joined her sisters’ team, it’s clear his past is full of dark mysteries. She wants to trust him, but will Thane’s secret put the girls in even more danger?

Gretchen knows she can rely on her sisters to help her stop the monsters. But after getting to know some of the beasties in the abyss, she finds her role as a huntress comes with more responsibility than she ever imagined. How can she know what her birthright demands of her now?

The girls cannot hesitate as they seek the location of the lost door between the realms, even as monsters and gods descend on San Francisco in battle-ready droves. In this exciting conclusion to the Sweet Venom trilogy, these teenage heirs of Medusa must seek the truth, answer the ancient riddles, and claim their immortal legacy.”

Here are some of the many places you can purchase your very own copy of Sweet Legacy:
Indiebound (hardcover) | Amazon (hardcover) (kindle) | Apple (ibookstore) | Barnes and Noble (hardcover) (nook) | Books-a-Million (hardcover) | Book Depository (hardcover)

5 FFATLC.

1. She went to the same high school as Brad Pitt

2. Her first memory is the smell of picking sugar snap peas with her dad when she was two

3. She almost became an architect

4. She once designed a multi-story house for rabbits

5. She once slept through an earthquake in a waterbed

Now here are 4 ways to contact Tera Lynn Childs!

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Sweet Legacy

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Tera has a special giveaway for all her lovely fans celebrating the release of Sweet Legacy. Click the link below and thanks for helping to make the release day special!

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Review of The Stone Kingdom by Danielle Shipley

2 09 2013

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of Danielle Shipley’s second novella in the Wilderhark Tales, and I simply ADORED it! Fantasy buffs will go nuts for The Stone Kingdom!

Stone Kingdom Cover, front Finished: August 31st, 2013
Published: September 20th 2013 by Ever On Word
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 179

““Love and prince,
Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;
For blood begins,
But naught can be put right by blood alone.”

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom
Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales

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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes,and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea. Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.”

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THE STONE KINGDOM was a whimsical tale filled with romance, adventure, and a twist on many well known fairytales. As I read, I kept silently pointing out all the different fairytale references. From Rapunzel to Sleeping Beauty with hints of Cinderella, this book was full of them! I’ll admit that I didn’t enjoy the ending as much as the first one, but the story itself was a fun read! And the fact that it was a fairytale book had me hooked!

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THere were only two amin characters throughtout the book with a few minor princes, so I’ll focus on the two MCs.

Rosalba: She’s a princess who was unlucky enough to be cursed by the witch who cursed her mother. Much like the SLeeping Beauty story, she was cursed on her christening to have somethnig terrible happen on her 15th birthday. Poor Rosalba takes her curse in stride and is determined to break it and save her family and kingdom from their stoney prisons. She takes her duty her kingdom very seriously and puts her own feelings aside in order to save them.

Edgwyn: He’s a lawyer turned tailor/dress maker and is the one who befell the stone kingdom and found Rosalba trapped in a tower. He helped her down and promised to help her find a prince to break the spell on her kingdom. He’s kind and a bit flirtatious but knows his place with her. He puts aside his own feelings in order to help her, even if it means watching his lovem arry another man. He’s very noble and charming. 😉

The Princes: The two princes that Rosalba comes across are both very different. One of them has a crazy mother who tries to use the Princess and the Pea trick on Rosalba *(spoiler: she didn’t feel the pea) and because the mother said no, he didn’t fight back. He was a real Mama’s boy who didn’t have his own balls. THe other prince was pretty much a playboy. He fell for Rosalba when she entered his ball (much like Cinderella) but he refused to marry her right away at her own kingdom, caring more abouth is pride than helping the distressed princess.

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Rosalba is cursed at her christening, where it is said that on her 15th birthday a that something terrible would happen. As it turns out, that curse was to have the entire kingdom trapped in stone for 100 years. I loved the whole idea of the curse. The witch didn’t just put the curse on her because she was evil, but because she was angry that Queen Ursula didn’t so much as invite her to the princess’s christening after she used magic to help the Queen conceive the child. I can understand her anger and she did make teh curse somewhat painless. Instead of being trapped for 100 years and feeling it, the curse made it seem like only a few minutes had passed instead of 100 years. That’s what I call nice.

So anyways, the adventure and story kept me reading as Rosalba tried to find a prince ton help her break the curse while ignoring her feelings for Edgwyn. It was refreshign to see the characters interacting with different courts and people (which did not happen much in the first book).

