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Supernatural: The Unholy Cause – Spotlight & Review


Supernatural: The Unholy Cause by Joe Schreiber

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1 edition (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848565283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848565289
  • Genre: TV Tie-In/Urban Fantasy
  • Book Description:

    “A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit TV series!

    Twenty-seven years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America and he taught them how to kill it.

    Way back in April 1862, Confederate Captain Jubal Beauchamp leads a charge across a Georgia battleground…  Fast forward to 2009 and a civil war re-enactment becomes all too real. When Sam and Dean head down south to investigate they find that history has got somewhat out of hand.”

    My Thoughts:

    Sam and Dean have another somewhat hellacious adventure in this novel dealing with demons messing up a civil war re-enactment weekend in Georgia. They come up against some truly evil beings. Castiel is also featured, which is always a bonus. The ass-kickery ensues with hair-raising events and enough creepy suspense to keep you gripping the edge of your seat while flipping the pages. 

    Joe Schreiber does an excellent job of taking the reader into Sam & Dean’s world and swoops you up and along for the ride. He also does a wonderful job at penning Sam & Dean’s “voice and character” onto paper. I am so loving these Supernatural books and they are a great way to get your Supernatural fix in while waiting for the next season to begin on the tube. I highly recommend this book to fans of the show and fans of really great Urban Fantasy!

         

    Buy Supernatural: The Unholy Cause at:

    ChaptersAmazonBarnes & Noble, Titan Books  or  The Book Depository

    Find out more about Joe Schreiber and what he’s working on at his blog

    July 28, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Aug 2010 New Releases


    Just a quick post to let you all know that I’ve updated the New Releases page and all of August’s releases are up! 🙂

    Here’s a few of the covers for August:

          

         

         

    July 23, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Requiem – Spotlight & Review


    Requiem by Heather S. Ingemar

    • Pub. Date: January 2010
    • Publisher: Echelon Press
    • Format: eBook
    • File Size: 961 KB
    • ISBN-13: 9781590807033
    • ISBN: 1590807030

    Book Description:

    “Hattie Locke has a gift: when she sings, the dead dig themselves from their graves to listen. As a death-siren, her life has always been this way.

    Then the dead begin to show up in numbers far beyond expected. With each song she sings, they grow pushy and demanding, rushing the stage to reach her. Trapped in a place where her dreams of music become her nightmares, Hattie is left with nowhere to turn.

    But then she meets a boy, who promises freedom from her curse.

    Now Hattie wonders: is ridding herself of her voice worth losing the music she’s lived to create?”

    My Thoughts:

    I enjoyed this story. Hattie and Jasen make a good couple and her friend Arla was fun too. Definitely an interesting take on what it might be like to be a death-siren and what kinds of difficulties and sacrafices could be involved. Hattie faces some difficult decisions and scary situations. I was happy with the outcome.

    Although I am ridiculously creeped out by the thought of mindless rotting corpses coming after me, it was written well. Interesting plot, good pacing, paranormal aspects and interesting characters make for a good read in my books.

         

    Buy Requiem at:

    Amazon or  Barnes & Noble

    Find out more about Heather S. Ingemar and what she’s working on at her blog.

    July 20, 2010 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 4 Comments

    SVR – News & Updates


    First off, as I’m sure some of you have noticed, I added a flag counter app to my sidebar and can I just say how cool it is to see where people are who are checking out my little corner of the internet. Hello to you all! 🙂

    I still haven’t heard back from the winner of Bernita Harris’ Dark & Disorderly, so I used random.org to draw a new winner.  #14, Julie Swaney, Congrats! 😀 Please email me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca so we can get your ebook out to you.

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    Other interesting news I’ve come across lately:

    While science fiction often deals with the world of tomorrow and fantasy often illuminates worlds that never were, paranormal romance and urban fantasy are—mostly—set in the world we live in. Sort of. I mean, as far as we know, our world isn’t actually populated by vampires, witches, elves, demons, or the other creatures that inhabit urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. Right?

    To showcase this diversity, Tor.com is celebrating July as Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Month! They’ve rounded up half a dozen original pieces of short fiction, and will have guest blogs and interviews from paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors and editors. For more about the brand new fiction, guest posts, and extras of Tor.com’s July celebration, go to Tor.com

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    Titan Books is launching a brand new website, which is going to be packed with exclusive content and special features, so pop on over there and check it out! Don’t miss the Jose Molina interview about his experience working on FireFly. There’s new Lenore artwork showcased on the blog, contests, awesome books, etc.

