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Red – Spotlight & Review


Red by Kait Nolan

Publish Date: August 2011

Publisher: Kait Nolan

File Size: 685 KB/

Word Count: 86, 000

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Book Description:

“Elodie Rose has a secret.  Any day, she’ll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that’s cursed her family for centuries.  For seventeen years she’s hidden who and what she is.  But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line.  Living on borrowed time in the midst of this dangerous game of hide and seek, the last thing Elodie needs to do is fall in love.  But Sawyer is determined to protect her, and the brooding, angry boy is more than what he seems. Can they outsmart a madman?  And if they survive, will they find a way to beat the curse for good?”

My Thoughts:

I fell into Elodie and Sawyer’s story right off the bat and didn’t emerge until I’d finished reading it. The book begins with Elodie worrying about the family curse beginning to come true and as we learn about her fears, the curse and previous outcomes, we also discover her strengths, weaknesses, and beliefs. I found the characters to be totally believable and they were written as if they could really be alive out there somewhere in the world with this crazy situation unfolding. I loved Kait Nolan’s fresh new take of the Red Riding Hood history that was told within this modern-day tale.

A perfect blend of the supernatural mixed in with a modern teen love story. Everything about this book just “worked” for me, including the great cover! Wonderfully “alive” characters, great plot and pacing, the right mix of mystery, suspense, danger, romance and thrills. Descriptions of the location created a good atmosphere to match the story and situation. I am truly impressed with this newer author and will be definitely looking forward to reading many more engrossing tales written by her in the future! I highly recommend this book to all fans of Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

     

Find out more about Kait Nolan and her books at her Website.

Buy a copy of Red at:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.com

Smashwords

All Romance Ebooks

P.S.

Kait Nolan will be with us tomorrow Guest Blogging along with an awesome Giveaway! 8)

September 5, 2011 Posted by | New Author, New Book Releases, New Releases, Reviews, Spotlight On..., Trailer | , , , , | 6 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

Barnes & Noble

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

Clarity – Spotlight & Review


 Clarity by Kim Harrington

  • Hardcover:256 pages
  • Publisher:Point; 1 edition (Mar 1 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0545230500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545230506
  • Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Back Cover Blurb:

“Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch an object and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex—boyfriend wants her to help
solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s
brother, who has supernatural gifts of his own, becomes the prime suspect, and
Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of
the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust
in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it
most?”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me as I read it in a day, but I really fell into the story. Clarity is a wonderful character and I loved her unique abilities alongside her family’s abilities.  I loved the characters, the setting, the circumstances, the mystery to be solved and of course, the history with her ex and the hope of a new connection with the new hot young guy in town. It was really interesting to read things in the point of view of someone who’s entire family is psychically gifted or cursed depending on how you look at it. Everything just flowed and fit well in this book. I don’t know how else to describe it.

A great read and I highly recommend it to all fans of paranormal YA and anyone who loves a good mystery along with some romance on the side.

     

Find out more about Kim Harrington and her books at her Website.

Buy Clarity at:

The Book Depository

Chapters

Amazon.ca

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

August 6, 2011 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight On..., Young Adult | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radiance Book Trailer


Another book that was just released on August 31st, 2010 is Alyson Noel’s Radiance. It’s a new series that expands on Alyson Noel’s Immortal’s series by giving Ever’s little sister, Riley, her own series. Here’s the brand new book trailer for Radiance.

And here’s a bit about the book.

Trade Paperback

192 Pages, 5.5 x 8.2 x 0.6 in

August 31, 2010

Square Fish

0312629176
9780312629175

Book Description:

“Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley . . .”

September 2, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, Spotlight On..., Trailer, Wishlist | , , , , | 3 Comments

Foresight – Spotlight & Review


Foresight by Sherry D. Ficklin

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Publishing, Incorporated (July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984098070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984098071
  • Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
  • Book Description:

    “All Grace Archer wants is to graduate from high school and get on with her life. But the Gods of Fate have other ideas. Attacked at graduation by a mysterious woman with gruesome henchmen, Grace is lucky to escape with her life.

     Rescued by a Fae warrior named Chris and her Aunt Phoenix, Grace learns that her mother was the Greek Goddess Pandora. Now Grace must protect her mother’s urn from the crazed demi-goddess Lilith, who is determined to unleash its horrors on an unsuspecting Earth. As if her blood legacy is not bizarre enough, Grace begins to develop frightening powers that threaten to destroy her from the inside out. Can Grace find the strength to defeat Lilith? Can she learn to control her powers before she loses her mind?”

    My Thoughts:

    Foresight is book one in The Gods Of Fate trilogy. I really liked how it starts off at Grace’s graduation with her thoughts on what for her, is a mundane process to be endured. Then the s#%t hits the fan, so to speak, and its non-stop action from there. Grace is a fun, fresh character with a lot of resilience and determination. Faced with difficult odds and shocking information about her blood lines, she bravely goes up against the ultimate foe to fight for her life and those of the people she loves.

