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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review of A Classic Romance Story with a Paranormal Twist, Into The Darkness by VC Andrews




Title: Into The Darkness
Author: VC Andrews








Official Synopsis
Bestselling author V.C. Andrews portrays her most romantic couple since Troy and Heaven in the Casteel series…in this twisting tale of desire and obsession, reality and dreams.

As lovely as one of the precious gems at her parents’ jewelry store, Amber Taylor is shy and introspective—qualities misread by others as being stuck-up and superior. Facing a long, lonely summer working at the family shop, Amber’s world lights up when the Matthews family suddenly moves into the house next door, a property that has stood neglected for the longest time. And when she meets Brayden Matthews, an only child just like her, Amber soon becomes infatuated with this handsome, quirky young man who seems to know her innermost feelings almost before she does, who takes her places she never knew existed in her small town. Their connection is electrifying, unlike anything Amber’s felt before. But as quickly as he appears, Brayden vanishes into the darkness. And finding out the truth about him will push Amber Taylor to the edge of madness….

An atmospheric journey of passion and suspense that builds to a jolting, unforgettable finale, Into the Darkness showcases V.C. Andrews at her best.


My Review
This book in 3 words: Mysterious, Romantic, Different

Into The Darkness is a well-written unconventional love story riddled with mystery, touched by a bittersweet romance and has an ending that will leave you floored.

Amber is a teenage girl who is wise beyond her years. With that sense of maturity comes isolation. Her "friends" and the rest of the school finds her weird and a prude leaving her seeking solace in a world of her own making. She is beautiful with strong ideas on what is right, who to love and how to act. She sees this beauty and her unwillingness to act reckless as must teenagers do as a bit of a weakness on her end. If only she were a little more forthcoming she would be able to have the close friends she dreams of, a boyfriend and less alone time. Her whole life changes when neighbors move in and she meets Braydon.

Braydon is anything but normal. He hardly leaves his house, quotes, Therou, sneaks around the town trying to go unnoticed and seemingly spies on her. When she confronts him she can't help but be pulled to his unualness, his wisdom that is beyond his years, and his ability to just get her. But when she finds that he is unwilling to meet anyone, walks around mostly at night, and disappears at awkward moments, she learn that he is not what he seems. There is a dark secret that she is desperate to uncover, but will finding out the truth bring them closer together or tear her apart?
When the person you love is the one thing that can drive you to madness, could you walk away or be willing to step into the darkness?

This book is a fast read. It is not an action-packed adventure that I am used to. Instead it is an ode to past romances with the tale centering around self-discovery, mind-boggling mystery and forbidden love with a paranormal twist. I loved the characters and the way we peeled back a layer to find the true person within with each page turned. I empathised with both Amber and Brayden, and cheered for them to have the happily ever after ending that they deserved.

The surprise ending left me rereading the pages to make sure I didn't misread the words. The mysteries were there and the twist in the end places the puzzle pieces together in the most astounding way. I truly was in shock and after that I was able to think back to all the clues that pointed to this twist. I loved it!

It is different from the romances of today, but this twist on the classic love stories of yesterday left me eagerly anticipating the release of the next VC Andrews book. I must admit that this is my first "VC Andrews" book so I cannot say if it is better than the others, but I enjoyed it.



This book is rated 5 fangs
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Have you read a VC Andrews book before? Which is your favorite?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy book, Witchful Thinking by HP Mallory




Title: Witchful Thinking
Series: Jolie Wilkins Series, book 3
Author: HP Mallory







Official Synopsis
Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned Queen of the Underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is heading into a romantic tailspin.
First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won’t take jack.

My Review
This book in 3 words: Thrilling, Witty, Amazing!

Now that I gave you 3 words to describe this book, let me give you a few more. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride that will take you through twists, turns, action, romance, danger and mystery. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, HP Mallory hits us with an ending that we never saw coming!

Our favorite witch, Jolie, is back with the rest of the gang and this time Jolie finds herself leading the Underworld. She was pre-destined to be Queen so she puts on her big girl undies to try to do right even if all she wants to do is run away. If that wasn't stressful enough, the men in her life are driving her mad. The man (or Warlock) who stole her heart but refuses to take things further, Rand, is against monarchy. With Jolie now the Queen of the Underworld she finds herself being ripped away from the one man she loves. Her world is spiraling out of control and the one who is there to catch her is Sinjin, her extremely sexy, yet mysterious vampire. The problem with Sinjin is that he always has a hidden agenda, and Jolie intends to find out what that is. Trying to place love on the back burner, she starts to concentrate on the state of the Underworld and the fact that Lurkers (half vampire, half humans) are hunting Underworlders. It is up to Jolie and the gang to stop them before it is too late. But will the people she trusts and love be by her side or will they be the ones to bring her down?

