Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mark Tufo’s Haunted Blog Tour: Final Stop plus Giveaways

Hello fellow ghosts and ghoul hunters! Welcome to Mark Tufo’s Haunted Blog Tour. Today is the final day of the ten day chill fest! We made it through the very haunted penitentiary with our dashing host for this adventure, THE SPIRIT CLEARING’s Michael Talbot. But, just barely! Did you enjoy the adventure? I hope you had a chance to follow the tour and enter as many times as you could to win all the exciting prizes up for grabs (over $200 worth of prizes!) and of course don’t forget to tip your gracious tour host on the way out...speaking of which, would you like to know more about him?

Book Review: Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey

Demon Eyes (Witch Eyes, #2)

Title: Demon Eyes
Author: Scott Tracey
Series: Witch Eyes #2
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: October 8, 2012
Number of the Pages: 395 Pages
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Demons don't die without a fight...
After destroying the demon Lucien, Braden—son of Belle Dam’s most powerful warlock, Jason Thorpe—doesn’t need the power of his witch eyes to see that everything in his life is turning against him: friends, family, and even his visions. When disturbing nightmares of Lucien’s return haunt him, Braden discovers that the simmering feud between the city’s two witch dynasties is fast approaching its explosive boiling point.
While struggling to come to terms with his attraction to Trey, Catherine Lansing’s son who should be his mortal enemy, a diabolical plan starts to unveil before Braden’s eyes. Young women are disappearing from Belle Dam, and as he investigates, Braden is forced to explore the dangerous unknown power within himself. But when the truth about his family is revealed, Braden must pay a terrible price.

**This review will contain spoilers from the first book, Witch Eyes, but I try to avoid them for the most part**

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book Review: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Witch Eyes (Witch Eyes, #1)

Title: Witch Eyes
Author: Scott Tracey
Series: Witch Eyes #1
Publisher: Flux Books
Publication Date: September 8, 2011
Number of Pages: 332 Pages
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Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.
After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.
To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cover Battle: The Vincent Boys Series

It that time again, when I pit covers against each other to see who comes out the reigning victor.
**I know I usually post Cover Battles on Fridays, but I have been sick with a horrible cold all week and I forgot, SORRY**

First up the winner of the last battle: 
The Winner of the Oh So Creepy Battle: ENVY by Gregg Olsen

This week I am going to be doing New vs Old with Abbi Glines' Vincent Boys series. 
I have heard wonderful things about this series, and now it has been picked up by Simon Pulse who have given it new covers. Which means you decided who would come out on top! I decided to add in the UK, and Australian Covers of The Vincent Boys for a little more fun!


The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)The Vincent BoysThe Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)

The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys, #2)The Vincent Brothers (The Vincent Boys, #2)

Just vote on the form below, and I will post the winners in the next Cover Battle!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway of The Messenger by Pamela DuMond

Welcome to my stop on The Messenger Blog Tour, hosted by AToMR Tours. The full schedule for the tour can be found by clicking that beautiful banner at the top of this post. 

The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, #1)Title: The Messenger
Author: Pamela DuMond
Series: Mortal Beloved #1
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction

Infinity. Life. Death. Rebirth. Some souls are meant to be together, but pursuing true love can be dangerous and often deadly. When sixteen-year-old Madeline falls in love with Samuel, a boy who lives hundreds of years before she is even born, she will risk her very existence to be with him.
Madeline’s from present day Chicago when she is pushed onto the train tracks, and accidentally time travels to a bloody war between the Natives and the colonists. She falls in love with a Native boy, Samuel. But, she’s living in the body of a colonial girl and their romance is a crime that carries harsh punishments.
Madeline discovers that she is meant to be a Messenger, a traveler who if properly trained, can slip through time's fabric at will. The Medicine Woman mentors her. But Madeline doesn't fit in this world. She’s different from the other colonists. Rumors of witchcraft and spying arise. Deadly Hunters, dark-souled predators as well as skilled time travelers, crave Madeline's powers. Can Madeline find the way back to her future? And will that future include her one true love, Samuel?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Indigo Spell


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
Title: The Indigo Spell
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Number of Pages: 432

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

Why am I waiting:
I loved the Vampire Academy series, and I liked Bloodlines, mostly because Adrian is just amazing, and because you get to know more about characters like Jill and Eddie. I have yet to read Golden Lily, but I plan on doing that very soon so I can pick up The Indigo Spell  when it comes out.

What are you waiting on?
Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave me a link!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: Blood Crave by Jennifer Knight

Blood Crave (Blood on the Moon, #2)
Title: Blood Crave
Author: Jennifer Knight
Series: Blood on the Moon #2
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Number of Pages: 
Publication Date: August 14, 2012

Headstrong heroine Faith Reynolds returns in this thrilling sequel to the paranormal romance Blood on the Moon!
After surviving being kidnapped by a vampire, Faith would just love to focus on some alone time with her hot (though occasionally furry) boyfriend, Lucas. Unfortunately, with a vampire uprising on the horizon and her best friend, Derek, about to wake up and find himself transformed into a half-werewolf, half-vampire being without a beating heart, Faith has a few other things to take care of first.
Faith is not without help, in the form of her newfound powers of sensing people’s emotions and being able to influence werewolves’ actions, not to mention her begrudging but rather helpful boyfriend. Even so, convincing a werewolf packmaster to prepare for an epic battle may be difficult to do without solid evidence.
Lose yourself once more in the deliciously suspenseful world of werewolves versus vampires, otherworldly boys with deadly charm, and addictive, spine-tingling action and romance!

