Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cover reveal+Giveaway: Corded by Alyssa Rose Ivy 

Book blurb: In a world where women are commodities, the only thing more rare than finding true love is a happy ending. 
 Kayla is in hiding—her only crime being born a girl in a society of 99% men. When her sister and niece are kidnapped, she is willing to do anything to save them. Kayla ventures into the dangerous streets of the city, a place where a woman can be claimed by anyone unless she has been marked by a club.
Desperate, she turns to Mason, a powerful club leader whose help comes at a cost—her freedom.
Author Bio: Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review+giveaway: Date with the Dead by Chris Myers

Date with the Dead by Chris Myers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: June 16, 2012

Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston’s closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him. That’s right she can communicate with the dead. It’s the living she has trouble with. She and her mom inherited this awesome crib in Plymouth, MA. It’s quite a step-up from the homeless shelter in New Orleans, but there’s a catch. They can’t afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie’s working on that.
Jolie starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she’s managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie allergic to ghosts. Brit actually thinks he resembles the R&B singer Chris Brown. All that pink has clouded her vision. They both have special talents Jolie’s hoping will be useful to their venture. Right now, they’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head.
Hayden, a really cute guy, who lost his Wiccan mother, wants to join them, but Jolie’s grandmother warned her about his kind. Not that it matters. Jolie seriously doubts a living guy as hot as Hayden will be interested in a girl cozy with the dead.

An e-copy of this book had been provided ot me in exchange for an honest review.

 Review: Date with the Dead was brilliantly written. It was mysterious, engrossing, and totally fun to read! The story was really nicely developed. It had a mysterious edge to it throughout which I liked. Jolie's POV was very interesting to read since the character itself was intriguing. Chris Myers did a wonderful job at executing this story.

Jolie was a fun girl. I liked her from the beginning because even after the hardships she had been through, she was still strong. Her willingness to help people was heart-warming. I didn't get bored even once while reading this novel mainly because Jolie's POV kept it interesting through and through!

All the other characters were really nicely built-up. In the beginning I kept my suspicions on Hayden for being the villain of the story so I never really got a chance to really appreciate him . Drew however, took all the brownie points from me. He was funny, charming and totally sweet! If a love triangle does happen to happen, I'm all for Team Drew! Even though he's a ghost. Which can be a slight drawback for their love story but still.
Brittany was very fun too. The author gave a very nice message through her. You can't judge who the person really is just on the way they look. Brittany was a superb character. She was quirky and frank. Sort of reminded me of Alona from The Ghost and the Goth, as did some other characters but that's okay. :)

Only a very good author can write a mystery story where the reader keeps on guessing what the suspense is gonna be till the end and still gets it wrong. Hats off to the author for writing that part so well! If you like a YA supernatural book with kick-ass characters and a great mystery, the Date with the Dead is definitely for you. :D

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

ARC Review- The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb:  Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who's gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.

Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.

An ARC of this book has been provided to me by the author. in exchange for an honest review.

My review: The Gatekeeper's Challenge was an engrossing read. To be honest, after reading the first book, I thought this would turn out to be similar, but it wasn't! The story was quite interesting and had a steady pace from the beginning which I loved.

Therese might just be my favourite character in this book. Not just because the story revolves around her but also because of her sweet and caring nature. She wasn't kick-ass or anything, but still pretty awesome. The way she faced the challenges set by Hades so bravely was really fun to read. At one point when her trust for

Than started wavering, I got really annoyed and expected her to do something overly-stupid. The stupid part was correct but thankfully, she didn't just give up. Instead, she decided to correct her mistake in whatever way she could and that was one reason I won't label her as the dumb, needs-the-guy-to-come-save-her-pretty-ass heroine.

YA mythology is one of my favourite genres in books as well as movies so whenever I read or watch one, I automatically have high expectations from it. After reading the first book in this series, my expectations for this one were a bit low but I'm very glad to say that I did enjoy it. There were still some parts where I hoped that things had turned out differently.

Overall, I'll say that if you've read the first book AND loved it, you would absolutely adore this one too. But for those who didn't like it that much, trust me, this one will surely grab your attention!

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Review- Vampire University by V.J. Erikson

Vampire University by V.J. Erickson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb: Constantly moving as she grew up, Taylor had learned the hard way how to blend in wherever she went. But when she moves to VanCamp University for her freshman year of college, she immediately finds herself at the center of attention of nearly everyone she encounters. From the charismatic and mysterious Evans twins, to her quirky, clingy roommate Hannah, it seems that the people in Taylor's new college life have no intention of letting her be the wallflower.

It's not just blending in that Taylor has to worry about, though. At VanCamp University, there is more to the staff and students than meets the eye. While trying to adjust to her new life on campus, she finds herself in a world where fairy tales and reality collide, where gargoyles and leprechauns mingle with humans and vampires, and where nothing is as it first appears.

And as she discovers the truth of her own unusual heritage, Taylor learns that fairy tales are just the beginning.

My Review: Vampire University was short and quick. I expected a bit more from this novel, but nonetheless, it was good enough for a one-time read.

The story was interesting and the moment I started it, I was eager to read more. It had my full interest for a while but the pace was just so faaaaaaaaaaaast! One moment Taylor is entering the VanCamp University and in the next she has already started fighting the main villain of the story. It was good but I wish there was some more...material in it.

Taylor came off as a snob in the beginning, quite frankly. But later when she she developed her powers, I started liking her. Hannah was my favourite character in this book. She seemed to be the most sensible of all and I would definitely love to read about her story.

Though there was no romance in this book, the action was plenty. I didn't even realize I'd finished the book until I'd actually finished it. Overall, this would be enjoyed by vampire-lovers since it provides another fresh outlook on our dear blood-suckers but I would definitely not prefer to spend my money on such a short story, which is why I bought it for FREE on Amazon! OK, I'm too lazy to post the link here but you're free to check it out if you want. ;)

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