Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review: Halo


Media Type: Print Book
Title: Halo
   *Series: Halo #1
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Pages: Hardcover; 484
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Source: Around the World Book Tours
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Content Screening: Nothing of note

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy angel lore in their reads.

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

I feel I must begin with how impressed I am that Alexandra was only 17 when she wrote this book. The writing in this book is so beautiful, so lyrical, that it literally sparkles off the page. Creative writing classes would do well to take notes ib how Alexandra writes, because her words not only speak to the reader, but seep into their mind. I found myself with a vivid picture of what I was reading in my head. I am not exaggerating when I say that I was blow away from the first line that I read. Impressed might not even be a strong enough word!

However, my love affair with the writing in this book simply wasn't enough to keep me invested. I did enjoy the characters, but I never felt that I got to know them well enough to really fall in love with them. Bethany especially I had a hard time with, not because of her naivety but because of her inability to cope. It was difficult for me to bond with her because she was so lovesick the majority of the story, and her relationship with Xavier did not feel real to me. I know I've said it before, but if romance is to be a centerpiece in a book I really feel it needs to be done carefully. Xavier and Bethany somehow just fell head over heels in love, with little or no growth or explanation.

The other thing that made this a difficult read for me was the pacing. Although the writing was beautiful, there were portions of the book that simply dragged. I almost felt as though 450+ pages was a little excessive for the story being told, because there were pages of nothing but descriptions of people and places. Also I was a little disappointed with the climactic action in this book. When the action finally came to a head, it was over so quickly and so unsatisfactorily, that I felt let down. With Angels as the main characters I was not expect much bloodshed or anything of that nature, but I did hope for a little more of an epic climax.

Overall I did enjoy the story line in the book, but I will admit that I did a lot of page skimming for details near the middle. As I said before, the writing is absolutely stunning, but in my eyes it simply did not mask the slow development of the plot. If you are interested in Angles as main characters, and love lyrical writing, I would definitely give this book a chance. There is a lot to love, and you may find yourself much more drawn in than I was.


An oops for me, savings for you!


So....I own a copy of this book already, but apparently when I went to order The Hunger Games that thought escaped me! Now I have two brand new, shiny copies...and I only need one.

Does anyone out there in blogger land need a Catching Fire copy?

I'll sell it to the first person who emails me for $6 plus $2.50 shipping to anywhere in the U.S. 

Brand new book for only $8.50! It's over $9 on Amazon right now. I just want to get a little bit of my money back so that I can order The Hunger Games and complete my set :). Let me know!

Teaser Tuesdays (7)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two "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!



My Teaser:

"Dallin knew he was the captain from what Ethan had told him earlier. He wore a big, three-pointed hat, a short sword known as a cutlass strapped to one side, and several pistols protruded from underneath his long black overcoat."
~ pg. 24 - "Pirate Treasure - Traveling Trunk Adventure #1" by Benjamin Flinders











This is a Middle Grade novel that I recently received for review, and I have to admit that I'm loving it! It's perfectly written for the age group it's geared towards, and there is a lot of action to attract boys in this age group. As an educator I'm always on the lookout for good books for younger kids. This one? Amazing! 



You can participate in Teaser Tuesday with or without a blog! To share your own, or read some others, simply head over here.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Great Vlog Debate!



Okay so maybe it's not a GREAT debate, mostly a debate within my head. I go back and forth with myself, trying to decide whether or not to post a vlog for the first time ever. Should I? Shouldn't I? Will people even watch it? Will it flop horribly? All those questions buzz around in an angry swarm. So, I come to you my dear readers. Give a girl some help?

What do you think about vlogs? Do you watch them? What do you like to see in them? What would you rather be left out?

Feel free to shout on in the comments! I'll read them all and add them to the discussion going on in my head :). If the answer is more "yay" than "nay", you may see my smirking mug on a vlog this Sunday for IMM! We'll see, we'll see.


Book Review: Paranormalcy


Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Absolutely stunning! Evie is beautiful.

First Thoughts:
Evie is (pardon my french) bad-ass.

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My Review:
Perhaps it is the feminism that is deeply rooted somewhere in my subconscious, but it always makes me smile when a female protagonist can handle herself! Is she in need of a rugged male figure to save her? Certainly not. Armed with her wits and her charm, she kicks some behind solo and still has time to look lovely doing it.

