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The Fallen Star – Spotlight & Review


 The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

  • Reading level:Young Adult
  • Paperback:452 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace (April 11, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1461052149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461052142

Book Description:

“For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life.
But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.”

My Thoughts:

I ended up really liking this book! It was a bit hard for me to get into initially because I found that there was a little too much internal dialogue, too much repetition in the “she’s a loner” theme and not enough action or descriptions of why things were the way they were. Too much telling and not enough showing in other words. But as I kept reading, I really got into the characters and the story. (Don’t worry, the explanations come later in the book). I am also really wanting to read the next book, The Underworld, to see what happens next. 🙂

So to put it in simpler terms, great characters – check, good world building – check, good plot – check, originality – check, good development of the characters & plot – check. All the things that you want in a good read. I think with a bit more polishing from the author and a trip or two to a really good editor, The Fallen Star would have been an exceptional book instead of just a good one. But for a first time author, I was impressed with the total package all in all. There were some pretty obvious editing mistakes that threw me out of the story for a minute, but I would recommend it to fans of young adult paranormal fiction if you can see past the editing mistakes.

This book is available in Kindle & Nook e-book format and paperback on Amazon, though the paperback price is currently not right from what I can tell, but I’ll put the link in if you want to keep an eye on it for the price adjustment.

     

Find out more about Jessica Sorensen & what she’s working on at her BLOG  

Buy The Fallen Star at:

Amazon.com Kindle

Amazon.com Paperback

Barnes & Noble Nook

August 31, 2011 Posted by | New Author, New Releases, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | Leave a comment

Teaser Tuesday


I was trying to think of a regular weekly post I could do on the blog and thought that “Teaser Tuesday” would be a good way to go. This way I can include movie trailers, books & book trailers for upcoming books that I’m dying to read and whatever else I come across on the internet. 🙂 So welcome to my first Teaser Tuesday! Feel free to let me know in the comments about anything cool that you’ve come across and are excited about.

I recently read the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, which I loved and I am really looking forward to seeing the movie now! I just discovered this teaser trailer so here you all go.

And just in case you’ve been under a rock and haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy yet, go buy the books!

  The Hunger Games

  Catching Fire

  Mockingjay

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Movies, New Releases, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On..., Upcoming Releases | , , , | Leave a comment

Midnightloon Reviews Bloodlust


Bloodlust by Michelle Rowen

  • Paperback:304 pages
  • Publisher:Berkley (MM); Original edition (July 5 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0425242137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242131
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

“ONE TASTE IS ALL IT TAKES

For those who feast on blood, Jillian Conrad is a fatal attraction. After being injected with a serum that made her blood both irresistible and deadly to vampires, she was used as a pawn to assassinate the vampire king. Now, the vampires want her eliminated.

Hunted and unable to return to her old life, Jillian desperately seeks to prevent the poison in her veins from killing her. And she must find a way to help her dhampyr protector, Declan, whose exposure to the serum has split his personality into one part uncontrolled desire, and one part stone cold killer.

But an even greater danger is rising. The Amarantos — a secret society of vampires — is seeking the infant daughter of the slain king to complete their quest for true immortality. And if they succeed, no one, living or undead, will escape the darkness.”

My Thoughts:

What can I say but , “WOOT WOOT!!”. I read the first book two months before the release of this one, so I didn’t have to wait as long for this books publication (Sweet :P). My two new favourite protagonists are back in action in the second volume of the “Nightshade” series. Between the two books only one week has passed, but the characters circumstances have changed. Being on the run is one thing, but with the poison inside her blood slowly killing her, Jill’s week keeps getting worse. Declan, her protector becoming bipolar doesn’t help ease her tension either. In these stressful times Jill has to make several sudden and life altering decisions that will affect more than just herself.

While it did take me a couple of days to read it, meaning I could put it down, I still enjoyed the book. A couple of times during Bloodlust, I stopped and thought, “I wasn’t expecting that to happen!” It is moments like that, those unexpected scenes that keeps a book interesting. and makes me realize I’m never going to be able to become a detective because my deductive stills seem to lean towards the obvious. While really good books have twists and turns that all make sense in the end.

     

Find out more about Michelle Rowen & her books at her Website.