    Really great story with an interesting mix of the Fae and Greek myth. I loved the characters and their “voices”, the pacing, the seamless mix of two paranormal elements, and the story itself. The only thing I would have preferred to be different is for the story to be fleshed out a bit more in regards to Grace having to deal with everything changing so fast. Maybe the author had a word limit with her publisher, or something to that effect, (I’m just guessing here),  but at some points it felt a bit rushed. That’s just my personal preference though. It’s a great story and I am really looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, Second Sight, due out Sept 2011.  

         

    Buy Foresight at:

     The Book Depository  , Amazon, Createspace or Amazon US

    Find out more about Sherry D. Ficklin and what she’s working on at her website.

    August 30, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

    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

    Twice Dead – Spotlight & Review


    Twice Dead by Kalayna Price

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (February 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984325670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984325672
  • Genre: YA, Paranormal, Vampire, Shifters
  • Book Description:

    “Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change. What she needs is a little time to adjust to her new liquid diet and the increasingly complex attraction to her sire, Nathanial. What she gets is a headless harlequin. With the body count rising, Kita is dragged into a dangerous game of vampire politics.

    Her involvement draws the attention of an ancient vampire known as the Collector who has a penchant for acquiring the unusual – like a pure blood shifter-turned vampire. Kita still has unfinished business of her own and finds herself deeper in magical debt. It’s a bad time to be a kitten who can’t slip her skin.

    Kalayna Price’s debut novel, ONCE BITTEN, earned rave reviews and reached #1 on Amazon.com’s “Fantasy Bestseller List.” TWICE DEAD returns readers to a dark, seductive world where magic rules and ancient loyalties collide with modern challenges.”

    My Thoughts:

    I jumped into this series with the second book, Twice Dead, and had no problems following along. I definitely want to read the first book, Once Bitten. Kalayna Price has created an interesting supernatural world filled with rich, intriguing characters. Kita is an interesting mix because she was a shifter that was turned into a vampire. Her progress while adjusting to the change in the face of danger kept me reading long into the night!  

    Filled with action, suspense, danger, and a fascinating relationship. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy, heroine’s who grow and come into their own, and characters that come alive on the pages of a fast paced story.

           

    Buy Twice Dead at:

     AmazonBarnes & Noble, Books-A-Million

    Find out more about Kalayna Price and her books at her website.

    May 21, 2010 Posted by | New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On..., Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

    Free YA Vampy Gothic Novel – Marta Acosta


    I just wanted to share this with you all seeing as how you’re all made of awesome and deserve a great free read! 🙂 Marta Acosta, author of the hilarious Casa Dracula series has written a YA Vamp story and she’s posted it online for everyone to read for free. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

    Book Description:

    “Foster teen Jane Williams survives in her gritty world by keeping to the 
    shadows.  When she’s invited to attend the elite Birch Grove Academy for
    Girls on a full-scholarship, it sounds too good to be true.  She even gets
    to live on her own in the old groundskeeper’s cottage in the middle of a
    Birch Grove.  Everyone is so Jane, especially the elegant and pale
    headmistress and her gorgeous sons.

    But soon an unknown enemy is threatening Jane and she begins to have
    questions about the headmistress’s family…and another scholarship girl
    who disappeared.  What secrets are people keeping and what’s the real 
    reason Jane was invited to this school?  What’s she willing to risk for
    this once-in-a-lifetime chance?”

    Read or download The Shadow Girl Of Birch Grove for free! Let me know what you think after you read it. 🙂

    April 14, 2010 Posted by | New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reading, Sidhe's News & Updates, Spotlight On... | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

    January ’10 Book Releases


     Otherwise known as Sidhe’s Wishlist 🙂

    December Releases (that I missed last month)

     Jacquelyn Frank – Hunting Julian

    Zoe Archer & Bianca D’Arc – Half Past Dead

     Gail Dayton – Heart’s Blood

    Justin Gustainis – Sympathy For The Devil

    Melissa Mayhue – A Highlander’s Destiny

     Alexandra Harvey – Hearts At Stake (YA)

    Jayne Ann Krentz – Fired Up

    January 1st / 2nd

     Carrie Vaughn – Kitty’s House Of Horrors

    Linda Winstead Jones – Last Of The Ravens

     Doranna Durgin – Sentinels: Wolf Hunt

    My Zombie Valentine/Anthology – Katie MacAlister, Angie Fox, Lisa Cach & Marianne Mancussi

    January 5th

     Inked/Anthology – Yasmine Galenorn, Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu & Eileen Wilks

    Erin McCarthy – The Taking

    Annette Blair – Naked Dragon

     Anya Bast – Wicked Enchantment

    Michelle Bardsley – Come Hell Or High Water

     Yasmine Galenorn – Bone Magic

    Laura Resnick – Doppelgangster

    Melina Morel – Smolder

     Karen Chance – Death’s Mistress

    Christopher Pike – Thirst No. 2 (YA)

