Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Book Blitz/Excerpt/Giveaway: Frost Fire by Olivia Rivers

Title: Frost Fire
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.”

Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most. 

She’s a Mage. 

Though ancient law mandates Allai’s death, she still has one last chance of survival. His name is Drake Rhaize, and he swears he can lead Allai to a sanctuary for Mages. Allai hasn’t seen Drake in years, but she remembers him as the Demon boy who used to hold her close and softly whisper that he’d keep her safe. But Drake has changed since then: He’s now suspected of murder, and has been out-casted for betraying his own kind. 

While Allai doesn’t trust Drake, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands and hope he can get her to safety. Because Allai’s father has hired a pack of Demons to bring her back to him, dead or alive–and Demons never stop the hunt.
Doesn't this sound amazing? And just take a look at that cover! *Drools* I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Book Blast/Giveaway: The Immortal Circus by A. R. Kahler

Title: The Immortal Circus
Author: A. R. Kahler
Publisher: 47North  
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
Format: Kindle eBook
Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

The show's just beginning.

Step right up . . .
Sounds fascinating? Wait till you read the rest!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Cover Reveal: Desolate City by Racquel Jones

Title: Desolate City
Author: Racquel Jones
Expected Publication Date: January 10, 2013
After being invited to a party, Seiren never dreamed of being haunted by the Haydens--supernatural beings--of her city. She was suppose to forget about how they watched her every move days before. She was suppose to forget how everything went downhill after meeting a certain white eyed Hayden. But that would be too simple...

Ereshkigal, a group of powerful beings that all Haydens resent, have their sights on Seiren and Haydens from every corner of Black Phoenix will do everything in their power to stop them.

With the help of the gun-toting agent Luann and Hayden guardian Julius, Seiren must figure out her place in all of this and why she is literally running for her life.
Though this sounds more mature than my usual reading choices, it sounds positively intriguing and something I'd love to know more about the world of Desolate City and watch the world build around Seiren.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Cover Reveal: Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

Title: Deeper We Fall
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Expected Publication Date: January 12, 2013
Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to try and forget the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. She must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.
I love angsty, sad stories. I love stories that feature broken characters. I have a feeling I'm going to end up sobbing on my bed, tearing over Lottie's pain and heartbreak. I love what this book promises. And you know what? I think I love the book already.

Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Hover by Melissa West

You've read Gravity. Now you'll see the beginning of Hover.

Title: Gravity
Author: Melissa West
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Now that you've read the wonderfully intriguing synopsis of Gravity, are you ready to see the cover of Hover?

(Funny, that rhymes.)

Friday, November 30, 2012

On My Mind (4): Help! I've ran out of imagination juice!

On My Mind is a bookish meme made by me where you spill just about any thoughts you have on a book/writing/book-blogging related topic any time you want! There is no set schedule so you can post as often as you like, or have one every few months. You may use this meme on your own blog. You may use this graphic, another one that you like better, or none at all. The only requirement is to link back to Lust For Stories and leave the link to your post in the comments of the latest On My Mind so I can check you out!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Title: The Midnight Spell
Author: Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye
Expected Publication: February, 2013
Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

Cover Reveal: Breaking Waves by Danielle Sibarium

Title: Breaking Waves
Author: P.T. Michelle
Expected Publication: Undecided
From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

Title: A Girl Named Digit
Author: Annabel Monaghan
Series: Digit #1
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Release Date: June 5, 2012
ISBN13: 9780547668529
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, romance, contemporary, chick lit
Source: borrowed from library
Farrah Higgins started high school with one thing on her mind: ditching the math geek image that earned her the name Digit in middle school. By her senior year she’d figured out how to fake normal and fit in with the It Girls of Samohi. And it was all good, if exhausting, until she noticed some faint numbers in the corner of her TV screen and cracked the communications system of a murderous eco-terror organization. Kidnapped by the FBI for her own protection, half in love with her captor and running for her life… can she end world terror and get life back to normal before the prom?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Title: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
Author: Ron Koertge
Series: None
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: July 10, 2012
ISBN13: 9780763644062
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, fantasy retellings, dark
Source: borrowed from library
Yes it's blue and Yes it tickles and Yes he's had a lot of wives and nobody knows what happened to them

but he's fun at the party and omigod that castle!

Once upon a time, a strung-out match girl sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. Bluebeard's latest wife discovered she'd married a serial killer. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind of wanted to know what it's like to be swallowed whole.

You see, Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets of fairy tales, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer--he wants to whisper in your ear.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Title: Don't Turn Around
Author: Michelle Gagnon
Series: PERSEFoNE Trilogy #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN13: 9780062102904
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, sci-fi, action, thriller, suspense
Source: borrowed from library
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms.

But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good.

Fans of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will devour the story of Noa, a teen soul mate to Lisbeth Salander.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On My Mind (3): Re-reading (and its consequences) and bloggy backgrounds

On My Mind is a bookish meme made by me where you spill just about any thoughts you have on a book/writing/book-blogging related topic any time you want! There is no set schedule so you can post as often as you like, or have one every few months. You may use this meme on your own blog. You may use this graphic, another one that you like better, or none at all. The only requirement is to link back to Lust For Stories and leave the link to your post in the comments of the latest On My Mind so I can check you out!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title:Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: October 3, 2011
ISBN13: 9781466401884
Format: paperback
Genre: NA, contemporary, romance
Source: borrowed from library
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs - and wants - to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the most-eligible college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charm, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has finally met his match.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Cover Reveal: Destiny by P.T. Michelle

Title: Destiny
Author: P.T. Michelle
Expected Publication: March 31, 2013
When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?

In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head.

Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together.