Thus, when I opened Paranormalcy and met Evie for the first time, I was instantly smitten. Oh Evie, how I love you. Her personality radiated off each page. Honestly her very presence in the book made the story a joy to read! There were moments where I found myself laughing out loud at Evie's outbursts and actions. From her obsession with the color pink and sparkles right down to her "bring it on" attitude, Evie takes her rightful place among my five favorite female protagonists of all time! 

Now that I've adequately professed my love for Evie, let me move on to the story itself. In just two words, completely fabulous! Even if I wanted to, and I don't, there is not one thing negative that I could find to say about Paranormalcy. Evie's story is perfectly paced and engrossing. Kiersten White writes in a way that makes you feel invested in the characters and in their battles. Original, funny and filled with little jokes that you'll want to utter out loud despite the fact that no one else will bleeping get them. (Yes, I said bleeping.) This book is just a delight to read!

Of course my review wouldn't be complete if I didn't address the romance aspect now would it? No spoilers here, but yes there is a romance present. However it fits so seamlessly and stealthily into the story line that you don't feel like it takes over. Never have I minded romance in a book, quite the opposite. I find though that when it takes over, sometimes it is hard to believe in as a reader. Kiersten weaves her romance so expertly in that you'll find yourself falling in love too, but still on the edge of your seat about the action going on! Did I mention that this book is amazingly written? It is.

As I'm sure you can tell from my gushing and likely rambling words above, I loved this book. Mermaids, faeries, shape-shifters, romance, action, it's all there and more! After reading quite a few books that I appreciated but didn't love, it was such a pleasure to find this gem. I highly recommend this book my dear readers. If you were on the fence about buying it, get off that fence (as I can't imagine it's too comfortable perching there) and go buy a copy of this book! It comes out tomorrow, so you have no excuse.

Now go.







Book Details
Title: Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: Hardcover; 352
Source: Traveling ARC Tours


Final Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart!

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Beach Reads" Summer Challenge Wrap-Up!!!




Well everyone, welcome to the finish line! It's been a wild ride, but sadly our two months are over.

If you made it all the way to your goal, congratulations! If you happened not to meet it, not to worry :). It was all for fun and hopefully you'll win some fabulous prizes for your efforts!

Ready to see what the FINAL prize is? Ooooh....

One lucky winner will receive....


Prize pack includes:
* Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
* Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
*Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
* The Body Finder Bracelet
* Magnetic Losing Faith Calendar
* Losing Faith Bookmark (signed)
* The Mark Bookmark (signed)
* Past Midnight Bookmark
* Mistwood Bookmark
* The Karma Club Bookmark (signed)

EXCITED? I KNOW I AM!

Remember, each review you post before the end of August 31st counts towards an entry, plus you get 5 extra entries for posting your wrap-up post link below. I repeat your link must go to a wrap-up post or I cannot give you extra entries.

The other ladies and I will be tabulating the entries and picking winners for all the giveaways starting September 1st. We will be filling giveaways in order that we choose them.

If you haven't already entered the other giveaways, hurry! You have two days!
All giveaways will be closed to new entries at 10:00 pm PST on August 31st.
(You can find the other giveaways by clicking the small banner at the top of this post.)




Saturday, August 28, 2010

Author Interview: Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson



Today I am quite giddy to introduce two people who I find fabulous, Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson! 


These two amazing men are the authors behind the upcoming book, The Familiars and as I'm sure you know it is a book that I cannot wait to read! 

Please give them a warm welcome, and let's get started!

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1) What inspired you to choose animals as your characters instead of people?

The whole idea of writing about the familiars was born out of the fact that we were interested in telling a traditional fantasy story from a perspective that we had never seen before. Familiars in popular lore had always been sidelined to being assistants and helpers (ie Hedwig in "Harry Potter" or Shadowfax in "Lord of the Rings"). We wanted to see what would happen if they were forced to be the heroes!


2) Do you feel that it was easier or harder to write animal characters?

We think there are a few extra challenges to writing animal characters, in that they lack opposable thumbs. But beyond the physical limitations, we knew they had to be as rich emotionally as any human being.