Buy Bloodlust at:

The Book Depository

Chapters/Indigo

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

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August 29, 2011 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 3 Comments

Sidhe Reviews Bound By Night


Bound By Night by Amanda Ashley

  • Paperback:320 pages
  • Publisher:Zebra – Kensington (Aug 30 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1420104454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104455
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Description:

“A Vampire’s Kiss Is Forever.  .  .

Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn’t believe a word of it – until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger.  .  .

Tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone, and Elena is the first woman to enter his lair – and survive. And Drake is the first man to touch her heart and soul. By the time she discovers who he really is – and what he craves – it’s too late. Blood lust has turned to love, and Elena is deeply under Drake’s spell. But forever comes at a price for each of them.  .  .”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Elena and Drake’s story. Amanda Ashley writes a vampire romance that is reminiscent of the old school vampire romances and it’s great to be able to remember what made me fall in love with the genre to begin with! Elena is a little bit naive for a twenty year old in today’s day and age, but she was sweet, and Drake is a 500-year-old vampire with old world charm. I loved a lot of the elements that the author brought into play with the abilities of the vampires and in the world-building of the vampires coven. And does Amanda have to write so many sexy vampires? Seriously, I want one of those brothers for myself! *Grins*

The details of them living in Wolfram Castle were fun for me to read as I’ve always been fascinated by Castle’s and what it must have been like to live in one.  An interesting mix of the old with the new and a grand love story made for a good read. A truly heinous uncle, some big scary vamps and a collection of interesting secondary characters rounded out the story. I’m looking forward to reading Kaitlyn & Zachary’s story in Bound By Blood which will be out in October.

     

Find out more about Amanda Ashley and her books at her Website.

Buy Bound By Night at:

The Book Depository

Chapters/Indigo

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

August 26, 2011 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 2 Comments

Tori Reviews The Near Witch


The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

  • Reading level:Young Adult
  • Hardcover:288 pages
  • Publisher:Hyperion Book CH (August 2, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1423137876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423137870

Book Description:

“The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.”

My Thoughts:

The Near Witch is a young adult novel that cast a spell on me from the very first line until the last line.  Lexi lives in the Town of Near where ever
since she was a child she heard tales of the Near Witch.  She always believed the tales were told to frighten children.  The Town of Near has never had a stranger living in their Town.  Then one day a stranger appeared and the very next day children started disappearing.

When the children start disappearing, the stranger is accused.  Lexi was taught to track by her Father, and since her uncle won’t let her help in the search, she sneaks out at night to search on her own.  She then meets the stranger whose name is Cole.  Cole is staying with two witches.  Lexi knows it’s not Cole taking the children and he helps her in the search for the missing kids.  As they continue to search and get to know each other, Lexi and Cole develop a connection and feelings for one another.

The more Lexi learns she soon realizes that the tales of the Near Witch are really true and not just a story to frighten children.  She learns how to stop the Near Witch from the other witches.  Lexi needs to find and bury her bones at the house she lived in.  Then her sister disappears before she can find and bury the bones.  Will Lexi be able to find the bones in time to save her sister?

I thought Victoria did a really good job with the story.  She was very good with drawing you into the story and keeping you there.  I loved all the characters in the book. The characters felt so alive to me and Lexi was a very strong character.  I think she was a lot like her father in every way.  She’s very strong, caring, tough and stubborn.  She refused to listen to her uncle and did what she felt was best.
I loved Cole too. I really enjoyed the romance between him and Lexi.  You could feel their connection and their attraction to one another.  I could feel Cole’s pain.  His past was eating him up inside.  I think Lexi’s love and faith helped him through that and showed him that he was a better man.

I really enjoyed this book.  I can’t wait to read future books by Victoria Schwab.

       

Check out Victoria Schwab and her books at her Blog.

