Thursday, October 31, 2013

HALLOWEEN CRAZE

BBBBOOOOOO....!!!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 

I know my banner sucks right now. I lack some templates for Halloween; I'm currently working on that. I've never really celebrated Halloween because trick-or-treating is not really popular in the Philippines but I'm going to celebrate it in my blog nonetheless.

What better way to celebrate a spooky occasion than reading a great scary book. Sadly, I'm not really into scary stuff. However, I'm going to share to you guys some great books that might match the occasion. Most of them are paranormal, both adult and YA. Of course, hot vampires and werewolves are lurking in the night. Ghosts are also everywhere, hunting you.

Here are some of my hand pick books for the occasion. Some of the serious must try in my shelf. (Click image for synopsis)

A lot of these books have awesome cover that truly matches the Halloween air. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wasteland by Lindsay Leggett

Wasteland by Lindsay Leggett
(Flight #2)
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Wasteland, the next book in the FLIGHT trilogy, takes place a few months after the ending of book one.

Trapped in a cell and experimented on, Piper Madden’s only hope is remembering Asher. Then, Elder Corp President Rupert Elder gives her new orders: to be a leader in a war against the Harpies. Without a choice, Piper must obey Rupert’s commands or suffer from paralyzing and painful Nanomachines. But the war is just beginning, and Asher has gone missing. The resistance is slowly building, and the upcoming war will be larger and bloodier than anything seen since the Devastation that ruined the earth. Throughout all of this, Piper remembers the time before she ran to Ichton, when David was alive and her hope in Elder Corp was still strong.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Ovialell book 2 & 3 (Queen of the Witches & Witch Won) by Tish Thawer

Queen of The Witches by Tish Thawer
(Ovialell #2)
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
Aryiah has taken her rightful place as Queen of The Witches. She now faces the challenging task of helping the Goddess Diana to find out who is behind the increased attacks in Ovialell.

With another war on the horizon, Aryiah and Damarius will have to face an old friend and a new enemy…one that is close to Aryiah’s heart.

Recently reborn, newly married, and suddenly in charge, Aryiah struggles to find a balance between her previous life and her present one


Witch Won by Tish Thawer
(Ovialell #3)
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance

Synopsis:
With enemies revealed and another Great Rift in progress, now is the time for Aryiah to use her powers to save all of Ovialell from destruction.

With the help of The Witches, Aryiah leads the fight using all her magick. But with her heart still in pain from her recent loss, will her magick be enough to win the war?

With enemies at the door and her world on the brink of ruin, Aryiah has to once again make a decision that could possibly lead to her own demise.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blitz + Giveaway: The Unseem by J.L. Bryan

The Unseen by J.L. Bryan
Publication date: October 31st 2013
Genres: Horror


Synopsis:
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid
it.To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.


Purchase Link:

The Unseen by J.L. Bryan has a special release price of 99 cents through Halloween. See his website for details and links: http://jlbryanbooks.com/books/theunseen.html

Blitz + Giveaway: Dream Slayer Series by Jill Cooper

The Dream Slayer
Jill Cooper
(The Dream Slayer #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver.

Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart. Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.


Demon Royale
Jill Cooper
(The Dream Slayer #2)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson's life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town's borders.

The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents' souls. Natalie's investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.

Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie's shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:

The Slayer.



Dawning Apocalypse
Jill Cooper
(The Dream Slayer #3)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Protection, murder, deception....

No one can know Natalie works for a supernatural protection agency and is charged with protecting Meadow’s Creek from vampires. But as their numbers swell, their presence doesn't go unnoticed throwing her town under the microscope from the local government and the FBI.

Natalie’s job is pushed even further into the shadows where she must dodge the police, concerned citizens and even her own parents.

Meanwhile a deadly plague grips the town and Natalie suspects it’s more than just a hacking cough. While the stress of working overtime erodes her relationships she will race against time, illness, to face a familiar enemy, save an old friend, and stop an undead seize that wants nothing more than to suck Meadow’s Creek dry.


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Blitz + Giveaway: Kiss the Tiger by Raquel Lyon


Kiss the Tiger by Raquel Lyon
Publication date: September 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult


Synopsis:
Amy’s love life sucks. At college, she thought she’d found the man of her dreams, but then she hadn't planned on his brother’s sadistic intervention, and after that night, Amy’s life was never the same.

Deciding the only way to forget is to move on, she searches for comfort in the arms of other men, but the satisfaction she craves remains elusive. No amount of one night stands can replace her lost love.

On a long awaited summer holiday, her sister hopes to change Amy’s luck, planning to find them both plenty of sexy fun on the hot summer nights. Sadly, an unforeseen turn of events threatens to drive a wedge into their sisterly love.

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Cover Reveal: Peaceful Genocide by J. A. Reynolds

Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds
Publication date: November 25th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Mitzi and Deuce can recall how many drops of water were on a leaf from a rainstorm five years ago and conversations from last week, month, or year. They have the ability to remember every second of everyday—since birth.

This gift has blessed Mitzi with a history of being sexually assaulted by researchers and abused by her own parents. She trusts no one. Likes no one. Deuce, however, is a high school standout. His gift has made him a superstar on the football field and his memory promises him endless opportunities.