3) What was one item (food or otherwise) that really helped you through the writing process?

We're not sure if this is an item per se, but a writing partner. Having another person to bounce ideas off of is better than staring at the blank screen alone everyday.


4) Do you have a favorite character?

Everyday, Adam has a different favorite character, he loves them all so much. Today, it's Grimslade, the bounty hunter who is a merciless and wonderful foil for Aldwyn. I'm always curious what new black magic he's going to pull out of his bag of tricks.

Andrew would go with Gilbert, who always makes him laugh.


5) Where is your favorite place to write?

Adam would go with Hawaii, but he'll settle with one of our two home offices. He's happy just as long as they're not writing at Peet's Coffee Shop, which makes his clothes reek so strongly of Brazilian Roast that he has to strip down when he gets home so not to make his 3 year old daughter cry.

Andrew also finds writing with the sound of any ocean nearby to be heaven, but he, too, can live with working at home.


6) What book(s) have influenced you most?

Adam: I have to say the dictionary. I love looking up new words. They fuel my love of writing.


7) What book(s) are you reading right now?

Andrew: Just finished The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I have pre-ordered Mockingjay and can't wait!


8) Can we expect more amazing books from you in the future? (I hope so!)

Yes! The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown (book two of the trilogy) will be coming to bookstores in September of 2011.

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Thank you Adam and Andrew so much for stopping by my blog! I wish you all the best and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of The Familiars!



ADAM JAY EPSTEIN spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York, while ANDREW JACOBSON grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the two met in a parking garage out in Los Angeles. They have been writing for film and television together ever since. The Familiars is their first book.
One day, Adam asked Andrew, “Are you familiar with what a familiar is?” And from that simple question, Vastia was born, a fantastical world filled with the authors’ shared love of animals and magic. They wrote every word, sentence, and page together, sitting opposite each other.



Adam Jay Epstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane, their daughters, Penny and Olive, and a black-and-white alley cat who hangs out in their backyard. Andrew Jacobson lives with his wife, Ashley, and their dog, Elvis, four traffic lights away.

THE FAMILIARS will be produced for film by Sam Raimi and Sony Animation.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blog Tour: Crossed Out Review




Stephanie Stewart didn't ask for her gift of guiding the deceased to the other side but she's stuck with it. Why can't dead people just follow that bright light and leave her alone? When Mr. Undead wants to use her special talent for his own evil purposes, her little gift becomes a major liability.

From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Loving the title font.

First Thoughts:
Man, I feel for Stephanie.

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My Review:
The concept of Crossed Out was definitely one that caught my eye. Stephanie's ability to help spirits cross over to the other side was fascinating enough alone, but the fact that she didn't really want this ability added that edge for me. From the very first page I watched as Stephanie tackled this "gift" of hers. I loved how Kim Baccellia pointed out Stephanie's very real feelings. Who wouldn't feel a bit confused and lost if you were constantly contacted by spirits?

Although I really adored Stephanie's character, I felt like there wasn't enough of an opportunity to get to know her very well in this story. Her development felt very rushed, and in fact by the time that I realized what was going on in her life I wasn't that invested in her struggle. I think Kim Baccellia did a great job of building Stephanie up as a high schooler and as a daughter, but I would have liked to see more attention paid to what she was on the inside. I like to be invested deeply in my characters so that I can support their struggles.

In the same respect, I felt like the overall story line was a bit rushed. There are a few key scenes in the book that are rushed through, and then mentioned later as important events. For one of these I was so confused that I had to go back and read the entire chapter before. I think there is a lot of promise in this story, and in this series, but that it just needs a little more polish. I for one am quite intrigued by Stephanie and her new found friend's abilities! I'd be on board to see what happens to them next.

Overall I think that Kim wrote a very original feeling and solid story, it just needs a bit more attention to detail. As I said I loved the concept and truthfully there is a lot to appreciate if you give it a read! I'll be looking out for more writing by Kim Baccellia and hope to see Stephanie back in another installment.







Book Details
Title: Crossed Out
Author: Kim Baccellia 
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
Pages: Paperback; 212
Source: Pump Up Your Book Promotions 

Final Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Fanatic Report 3


Read, Watch and Listen. This is my weekly roundup of awesome posts!