The only thing I have mixed feelings about is the ending. I mean, I liked the ending but it didn’t have the OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED type of ending that the first book had. The ending seemed a little fast for me (then again it was a novella), but I think the rest of the book made up for it.

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THE STONE KINGDOM was a fast, wonderful read that fantasy lovers and fairytale lovers will simply enjoy! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

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Genie In A Bottle [Three Wishes Blog Blitz] + Giveaway

2 09 2013

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Today I’m participating in the Three Wishes Blog Blitz, hosted by author Juliet Madison! From the 2nd to the 6th of September you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the blitz, including mine. All you have to do is follow my instructions below for winning the prize I have on offer, and then you can click over to Juliet’s blog to enter her prize draw, and see the list of all other blogs taking part and enter their giveaways as well. How cool is that? Why is it called the Three Wishes Blog Blitz? Juliet’s new romantic comedy release, I Dream of Johnny, is about three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo that proves magic isn’t all it cracked up to be…

idoj “The Big Bang Theory meets I Dream of Jeannie in this short, fun read!

Three wishes, a high-tech genie in a lamp, and one very unfortunate typo: magic isn’t all it cracked up to be…

Getting three wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy’s high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God into a Geek God. His fashion IQ is in the negatives, he’s clingier than cling wrap, and he has a penchant for breaking into song at inappropriate moments. Before Mandy can request a replacement wish, she has to put up with him for twenty four hours, and the timing couldn’t be worse – – it’s her friend’s wedding day, her ex will be there, and the God of Geeks insists on coming along for the ride.”

Sounds good, right?

Okay, so today I’m going to answer the all important question: What would I wish for if I was given 3 wishes?

Wish #1: I’d wish for a finished, edited copy of my book (because I absolutely DETEST revisions) adorned in a beautiful cover. Have you seen some of the older Disney movies where they open a beautiful jewel encrusted book to start the story? Yeah, like that.

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Wish #2: To have Tom Hiddleston (or ANY sexy british man) in my room. Because who doesn’t want a sexy man in their room when you come home after a long day, right? RIGHT?!

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Wish #3: To use an escape goat in case wishes 1 & 2 go horribly, horribly wrong. Because knowing me, something most certainly WILL go wrong and I may end up with a kidnapped Tom Hiddleston and a plagarized book or something. I’ve seen enough Fairy Odd Parents to know that I need one of these just in case.

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Okay, now for a fun little giveaway, okay? This one is really simple. All you need to do is comment below and answer this question: What would YOU wish for if you had 3 wishes? (Answers can be fun, silly, serious, sincere or whatever you want!) For 2 bonus entries, just share this post anywhere on twitter or facebook and leave a link with your answer to my question.

Note: Winner will be chosen at random!

And what is it you have a chance of winning? A Watchover Voodoo Doll keychain called Bookworm, some mystery signed bookmarks, and maybe even some additional mystery swag! (Contest will run until MIDNIGHT on September 6th)

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Once you’ve entered my giveaway, visit Juliet’s blog & enter her giveaway too, and visit any or all of the other participating blogs to enter more prize draws. You could potentially win a whole heap of prizes! Good luck! Visit the official Blog Blitz post here: http://julietmadison.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/3-wishes-blog-blitz-official-post/





Review of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

1 09 2013

Okay, I know I’m waaaay behind on reading this book, but I finally did and boy amd I glad!

The fault in our stars Finished: August , 2013
Published: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
POV: First Person
Number of Pages: 313

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”

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This book definitely left me with a lot of mixed feelings. I’m not one who normally reads contemporary (The majority of what I read is fantasy), but I’m glad I chose to read this. I’ll admit I kind of saw the end coming partly because of the book My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, but that didn’t make it any less painful. Like any book, the story had some weak points but overall I found it completely enthralling, incredibly realistic, and utterly heart breaking.

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Hazel: Our main character. A spunky, sarcastic, impossibly funny girl walking through life one step at a time. She may have lung cancer, but she doesn’t try to sugar coat anything. She accepts the reality of her situation, no matter how grim it may be, and lives out her life. I loved Hazel. She is everything I want in a heroine and so much more. Even on the doorway to death, she still manages to stay strong. I really respect her character.

Augustus (Gus): Gus is like that one boyfriend you had who was always sweet and funny and caring and almost perfect. He made me laugh, made me cry, made me wish he existed (minus the whole cancer part) No, even WITH the cancer part. He was perfect, which was his one fatal flaw. He was too perfect of a character. As much as I wish he actially existed, he doesn’t. But I love him anyways.