When they both end up at an Alzheimer’s research facility under false proviso, they quickly realize this place isn’t what it seems to be. They endure crazy military-style tests, are forcefully drugged, and complete real-life simulations that haunt them.

Mitzi and Deuce have no idea what the researchers want to do with them or their memories. But one thing is clear: the researchers will go to any lengths to get what they want.

Dawning Apocalypse by Jill Cooper Excerpt

Dawning Apocalypse Excerpt 
Behind the backdrop of the moonlight she saw a human form moving, shadowing the movement of several officers on the west side of the building.
“Bob’s still here.” Natalie used their keyword for vampires since the media had dubbed the ‘serial killer’ Pinhole Bob thanks to the marks left on the victims’ necks. “He’s on the move.”
Her ear cleared of static. “Be careful,” Charles Buckle, her guide and old mentor said with a stern sharpness to his voice. She didn’t have a cover story if she got caught and the last thing she needed right now was having her parents awoken in the middle of the night by the police.

The Unseen by J. L. Bryan Excerpt

THE UNSEEN


by J.L. Bryan

Chapter One


Years later, Cassidy would remember the night of the party as her first encounter with the unseen world.  It began with broken glass, blood, and a homemade Ouija board.

The day after Cassidy’s seventeenth birthday, her mother was away at work for the night, inadvertently giving Cassidy the best possible present: a Saturday night alone at the apartment.  Her younger brother Kieran was staying at a friend’s house for the weekend.  Cassidy’s mother had forbidden her to have any guests except for her best friend, Barb.  Boys, as always, were doubly forbidden while Cassidy’s mother was working the night shift at the hotel.  Her mother called her on the land line to make sure she was home—never Cassidy’s cell, always the land line.

Kiss the Tiger by Raquel Lyon Excerpt

Kiss the Tiger Excerpt

The midday sun had heated the air to an unbearable level, and I understood why the word siesta existed in certain hot countries. In fact, it had turned into one of those days where the only thing you want to do is open the refrigerator door and stand in front of it. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I grabbed a quick bite to eat in the cool of the air-conditioned snack bar and returned to my room, intending to stick a film in the DVD player and chill out until the rays lengthened. The opening credits were rolling when there was a knock on the door. It couldn’t be the maid. When I’d returned, the bed was made and my top had gone to the big dumpster in the sky.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood


Title: Honor's Splendour 
Author: Julie Garwood
Series: N/A
Genre:Historical, Romance

Duncan, the Baron of Wexton or also known as, the Wolf, will get his revenge on Baron Louddon for dishonoring his sister. He planned to invade Louddon's fortress and capture his sister, Madelyne, an eye-for-an-eye. However, his plan changed when a girl came out in the dead cold to free him and warm his feet. He could not distance himself to the girl no matter how much he wants to. His captive might have been the one to capture him. 

Madelyne could never stomach her brother's cruel heart. She has been subjected to his abuse for years. She learned one thing with his brother, which is to hide her emotions. Madelyne planned to escape his brother and live with her cousin. However, saving the man strapped to the post, prevented her from doing so. Being captive to the feared Wolf made Madelyne want somethings she couldn't attain: love, safety, and freedom.

This is actually the second time I read this book. I seriously couldn't remember anything about the story so it was like reading it all over again. It also made me reevaluate my judgement about Julie Garwood's books. I think I may be mistaken about my previous comments and expectations for Julie.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: Castles by Julie Garwood


Title: Castles
Author: Julie Garwood
Series: Crown's Spies series book 4
Genre: Historical, Romance

Princess Alesandra was orphaned at a young age. She lived in a covent and learned everything from the nuns. However, a letter arrived from Alesandra's guardian, Henry, that she is in danger. General Ivan wants to marry her no matter what. Alesandra packed her bags and went to find a husband in London to stop the threats General Ivan poses. She tried to live with her guardian and her wife but they suddenly got ill, as well as Caine & Jade, so she was sent to stay with Colin. 

Colin doesn't have marriage in mind, even when his parents keep on making matches for him. He planned to make his and Nathan's shipping company prosper first before anything else. However, a princess stepped into his house and changed everything. He and Alesandra were to be betrothed. Colin accepted thinking of duty and her protection. However, deceiving himself is not an option anymore when he can't separate himself from her wife. 

I had a little trouble reading this book and writing this review. My friend told me that she hated Castles and it ruined Julie Garwood's name for her. I don't know if I was bias already or not (I think I wasn't) but I seriously got irritated with this book. First of all, knowing that it was Colin's book, I already had a bad feeling. Don't get me wrong I like Colin in the previous books. However, it has been my experience when an author uses a minor character for spin off, they aren't all that great, and I had that exact feeling with this book.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood


Title: Guardian Angel
Author: Julie Garwood
Series: Crown's Spies series book 2
Genre: Historical, Romance

Caine, the Marquess of Cainewood, vowed to avenge the death of his little brother, Colin. He will kill Pagan, the pirate responsible for the death of his brother. Pagan is a notorious pirate who stole from the rich and gives it to the poor, leaving behind a white rose as his message. 

