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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway of Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Last Day to enter!


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The Hunger Games


Today is the last day to enter the Blogoversary Giveaway so lets go out with a bang. I'm going to giveaway a copy of one of my favorite books - The Hunger Games. If you haven't read it then you definitely need to enter this giveaway asap! I'm giving away your choice of paperback or digital copy of this action-packed page-turner. See giveaway details below.

Official Synopsis
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.


Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love

My Review
Amazing, Gripping, and an Emotional, Action-Packed thriller of a read that will leave you bound to the book and racing through the pages to find out what happens! Katniss is, at the young age of 16, the care-taker of her family which includes her mother and younger sister. When it's time to pick the stars of the Hunger Games, which is the Capitol's reality show where a boy and girl from each district must fight to the death in order to gain food and a better life for their families, they pull Kaniss's little sisters name. Katniss makes the ultimate sacrifice and volunteers herself instead, knowing that she will probably not come out of the games alive. Follow Katniss as she faces her fears and struggles to become the victor of the Hunger Games.

This book will leave your heart-pumping, your tears-rolling and your nerves on edge as you experience the emotions right along with Katniss as she goes into the biggest game of her life!

This book is rated five fangs:
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Blogoversary Giveaway
This 5 fang thriller of a read is up for grabs! To win, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address below. Today is your only day to enter so sign up now. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st. Be sure to check out the other giveaways this month. Click here to check them out and enter in as many giveaways as you want!






Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Recap of the True Blood Season 4 Premiere: She's Not There

True Blood Season 4,Sookie,Eric,Alcide,Bill

The much anticipated premiere of True Blood Season 4 has come and gone, and I loved it! After an action packed season filled with questions, cliff-hangers, and a serious game of "WTF" last season, it may have seemed a little slow, but I think it is just setting the stage for what I hope to be the best season of True Blood yet!


Sookie
True Blood Season 4,episode 1,Sookie
Last time we saw Sookie, she stepped into the light. Don't worry, she's not dead. She instead is in sort of a Fairy Land, along with other fae, both pure-blooded and half-humans like her. Everyone appears to be happy, beautiful and blissful, but Sookie is not buying it. When she bumps into her old pal Barry and a fairy offers them fruit - he dives in while she observes. Only the ha;f-humans are indulging and they seem almost possessed with eating it. When scanning through the crowd she sees a familiar face - her grandfather! To top things off, he hasn't aged a bit He's surprised when she tells him he's been gone for 20 years and the family is pretty much gone excepts for her and Jason. He swears he was in the fairy world for just a few hours and that's when she realizes that this place is not all its cracked up to be. She tries to warn her grandpa by communicating with her mind but she forgets - hello: they are fairies too and they hear her plan to escape. The supposed queen of the fairy comes forward and tries to make her eat the fruit when she zaps her and Sookie and her grandpa make a run for it. Luckily some fae are on her side and they direct her to a portal where she lands at the graveyard where she left. Her grandpa is goners in seconds since he ate the deadly fruit and she is once again alone with only her brother as family. She makes her way to her house where movers are moving her things and painters are painting the house. She runs inside and kicks everyone out. When Jason comes by happy and surprised to see her she learns that she has been missing for 1 year! Unfortunately Jason sold the house so she sets her target on finding the owners and getting it back. Of course that is not before her boys come and visit her. The moment her foot touched the earth, both Eric and Bill's eyes widened in their caskets. As soon as the sunset came, so did her vamps..and a pissed off Andy Bellefleur. Find out more below. After saying adios to them, she starts the next day with saying hello to her Merlotte friends. Arlene and Terry are happy to see her, She  learns from a relieved Lafayette that Tara no longer lives in Bon Temps, while Sam is pissed at her for making him worry. Of course no one really knows where she was, they just believe that she was on "vampire business"..ohhh, mysterious.  She later sits down with lawyer and Andy's sister Portia to try to get her house back. Portia goes on the hunt while Sookie goes home. As Sookie steps out of the shower and tosses the towel over her shoulder, she is surprised when she finds out she is not alone. There standing in her room while she is tries to cover herself with a small piece of lingerie is none other than..Eric. Find out what he has to say below!