Isaac: Though somewhat of a minor character, I love the way his character portrayed the heartache part of the story. Because of his surgery, the girl he thought would love him forever pretty much threw him aside and left him to deal with it all on his own. I’ll admit that he was retty strong to keep going on after everything. he managed to stay strong until the end and I kind of hoped that he and Hazel would somehow get together.

Peter Van Houten: Ah, Mr. Van Houten. The douchebag of the book and the type of author none of us aspiring authors hope to become. Though he has his own reasons for being an asshole, I still found his character a bit of a surprise from all his correspondences with Hazel and Gus. But he had an important role to play in the story and I couldn’t be happier.

The Parents: I liked all the parents in this book. They weren’t too pushy or forced onto us but they weren’t none existant either. They played an important role and showed just how much they can suffer and still exists after the death of a child with cancer.

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The story took us through the ups and downs of the life of a cancer patient, all while throwing in bits and pieces of normalcy into it. There was love, loss, hapiness, sorrow, surprise, disgust, and just about everything else you could want in this story. The plot didn’t seem to ridiculous or boring and none of the scientific words were too far over my head. Green did a marvelous job describing and helping me to understand just what the characters were going through.

I read somewhere that he was even permitted to write in Amsterdam for a while (a location that the characters visit in the book) and I found his descriptions beautiful. I wouldn’t mind seeing the confetti flowing down from the iepen or elm trees. Though the ending/twist wasn’t very surprising, it was heartbreaking all the same. I remember tearing up on certain parts of the book and refusing to read on because I knew what was going to happen.

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I thought that The Fault in Our Stars was a beautifully, if not tragic, piece of contemporary novel about the struggles or life and the realization of how short our mortality truly is. 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

4 and a half stars

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Review of Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

27 08 2013

Let me be frank and say that I hopped on the band wagon for this series a little late. I read Throne of Glass just last month and became instantly hooked! I’m glad I happened upon this lovely ARC thanks to Literary Lushes ARC Tours.

Seriously, it was SO GOOD.

crown of midnight Finished: August 22th, 2013
Published: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 416

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?”

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The much awaited sequel to Throne of Glass was heartachingly tragic and beautiful. It is right up there on devastating sequels with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (which still leaves an ache in my chest). I was lost in this story once I got a hold of it and after an annoying intervention with life, finally sat down and read almost the entire book in one night. Seriously guys, this book is worth the wait!

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Celaena: Poor Celaema goes through a lot in this book. I’m not going to say what because they are MEGA spoilers, but she really does hit a couple emotional and psychological low points. My heart broke for her as betrayals and tragedies struck her again and again, but I’m glad that she eventually got it all together and kept up the strong powerful assassin we all know and love.

Chaol: I love Chaol. I’ve been in love with him since the first book and he won my heart over even more in this book. He’s softened up tremendously in this book since he started giving in to his feelings. There are some sexy scenes in here…just saying. He’s my favorite of her love interests and opens up a lot more. Gone is the silent seemingly always angry Captain of the Guard and now there is a delicious sweet heart finally opening himself up to love again.

Dorian: Dorian has his own surprises in this book and though he more or less disappears as a love interest, he still has his own plot line he has to deal with. The guy is finally growing balls against his father, they’re small now, but I expect great things from him in the next book.

Nehemia: She is brilliant and frustrating and loveable and absolutely secretive to a fault. The princess has her own set of secrets.

Archer: He is a new character and a courtesan. A sexy and devious courtesan. I had an off feeling about him since the beginning of the book and though his ridiculous good looks are really distracting (in a good way) there is more than meets the eye with this man of the night.

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The book takes place a little after Celaena is crowned the King’s Champion. The main point of this plot is Celaena’s struggle to save her targets without the King knowing and discovering what evil plan the ancient Queen Elena tells her that another evil threatens to destroy her world.

This book was a serious page turner! As more discoveries and twists and turns were unveiled, I found mself completely lost in this series onace again. Seriously guys, there are so many heart crushing scenes/truths (as there should be in the second book of a trilogy) that I can’t even keep them all in track.

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Overall I absolutely adored this book filled with deception, turmoil, secrets, and a surprising death that threatens to change everything in Celaena’s world. Everyone who read Throne of Glass will love this sequel and no doubt stay awake wondering what will happen next. 5 out of 5 stars!

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