This book is UNPUTDOWNABLE. I read it in one sitting. Jolie is coming into her own skin and learning to accept the role of Queen. It is not easy, especially when the man you love is against it, but she does it because it is right. This makes me love Jolie even more. She is independent and doesn't let a man tell her what to do. Rand is...Rand. he takes a few steps forward and a few steps back. The sexual tension between them is crazy. The decisions each made sometimes made me want to smack them, and other times, when they did the right thing, I wanted to kiss them. The back and forth is pure torture...and I loved it. Sinjin, my favorite vampire, is as seductive, mysterious and dangerous then ever. Sinjin fans will be happy to know that we get to see another side of Sinjin, even though his words constantly contradicts his actions. He's a total enigma and I just want to unravel him...in every way possible...lol

He is not the only mystery to be solved. The Lurkers are coming and their numbers are growing. Along with attempting to sort out her love life, Jolie also needs to come up with a game plan to stop them. Life is a total Witch for her...

The cliffhanger ending was a twist I did not see coming! Jolie may be Queen of the Underworld, but HP Mallory is Queen of the Cliffhangers. I cannot wait to find out what happens!! All I can say is Holy Sh....Cheese and Crackers. I'm still reeling from that surprise ending.

Want some teasers? Here you go:
  • I hear wedding bells in the future after a certain girl says yes.
  • Someone asks Jolie for her hand in marriage, and it's not who you think.
  • One character is not what they appear to be.
I must admit that there is a lot of back story is in this book, but it did not bother me or take away from the story. I knew going in that it would have a lot of information since this is the first in the series that is not self-pub. I didn't mind since I had a ton of "Oh, that's right. I totally forgot about that" moments. I liked the refresher. It helped bring back the memories of the past two books.

Although you can start the series from Witchful Thinking, I wouldn't recommend it. I think readers new to the series should still start off with book 1, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, because it is a) awesome and b) there is too much back story, emotions and actions that led each character to where they are in Witchful Thinking. They have all been through so much and I feel like the readers will be cheating themselves of some amazing experiences with the characters if they start with book 3. I know they will still enjoy Witchful Thinking, but Fire Burn and Toil and Trouble were just too amazing to pass up.

Witchful Thinking is rated 5 Fangs! A total Must-Read!!
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Are you a fan of the series? Are you team Rand or Team Sinjin?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Follow Friday, Blog Hop and Giveaway Time!! Plus my pic for the Vampire Academy Movie Cast!

Happy Friday All! Before we get into the Friday fun, let me tell you about some of my current giveaways.


We alsomy new installment of "Paromantasy's Take on" specials. Click here to read my views on Cliffhangers, bad boys, heroines and more...  Let me know your thoughts.

Now it's Follow Friday Time! Want to join in the fun? To join the fun and make new friends, stop by; Parajunkee  and Greads to enter!
Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?
There are so many but if I had to choose one, I would pick Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade. Action, romance, a kick-ass heroine and a swoon-worthy hero. Add danger, mystery and romance to the mix and it makes for an awesome book and movie. I do have a cast in mind. I would pick Emma Stone to play Rose,  Chris Hemsworth as Dimitri, Blake Lively to play Lisa, Chace Crawford as Ethan, and Zac Efron as Christian.  

Cast of Vampire Academy Movie


 



Book Moments: What has been your favorite moment (scene) in a book that you've read so far in 2012? Please be kind & not include spoilers
I just started reading the Night Huntress series. I love them! I'm on book 2 of the series, One Foot in the Grave. Here is an amazing scene between Bones and Cat.

“You are so arrogant.”
Bones came closer. “I’m very powerful. That is truth, not arrogance. Every member of your team combined couldn’t protect you as well as I can, and you know it. Whether you want my help or not, you’re getting it.”
“Don’t worry about me, I can take care of myself.”
I was suddenly gripped in Bones’s arms. Maybe that was my own fault and not just due to his speed. I’d been so busy keeping up my emotional shields, I’d forgotten about my physical ones. And truth be told, I never expected him to bite me.
Yeah, I’d let my usual vampire guards down all the way with Bones.
His fangs buried deep into my neck. The strangest kind of heat flooded all through me. Bones tightened his arms around me, tilting me back, and licked my neck before sinking his teeth in again.
My fists thumped on his back. It was all I was capable of doing to tell him to stop, since my mouth only seemed good for making little ecstatic noises.
I found myself thinking if I were going to die, at least I’d die happy.