Buy The Near Witch at:

The Book Depository

Chapters/Indigo

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

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August 25, 2011 Posted by | New Releases, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | Leave a comment

Underworld Awakening Trailer


OMG! I just saw this yesterday and I am so stoked to see it! I had to share. 😀

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Movies, Spotlight On..., Trailer, Upcoming Releases | , | 3 Comments

Midnightloon Reviews Nightshade


Nightshade by Michelle Rowen

  • Paperback:352 pages
  • Publisher:Berkley (MM); Original edition (Feb 1 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0425239829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239827
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

“DESIRE IS IN THE BLOOD

Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires. But she’s just become a living, breathing weapon against them. Attacked by a desperate scientist, she is injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to vampires. And when the scientist is gunned down in front of her, his secrets die with him.

Declan Reyes was only half-vampire, but he hates them with all his heart. He knows that the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the undead kingdom. Also, the serum has had an unintended effect, making her blood irresistible to all vampires—including Declan, whose bloodthirsty traits are driven into a frenzy by her.

Driven by duty to protect her and by instinct to crave her, Declan takes Jillian into his shadowy world of blood and battle. But he soon realizes his increasing need for her may be a different kind of hunger…”

My Thoughts:

After reading other books by Rowen and loving them, I was excited to see this new series. Personally, I have read many vampire books, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of any half-vampire ones. After reading the book’s description, the thing that caught and held my interest was the whole idea of the female protagonist being poisonous to the main male character.

Once I started reading, the characters and plot came to life for me better than I expected! Jill is trying to wrap her mind around the sudden turn that her life has taken. Her need to learn a whole bunch of new information to survive and inevitably for someone to lean on through her tough time who can explain it all. Declan is a scarred and emotionally stunted man who takes everything his father says as gospel, who fears that one day he too will become what he hates, and hunts. Combine the two together and you get a great story of two people searching for answers of truth, with a bit of Stockholm syndrome mixed in to keep it interesting.

       

4.5 out of 5

Find out more about Michelle Rowen & her books at her Website.

Buy Nightshade at:

The Book Depository

Chapters/Indigo

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

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August 23, 2011 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | Leave a comment

Storm’s Heart – Spotlight & Review


Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison

  • Paperback:336 pages
  • Publisher:Berkley; Original edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0425242668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425242667
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Description:

“He’s a wyr warrior, a god of storms. She’s the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who don’t want to see her ascend to the throne…

Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr’s best weapons. And he’s sent to protect Tricks when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds…”

My Thoughts:

First of all, I am now officially in love with Thea Harrison’s Elder Races Series! The first book, Dragon Bound, blew my mind and was AMAZING! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Storm’s Heart to read Tiago & Tricks’ story. I also wondered how would the author possibly top the great storytelling and writing that she accomplished in the first book. I was not disappointed! I fell in love with Tiago and Tricks just as fast as I did with Dragos & Pia in the first book. Now I’m dying to get my hands on the next two books in the series, Serpent’s Kiss and Oracle’s Moon!! 😀

Back to this book now.  Tricks, aka Niniane was introduced towards the end of the first book and she’s a little Dark Fae who’s a spitfire with a great sense of humor. Tiago is your ultra alpha male who’s more action than talk and sexier than all get out. Thea had me at the reference to Tiago resembling Dwayne Johnson – The Rock. Umm… Hello! He’s HOT. 😛 And can I just say that I damn near popped a gut laughing at the “Bubblegum flavored vodka” scene, lol. Priceless!

Niniane faces a whole new life in going back to her roots with trepidation and Tiago comes along to protect her. The journey of both overcoming several obstacles both physically and emotionally for both characters is a whirlwind tale full of mystery, intrigue, danger, sexy times, scary times, and two great characters falling in love. When a book picks me up and carries me off with a story about characters that I care about, when it’s written so well that I can visualize each scene with ease, when it makes me laugh, cringe, empathise and cheer for the characters…that’s a WIN in my opinion. This book did that in spades!

 

       

Find out More about Thea Harrison and her books at her Website.

Buy Storm’s Heart at:

The Book Depository

Chapters/Indigo

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

Barnes & Noble

August 22, 2011 Posted by | New Releases, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 2 Comments

SVR – New Reviewer


Woo Hoo! I’m adding another new reviewer to the blog and thought I’d do a quick interview with her so that you all could get to know Midnightloon a bit. So without further adieu, here’s our interview.

1) Hi Midnightloon, welcome to my virtual lair! We’ll start off with why you’re interested in joining the blog-o-sphere to write reviews?

