Friday, November 30, 2012

What's In A Name 6

Can't believe that the 2013 reading challenges are already being posted! Wait a minute...I'm still working on my 2012 challenges! Not doing very well, so need to get busy!

The What's In A Name 6 challenge is hosted again this year at Beth Fish Reads. I like this one because it's unusual and lets you be as creative as you like when choosing books for each category. I love the categories she's come up with for next year, and am already thinking about what titles I already have that might fit!

Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:

  • A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt
  • A book with something you'd find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs
  • A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness
  • A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire
  • A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You're Sorry, Dreams of Joy
  • A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Hoping 2013 will be a better year for me blogging-wise, as I sort of ran out of steam this year. And if you know of any other cool challenges out there....please don't tell me, as I won't be able to resist signing up! *L*

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: Edge of Oblivion

Edge of Oblivion (Night Prowler, #2)
Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

In a dark underground cell, Morgan Montgomery waits to die. A member of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of shape-shifters, Morgan stands convicted of treason. And Ikati law clearly spells out her fate: death to all who dare betray. But there is a glimmer of hope. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
We first meet Morgan in the dungeon, on the day of her execution. We learn that she did something horrible, is considered a traitor, and has been condemned to death. Why, I'm not sure. This is the second book in the series, and I admit that I was a little lost at times.

Things pick up after the Queen offers her a chance at redemption. Sent to Rome to discover and infiltrate the clan's sworn enemy, Morgan has a two week reprieve. The catch is that she's accompanied by the Ikati's most feared enforcer, Xander. If Morgan fails, it's Xander's job to carry out her death sentence.

Naturally, they are both smoking hot and sparks start flying almost immediately!

Really liked Morgan, as she's a strong, intelligent woman who isn't afraid to fight for what she wants. I have a weakness for this type of heroine, and she didn't disappoint! She has an awesome gift of the power of suggestion, but I didn't get the feeling that she abused her power. Maybe she did and I just didn't notice, but I found myself really liking her!

There is an awful lot going on in this book! We have the main story with Morgan and Xander, but there's also Xander's Syndicate brothers, the Brotherhood of the Bellatorum, a burgeoning romance between two secondary characters, an unexpected enemy, and Morgan's search for the Expurgari. While this story is action packed and bounces back and forth between all of the different sub-plots, it wasn't hard to follow and most of them were really interesting!

Have to admit that it took me a few chapters to get used to the author's style, as she is very descriptive. I'm not a huge fan of overly descriptive prose, but I got used to her style and it didn't distract from the rest of the story. Think it's just a matter of preference, as I know several readers really like this style. Me? Not so much.

Overall, this was a good read and the epilogue set things up nicely for the next book. I'd recommend reading Shadow's Edge, the first book in the series, before this just so there's no confusion. Will definitely keep an eye out for the next book, as I'm curious to see what happens next!

ARC received from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sit Down & Write 2 - The Wrap Up

Well, my first write-a-thon is over. Wasn't a major fail the way my read-a-thons usually are, so I'm counting it as a success! Life has been a little hectic these past few weeks with house hunting and all, but I did manage to accomplish more than expected.

My writing tally:
2 book reviews
3 non-review posts
3 posts for my non-book blog, AKA Terri 

So all in all, not bad for my first try! I also managed to visit and comment on several blogs, so am counting that too! *L*

Thanks to Michelle at Stories Inside for hosting!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Review: Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade

Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade

Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
While this one started off a little slow for me, it soon picked up and I couldn't wait to see what happened next! 

Kate sounds like an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, with no hint of what's to come. The only thing unusual about Kate is that she's been having horrible nightmares for years now, always about losing the love of her life in some horrible way.

That changes on a camping trip with her sister and best friend. Following a strange light (that reminded me a little of a will o' the wisp), she discovers an underwater cave in her favorite swimming spot. Why she is so anxious to explore it is beyond me. Has she never read any fairy tales at all? You never follow a strange light! That's almost as bad as checking on a strange noise in the basement when you're all alone in the house! *shakes head*

Anyway, Kate and company discover that the cave the light lead her to is actually a portal into another world! Brutally attacked after arriving, Kate soon finds herself face to face with the man from her dreams!

She does an admirable job of adapting to this new world, but I couldn't understand why Kate's mother didn't prepare her for her foretold destiny, or at least teach her anything useful. Why she would keep her daughter in the dark is more than puzzling, and this omission really bothered me. I can usually ignore plot holes or inconsistencies if the story draws me in, but couldn't get past her mother's huge dereliction of duty! I still enjoyed the story, but was very annoyed with Mom....