 How hot is that? Excuse me while I get a glass of ice cold water...lol
That's it for now! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review of YA Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi book, Solid by Shelley Workinger




Title: Solid
Series: Solid, Book 1
Author: Shelley Workinger







Official Synopsis
Clio Kaid may be 17 and just beginning the last summer before her senior year, but her life is anything but typical.

She's just discovered she was genetically altered before birth and is now headed to a top-secret Army campus to explore the surprising results of the experiment.

Follow Clio and the other teens as they develop fantastic super-abilities, forge new friendships, find love, and uncover a conspiracy along the way.

My Review
This book in 3 words: Suspenseful, Funny, Unputdownable.

Solid is a YA sci-fi/fantasy blend that people of all ages will enjoy. You will love the wide-array of characters, the constant mysteries and wathcing the story unfold as each character learns that they are anything but "normal".

An unsanctioned science experiment that was performed on unsuspecting mothers resulted in numerous children being born with altered DNA. This can cause "powers" in the child that may not be noticeable at first, but the government is about to find out the extent of these powers.

With that, children who were in this mad-scientist playbook must report to a government facility where these teens learn about thier abilities while enjoying some time hacing fun in their new state of the art diggs.

Clio is one of those kids. She has a tough exterior but a fun group of friends (all genetically altered) are able to break through and together, they explore their powers. Learing you are a genetic mutant is hard, but realizing how different you are is just plain freaky. When their powers start to come to light, the "friendly" atmosphere starts to get a little unsettling. Clio has a feeling that the government is hiding something from them and she, along with her friends, intends to find out what it is. What they find could not only change their lives, but end it for good..

This book is so much fun. I loved piecing together the puzzles, the powers that began unfolding and the constant surprises. By the end of the book I felt like one of the gang and I was sad to let them go..at least until the next installment was released. Add the sweet romantic element between the tough, witty Clio and the sweet and uber-smart Jack and we have ourselves a winner in Solid.

This book is rated 4 Fangs:
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Question of the Day:
If you could have any power, what would it be?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review of YA Paranormal Romance book, Torn by Dean Murray




Title: Torn
Series: Reflections
Author: Dean Murray






Official Synopsis
Shape shifter Alec Graves has spent nearly a decade trying to keep his family from being drawn into open warfare with a larger pack. The new girl at school shouldn't matter, but the more he gets to know her, the more mysterious she becomes. Worse, she seems to know things she shouldn't about his shadowy world.

Is she an unfortunate victim or bait designed to draw him into a fatal misstep? If she's a victim, then he's running out of time to save her. If she's bait, then his attraction to her will pull him into a fight that'll cost him everything.


My Review
Torn is a YA paranormal romance centered around Alec (the alpha of a shapeshifter pack), and Adriana (the new girl in school).  I enjoyed the characters and the fact that each member bought a new dimension to the Pack, but I have to admit that while I did like Torn - there was still much to be desired.

Alec is the Alpha of his pack after his father was killed. He may be young but he is smart, strong and determined to keep his family together. Adriana is the new girl in school who has a tough exterior, but has a good heart. Life has never been easy for her and now it is going to get that much harder when she finds herself in the middle of a shapeshifter war. after she unknowingly hangs out with Alec's rival pack leader Brandon. Adriana soon sees the evil lurking behind Brandon's facade and the one person who can save her is Alec.  Alec is set on finding out everything about Adriana. He doesn't trust her and is set on uncovering her secrets. What he finds changes his life forever.

Alec finds himself  falling in love with Adriana , but when she decides to stay away from Brandon tensions rise even more between the Packs. Soon Alec must choose: save the girl he has fallen for or keep his family and his Pack safe.

I loved the characters and found myself invested in their story. Adriana is delicate, yet strong and I rooted for her from the beginning. I just wanted to give Alec a hug. He is young and had to deal with so much. He is the Alpha and his pack relies on him, as well as his human sister and ailing mother. Add a treacherous rival group of shapeshifters trying to bring you down and that is a lot to deal with. The pack member each had their own personalities and I felt like they were old buddies by the end of the book.

Why do I not love it? At times, the book would get unbelievably slow. We would get sucked into the monotonous daily life of Alec and just when I was about to put the book down, the action would start again. This cycle was continuous throughout the book. With a bit more editing I think this book could be great.

This book is rated 3 Fangs:
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Have you read Torn? What did you think?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Follow Friday, Blog Hop and Giveaway Time!!

Happy Friday All! Before we get into the Friday fun, let me tell you about some of my current giveaways.