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As always, let's take a peek first at what's been happening here on my blog this week!

* This week on "Me Mondays" I discussed how I host my giveaways! The secret? Stop by the post and check it out!

* For those participating in the "Beach Reads" Summer Challenge, Holly Nicole Hoxter stopped by! It's almost time for the big day of prize winners. Come back tomorrow to see the big prize and post your wrap-up!

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* Peachtree Publishing had a fantastic article about writing to publishers to request review copies. As a blogger I know this can be daunting. It's nice to hear from a publisher about what they would like to see in an email.

* Ever wondered how to go about requesting donations from authors and bloggers? Once again Parajunkee does a fabulous job of explaining the proper way to handle this tricky email.

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* I loved this article by The Perpetual Page-Turner on book spoilers this week! I think Mockingjay has persuaded a lot of people to step forward about how they feel about this subject.

* The League of Extraordinary Writers posted an interesting question this week. Are we getting closer to the Hunger Games?

* How to Build a Bully, a look into how Adele Griffin built the characters for her new book The Julian Game.

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* This week the fabulous Maggie Stiefvater shared with us 7 Steps to Writing a Novel, complete with hilarious pictures!

* Ever had a problem with writing a house setting in your book? YA Highway posted this week about steps to make sure your house is a home, giving insight into the lives of your characters.

* Writer Unboxed posted an intriguing look at Telegraphing and other pace killers you'll want to avoid in your WIP.

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* NinjaBread Men Cookies. (Did she say Ninja?) Oh yeah I did! I want to make about 100 of these and nom their heads off one by one. Hi-ya chomp!!!

* Netflix streaming is now on the iPhone and the iPad. Wow! Seriously, it's easier than ever to be away from your house. Why ever go home? Well to sleep I guess...

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This week I bring you the trailer for Party by Tom Leveen.

It's saturday night in Santa Barbara and school is done for the year. Everyone is headed to the same party. Or at least it seems that way. The place is packed. The beer is flowing. Simple, right? But for 11 different people the motives are way more complicated. As each character takes a turn and tells his or her story, the eleven individuals intersect, and reconnect, collide, and combine in ways that none of them ever saw coming.




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Love it, hate it, want to add something to the list? Shoot me an email!



Blog Tour: Kim Baccellia Guest Post


Today I'm pleased to welcome Kim Baccellia to A Fanatic's Book Blog!

She is stopping by as part of her Crossed Out Blog Tour with a guest post for all you lovely readers. Aren't you lucky? I think so!


Without further ado, I'll let Kim take the stage.

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I’m Under Your Spell 

Casting a spell over someone is nothing new. There’s tons of examples in both novels and movies. Some symptoms of being under a spell include--irrational thinking, getting very sweaty, urgent need to be close to a person 24/7, rapid heartbeat, and obsessive thinking. The person under the spell will do things that will drive those around them crazy. No matter what you say to him or her, nothing matters. The other important thing is following that urge and desire. Even if the consequences are disastrous. 

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Here’s some fun examples of those under a spell: 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Poor Xander, after being turned down by mean girl Cordelia, he decides to make a spell for her to fall in love with him. Instead all the girls, including a counselor, are crazy about him to the point of almost wanting to do him in! In season seven, Buffy falls under the spell of a football player at sister Dawn’s high school. Problem is so does everyone else. I loved how Whedon shows Buffy trying to fight these irrational feelings, knowing they are wrong, but still going back to him. 



Wizards of Waverly Place 

Alex Russo has used her magic more than once to cast love spells. Once she tries to get love interest Brad to like her with a love potion, but she accidentally drinks both halves of the potion. She ends up falling in love with herself.

Another time she puts a spell on a male mannequin to get her ex-boyfriend jealous. The male mannequin falls in love with her and wants to stay human.




MERLIN 

A troll casts a spell causing Uther to fall in love with her. His son Arthur and others see this but Uther is blind to what’s going on. 


SMALLVILLE 

Who can forget the episode where a witch takes over Lana’s body, getting Clark to once more fall under her spell. This episode has to have the most sizzling chemistry ever. 





VAMPIRE DIARIES 

And finally we can’t forget Damon and his ability to charm the ladies just by looking into their eyes. 