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    Paul Goat Allen of BN.com (And the mod for the BN.com book club featuring Adrian Phoenix’s Black Dust Mambo) just posted an excellent blog about Adrian Phoenix’s books and Black Dust Mambo! I could not agree with him more!

    There’s also a new podcast up at Seattle Geekly featuring female authors: Adrian Phoenix, Mira Grant, Jennifer Brozek, Seanan McGuire, Jessa Slade and Marjorie M. Liu! So have a listen to hear what these urban fantasy authors have to say.

    July 19, 2010 Posted by | Rambling, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On... | , , | Leave a comment

    Shadow Of The Vampire – Spotlight & Review


    Shadow Of The Vampire by Meagan Hatfield

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HQN (July 1, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 026387821X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263878219
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Book Description:

    Even vampires should never sleep with the enemy.

    Vampire princess Alexia Feodorovna has been undead for 125 years, so it’s been a
    while since any man has made her pulse race. Until Declan Black. One look at his
    bronzed body and a fire like no other consumes her. Then she discovers that he’s
    a dragon lord come to take revenge on the vamps who killed his parents. And
    claim a crystal said to imbue its owner with incredible powers.

     Alexia is ordered to torture and kill the dragon lord. Yet with each reckless
    encounter, she finds herself consumed by his fiery passion. A passion Declan
    battles, as well. Will he be able to resist the fire of lust she kindles within him and
    keep revenge in his heart? Or will he risk everything to quench the burning desire
    and claim the vampire as his own?”

    My Thoughts:

    I really enjoyed this one! You don’t see vampires and dragon shifters mixing it up often and Meagan Hatfield did a great job. The sparks were definitely flying between Alexia and Declan. I loved the back story of both the main characters worked into tale as well as the history of both the vampires and dragon shifters. I’m just going to flat-out admit that Declan pretty much had me drooling the whole book, so suffice it to say, I am a fan! 😀

    This one ticked all my boxes for a great paranormal romance read. Awesome female and male protags, great secondary characters, great plotting and pacing, evil villan that you love to hate, danger, mystery, excitement and plenty of smexy encounters to steam the ink off the pages. I am definitely hoping for this to be a series and would love to read Tallon & Griffon’s story, hint, hint. 😉 This author is definitely one I’ll be watching for.

         

    Buy Shadow Of The Vampire at:

    ChaptersAmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository

    Find out more about Meagan Hatfield at her website!

    July 17, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | Leave a comment

    Night Myst – Spotlight & Review


    Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (MM) (Jun 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515148148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515148145
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Book Description:

    “Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than they imagined. Having quietly amassed their strength for centuries, the Vampiric Fae are determined to enslave the world. Now Myst, Queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again-and a long prophesied war is about to begin…

    Cicely Waters, a witch who can control the wind, has returned home to New Forest, Washington, after learning that her family is in danger. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear. People are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. And when she is swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her to how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover.

    But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst’s court, and now, caught between two evils, the lovers must survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae queen, even as Cicely untangles the hidden secrets to her own heritage.”

    My Thoughts:

    Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I am a long time fan of Yasmine Galenorn’s work, and this first novel in the Indigo Court series did not disappoint! I was immediately drawn into Cicely’s world and led on a marvelous ride through it. Galenorn’s characters are always written with depth and richness that makes you believe that they could exist somewhere. The world that she crafts is so filled with atmosphere, it becomes almost like a character of its own.

    Filled with characters that you fall in love with,  some that you love to hate, and excellent plotting and pacing equals a page flipping / no sleep night.  This book represents, at least to me, everything that makes an urban fantasy work. It’s also a perfect example of how to start a new series, as you don’t get lost in explanations of world-building. You get pulled right in and carried along for the supernatural ride of a lifetime.

    Cicely is a strong lead and Grieve is a mouth-watering alpha who is the perfect match for her. Witches, vampires, fae and vampiric fae make for interesting conflicts and interactions. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series! Night Veil is scheduled to be released June 2011.

           

    Buy Night Myst at:

    ChaptersAmazonBarnes & Noble or Book Depository

    Find out more about Yasmine Galenorn and her books at her website!