First up we have the Emma Raveling Whirl Giveaway! What's up for grabs? Her book, Whirl from the ! This book in one sentence: A sensational thriller filled with suspense, danger, romance and mystery with a bad-ass heroine, some seriously romantic possibilities, a bunch of friends that I want to adopt and non-stop action from beginning til end. That is one long sentence but I had to get all of that in there..lol. What I am trying to say is that this book is an absolute MUST READ!! All my Vampire Academy fans -  I promise you will love this book! It is Click here to enter and to read my Q&A and giveaway info!

We also have my new installment of "Paromantasy's Take on" specials. This week I am talking about my love/hate relationship of Cliffhangers! You can about it here.  Let me know your thoughts and be sure to cast your vote on the side to let me know what you think about cliffhanger endings!
Now it's Follow Friday Time! Want to join in the fun? To join the fun and make new friends, stop by; Parajunkee  and Greads to enter!
Q: BeefcakeandBabes Asks: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What’s the most unique character name you’ve come across?
I also love unique names! Some cool ones I've come across includes: Callupo, the sexy hero from To the Cliffside by B Jane Lawson. There is also Sinjin the hot and dangerous vampire from HP Mallory's Jolie Wilkins Series. Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood...my fave character in the series :-) Etoile, the always level-headed witch from The Stella Mayweather series by Camilla Chafer. 



Book Blogger Pride: What do you take pride in when it comes to blogging?
I take pride in the work that I do. The ability to write honest reviews and bring some really amazing books to the attention of book lovers like myself.

I also take pride in the relationships built (readers, authors, publishers, and bloggers alike). I am elated at accomplishments of the authors that I have come to know. Authors like HP Mallory, Stacey Kennedy and Toni LoTempio who started off as indie authors and have gained representation. HP Mallory has been able to give up her day job and become a full-time author - how great is that? They are inspirations. Some of the best works are from indie authors and I love to help them in any way that I can and I am so happy when things go right for them :-)

I am happy and take pride in the fact that I am able to work with such a talented group of people. Amazing bloggers, talented writers, clever marketing executives and creative and supporting readers. I love you guys and I continue writing on my blog for you :-)


That's it for now! Have a great weekend!

I've Been Tagged! Book Blogger Tag has begun and I'm It!

I read a comment from Ninja Girl Reads - one of the coolest bloggers and ninjas ever - that said "You've been tagged." I clicked the link and what I found was awesome. I was "It" in a cyber-book blogger tag game. How awesome is that?! But guess what - As I was writing this post I was tagged again by Book Prowl, so I'll answer both of their questions!

The Rules 
  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Questions from Ninja Girl

1. What's your favorite color?
My favorite color if purple. Always has been - it is just so pretty!

2. What's your favorite name (male and female)?
Wow - this one is tough. I'll go with

3. Cat or Dog?
I'm cheating on this one. I love both and I have both. Here are my cuties. Petey is my cat and Bailey is my dog. Both are boys, super sweet and the most handsomest pets in the world. Don't you think?
 




4. If you could be anything, do anything, what would you be/do?
In the real world, I would be a famous author. If I could do anything, I would travel the world. Now if we are talking about the Paromantasy world, I would be a goddess and i would do, as pinky from Pinky & the Brain says, "try to take over the world"..lol

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Just one? Well, if i had one it would have to be teleportation. Who needs a car, bus, train, etc..when you could teleport. I guess living in NYC made this a superpower to be reckoned with :-)

6. What was your first blog post about?
My very first blog was about Twilight vs True Blood. Ironically, it is still one of the most popular blogs. Team True Blood all the way

7. Favorite song lyrics?
It's a tie between "I'm sexy and I know it" by LMFAO and "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" now a Kelly Clarkson song.

8. Favorite line from a book/poem and why?
"I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened." ~ Z from Lover Awakened by JR Ward. Does it really need an explanation? A guy who was cold as ice finally finds the one person who could make him come alive again. This line brought on a total swoon fest..lol

9. If your life had a soundtrack, what would be the title tracks?
  •  I love crazy sh*t cause I'm crazy as sh*t
  • Tequila and Chocolate makes the world go round
  • I'm an animal lover, deal with it
  • Sun forever, cold weather a never
  • Waiting to be rich!
10. What's your latest obsession (can be anything)?
Other than books, many can tell you that I am now obsessed with the new Kelly Clarkson Album, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Lost Girl, Shameless, Dexter...I am one lazy mo-fo. All I do is read, watch TV, sleep and do it all over again..lol

11. If you could recommend any book/series, what would it be and why?
Wow, there's so many. I am going to stick to ones you probably haven't heard of, but first..Vampire Academy. I am a Vampire Academy whore..it is true. I can reread that series time and time again.
With that said, there is also the Jolie Wilkins series by HP Mallory that is phenomenal. Both are filled with action, romance, suspense and moments that will make you laugh, cry, and definitely beg for more. VA is unfortunately done, but there is more Jolie to come - yay!!
There is also every book by  Stacey Kennedy ...I'm not kidding. It is impossible for her to write a bad novel.