Caine tried to pretend to be Pagan to lure him out. Every night he stays in the tavern and waits for him. One night, a beautiful lady, Jade, was looking for Pagan. She tried to hire Caine to kill her because of the people after her. Caine was reluctant to do so and promised the girl that he will protect her until her brother, Nathan returns. The more time they spend together, the more they are drawn to each other. However, it seems the timid and bad mouthed girl isn't the one in need of his protection. Jade is keeping a secret that might destroy the attraction they have. 

I've missed Julie Garwood! It's been so long since I've read one of her books and it's damn refreshing. I'm quite happy that I managed to get a copy of most of Julie's historical romance books a few days ago. To tell you, it has been a long long search. I'm actually almost done with all of them, after my addiction to Julie's book the last time. However, I think I will be repeating them to refresh my memory and write some reviews. Also, they are just that darn great. Sorry for the swearing. Jade is seriously rubbing off me :)))). I could seriously say that Julie Garwood is one of the best plot makers of historical romance. She has the substance and the great story. Though sometimes, not so great ending. This author could come up with the best background story and climaxes.

Cover Reveal: Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade

Design by Najla Qamber
Beneath Manhattan Skies by Emma Meade 
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:
November in New York is cold but full of possibility for college freshman Erin Harris. When her twin brother, Nick, shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, Erin is delighted. Unfortunately, Nick’s arrival coincides with the discovery of a body outside her apartment building, a body drained of blood. Right away, Nick assumes vampires are involved. He’s not exactly their biggest fan since Erin dated one in high school.

Juggling nosy roommates, a first date with a gorgeous guy from college and a brother on a Van Helsing kick is enough to keep any nineteen year old girl busy – And then Erin’s old flame walks back into her life.

Is Erin destined to be caught up in supernatural shenanigans, or will she choose a different path?

(A 45,000 word Novella).

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake


Title: Nightwalker
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Series: Dark Days series book 1
Genre: Urban fantasy (Vampires, Werewolf, Faeries, Witches & Warlocks)

Mira is the feared fire wielding nightwalker (vampire). She is the keeper of the nightwalkers in Savannah, which is her domain. She protects the secret of the nightwalkers from the human, killing those who threatens to expose them. However, a new threat arises in her city. A vampire hunter, Danaus, is killing her kind and it is her job to deal with him. 

Encountering the vampire hunter intrigued Mira. She doesn't know what this powerful being is and what he knows about her people and her past. Also, Danaus seems to be intrigued by her, as well. Mira wasn't able to kill the man after mentioning the "naturi". The single word opened up memories & nightmares that Mira tries to suppress. Their old enemies seems to be on the move again to destroy both vampires and mankind. Another war is coming and Mira doesn't know if she could survive another war with the naturis. She also do not know if she could trust anyone around her, including Danaus. 

I'm so happy that I managed to read another good urban fantasy book. Reading young adult for tour reviews haven't been that satisfying. I'm still not done with my addiction to urban fantasy and I don't now when it will end.

Back to the book, what attracted me to the series was Mira being a fire wielder. I have this thing for elemental powers and I thought the plot was interesting enough, which is actually true. There were some interesting revelations in this book that I didn't anticipate. The betrayals and lies that are happening were quite shocking and interesting. I seriously pitied Mira by the end of the book, which you'll find out if you give this book a chance. The flow was great. Each chapter contains a lot of excitement in it. I had a hard time putting the book down so I could do other stuff, like sleep.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Girls Are Players by Ingrid Seymour

Girls Are Players by Ingrid Seymour
(G.A.P. #2)
Publication date: December 4th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:
Jessica Norton is a villain in the body of a gorgeous, rich, college girl. She cheats, lies, plays with people’s feelings, and purposely breaks unsuspecting hearts to avenge a personal loss. She’s the kind of girl people love to hate—even if it’s just because she has it all. Except . . . she doesn't have it all. What she wants most is the love of her high school sweetheart, Taylor Drennon, the guy who got away, the one who left without telling her why and caused all her bitterness.

Not surprisingly, Jessica’s evil has made her a pariah. Alone, without friends or Taylor’s love, her college life is a nightmare. She’s haunted by her own mistakes and drowning in lack of direction. Something needs to change. So when the first opportunity to turn her life around presents itself, she takes it. Home for Christmas break, Jessica runs into Taylor. His unexpected friendliness seems like an invitation to rekindle their love. Inspired by a drastic idea that will both distance her from her heinous reputation and pull her closer to Taylor, she decides to transfer to OSU where he attends under a football scholarship.

Confident she can regain his heart, Jessica reenters Taylor’s life with a splash. Failing to naturally lure him closer, she is then forced to rely on her old games and underhanded scheming. Though Jessica’s heart is in the right place, it is hidden from Taylor by her blunders. More than once their powerful chemistry takes control, leading Jessica to believe she’s winning. But, it’s a hot and cold affair, and she’s not the only one to blame for their stormy love. If Jessica can only coax Taylor into explaining why he doesn’t want her, maybe she could finally walk away from him for good, maybe she could finally be happy.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

9 Killer Thrillers Book Bundle + Giveaway


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