    Faith Hunter – Blood Cross

     Chloe Neill – Firespell (YA)

    C.J. Henderson – Brooklyn Knight

    January 12th / 14th

    Bitten By Cupid/Anthology – Lynsay Sands, Pamela Palmer & Jaime Rush

    Joss Ware – Beyond The Night

     Margaret Ronald – Wild Hunt

    Liz Maverick – Crimson & Steam

     Helen Scott Taylor – The Phoenix Charm

    Lynn Kurland – A Tapestry Of Spells

    Patricia Coughlin – The Lost Enchantress

     Heather Brewer – 10th Grade Bleeds (YA) (MM Release)

    Barb & JC Hendee – Through Stone And Sea

    Mari Mancussi – Bad Blood

    January 19th

     Jill Myles – Succubi Like It Hot

    January 26th

    Mark Del Franco – Unperfect Souls

     Mark Henry – Happy Hour Of The Dammed (MM Release)

    Stacey Jay – Undead Much (YA)

    Shirley Damsgaard – The Seventh Witch

     Jennifer Estep – Spider’s Bite

    Allison Brennan – Original Sin

    Larissa Ione – Ecstacy Unveiled

     Seressia Glass – Shadow Blade

    Moira Rogers – Crux

    Terry Spear – Deadly Liaisons 

     Amanda Ashley – Everlasting Kiss

    As always, if any authors would like me to add their book to the list or any readers who know of any books I’ve missed, please comment. 🙂

    December 29, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Upcoming Releases | , , , | 3 Comments

    December ’09 Book Releases


    Otherwise Known as Sidhe’s Current Wishlist

    November Releases Not Posted Last Month:

    Kathryn Smith – Dark Side Of Dawn

    Alicia Dean – The Heart Of The Witch

     Lilith Saintcrow – Flesh Circus

    Heather Graham – Night Of The Wolves

    V.K. Forrest – Immortal

    Clare Willis – Once Bitten

    Karen Kelly – Dating Outside Your DNA

     Cynthia Eden – Hotter After Midnight (MM)

    Kim Harrison – White Witch, Black Curse (MM)

    Mario Acevedo – Jailbait Zombie (MM)

    Devyn Quinn – Soul Of The Wildcat (Erotica)

    Mary Janice Davidson – Undead And Unworthy (MM)

    Julie Kenner – Torn

     Kelly Gay – The Better Part Of Darkness

    Carole Nelson Douglass – Vampire Sunrise

    Hannah Howell – If He’s Sinful

    Jessica Bendinger – The Seven Rays (YA)

    Amy Rench – Fallen Rogue

    John Levitt – Unleashed

     Mary Hughes – Biting Nixie

    December 1st

     Jennifer Armintrout – Veil Of Shadows

    Susan Kearney – Rion

    Shiloh Walker – Hunter’s Need

    Joey W. Hill – A Mermaid’s Ransom (Erotica)

    Jean Johnson – The Cat (MM)

    J.R. Ward – Lover Avenged (MM)

     Sharon Ashwood – Scorched

    S.L. Wright – Confessions Of A Demon

    Caitlin Kittredge – Demon Bound

     Sherrilyn Kenyon – Born Of Ice

    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Beautiful Creatures (YA)

    Christina Skye – Bound By Dreams

    Jenna Kernan – Dream Stalker

    Sarah McCarty – Wild Instinct (Erotica)

    Anthology – Holiday With A Vampire III – Linda Winstead Jones, Lisa Childs & Bonnie Vanak

     Anthology – Beyond The Dark (MM) – Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Emma Holly & Diane Whiteside

    December 8th

    Charlene Teglia – Claimed By The Wolf

     Laurell K. Hamilton – Divine Misdemeanors

    December 22nd

    Bree Despain – The Dark Divine (YA)

     

    December 29th

     Jill Myles – Gentlemen Prefer Succubi

    Julie Kenner – Turned

    Jenna Maclaine – Bound By Sin

     Adrian Phoenix – Beneath The Skin

    Lara Adrian – Shades Of Midnight

    Rachel Vincent – My Soul To Save (YA)

     Molly Harper – Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever

    Cynthia Eden – Eternal Hunter

    Christine Feehan – Street Game

     Linda Robertson – Hallowed Circle

    Nancy Holzner – Deadtown

    Lucy A. Snyder – Spellbent

    As always, if any authors or readers would like me to add any books I’ve missed, please leave a comment or email me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca. (MM) = a book that’s being re-released in mass market. (YA) = indicates a Young Adult novel. Happy reading! 🙂

    November 27, 2009 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, Sidhe's News & Updates, Upcoming Releases | , , , , , | 6 Comments