Jason
True Blood Season 4,episode 1,Jason
Jason is a police officer and is sporting some pretty cute facial hair. He is happy to have Sookie back and is feeling bad about selling he house. He has been a pretty busy boy lately, taking care of Andy who is now addicted to V and is acting a complete fool, along with the freaks from Hot Shots. After peeling Andy off of his sister then Lafayette, Jason heads to Hot Shots to drop off some groceries. When one of the kids tells him the freezer is broken, he runs to fix it. As he is bent over the freezer someone pushes him in and lucks him up! What will they do to him...readers of  the Sookie books know. Catch my review of Episode 2 tomorrow to find out early!

Jessica and Hoyt
True Blood Season 4,episode 1,Jessica and Hoyt
Jessica and Hoyt are living together and they find that it is not as easy as they thought it would be. Case in point- the fight. Hoyt comes home to find Jessica on the coach and nothing for him to eat. Luckily for him they have a dozen eggs in that fridge along with Jessica's True Blood. He takes them out and says that she could cook once in a while, which she says is absolutely gross for a vamp to do. He reminds her that she eats from him and he has the fang marks to prove it. Pissed, she gets up and throws the eggs into the pan - shells and all - then slides them onto a plate saying she hopes he likes them runny. He eats it and they soon laugh at themselves. They decide to go out and head to Fangtasia where a cute guy with a juicy beating pulse/vein in his neck is calling to her, but she refuses and stays true to Hoyt...for now


Tara
True Bllod Season 4,episode 1,TaraTara is has a new life in New Orleans, a new job as a cage fighter and a new girlfriend! We see her first fighting and winning a cage match and later learn it's against her girlfriend. They head over to their place for some action when Tara receives a text from Lafayette saying that Sookie is back. She lies to her gf who thinks her name is Toni and tells her that her grandfather died. We'll see Tara in Bon Temps in episode 2.

Sam
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Sam shot Tommy and now he is going to "anger management", which consistsof shapeshifters getting drunk and shifting for a run. He is snippy these days and we see that when Sookie returns. He is rightfully pissed that she made him worry, but he does give her a p/t job.We later see that Tommy is alive but limping with Hoyt's mom taking care of him. I guess she found a Hoyt replacement.


Lafayette, Jesus and the Witches
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Lafayette is sporting a new Mohawk, but still has Jesus by his side. He's happy to see Sook and he hasn't had any more visions, so things are going good for him. But now Jesus wants him to join his coven. He is reluctant but checks it out. The head witch, Marnie, is in the middle of a chant when she looks up and points to him. She then says the name Eddie and speaks of his time with the dead vamp as though possessed. He storms out and Marnie collapses not remembering a thing. Jesus gets him to go back, and this time he joins hands while the witches cast a spell that brings a bird back the moment Lafayette joins them.
 The bird flies then falls dead. Lafayette apologizes for the dead bird but Marnie sees it as a victory. Lafayette begins to wonder about the witch and what his involvement should be.
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Arlene and Terry
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Arlene had the baby and she is convinced that he is a mini-psycho killer. Terry thinks the baby is innocent and Arlene is just stressed out. Perhaps the fact that the baby rips the heads off barbie dolls is not such a great sign? Terry, I'm with Arlene on this one - there is definitely something wrong with that baby, even if he is a cutie!



Bill
True Blood Season 4,episode 1,Bill
Bill is relieved when Sookie returns, but he knows things are not the same between them. He now is dealing with no longer being an ordinary vamp, he is now the King of Louisiana - with guards and henchmen at his beck and call! Along with his new position, he is also trying to salvage the vampire name with humans after the whole Russell killing the anchorman debacle. He tries to remind humans that not all vamps are bad...hmmm - we shall see.

Eric
True Blood Season 4,episode 1,Eric
Bill is not the only one who is happy Sookie has returned, Eric is also happy and he tells Sookie that he was the one person who never gave up on her -awwww that is so cute. Anyway, he leaves and much like Bill, does his duty to convince people that not all vamps are bad, like not all humans are bad via a TV announcement. Catch one of my favorite lines at the end of the article! We see him again later when he shows up at Sookie's house while she is just getting out of the shower. Oh wait, correction - it is now Eric's house. He bought it in hopes that she would come with the package. He tells her that she is his and that's the end of the show. Find out what happens early when I review episode 2 tomorrow!