In CROSSED OUT, Stephanie is attracted to Mark, the new guy at Sutter High. She can’t explain why she’s drawn to him, ignoring a still small voice that tells her he’s trouble. Crazy, huh? 

Read more of what happens when she follows Mark in my YA paranormal now available at Amazon. 

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Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things such as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. She even had her own horoscope column in middle school, which was a big hit! 

Kim’s other works include the poem, “My Father”, which appears in the anthology Mind Mutations, published by The Sun Rising Press. Her essay about the adoption of her son, Finally, Our Turn, appeared in Adoptive Families magazine. Her YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, is published by Virtual Tales and available now at Amazon. 

A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out, her latest paranormal young adult fiction novel. She’s also putting the finishing touches on an upper MG fantasy No Goddesses Allowed. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son. 


You can visit her website at www.kim-baccellia.com



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Summer Memories: Holly Nicole Hoxter



The "Beach Reads" Summer Challenge is nearing its end! In just a few days I'll be picking winners!

Don't forget to click the banner above and get some entries into the various contests before it is too late.

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Please welcome the lovely Holly Nichole Hoxter, author of The Snowball Effect to my blog!



I wasn't exactly an overachiever in school, but I didn't like to waste time. Throughout high school and college, I took night and summer classes and graduated with my BA in English two years ahead of schedule when I was only 19. But after that, I didn't have much of a plan. I actually felt pretty crappy for the first half of my post-graduation summer. I'd spent the past six years working toward a goal and now that I'd accomplished it, I didn't feel any sense of satisfaction. I felt empty and aimless. Like, "Okay. NOW what am I supposed to do?"

I spent a few weeks angsting about my lack of direction. Why didn't I have a finished novel already? Why didn't I have a job? Why didn't I at least have a boyfriend?

But eventually I decided to stop caring...and just relax.

Every afternoon I would walk to the high school down the street from my house and walk the track for hours. Then I would sit on the bleachers and write in my journal. Some nights the marching band practiced in the parking lot across the street. This probably sounds kind of lame and boring, and I guess it was. But I desperately needed boring at that moment in my life. I needed a slower pace.

After the sun went down and the darkness started to creep me out, I would head toward home and either stop at the snowball stand for a cherry snowball or 7-Eleven for a Big Gulp. Then I'd stay up all night writing. After I slept through the morning, I'd wake up and do it all again. And that's how I spent the entire month of August 2003. Walking and writing. Despite the copious amount of caffeine I consumed on a daily basis, I felt pretty good about myself. I felt healthier and happier than I'd ever been. I felt calm.

Then Real Life happened. I got a job (two, actually). The weather turned colder. Life became about doing what I HAD to do instead of doing what I WANTED to do.

But for the past seven years, the memory has served me well. Whenever I'm in a rut and I feel unhappy, I remember that perfect August month when I was able to spend my days doing exactly what I wanted to do. When I remember how happy and centered I felt then, I'm motivated to take a long walk, to find a quiet place and write in my journal for awhile...to just relax.





Holly Nicole Hoxter lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and four obese cats.  Summer is her absolute favorite season.  Her debut novel, The Snowball Effect, tells the story of 18-year-old Lainey who spends the summer post-graduation trying to make sense of her crazy falling-apart life.  You can visit her website at http://www.hollynicolehoxter.com .  



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Thank you Holly so much for stopping by!

To those participating, keep on reading! The final prize post and the wrap-up linky are both coming this week! Woohoo!



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Book Review: Rising Shadow


Ashlyn Woods just transferred to one of the most beautiful campuses on the west coast, where she can't wait to start her life over as a normal college student. But her plans take an unexpected turn when she discovers that she is a Soterian: a person who develops amazing powers when the balance of good and evil shifts too far in evil's favor.

Soon she and the other Soterians are studying martial arts and learning to use their powers to prevent California from being plunged into chaos. But they quickly discover that they're up against a much more dangerous enemy than they anticipated.

And when Ashlyn meets Kai, a devastatingly gorgeous guitar player, she realizes she must sacrifice more than she ever imagined.

From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
Simple, but eyecatching. A good combination!

First Thoughts:
This book opens with a scene that just wows you!