Well for many years, blogs have helped me find many great books that I wouldn’t have found
otherwise. I decided that I want to share my thoughts with others who love reading to help them. The price of books are always increasing and knowing others thoughts can affect the purchase and help a reader find an enjoyable book.

2) So you’re a bookaholic just like me, this is great! What are your favorite genres to read?

Yes, a bookaholic is what I am. I was tripping over so many books I moved most to the garage so I could use that space to buy more :P. My favorite genres are paranormal romance, urban fantasy, a little young adult and some manga (when I want to look at pictures.)

3) Do you have one favorite author, or a whole bunch of them like me? Can you tell us a few?

Ooh, tough one. I like a bunch and waiting 6 months to a year for their books is sometimes hard. Let me see a few of my favorites are, Nalini Singh, Michelle Rowen, C.T. Adams, Rachel Caine, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews and Carrie Vaughn.

4) I started blogging & reviewing the books I love to read because I don’t really have anyone here in the city I live in to discuss them with, is it the same for you?

There are two different people who I sometimes talk to. Both work for the Indigo in town and when I go in and start talking to either of them, time flies. I feel like I’m taking them away from other costumers and their jobs, even though one of them is the manager.

5) Tell us a bit about yourself. Likes? Dislikes? Hobbies?

In September, I’ll be going for my accounting technology course. For the last year I’ve been recovering from having kidney surgery, so I’m kinda going stir-crazy. My hobbies are mostly reading, the computer (facebook junky) and travelling when I’m well. My likes include watching hockey (Go Bruins!!), walking, new books XD and cooking. My dislikes are having to watch what I eat, while someone else eats what I want. When books are reprinted and they come out with a new cover 😡 (How am I supposed to remember if I already read it?) And last but not least, when people judge others with invisible illnesses to standards they cannot meet. 😀 Are those random enough answers?

6) If you could be any one supernatural creature, what would you be? If you could have any one power, what would it be?

If I could be a supernatural creature, I’d want to be a powerful witch. If I could have any one power, I’d want the power to absorb other people powers to use them, like that guy on Heroes.

7) If you were stranded on an island, what five books would you must have there with you to keep you from going insane?

The first book I’d want would be one on how to survive on said island (travel guide maybe). The rest would be Pride and Prejudice, and Nalini Singh “Guild Hunter” series.

8.) If you met someone who was just getting into reading our genres of choice, which one book from each genre would you recommend? Urban Fantasy? Paranormal Romance? Young Adult? Fantasy? Historical Romance? (Or if one book is too hard to pick, you can go with an author from each genre)

Urban Fantasy: Rachel Caine (Weather Warden Series), Paranormal Romance: Nalini Singh, Young Adult: L.J. Smith, Fantasy: Anne Bishop, Historical Romance: Jane Feather.

9) What’s your favorite movie that was done as a book adaptation? IE: Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson
& The Lightning Thief, Lord Of The Rings, The Pirates Of The Caribbean, etc

I never read the book but I really enjoyed The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. Then again maybe I just liked them because of the eye candy in them (Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom) 😛

10) If you could sit down and have a coffee with any author of your choice, living or dead, who would you choose?

I would pick L.J Smith. I’ve been wondering what happened to the last book in “Nightworld” series, “Strange Fate” it’s been promised since 1998 and it’s still not even started from what I hear.

 

Well, there you have it boys and girls. Our new reviewer, Midnightloon! =) Please give her a warm welcome and if you have any questions for her feel free to ask away in the comments.

 

August 20, 2011 Posted by | Interview, Sidhe's News & Updates | , | 1 Comment

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone – Spotlight


The cover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone – the trilogy of urban fantasy crossover novels by award-winning author Laini Taylor – has just been unveiled

Daughter of Smoke and Bone will launch on September 29th. The book tells the story of an angel who fell in love with a devil. It did not end well.

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Kaoru. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters and demons that delight and enthrall those around her; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages – not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that colour.

Her life straddles two worlds: the human and a place that is Elsewhere. She has never really known which one is her true home, but now the doors to Elsewhere are closing . . .Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out..

 

August 17, 2011 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, Spotlight On..., Trailer, Upcoming Releases | , , , | 1 Comment