Here are my favorite lines
Sookie
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This one is to her to her fairy godmother Claudine
“If your job is to look after me, can I just say you suck.”



Andy
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He had me cracking up when he found out Sookie was safe and was never kidnapped. This line was the best! “For 13 straight months I’ve had that open case on my books. If it weren’t for you, this year’s Louisiana Safe Streets plaque would be on my wall and not f***ing Webster Parrish. You owe me a plaque!”




Pam
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She was punchy as ever and when she referred to Hoyt as a tree, I couldn't stop the giggles. He does look like a tree :-): "That tree with the plaid shirt, it has a name?”






Eric
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Oh, my vampire boyfriend had a few lines that I loved and here they are:
When making a video message to the American people, he welcomed all to Fangtasia, Eric style:“We’re always more than happy to serve humans here at Fangtasia. And I don’t mean for dinner.”

When Eric felt Sookie's presence and saw her for the first time in a year, this speech made me cheer for Team Eric all the way.
“Everyone who claims to love you, your friends, your brother, even Bill Compton, they all gave up on you. I Never Did.” Wow! Just take me Eric, I'll give myself to you - no questions asked..lol

Another Eric to Sookie moment is the last line of the episode and needs no explanation:
“I always knew you were alive, and if I owned the house, well, then I would own you. Sookie, you are mine.”


I cannot wait for the craziness that is True Blood Season 4 to continue with next week's episode. Eric and Sookie are one step closer to pushing Bill out of the picture, Pam is sure to provide more laughs, Lafayette and the coven are sure to cause some major waves, will Jessica and Hoyt be able to stay together, will Bill and Tara continue to suck! I can't wait to find out! What did you think of the season premiere?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review and Blogoversary Giveaway of My Superhero Sister (Superhero Diaries) by Toni LoTempio

My Superhero Sister (Superhero Diaries)



Title: My Superhero Sister
Series: Superhero Diaries
Author: Toni LoTempio







Official Synopsis
Holly Hamilton has always been perturbed by the way her older sister, Ellen, seems to get everything. It's especially tough living in the shadow of your sister's cape when she's a super heroine named Suprema!

With one super-parent and one not, it was inevitable that the girls would turn out different. Unfortunately for Holly, she takes after her earthling mother. Ellen has taken over their retired father’s role as Century City's reigning superhero, balancing school and super-duties with remarkable ease while it’s a struggle for Holly to get through her English class without mishap, not to mention those Cheer Squad tryouts!

The girls learn their father’s old nemeses, Anti-Hero, has escaped from his Space Prison, and they’re concerned – Anti-Hero nullified their father’s powers once – what else does he have in store for him and Suprema? When another teen superhero extraordinaire appears on the scene, they’re even more puzzled. Who is Magna Boy? Is he friend or foe? And does he have a connection to Anti-Hero? The appearance of two new guys at school, teen heartthrob Tad Barker and nerd Ed McGee, set Holly and her sister to wondering—and arguing—could one of them be the new super kid on the block? If so, which one?

Working with her friend Mona and her scientist uncle, Holly finally uncovers Anti-Hero’s dastardly plot – he intends to capture Suprema and Magna Boy and siphon their powers for himself! Before she can warn her sibling, however, Anti-Hero strikes and captures the superheroes. Now it’s up to Holly to use her ingenuity and prove to everyone, but most of all herself, that you don’t’ have to be a superhero for good to win out over evil…or to nab a super-boyfriend, either!

My Review
This is a super-fun, light YA read that will keep you hooked and nostalgic for the good 'ole days when your one wish was to have magical superhero powers and could soar through the sky like Superman..or woman.

Holly is a normal girl, leading a normal life, but that is not the case for her older sister and father who are superheros. She, unfortunately, is plain as day like her mom. She wishes that she could be apart of the action and one day she gets her wish. She finds out the true meaning of be careful what you wish for...when her superhero family is taken and it is up to Holly to save them or lose everyone she loves...

This book was so much fun and a complete throwback to the old superhero comic books. I love the aspect of the regular family life mixed with this whole other superhero world that coexists and completely works. You see everything from envy between sisters to super powers, and even a little G rated romance!

