Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween
Everyone have a Fun and Safe Halloween!

fan art by GEKIMURA

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Randomness

The EW covers for Into the Woods look interesting. I'm one of those that love the Johnny Depp quirky roles. He's wearing a werewolf zoot suit. I shouldn't but I love it. You can see the rest of the covers here
For Who Could Ever Learn
by Newsha-Ghasemi
Halloween Raven
by  jerry8448

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 10/27/2014

Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson (#22 Inspector Banks)
All Broke Down by Cora Carmack (#2 Rusk University)
Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh (#7 Guild Hunter)
Black Spring by Christina Henry (#7 Black Wings)
Blackthorne by Lexxie Couper (#8 Heart of Fame)
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (#1 Hidden Legacy)
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens (#21 The Cynster Series)
Catalyst by S. J. Kincaid (#3 World War III Insignia trilogy)
Cherished: by Lexi Blake (#7.5 Masters and Mercenaries)
Destiny's Captive by Beverly Jenkins (#3 Destiny)
Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow (#2 Secret Diamond Sisters)
Drawn Blades by Kelly McCullough (#5 Fallen Blade)
Eternal by C C Hunter (#2 Shadow Falls: After Dark)
Flight of Magpies by KJ Charles (#3 Charm of Magpies)
Forbidden Ground by Karen Harper (#2 Cold Creek)
Full Contact by Sidney Halston (#2 Worth the Fight)
Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith (#15 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Havana Storm by Clive Cussler (#23 Dirk Pitt)
Ho Ho Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett (#8 Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (#3 Darkest Minds)
Inner Demon by Jocelynn Drake (#3.3 The Asylum Tales)
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron (#12 Jane Austen)
Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan (#3 O'Neil Family)
Mia's Recipe for Disaster by Coco Simon (#22 Cupcake Diaries)
Need You Now by Lisa Renee Jones (#7 1001 Dark Nights)
Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh (#4 Survivor's Club)
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice (#11 Vampire Chronicles)
Rampant by Gemma James (#2 Condemned)
Rellik by Teresa Mummert (#1 Killers)
Resisting Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries (#2 The Ruby Rose)
Seducing the Dragon by Jessie Donovan (#5 Sacrificed to the Dragon)
Smiley by Laurann Dohner (#13 New Species)
Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne (#1 Snow Angel Cove)
Star of the East. A Lady Emily Christmas Story by Tasha Alexander (#9.5 Emily Ashton)
Sudden Backtrack by Kim Harrison (#13.5 Rachel Morgan / The Hollows)
Talon by Julie Kagawa (#1 Talon Saga)
Tenacious by Mike Shepherd (#12 Kris Longknife)
The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman (#2 Playful Brides)
The Buried by Shelley Coriell (#2 Apostles)
The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak (#7 Whiskey Creek)
The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander (#5 Millworth Manor)
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (#2.5 Kingkiller Chronicle)
The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle (#4 Rhymes with Love)
The Wicked Ways of Alexander Kidd by Paula Quinn (#2 The McGregors: Highland Heirs)
The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly (#12 Charlie Parker)
The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (#1 A Song Of Ice and Fire Universe)
To Hell and Back by H P Mallory (#3 Lily Harper)
Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward (#2 Jewell Cove)
Until the End by Abbi Glines (#9 Sea Breeze)
Waterfall by Lauren Kate (#2 Teardrop)
We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis (#3 Timmy Failure)
What The Heart Desires by Kelli McCracken (#4 Soulmate)
Wolf on the Run by N J Walters (#3 Salvation Pack)
Wyoming Strong by Diana Palmer (#4 Wyoming Men)
Yours For Christmas by Susan Mallery (#15.5 Fools Gold)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review ~ The Vault of Dreamers

The Vault of Dreamers

by Caragh M O'Brien
published by Roaring Brook Press
genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Summary (Goodreads): The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

My Thoughts: I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. The author does a great job of sucking you in and keeping you interested right until the end. My problem is when that end came I had more questions than answers.
Forge school is Big Brother for students. Rosie and her classmates are on camera twelve hours a day. The only time they are not is the twelve hours when they are in a drugged sleep that is supposed to enhance their creativity. While we are told this is an arts school we really don't see much of it. The only time it is a focus is when Rosie is trying to make the final cuts to stay at the school.
The other thing that helps her stay is the insta-love story. This was my least favorite part. The relationship between Rosie and Linus could have been more if they weren't "in love" and kissing for the camera within a day of meeting.
What saved this and kept me reading was the mystery of what was happening at night. Rosie's adventures lead to discovery of happenings deep underneath the school grounds. I'm not sure if I found the Dean as a bad guy in the traditional sense, he was more creepy and fanatical about his medical research.
Unfortunately the ending was way too confusing for me. I wasn't sure if it had been a couple of months or a couple of years since Rosie made her big discovery and became the Dean's ward. We don't know what happened to any of the students or Linus. I could keep going about the things that weren't resolved/answered. Part of me wants to read a follow up book just to get some answers but not sure I could handle more questions.

Rating: 3.5

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

Decided to do some book stuff this week. Starting with some new covers that I came across. None of these come out until 2015 (which is closer than it sounds).

Velvet by Temple West (Goodreads) Orphan and Demon Vamp neighbor. Not familiar with this author but really like the cover.

Siren's Fury by Mary Weber (Goodreads) This is the second in the Storm Siren series (Storm Siren #1). Another that I'm not familiar with but sounds like you will either love or not.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Goodreads) Came across this awhile ago but thought I would add. This one sounds like something I would give a definite chance. I love fairy-tale retellings, this one is inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

Lastly... a trailer for the new Morganville series. Starts on October 27 only on Geek & Sundry (website) Not sure how I feel about this. Loved the book series but....