Questions from Book Prowl

1. Who is your favourite author?
I have a few. There is Richelle Mead, HP Mallory, Stacey Kennedy, Rachel Caine, JR Ward, Gena Showalter, and the list goes on.

2. Do you like to write as well as read?
I am currently writing, or attempting to write, a novel. Wish me luck!!
3. What is your favourite love story?
Don't Die My Love by Lurlene McDaniel and Z's story from the BDB series, Lover Awakened by JR Ward.

4. Favourite book couple?
Hmmm, this is a hard one. I love Wrath & Beth; Z and Bella from the Black Dagger Brotherhod series. There is an intense passion in both of these relationships and the Strong heroines are able to keep their sometimes over-dominant men in check.
 
5. Do you break the spine?
No! I'm not a spine-breaker.
 
6. Do you fold pages, or use bookmarks?
I do both - I'm a bad girl!

7. What was the last book you read that you really connected with?
Fallen by Traci Slatton and To the Cliffside by B Jane Lawson. Fallen is a dystopian romance that  literally haunted me and continues to haunt me. I finished it and had to quickly reread it just to come to terms with all that happens.  I cannot wait for the second installment to the trilogy.
To The Cliffside was a more fun, light-hearted read but the sexual tension between Morganna and Callupo and the cliffhanger ending left me wanting more!

8. If you could interview one writer, who would it be and why?
I would interview Rachel Caine. Her writing is impeccable and she is able to do successfully, what many other authors have tried and failed...she is able to keep a long running series fresh, fun, suspenseful
9. How many books do you read in a week?
It depends. If the books are really good I could gobble them up in a day or so. I could read as many as 5 books a week like I did with the BDB series and Lords of the Underworld series.
 
10. Do you judge a book by it's cover?
Sometimes. It really depends. If the synopsis is really good, I'll buy it anyway. But, let's face it - what initially makes a person head to a book/guy/girl/etc.. is that first impression and in this case it is the cover.
 
11. Where do you buy your books, or do you borrow them?
I buy them at Barnes and Nobles since I'm a Nookie.

I will be tagging:

Here are my questions:
  1. What is your favorite books and/or series and why?
  2. Do you prefer a book with bad-ass heroine or a damsel in distress?
  3. Is there a book that you would love to become a movie?
  4. If you could date a character from a book, who would it be and why?
  5. What is your favorite genre?
  6. Who is your favorite author?
  7. If you could become a character for a day, who would it be?
  8. Why did you start blogging?
  9. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
  10. Do you prefer e-books or the real deal?
  11. What book are you currently reading?

 Happy Tagging!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Follow Friday and Giveaway Fun!!

Happy Friday All! Before we get into the Friday fun, let me tell you about some of my current giveaways.

First up we have the Emma Raveling Whirl Giveaway! What's up for grabs? Her book, Whirl from the ! This book in one sentence: A sensational thriller filled with suspense, danger, romance and mystery with a bad-ass heroine, some seriously romantic possibilities, a bunch of friends that I want to adopt and non-stop action from beginning til end. That is one long sentence but I had to get all of that in there..lol. What I am trying to say is that this book is an absolute MUST READ!! All my Vampire Academy fans -  I promise you will love this book! It is Click here to enter and to read my Q&A and giveaway info!

We also have my new installment of "Paromantasy's Take on" specials. This week I am talking about my love/hate relationship of Cliffhangers! You can about it here.  Let me know your thoughts and be sure to cast your vote on the side to let me know what you think about cliffhanger endings!
Now it's Follow Friday Time! Want to join in the fun? To join the fun and make new friends, stop by; Parajunkee  and Greads to enter!
Q: What would your prefer: reading your favorite book over and over again until you got sick of it OR reading 100s of mediocre books? And why?
Definitely, I would read the same great book 100 times over. Why waste my time with a mediocre book when I have a great one right in front of me. There are too many great books that need my attention :-)


 

Love Stories: What are some of your favorite fictional love stories?
I love love stories. Don't Die My Love by Lurlene McDaniel is definitely one of my favorites. It started me on my love of romance books and is a complete heart-warming tearjerker that I is now tattered because of the many times I have read it throughout the years.
Some of my paranormal romance faves include the Magical Sword series by Stacey Kennedy. This series is unputdownable and the love between Kyden and Nexi is both heartwarming and sometimes erotic. Magic, Romance, Humor and Action - what more could a girl want?? Finally, there is Jolie Wilkinson series. The chemistry between Jolie, Sinjin and Rand make this series unputdownable.