This book is a great read, especially for young readers!

This book is rated 4 fangs:
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Blogoversary Giveaway
This fun and incredibly entertaining YA read is up for grabs! To win, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address below. You have until June 30th to enter. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st. Be sure to check out the other giveaways this month. Click here to check them out and enter in as many giveaways as you want!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway: Blood of Gold by BV Larson

Blood of Gold (Seeker Series)




Title: Blood of Gold
Series: Seeker Series (Book #1)
Author: B.V. Larson






Official Summary:
Her young man stepped out of nowhere onto a mountaintop...


Her high school counselor came from Hell. Literally...

Haley learns she has a unique gift. She normally lives her life escaping notice, but now two gorgeous strangers are interested in her. Very interested. Seth is the best-looking young man she (or anyone else) has ever met. Every girl in school is after him and the competition turns strangely vicious. She soon realizes that he is not fully bound to this world. Although they both feel the mutual attraction, there’s something holding him back... The second stranger is equally attractive, but more frightening. When she is with him, she somehow loses her self-control. To say more would give away too much, but Las Vegas will never be the same...

My Review
This book is the first in BV's YA Seeker series. It revolves around Hayley, a teenage girl living an ordinary life, that is until the new guy in school walks into class. Seth is not like other boys, to say the least. Drawn to him, Hayley seeks him out and finds that there is much more to him than meets the eye. He is shrouded by mystery and what she uncovers changes her life forever. Suddenly her loyal friends turn into enemies, her school counselor has it in for her, her new boyfriend is much more than a mere boy, and  and the world around her is not the only thing changing. She soon realizes that she is not some ordinary teenager after all, and her biggest fear is no longer what she is going to wear to school, it's if she is going to survive the night.

This is not your typical series. Sure it's a normal pnr romance where a teenage girl falls for a supernatural guy, but what it has that other series are lacking is mystery, suspense and action. Larson did a great job portraying Hayley, a teenager with ordinary problems and insecurities. She is young and naive at times, and yet is strong willed and determined. It made this PNR believable. I felt like that Hayley's character could have been me in my teenage years - sigh. Seth is another great character. The ageless boy who is not your average romance hero. He is dedicated, and well-versed, but seems to forget what romancing a girl is all about. The many dimensions of Seth make you want to read on to find out what he's going to do (or not do) next. The other characters are equally interesting. Brooke is the bff that is secretly (or not so secretly) jealous of you, Trevor is the guy who likes you (but you have zero interest in), and the school counselor is an evil turd, but in this case you can't get away from him so easily.

This book is definitely worth a read. There are not many YA novels out there that is not all about fluff and actually give you some action and mystery that us adults can appreciate.

This book is rated 4 fangs:
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Blogoversary Giveaway
This YA PNR/UF mix that is filled with romance, mystery and danger is up for grabs! To win, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address below. You have until June 30th to enter. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st. Be sure to check out the other giveaways this month. Click here to check them out and enter in as many giveaways as you want!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway: Out of the Ashes by Toni LoTempio






Title: Out Of The Ashes
Author: Toni LoTempio






This book is a great twist with a mix of original and urban fantasy with two world's that instantly captivate and pull you in, along with a sassy heroine, a stron hero, and tons of heart-stopping action! See below for my review and giveaway details!!

Official Synopsis
Afton Cooper can touch objects or dead people and get a sense of their lives – she’s also a phoenix. When Afton gets an ID bracelet sent to her that belonged to a rogue cop, she sees his murder at the hands of a succubus. Afton joins forces with Ian Perry, an Anime (Shapeshifter) to try and solve the mystery: Who’s behind the killings? What does “three of six” mean? Can Afton and Ian stop the dark forces at work before they succumb to their own passion?