As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?
I love this. I love, love, love this. The last two book covers

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Cover Reveal: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Title: Pieces
Author: Michelle Davidson Argyle
Expected Publication: Februrary 14, 2013
Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.
I love beautiful contemporary covers. They're not full of extra effects like many paranormal, fantasy, or sci-fi books are, though those aren't bad either. It always makes those books seem realistic, and more personal, like a glimpse into the protagonist's life. This one is no

Friday, November 02, 2012

Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Series: None
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Release Date: February 21, 2012
ISBN13: 9780803737204
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Source: borrowed from library
Brie's life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart - literally.

But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy Brie loved and lost - and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her
forever after.

With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review: Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Title: Dead to You
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: None
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 7, 2012
ISBN13: 9781442403888
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, thriller, contemporary
Source: borrowed from library
Some memories are better left untouched.

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family.

It's a miracle . . . at first.

Then the tensions start to build, and his family starts falling apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together.

But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked.

Something unspeakable . . .

Haunted Week 2012: Beware of Book Review

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

The concluding post of Haunted Week 2012 will consist of something quite simple: a book review of a scary story. Of course, one may imagine me posting a review of a book review of something scary with supernatural elements, but no.

This book will be one hundred percent terrifying without ghosts, vampires, or zombies. It's just that awesome. Honestly? It screwed with my nerves. Bad. And totally freaked me out.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Written in the Tombstone

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Epitaph: inscription on one's tombstone, or one's last words. Today I shall quote you the last unspoilery line of five books. Most of them has a tie-in to death, always a theme in Halloween festivities, or at least have something paranormal-ish to it.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Tricked or Treated

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Sometimes, books don't turn out the way you expect them to. Here are some particularly pleasant or nasty surprises I've gotten.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Haunted Week: It Came From the Web

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

I love my blog. Of course, I'm a bit (big understatement) biased. But I also have other blogs I love, including but not limited to Book Nerd, Xpresso Reads, as well as Esther's Ever After. As for today, I'll be presenting to you a few new book blogs I stumbled across and love.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Back from the Grave

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Did you have a childhood favourite? Today I'll be posting a few of the favourite books of my childhood!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Skeletons on My Bookshelf

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Many of us have what are called "skeletons" on our bookshelves. Today I'll be showing off five books that I've had for a while but never got around to reading. But note: because I don't buy books often, these books won't be particularly old. Maybe a few months. Or even weeks. That's it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Bats in Your Book Pages

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Is there something that just gets on your nerves in your books? Today, I tell you some of my biggest book pet peeves that I find. Do note that there are always exceptions to every bat in my book pages.

And yes, I have hand-drawn images. And yes, you may laugh your heads off at my poor attempt at art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Haunted Week 2012: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

{This Girl Reads}

Haunted Week 2012 is an event hosted by Cheyenne at This Girl Reads spanning the week of Halloween with daily punny posts from yours truly, moi. Links to all of my posts can be found on this post: Introduction: Haunted Week 2012.

{This Girl Reads}

Of course, not everyone can finish every single book they read. And suppose that books all have spirits, or rather, ghosts within each and every one of them - and the half-read ones would return to haunt you. *Shivers* Here I have some books that I wasn't able to finish. *Looks behind shoulder to see if there's a book-ghost behind me*

Warning: I start swearing in this post. Like. Yes. Swearing. So beware of cuss words I employ to portray my emotions I felt while reading the books.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Title: Shadow of the Mark
Author: Leigh Fallon
Expected Publication: July 9, 2013
Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It's a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past . . . far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order's dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Author: Kristen Simmons
Series: Article 5 #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: January 31, 2012
ISBN13: 9780765329585
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, action
Source: borrowed from library
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights have been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police - instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior - instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to rememberr that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the are of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random house inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings - the only boy Ember has ever loved.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cover Reveal/Giveaway: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by Nya Jade

Title: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four
Author: Nya Jade
Expected Publication: November 2012
The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.

As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.

Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself–and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Evolution, a teaser, and a giveaway of epicness

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?
Who can resist such a frexing good blurb?

The Evolution of Mara Dyer releases in 8 days. I repeat, 8 days.

8. Days.

Thankfully, to tide us over these eight painful days of impatience, the amazing Michelle Hodkin at The Michelle Show has a teaser trailer for us!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Introduction: Haunted Week 2012

{This Girl Reads} 

It's almost Halloween!

So what do I have planned?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Title: Between the Lines
Author: Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
Series: None
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books/Atria/Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 26, 2012
ISBN13:  9781451635751
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, romance, contemporary
Source: borrowed from library
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.

What happens when happily ever after . . . isn't?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book - one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He's a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He's sure that there's more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Lust For Stories's New Look

Well, it's not a total makeover, but it's still a new look. I mean, just look at it.

[Insert a very uncharacteristic squeal from Grace.]

Can you feel how unbelievably excited/happy/freaked-out/ecstatic I am right now?

For those that have been around with me for a while, you probably know how I once had a super generic Blogger layout, and when I started messing around with it into this lovely purple you now see. But it could still be achieved by just about anyone who knows how to use the Blogger template. So, a while back I was messing around on my fave blogs, and one of them had just got a beautiful header, button, and signature set from an awesome designer.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Review: Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Title: Enshadowed
Author: Kelly Creagh
Series: Nevermore #2
Publisher: Atheneum
Release Date: August 28, 2012
ISBN13: 9781442402041
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, horror, romance, urban fantasy, paranormal, gothic
Source: borrowed from library
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allen Poe.

While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.

But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.

When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: August 7, 2012
ISBN13: 9781599906959
Format: hardcover
Genre: YA, romance, historical fantasy
Source: borrowed from library
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years, then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Choal, challenging and exhilaration. But Celaena's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her . . . but it's the gruff Captain Choal Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turn up dead . . . quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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