That's it for now! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paromantasy's Take on Cliffhangers in Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy

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Hey all, it's Evie the Paromantasy addict here again with my take on cliffhangers!

There are a ton of different opinions on cliffhangers. Some hate it, some love it and I personally hate to love it. Yes, I am a glutton for punishment. Along with my crazy obsession for bad boys and/or underdogs in a book - you know, the one that the heroine never picks - I also love cliffhangers even as I curse at them. Why? I love the anticipation it gives me. I play a thousand different scenarios of what could happen in the next book. If it is a great author,  I am usually wrong and if I'm not, then word to author - you are too predictable. Of course I could just be a genius..yeah - I'll like that option way better.

Cliffhangers give me something to look forward to, to dream about, a reason to stalk the author and try to get any bit of information I could to find out what could happen. Case in point: Vampire Academy. Who wasn't logging into YouTube to view snippets of quotes before the release of Last Sacrifice? Who didn't stalk her blog, her twitter, her Facebook...damn I sound creepy. Anyway, you get the point.

I love the anticipation, the big buildup to a book. Of course I am like a Fury when the book doesn't live up to it's predecessors. I scream, shake my head, throw the book - not really, I'm just get disappointed. It's like lusting after a lover just to find out at the final moment he's a eunuch.

Point is, I love to hate cliffhangers! To all the authors reading this post, I have three words for you: Bring It On!

What is your take on cliffhangers? Let's here it. You can also cast your vote on the poll to the right!

Until next time!

Evie

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review, Trailer and Giveaway of Urban Fantasy book, Whirl (Ondine Quartet, Book 1) by Emma Raveling. Vampire Acedemy Fans - This should be next on your TBR Pile!




Title: Whirl
Series: Ondine Quartet, Book 1
Author: Emma Raveling






Official Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war. The Aquidae are immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.

Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.

When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past.

Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.

All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever...


My Review
This book in one sentence: A sensational thriller filled with suspense, danger, romance and mystery with a bad-ass heroine, some seriously romantic possibilities, a bunch of friends that I want to adopt and non-stop action from beginning til end. That is one long sentence but I had to get all of that in there..lol. What I am trying to say is that this book is an absolute MUST READ!!

Kendra is an Ondine (a water elemental) raised in the human world but after the untimely death of her mother and the surge in her powers, she must go to an Ondine school to learn how to control her powers. With her mysterious, dangerous and absolutely delicious Guard/Prince by her side, she joins her people and struggles to learn how to use her powers while fighting for her independence in this new world of hers. What she learns is that she will play an important role in the future of her people and their livelihood rests on her shoulders. A fight between the Ondine and the Aquidae (immortal demons) is nearing and the only one who can stop the Shadow is Kendra. If that wasn't stressful enough, she is falling in love with the one man she cannot have and the only one that she wants. A romance with him would mean the end to her existence as she knows it.

What would you do if the world as you knew it was turned upside down and you suddenly found yourself at the brink of war with the lives of your entire race and the fate of the world on your shoulders? Would you embrace the role you were predestined to have or would you fight for the independent life you once had?

This book is a never ending ride of action, adventure, mystery, danger and romance. You never know what is lurking around the corner.

Kendra is everything I love in a heroine: Strong, Independent and a Fighter! She is also hard-headed a quality that I know well :-). She is not perfect (who is?) and underneath her tough exterior is girl that is vulnerable and unsure of her role in the grand scheme of things. I instantly connected with her and can't wait for more adventures with Kendra.

The heroes are Julian, Tristian and Ryder. They are all so different and I love each and every one of them! Julian is the tall, dark, handsome and mysterious hero who is all about honor and duty. He will appeal to nearly every female with a pulse. Tristian is the sarcastic lover boy that you love to hate and can't help wanting. You don't know what his motives are but we have fun peeling back the layers and finding what is underneath all that swagger. Ryder is the all American boy next door that you wish you could love, but can sometimes cross over into friend category. Girls and their bad boy fetish *shrugs*.

Along the way Kendra makes friends with a group that is full of an array of personalities.Chloe, Aubrey, Cam, and Alex all have one thing in common - you will instantly fall in love with them and definitely want to sit at their table during lunch.

With Whirl, you are in for a number of shockers, tear-jerkers and heart-melting moments that will leave you counting down the days for the next installment. VA fans, make this your next read - you will not be disappointed!!

Whirl is 5 fangs of Paromantasy greatness!
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Giveaway Time
One luck reader will win a copy of 5-fang urban fantasy book Whirl! This giveaway ends Feb. 20th so get your entries in fast! Click here to enter.

