Sunday, January 31, 2010

Beautiful Creatures Swag Contest


ends Feb 5
enter at Behind the Cover

Books Read in January


I read a total of 35 books in January...

5 Stars

Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter
Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
River Secrets by Shannon Hale
Forest Born by Shannon Hale
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night by Kresley Cole
Dark Needs at Nights Edge by Kresley Cole
Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole

4.5 Star

Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead

4 Stars

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Queene of Light by Jennifer Armintrout
Child of Darkness by Jennifer Armintrout
Veil of Shadows by Jennifer Armintrout
Geek High by by Piper Banks
Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

3.5 Stars

Vacations from Hell by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, and Maureen Johnson
Geektastic by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Pastworld by Ian Beck
Playing Easy to Get by by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Jaid Black
Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz
Masquerade by Melissa De la Cruz
Revalations by Melissa De la Cruz
The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa De la Cruz

3 Stars

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast

Valentine's Day Book Massacre Giveaway at Dark Faerie Tales

To enter this giveaway you have to comment at Dark Faerie Tales blog with the answer to this question:

Tell us your Top 3 romantic couples or What’s your favorite love story? Why?

There will be 4 winners:

1 Grand Prize Winner (5 Books)
1 First Place Winner (4 Books)
1 Second Place Winner (3 Books)
1 Third Place Winner (2 Book)

there are 30 awesome books to choose from up for grabs.
giveaway ends Feb 21

enter at
Dark Faerie Tales

Friday, January 29, 2010

Move with Me Giveaway at 25 Hour Books

Update your feeders and links to the new 25 Hour Books site to be entered into this great giveaway. Once certain goals are reached a new prize gets added:

10 readers- A copy of Soulless by Gail Carriger
20- a tea package
25- $10 amazon gift card
30- a mug from P&P Printing

AND now there will be a 2nd place prize of your choice of 2 Sookie Stackhouse books! if feedburner reaches 50 readers!!

ends Feb 5

enter at 25 Hour Books

Thursday, January 28, 2010

CSN Stores

Hi everyone! I know this is not book related but I have this great site you should check out. If you are tired of you boring old mailboxes just head over to MoreMailboxes.com! Most people probably don't think about their mailboxes too much but they should! It is a great way to beautify the outside of your home. These are some of my favorites:

Secure Logic Mail Vault - 2030 - X

This mailbox is really cool because you use a keypad to retrieve your mail. That way you know your mail is safe and secure. It also has a really unique look that I love.

Special Lite Products Floral Curbside Mailbox

This mailbox has serious curb appeal. From the color to the vines and leaves it is just gorgeous. I think it has a simple elegance to it and my favorite part is the leaf handle.
coming soon from CSN stores I will be doing a review of one of their book shelves!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Book Review: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre


  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (February 26, 2008)
As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

Sirantha carries the J-gene which lets her jump ships through Grimspace along with a pilot. It reminds me of Star Trek a little where they are able to go into warp speed (or whatever it is called) and then appear halfway across the galaxy. Jax is a fall guy and the "man" is hunting her down. She (and the crew that busted her out) get into a lot of life or death situations and bounce around alien planets looking for well...aliens to help their cause. It is a frustratingly interesting book. I say frustrating because sometimes it was hard for me to keep up with what is being said...so much data for my tiny brain. Okay, not really but I occasionally felt like I missed out on vital information that would explain what the hell they were talking about. This book is very sci-fi with action and a smidge of romance even. It was a new experience for me, definitely out of my comfort zone, but I loved it. Now I have to run out and get the next 2 books in the series.

4/5

This book was a gift. Any opinions are my own and no one elses.

Book Review: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta


  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (July 4, 2006)
Latina Ivy League grad Milagro de Los Santos can't find her place in the world or a man to go with it. Then one night, at a book party for her pretentious ex-boyfriend, she meets an oddly attractive man. After she is bitten while kissing him, she falls ill and is squirreled away to his family's estate to recover. Vampires don't exist in this day and age -- or do they? As Milagro falls for a fabulously inappropriate man, she finds herself caught between a family who has accepted her as one of their own and a shady organization that refuses to let the undead live and love in peace.

This book was definitely a fun and witty read. Action, drama, romance, humor, seriously awkward situations....you name it. I thought it was interesting how the character interactions evolved. Some relationships were a bit unexpected. On the other hand, there was some predictability as well but I suppose it kept things grounded. Milagro is a Latina and it shows in her character which I just love and it will be fun to read more about her in the rest of this series.

4/5

I won this book in a giveaway. My opinions are my own and no one elses.

Bottoms Up 2010 Reading Challenge

Ellz Readz is hosting the Bottoms Up 2010 Reading Challenge. This is a simple challenge where the goal is to take 2-3 books from the bottom of your TBR pile each month and read them. This challenge is perfect for me because I have a problem with my TBR pile...it has grown into a monster. There are so many books I want to read that a lot of them just keep getting pushed further down into the pile. SO I decided to join this challenge. My goal is 2 books a month.
Check out the deets HERE

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Heart of Darkness



  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction…

The Darkest Angel by Gena Showalter

A Lords of the Underworld tale

An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….

Love Me to Death by Maggie Shayne

Twenty-two years ago four teenage boys were convicted of a young girl's murder. Now, in the form of a beautiful woman, the "victim" is seeking vengeance. And only one man dares to dig into the past to uncover its secrets… and set her free.

Lady of the Nile by Susan Krinard

Lady Tameri believes herself to be the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess, and Leo Erskine has set out to prove her wrong…never dreaming that the two of them are about to discover a prophecy that will bind them together forever.


*I just received this book for Christmas and I am very excited to read it. Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors and I have loved everything she has written so far. I am sure the other writers of this book are wonderful as well. Gena has a great contest going on at her blog right now for spreading the word about Heart of Darkness....check it out HERE

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mrs. Magoo Reads New Years Contest: Win 10 Books

One winner will receive:

-Hardcover of Ice
-Hardcover of Year of the Horse
-Hardcover of Melonhead (gently used)
-Paperback of Curse of the Shamra (used)
-ARC of Geektastic
-ARC of Captivate
-ARC of Fat Cat (gently used)
-ARC of Going Bovine (used)
-ARC of Savvy Girl (gently used)
-ARC of Give Up the Ghost (gently used)

winner will be announced on February 14.
enter at Mrs. Magoo Reads