***

My Review:
I went into Rising Shadow completely blind, all I knew about the story was that there was a race called Soterians that are created when evil begins to outweigh good in the world. Interesting premise! After reading so many books in a row about paranormals, and people with special powers, I was looking for a different take on the subject. My hope was that the Soterians would sate my need for some superhero goodness with a bit of a twist.

The story starts with a flash forward look at the ending, and therefore begins with a big bang! As I opened the first page, I was immersed. Jacquelyn definitely picked the perfect opening to the book. It pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading. Sadly, this pace doesn't continue throughout the book. As I was getting to know the characters and their friends, the story was getting slower and slower paced. There were pages I found my eyes glued to every word, and then other pages where it seemed as though nothing was going on. 

One thing that I did love about this book was the cast of characters and their diversity. From the hot headed Michael, to the sweet and patient Rebecca, I found myself adoring the way they interacted with one another. It was refreshing to see romance present in the book without it overpowering the overall story line. However my one gripe was that Ashlyn was often extremely selfish when it came to the team. I kept trying to remind myself that it made her more human and realistic, but honestly it was a bit frustrating to read.

Overall I enjoyed Rising Shadow enough to finish it and I did love the ending! If the pacing had been a bit better, I truthfully would have loved the story even more. Jacquelyn Wheeler has created a new world, complete with the superhero twist that I was looking for! I'm looking forward to diving into her new book, Merger and finding out what happens to Ashlyn and her crew. 







Book Details
Title: Rising Shadow
Author: Jacquelyn Wheeler
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: Paperback; 378
Source: La Femme Readers Blog Tour

Final Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

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Monday, August 23, 2010

"Me Mondays" August 23rd

It's time for another weekly installment of "Me" Mondays! 

Don't know what this is? 

Click HERE to visit the opening post and see how to win a prize!


Apologies for the late post everyone. I've been feeling melancholy today and it's hard to post when you feel that way, but here I am!

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Lauren E asks:
How do you finance so many contests? I'd be broke!

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Search & Win


Plain and simple Lauren, that's my secret! If you click on the banner above you can sign up too and start earning. I use their search engine as my default, and I cash out my SwagBucks that I earn for Amazon.com gift cards.

Remember how my new contest allows people to win Amazon.com stuff? Mhmmm! It's mainly powered by the many gift cards I've racked up. Of course I still use my own money sometimes. I set myself a $30 limit per month for contest costs. My suggestion is to find an amount that works for you and stick to that! Then you can use things like SwagBucks to help you make up the difference.

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Thank you Lauren for your question! You have received an extra entry into the giveaway since it was the chosen to be answered!

As before, keep the questions coming! The more you ask, the more times you are entered to win the prize at the end of the month!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yes yes yes!


MOST EPIC MOVIE EVER.

Dear movie critics. I'm sorry you don't get the completely geeky jokes in this movie. I'm also sorry that you can't appreciate the beautifully and perfectly dry witty humor. 

I'll tell you what though.

I LOVED IT.

All I have is love for you Scott Pilgrim, all I have is love.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Tour: Thumbing Through Thoreau



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Today I am pleased to be able to present a review of the new Thoreau compilation book, Thumbing Through Thoreau. Creator Kenny Luck has brought together all of Thoreau's most profound quotes and separated them into a stunning and easy to reference volume.

Accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, each page boasts a formatted Thoreau quote that literally jumps off the page. One of the things that I personally love most about Thoreau's work is that it is very easy to discern his meaning. With the formatting that is present in this book, it's easier than ever and visually beautiful. 

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"Truth is always paradoxical."

(Journal I, vol. 7, June 26, 1840, p. 153)







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"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature."

(Walden, "The Ponds," pp. 206-207)




For those who are Thoreau buffs, this book will definitely be a treat. Split into three sections, "Spirituality and Nature", "Society and Government" and "Love", this book is an all encompassing volume on the work of Thoreau. For those who are new to Thoreau, I think this is a fabulous way to introduce them to his work.

Without a doubt, I would recommend Thumbing Through Thoreau to absolutely everyone out there! His writing is intriguing enough alone, but having it presented in such a well thought out and visually stunning fashion takes it to a new level. I am please I was able to review this, and look forward to purchasing a bound copy of my very own.


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