Trailer Fun
Here is the trailer for Whirl!! Enjoy :-)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Q&A and Giveaway With Author of Urban Fantasy Author of Whirl (Ondine Quartet series), Emma Raveling!




We are shining the spotlight on an author that is now on my watch list Emma Raveling. Her book Whirl, the first installment of the Ondine Quartet series is an instant page-turner and is one book that I believe has the potential to rival Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, for best YA Paromantasy novel of all-time. Whirl follows Kendra, a bad-ass Ondine who was raised amongst humans, but is taken fro her care-free human life to a school of her kind in order to teach her how to use her powers after the death of her mother.The journey as she discovers her powers, her role in a prophecy that rests the future of her people on her shoulder and her attraction to a man that is untouchable will have you racing through the pages!

Let's talk to Emma as we discuss her thrilling new novel, her life as a writer and her desire for telekinesis ;-)

Let's give it up for Emma Raveling!!

Tell us about yourself.
Hi, Evie! Thank you so much for having me here today.

I’m a thirty-something year old fantasy writer and frequent traveler. My husband and charming German Shepherd are the great loves of my life. I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, adore beautiful art, am passionate about food and cooking, and am a dedicated practitioner of vipassana meditation. Whirl is my debut novel.

How did you start your career as a writer?
I started writing as a child. As a voracious reader with an overactive imagination, I constantly had stories running around in my head. When I was around six, I began writing those stories down because I wanted to be like the authors of my favorite books. I gave these stories daily to my mother as a “present”. She was very encouraging and nurtured my love of words.

I continued writing throughout high school and won several writing competitions. I was fortunate enough to have had wonderful teachers who encouraged me to pursue it. But in college, I ultimately chose a different career path. I still had dreams of being published someday, but it remained a vague, far-off idea.

All of that changed in January 2011. One of my resolutions was that I was going to publish a novel this year. No excuses. At the end of January, the idea for the Ondine Quartet series came to me and I immediately began working on it.

Where did you get the idea for the Ondine Quartet series?
The inspiration for the series was actually a piece of classical music. The French composer Maurice Ravel composed a work for solo piano called Gaspard de la Nuit. This music was based upon a series of poems by Aloysius Bertrand.

The first movement of Ravel’s work, entitled Ondine, is based upon the poem of the same name by Bertrand. This poem is the epigraph for Whirl. It tells the story of Ondine, a water nymph who sings to a mortal man, attempting to lure him to her. He rejects her love and pleas to join her in ruling the water world. Heartbroken, Ondine fades away, disappearing beneath the waves.

I heard a live performance of Ravel’s Ondine and a haunting image flashed into my mind of a teenage girl standing in the ocean. There was such a loneliness about her. But her eyes were startling - they were the eyes of a fighter or warrior. Intrigued, I began exploring that idea in my mind and the Ondine Quartet was born.

I love the array of characters and how different each one is. There is Ryder with his boyish charm; Kendra who is a bad-ass with a good heart; Tristan who is smoldering hot, dangerous yet sweet; Julian who is the guy you love but can’t figure out his intentions; and the list goes on. My question is: Which character is your favorite and why?
Although I love all of my characters, I have to admit that Kendra, the main character, holds a special place in my heart. When I first conceptualized the Ondine Quartet, I wanted the series to be told in first person through the eyes of my heroine. She was embarking on this extraordinary adventure and I knew her voice would be one of the most important elements of the narrative.

Even as I write the next step in her journey, Kendra continues to surprise me. She’s a challenge to write which may be why I love her so much! Complex and difficult, she has both a fierceness and a certain vulnerability and loneliness that is fascinating to explore.

Which character are you most like?
Ooh, this is difficult!

I think I’d have to say I’m an odd mixture of Aubrey, Chloe, and Kendra. I’m similar to Aubrey in that I like researching and learning things. I also like to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible (I’m not a big fan of wasting time). I’m similar to Chloe in the sense that I prefer to be diplomatic and am often a mediator among friends. And I relate to Kendra’s rebelliousness. As a teenager, I went through a very difficult rebellious stage so I do understand her need to question the rules and push boundaries.

Kendra has some serious romantic potential in Tristan and Julian. Can we expect to see more of this hot love triangle in the next installment? Can I have the guy she leaves behind? lol
*Laughs* I’ll be sure to reserve him for you! ;)

Yes, love (in all its forms) will continue to be an important element in Kendra’s journey as the series progresses forward. In Whirl, readers are introduced to these characters and their world. Each installment in the series will continue to grow in complexity, including the relationships between these characters.

Tristan and Julian both connect to Kendra in unique ways and appeal to different sides of her. They also play an important part in Kendra’s development as she transitions to adulthood and comes to terms with her destiny.

