Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 01/26/2015

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd (#3 The Madman's Daughter)
A Tale of Two Sisters by Debbie Dadey (#10 Mermaid Tales)
Alive and Kicking by Chris Lynch (#3 World War II)
Alive Day by Rebecca Crowley (#2 Homefront)
Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James (#6 Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire (#2 Maddox Brothers)
Beyond Limits by Laura Griffin (#8 Tracers)
Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop (#1 TombQuest)
Breaking Creed by Alex Kava (#1 Ryder Creed)
Burning Nation by Trent Reedy (#2 Divided We Fall Trilogy)
Chaos by Lanie Bross (#2 Fates)
Craved by an Alpha by Felicity Heaton (#5 Eternal Mates)
Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson (#3 The Night Walkers)
Day Zero by Marc Cameron (#5 Jericho Quinn)
Echo Lake by Carla Neggers (#4 Swift River Valley)
Echoes of Dollanganger by V. C. Andrews (#2 Christopher's Diary)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (#3.5 Lunar Chronicles)
Fireworks: Riley by Liliana Hart (#3.5 The MacKenzie Brothers)
Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl (#3 Jackson Girl's Night Out)
For Keeps by Rachel Lacey (#2 Love to the Rescue)
Forged in Fire by Juliette Cross (#1 Vessel Trilogy)
Full Tilt by Rick Mofina (#2 Kate Page)
Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (#0.5 Shadow Ops)
Gilt by Association by Karen Rose Smith (#3 Caprice De Luca Mystery)
If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries (#4 The Duke's Men)
In For the Kill by Shannon McKenna (#11 McCloud Brothers)
In His Keeping by Maya Banks (#2 Slow Burn)
No Place That Far by L. A. Witt (#6 Distance Between Us)
Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout (#2 California Bones)
Panther Prowling by Yasmine Galenorn (#17 Sisters of the Moon - Otherworld)
Pillars of Fire by Laurice Elehwany Molinari (#2 Ether)
Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon (#2 Bad Boys Undercover)
Playing Dirty by Kelly Jamieson (#3 Windy City Kink)
Risking it All by Tessa Bailey (#1 Crossing the Line)
Shadow of the Raven by Tessa Harris (#5 Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery)
Shark Skin Suite by Tim Dorsey (#18 Serge Storms)
Sweet Surprise by Candis Terry (#4 Sweet, Texas)
Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross (#2 Kill Me Softly)
Teardrop Lane by Emily March (#9 Eternity Springs)
The Devil Takes a Bride by Julia London (#2 The Cabot Sisters)
The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin (#2 SPI Files)
The Empty Throne by Cayla Kluver (#2 Heirs of Chrior)
The Inquisitor's Mark by Dianne K. Salerni (#2 Eighth Day)
The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller (#2 Brides of Bliss County)
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (#2 The Bone Season)
The Rebel of Copper Creek by R C Ryan (#2 Copper Creek Cowboys)
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (#4 Smythe-Smith
The Three Fates of Ryan Love by Erin Quinn (#2 Beyond)
This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle (#2 Fixer-Upper Mystery)
Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose (#2 The Boys of Summer)
Toured to Death by Hy Conrad (#1 Amy s Travel Mystery)
Viper Game by Christine Feehan (#11 Ghostwalkers)
We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg (#2 The Lonely Hearts Club)
Zombified by Adam Gallardo (#2 Zombie Apocalypse)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review ~ Dark Frost

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy #3)

by Jennifer Estep
published by Kensington
genre: YA, mythology, paranormal,

Summary (Goodreads): I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me--again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects--and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me--and I'm in for the fight of my life.

My Thoughts: It has been awhile since I read the first two books in this series but book three felt much darker than I remember them being. It started out dark and stayed that way throughout. There were some nice and sparkly parts but they were few and far between. The darkness did not only come from the reapers. Gwen was dumped on from all sides, the reapers, her boyfriend, and even her best friend.
I had some problems with Gwen in this one. She seemed to be overly slow. There were several things where it was so obvious to the reader that I was becoming annoyed with the fact that Gwen was so gullible. The lost ring case was the biggest evidence of this.
I also felt the author foreshadowed too much in this book. There was no mystery, everything was laid out. I did like the reveal of the reaper girls magic. Knowing that there is an opposing magic to Gwen's gypsy magic could be interesting.
My favorite part was Nott and Grandma Frost. We always get Grandma Frost as the lovable, baking type and it was nice to get a glimpse of her as a former champion.
Overall, this was enjoyable read and kept me entertained even when we knew what was going to happen next. I do wish that the growth we saw from Gwen in the beginning of the book carried over through the whole book. She seemed able to handle herself and was confident in what she could do and what her friend could do. Still, I'm looking forward to reading the next book and finishing off this series as well.