My Review
One of Paromantasy’s favorite new found authors, Toni LoTempio, has stolen our fantasy loving hearts once again with the fast-paced, heart pumping action, romance, and mystery filled book titled “Out of the Ashes”. This unique mix of traditional and urban fantasy makes this an original, unique and refreshing read, and that’s saying a lot when talking about a genre that is becoming increasingly popular! Some may not like the two aspects of fantasy mix, but I enjoyed it and felt it was tied together in a way that made it work.
Afton is an actress with a side job as a Paranormal Forces Unit investigator. How would an actress get a job as a PFU investigator? By having special powers and when your powers include being a fire wielding Phoenix with the ability to see a person’s life with a single touch, then you pretty much earned your spot on the task force. Unlike most of us who would kill for that power, Afton just wants to be normal but when an ID bracelet is sent to her with the inscription “three of six,” her life takes a definite turn to fantasyville. Suddenly she finds herself undercover as an actress to solve a murder. As if things weren’t getting complicated enough, she has to join forces with a hot Anime to stop the murderer before it’s too late and soon finds herself pining for him. Putting their feelings aside, the recruit the help of her fairy bff and her human buddy Rick to solve this murder mystery before it’s too late, but what they really find is the truth behind Afton and her powers. Suddenly the stakes are higher than they thought, and it’s not just a murder of a few they have to be worried about, the end of the world as they know it is on their shoulders. Time is ticking, curves are thrown, romance is flying and we must see if Afton can make it Out of the Ashes!

This book is rated 4 Fangs!
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 I was gushing about Toni LoTempio and a fan and friend of this site asked me: "Which is your favorite book of the two that you read from Toni: No Rest For The Wicca or Out of the Ashes?" Well, they are both so different that it makes it a hard choice. In the end I choose No Rest For The Wicca because it’s just that amazing! It truly is one of the best books ever and that is hard to tops, BUT I think you should definitely go out and give Out of the Ashes a shot, especially if you love traditional fantasy novels. This one is definitely entertaining and has a killer cliffhanger at the end. All I can say is: More please Toni!! Here is a sample chapter to sink your teeth into: Out Of The Ashes

Blogoversary Giveaway
This 5 fang thriller of a read is up for grabs! To win, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address below. You have until June 30th to enter. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st. Be sure to check out the other giveaways this month. Click here to check them out and enter in as many giveaways as you want!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blogoversary Giveaway of No Rest For The Wicca by Toni LoTempio

NO REST FOR THE WICCA




Title: NO REST FOR THE WICCA
Series: No Rest For the Wicca (Book 1 of this series)
Author: Toni LoTempio





This book was my first Toni LoTempio book, but definitly not my last. No Rest For The Wicca is filled with Romance, Mystery, Danger, and a kick-ass heroine with an equally badass hero to match - What more could an Urban Fantasy lover ask for? Check out my review and giveaway details below:

Official Summary:
Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s heritage (her father was a voodoo priest) could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two of them fight their attraction for each other as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.

My Review:
This book is a fast-paced, action packed, suspenseful book filled with romance and mystery! Morgan is a kick-ass heroine that is running from her past, while protecting her future and the one person she has left, her witch cousin . When a string of witch slayings involving voodoo lands at her door, it is up to her, a half-wiccan with a voodoo past,  to find the killer and protect her cousin. In protecting herself and her family she must come face-to-face with a past that has haunted her for years. Her past is the least of her problems when she is partnered up with agent Cole St.John. An equally hard headed bad-ass who is not only a gorgeous Inheritor Vampire, but an equally crazy past that rivals Morgan's. She has met her match in Cole - in more ways than one, but will romance put both their lives in jeopardy? Will she be able to find the killer before the killer finds her? And with mystery surrounding the entire investigation, who can she really trust?

This whirlwind of a book will keep you on your toes, racing through the pages, and completely breathless in the end. The world of Morgan Hawkes is filled with an array of creatures for the many supernatural lovers out there. From ghosts to witches; vampires to weres; and trolls to daemons..just to name a few. What makes this book even greater is that it is witty and blends humor and sexual tension into the mystery, murder and suspense that surrounds this story.

This book has it all! Read it and you will not be disappointed. I said this in my Q&A with Toni - Toni LoTempio is one of the greats and I can guarantee we will be hearing a lot more from this great author!!

This book is rated 5 fangs!
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Blogoversary Giveaway
This 5 fang thriller of a read is up for grabs! To win, all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address below. You have until June 30th to enter. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st. Be sure to check out the other giveaways this month. Click here to check them out and enter in as many giveaways as you want!
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