And yes, we will be seeing more of both men in the second book :)

Here is the million dollar question. When is book 2 of the series being released?
I can’t give an exact date yet as I’m still writing the first draft of Billow. If my life cooperates, I’m hoping for a release sometime in spring.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I read in a wide variety of genres so my favorite authors are spread across different fields. For literary fiction, I enjoy Milan Kundera, Paul Auster, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Toni Morrison. For urban fantasy and paranormal romance, I enjoy Stacia Kane, Patricia Briggs, and Karen Marie Moning. For young adult/MG books, I love Orson Scott Card, Cinda Williams Chima, Garth Nix, and JK Rowling. I also recently read a wonderful regency romance (I haven’t read this genre in years!) by Loretta Chase and enjoyed her writing tremendously.

What books are you reading now?
I just downloaded Diana Rowland’s latest urban fantasy, Sins of the Demon, which is the fourth book in her Kara Gillian series.

Are you working on any other projects we should watch out for?
My first priority is to complete the rest of the Ondine Quartet series. But I’m already taking notes on two other projects that I plan to start once the series is done. One is a stand-alone adult futuristic sci-fi/fantasy romance, and the other is a YA dark fantasy series that has some elements of horror.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
There were two challenges for me - writing involves a tremendous amount of time and requires total concentration. Writers never really stop working as our “work” is something that we carry around in our heads. I was often surprised at how physically and mentally exhausted I’d get at the end of an intense writing session. Most people don’t realize that writing is not just about the time you spend in front of the computer getting the words out. An important part of constructing a novel involves a great deal of thinking time away from the desk. When I’m working on a book, I’m thinking about the story all the time.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Besides reading, I enjoy watching movies and Japanese TV shows (j-dorama) and going to museums and classical music concerts. I also enjoy training my dog and spending time with her. Another passion of mine is food, so I spend quite a bit of time trying out new recipes and exploring new restaurants with my husband. I also practice vipassana meditation daily.

If you could be a supernatural creature or possess any power, what would it be?
I’d love to have the power of telekinesis. Moving things with your mind would be beyond awesome. :)

Tell the readers what to expect when reading one of your books.
I primarily consider myself a fantasy writer mainly because it allows me the flexibility to cross a wide variety of genres. I think my books have a mix of action, mystery, horror, romance, adventure, and of course, fantasy and the supernatural.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
In the acknowledgements of Whirl, I mention my readers. As I’ve stated, writing has long been a dream of mine. But written words do not have power until they are read. By taking the time to participate and be a part of the story and world I created, the Readers have made this dream come alive for me.

Emma Raveling is an author to watch out for. Her book, Whirl, instantly went on my favorites list after keeping me glued to its pages and dreaming of the what might happen in book 2 of the series. Action, adventure and romance with a strong heroine leading the way will keep you hooked from page 1.

You can find Whirl on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords!

Come back tomorrow for my review and to check out the trailer for Whirl!!


Giveaway Time!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Follow Friday!! Plus, some more giveaway action!

Happy Friday All! Before we get into the Friday fun, let me tell you about some of my current giveaways.

First up we have uber-talented author Krystle Jones Scarlet Dagger Giveaway! What's up for grabs? Her book, The Scarlet Dagger! edge of your seat thrill ride of a read will leave your heart racing from the action, swooning over Aden and Sloan's relationship, and leave your mind spinning as you try to solve the many mysteries in the book. It is Click here to enter and to read my Q&A and giveaway info!

I also extended the Chicagoland Vampires Giveaway since I accidentally put the wrong ended date - oops. One lucky winner will win their choice of any book from the series.Click here to enter!

Lastly, we have my new Thursday "Paromantasy's Take on" specials. Read about my obsession with Bad Boys and Underdogs in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy here. Also read why I love Bad-Ass Heroines here. Let me know your thoughts and be sure to cast your vote on the side to let me know what you love a heroine and male lead!


Now it's Follow Friday Time! Want to join in the fun? To join the fun and make new friends, stop by; Parajunkee  and Greads to enter!
Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?
Every book that I ever adored had both a kick-ass heroine and an equally bad-ass hero who is willing to fight along side her instead of holding her back. I also love a good love triangle with a usually sarcastic bad-boy who only shows his softer side to the heroine. Of course, they usually never get the girl...boo

Book Appeal: When you're browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger's reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?
The answer is the same as above. Action, Danger, Romance, Bad-Ass Heroines, Sexy Heroes,  and Mystery usually are my keywords. I hear a combo of these words and I want to read the book.I mean danger, action and romance is the reason I love PNR/UF books!



That's it for now! Have a great weekend!

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