Rating: 4

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Not sure how I missed this movie but after watching this trailer I really want to see it.

Found this artist while looking at Disney fan art. DeviantArt: pushfighter (Ralph Sevelius). You can find more of his work here (DeviantArt / blog)
Sith Snow White
by Pushfighter (Ralph Sevelius)
Sith Elsa
by Pushfighter (Ralph Sevelius)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 01/19/2015

A SEAL's Secret by Tawny Weber (#6 Uniformly Hot SEALs)
All Fall Down by Ally Carter (#1 Embassy Row)
Bound to be Tested by Becca Jameson (#3 Emergence)
Burned by Karen Marie Moning (#7 Fever)
Confessions by Cynthia Eden (#1 Battling McGuire Boys)
Consume Me by Ryan Michele (#3 Ravage MC)
Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman (#2 Brigid Quinn)
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (#6 Waverley Family)
Hero By Night by Sara Jane Stone (#3 Independence Falls)
Last Hit: Reloaded by Jessica Clare, Jen Frederick (#2.5 Hitman)
Lethal Consequences by Elisabeth Naughton (#2 Aegis Security)
Mr. Kiss and Tell by Jennifer Graham (#2 Veronica Mars)
Nisekoi: False Love, Vol. 10: Shu's Crush by Naoshi Komi (#10 Nisekoi)
Once Loved by Cecy Robson (#2 Shattered Past)
Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall (#3 Once Upon a Highland Season)
One Last Thing by Kim Baldwin (#7 Elite Operatives)
Playing by the Greek's Rules by Sarah Morgan (#0.5 Puffin Island)
Playing it Kale  Keary Taylor #4 in McCain Saga
Polaris by Mindee Arnett (#2 Avalon)
Revealing Ruby by Lavinia Kent (#1.5 Bound and Determined)
Ripper by Lexi Blake (#1 Hunter)
Serial, Volume 3 by Jaden Wilkes (#5 Serial)
The City of Blood by Frédérique Molay (#3 Paris Homicide)
The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene (#8 Nancy Drew Diaries)
The Prey by Tom Isbell (#1 The Hatchery)
The Prince by Sylvain Reynard (#0.5 The Florentine)
White Knight by Kelly Meade (#3 Cornerstone Run Trilogy)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review ~ The Vanishing Girl

The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl #1)

by Laura Thalassa
published by Skyscape
genre: New Adult, Sci-Fi, 

**received as a free read from publisher and netGalley

Summary (Goodreads): Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It's a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.

A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons.

Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing.

But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

My Thoughts: I downloaded this based on the blurb alone. The idea of being able to teleport but only being able to do it for 10 minutes and only at night when you're first falling asleep was interesting.
We soon find out that this is all part of a government program that their parents made deals with in order to get help conceiving. Of course there were conditions to the help. The parents agreed to the children being forced to "serve" the government for two years once they turn eighteen.
I like Ember 90% of the time. I could have done without the whole romance or at least make Ember have a bigger problem with it than she did. She spends the whole book trying to figure out how to get away from the facility and everything the government has done to her but doesn't question her "love" for her pair (Caden). Even when she figures out that the pairs were determined when they were being created she questions it little. It just seemed to go against her personality the rest of the time. I actually liked Caden and didn't have a problem with the relationship, just the fact that Ember was okay with it too quickly.
Overall, I found this to be a mostly fun read. Government conspiracy, teleporting, doubling crossing teenagers, and mysteries abound. I didn't hate the relationship just the cause of it. The author definitely kept my attention and ended the book with enough intrigue that makes me want to read book 2.

Rating: 3.5-4 (the relationship makes me waiver on this)