*Review will have spoilers for the first book, Blood on the Moon, but I will try to avoid as many as possible*

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cover Battle: Oh So Creepy

It that time again, when I pit covers against each other to see who comes out the reigning victor.
This week it is all about the eyes, and the covers that feature them.

First up the winner of the last battle: 
THE WINNER: The Old Cover of The Dead and Buried

This week since we are getting close to Halloween, I decided to pile some of the covers I find creepy and sometimes a bit disturbing into a battle royale to see who is the creepiest one standing.

The Killing RoomAnna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)EnvyFaery Tales & NightmaresThe ReplacementThe House of Dead Maids

This battle is going to be tough, so make sure to vote below!
Results will be posted during the next Cover Battle

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cover Reveal: Fire by Shauna Granger

I am excited to be participating in the Cover Reveal for Fire, the fourth book in the Elemental series, by Shauna Granger. This cover reveal is hosted by AToMR Tours. 
Cover is designed by Mooney Designs.

Title: Fire (Elemental, #4)
Author: Shauna Granger
Expected Release: December 18, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult
Genre: Urban fantasy

Demons, faeries, and mermaids. Claws, teeth, and nightmares.
They have been beaten and bruised, set on fire, and nearly drowned, but manage to always find their way home.  Over their last Winter Holiday break before college, Shayna, Jodi, and Steven try again to put aside the magic in their lives for a little mundane fun. But Shayna's mother is having dreams of fire and death. A mysterious stranger by the name of Liam has just arrived in town. And Shayna's attempts to manage her new angelic powers are set back by Steven's insistence that the trio intervene in a riot outside of a concert, with disastrous consequences.
In her attempt to stop the riot, a man sees Shayna use her magical abilities – a man driven mad by watching his brother die at the hands of a black witch. He stalks Shayna, plotting to destroy her and her friends. With her mother’s warnings echoing in her mind, Shayna is now in the fight of her life against an unlikely foe: a human man.

I love how the cover really captures the element of Fire, and how it is tented with orange to match the fire. Each of the Elemental book really capture the element their titles represent, and Fire is no exception. The cover is beautifully done. 

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments.

Waiting on Wednesday: Level 2


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

 I am waiting on:

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1)
Title: Level 2

Author: Lenore Appelhans
Series: The Memory Chronicles #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Expected Publication: January 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 288 Pages

In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

Why am I waiting?
This sounds like a very unique take on limbo, and it also sounds like it is going to pack a bit of action. I really like cover, it is very futuristic. I really want to know how you can die if you are already dead on Level 2. It just feels like it is not going to be like anything else I have read. 

What are you waiting on?
Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave a link!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway of The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle

Welcome to The Devil's Metal Blog Tour stop at Unabridged Bookshelf. This tour is hosted by SupaGurl Book Tours. For the full schedule, be sure to click the banner above. 


The Devil's Metal (Devils #1)
Title: The Devil's Metal

Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: September 21, 2012
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Number of Pages: 344 Pages

It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.
At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.
And Dawn has a backstage pass.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Trailer Reveal with Giveaway: The Cadet of Tildor

Today I am so very excited to be able to show everyone the book trailer for The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell. Thanks to AToMR Tours for organizing the Trailer Reveal.  

Title: The Cadet of Tildor
Author: Alex Lidell
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin)
Expected Release: January 10, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: High fantasy

Tamora Pierce meets George R. R. Martin in this smart, political, medieval fantasy-thriller.
There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

 Book trailer by: Medieval Reenactment Group “Liberi Lusenta” located in Italy

Alex is a YA fantasy author, a Tamora Pierce addict, a horse rider, and paramedic.  The latter two tend to hand in hand a bit more often than one would like.  Alex started writing at 2 am.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Cover Battle: New vs Old

It that time again, when I pit covers against each other to see who comes out the reigning victor.
This week it is all about the eyes, and the covers that feature them.

It has been awhile since I have done one of these, but I am trying to get back to doing Cover Battles every Friday!

First up the winners of the last battle: 
It's All in the Eyes
THE WINNER:  Endure by Carrie Jones
Endure (Need, #4)

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington got a new cover recently, so I decided let put both covers in a battle to see which one readers prefer!
The Dead And Buried
THE OLD                         VERSUS                         THE NEW

Which one do you prefer?
Make sure to vote below, and the results will be posted in next Friday's Cover Battle!

Which Cover Do You Prefer?
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cover Reveal: Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

I have another Cover Reveal today, this one is for Miss Me Not by Tiffany King. 
Thank you to SupaGurl Tours for hosting the cover reveal!


They had a pact.
Leave the world behind much as they had lived it.
No one would miss them. No harm, no foul.
Their personal demons would be left behind once and for all.
It was the only thing they could count on.
It was all she had.
Madison Hanson has spent the last four years being a "shadow." Her parents ignore her. The students at her school stopped talking to her years ago, and the majority of her teachers forget she's even there. In her desperate yearning to leave her invisible life behind, Madison makes a pact with her only friend, James Garrison, to end their lives as inconspicuously as they live them. No fuss, no muss. No one would miss her and she would miss no one. Their plan is set, and it's all she can count on. That is, until fellow student, Mitch Peterson, beats them to the punch. Everything Madison believed in is shaken to the core when she watches the aftermath of Mitch's death unfold. By taking his own life, Mitch unwittingly saves hers. What a selfish prick.
She is now left with the daunting task of living. Trying to bury her demons once and for all, and finally trusting someone with her fragile existence.
Living is hell.
Death would have been so much easier.  

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Today I have the pleasure of participating in the reveal of Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Cover Design by Once Upon a Time Covers. Thank you to SupaGurl Tours for hosting the Cover Reveal

Title: Veer
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Clayton Falls #2
Expected Publication: December 2012

Only when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.
Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.