    July 13, 2010 Posted by | Books Bought This Week, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 6 Comments


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    Owned By Rome – Spotlight & Review


    Owned By Rome by Katalina Leon

    Book Length: Plus Novel
    Book Type: eBook
    Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing

    ISBN: 9781419927843

    MSRP/List Price: $13.98
    Genre: Romance, Historical, Erotica
    Book Description:

    “On the edge of the Roman Empire, Queen Boudica’s rebellion has ended. A time of great tragedy has passed. Atellus, a Roman magistrate living in Gaul, discovers he’s no longer sympathetic to Rome and must now question every facet of his life.

    A cunning Celtic woman with golden-red hair arrives in the slave markets, defiant and angry—a danger to anyone foolish enough to purchase her. As punishment for her willfulness, she is to be offered as a sexual favor to Roman guests at a lavish feast and put to death for their entertainment.

    For Atellus, it’s love at first sight. He wants to own her. They embark on an erotically turbulent journey through a lonely Celtic forest. He suspects his beautiful slave is harboring a painful secret and must never again speak her true name. She is Celtic royalty—the last of her kind.

    In the heart of the forest, strong-willed lovers clash, fall in love and catch a glimpse of what the future can be if both can learn to trust and forgive.”

    My Thoughts:

    This was an interesting read. Katalina Leon obviously really did her research as she incorporates quite a few Roman words into the story. If you got hooked on the HBO show Spartacus and you’re wanting some more ancient Roman tales, then here you go. She does a great job in writing about what it might have been like to live in that place and time.

    I really liked the character, Rutila. She’s strong, brave, vulnerable and determined. A Celtic who was captured and sold into slavery in Rome, she’s fiesty and never gives up. I honestly wasn’t so crazy about the main character, Atellus. He had some good qualities, but for my individual tastes, he was a bit too “moony” or fixated on finding a grand love. I like a big, brawny, sexy alpha male who not only acts the part, but thinks in those terms as well. Just my personal preference though. All in all, it was a good read.

       

    Buy Owned By Rome

    Find out more about Katalina Leon and what she’s working on at her website!

    July 7, 2010 Posted by | New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

    SVR Updates & A Winner


    First off, I hope all my fellow Canuck’s had an awesome Canada Day long weekend! I also hope all my American readers had a great 4th of July long weekend! Geez, we were partying it up on this side of the ocean all weekend, lol. 😀

    I recently updated the New Releases list, so July’s on there and even a few August releases are up. Thank you Chapters/Indigo for the Buy 3 Get 1 free sale where I loaded up on new releases. I’ve also updated my Rec’d 2010 page, so if you’ve sent me a book for review and are wondering if I’ve received it, you can find out there.

    I’m still working on updating my “My Books” pages, having a heck of a time trying to work with Open Office documents on my recently installed Microsoft Office/Word. It’ll get there, but in the meantime, my GoodReads and LibraryThing are usually updated to within a week if you’re wanting to scope out my ridiculously huge library.

    And now on to the winner of Bernita Harris’ giveaway! Random.org gave me #25, so

    kisah, congratulations!!! Please email me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca so we can get your e-book sent off to you. 🙂

    Thanks to Bernita Harris and to everyone who entered! If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new name will be drawn from the eligable entries.

    Cheers! 😀

    July 5, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Holiday, Sidhe's News & Updates, Winners | , , | Leave a comment

    If I Stay – Spotlight & Review


     If I Stay by Gayle Forman

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014241543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142415436
  • Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
  • Book Description:

    “On a day that started like any other…

    Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.

    Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.”

    My Thoughts:

    Mia is a wonderfully written main character and I was totally captivated by her story. (It’s really hard to write a review here without giving spoilers!?) Suffice it to say that I was emotionally caught up and invested in the tale and outcome. I cried like a baby, teared up more than a few times and this is one of those stories that will stay with me for a very long time.

    The main characters as well as the secondary characters were all written with a depth and richness of believability, the plot was excellent, the pacing great, and as the book description says: ” Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.” It was exactly that.

    If I Stay was riveting! I was drawn into the story and was completely caught up in it. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put the book down. Gayle Forman is a very talented story-weaver and I am definitely keeping an eye out for the next book, Where She Went, which will be out in the spring of 2011. This book delivers and I highly recommend it to everyone!

           

    Buy If I Stay at:

    ChaptersAmazon,   Barnes & Noble,  Borders or The Book Depository

    Find out more about Gayle Forman at her website!

    July 2, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reading, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 5 Comments