All in all, I think this is a good start to an exciting new series and am looking forward to seeing what happens next! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange 2012

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to receive mail. I do a little happy dance every time something personal shows up in my mailbox, so I'm very excited to participate in the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange this year! It's hosted this year by the lovely ladies from Leeswammes’ Blog and  Stiletto Storytime

The Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange is an event in which book bloggers send each other a holiday card around the Christmas period (the end of December). This isn’t just for people that celebrate Christmas though, as everyone can join in the fun!

1. Sign up for the exchange by November 30, 2012.
2. Emails with partner info go out December 3, 2012.
3. You have until December 13, 2012 to send your card(s).
4. Since it’s a book-lovers card exchange, you have to include something book-related in your card. Some ideas:

  • Write about a book you've read recently.
  • Give a few book recommendations to your partner.
  • Tell a book-related story.
  • Something else book-related that you think up yourself.

5. Since this is a book blogger holiday card exchange, you need to be a blogger who blogs at least sometimes about books to participate.
6. The swap is open internationally. It’s too cumbersome trying to pair up people who do/do not want to send internationally, so everyone must be willing to send internationally.
7. You can exchange up to five cards. You won’t always get a card from the same people you send your cards to. It will nevertheless be an awesome thing.

I signed up to exchange three cards, and am looking forward to picking out just the right cards! And I love that it's international, so it's open to all! Can't wait to see who I get!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Darkness Falls Tour & Contest

Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she's ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out....

Book One - Wilde's Fire
Book Two - Wilde's Army
Book Three - Wilde's Meadow

About the author:
Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers - who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas - sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute? Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

You can find out more about Krystal on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Excerpt:  Wilde's Meadow 

"I am sure they miss you as well, Kate, but this is where we are supposed to be." He clenches his teeth but climbs in beside me, taking my hands in his. Arland moves closer and closer, until we're both standing under the constant stream of hot water, bodies pressed together. "Our people need us. They depend on our ability to save their lives. Being here is not any easier on me - I have family fighting in this war, too - but we are here, together, for a reason."

He presses me against the cold tile walls, leaning his strong, well-defined body against my bare skin, and touches his lips to mine. My heart races. So much time has passed since we were this close, since I felt his love, his intensity. I love him; I need him. Now. Every day. Forever.

Contest Info: 
Every host on the tour will have a daily giveaway, managed by Rafflecopter.

Today's daily prize: win a signed copy of Wilde's Fire in paperback (US/Canada only)

Entries into the daily giveaway count towards the grand prize giveaway of a Google Nexus 7 and a set of all three books signed! Grand Prize Contest open to US/Canada only.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out the full Darkness Falls tour schedule for more chances to win!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sit Down and Write 2

Michelle from The True Book Addict is hosting her second Sit Down and Write write-a-thon at her Stories Inside blog! I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo, but am going to use this as motivation to catch up on my backlog of reviews.

While I'm usually a massive failure at read-a-thons, I love the idea of a write-a-thon! I participated in something similar awhile back and it really helped me catch up on reviews.

It runs from November 12 - November 25.

You can find out more details and sign up here.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Still here (sorta, kinda....)

I'm still here....sorta.

Things have been pretty hectic lately. We got out of town just ahead of Hurricane Sandy, but I spent several hours days glued to the TV watching updates as I was worried about my friends back home. Our house closing was delayed because, well, it's hard to close on a house when no one has power. But we finally closed! Just in time for Athena to hit the area. Whew! Don't know what Mother Nature has against the East Coast, but glad we're finally out!

I know, I know, what does this have to do with books? Nothing really, just wanted to explain why I haven't been around lately. I haven't read a book in over two weeks. Think that's the longest I've ever gone without reading. Feels weird. 

So life has been busy with exploring the area and house hunting. And it feels kind of rude to read in front of DH for some reason, which is strange because I never had this problem before.

Anyway, I am slowly dipping my toe back into the blogging world and have started visiting blogs again. Need to work up the energy to start writing reviews, and need to start reading. 

Feels a little like everything is on hold until we find a permanent place to live, and I seem to have no energy. But to quote Monty Python - I'm not dead yet! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Winner - Run the Risk contest

Congratulations to the winner of Run the Risk!


I've sent Beth an email confirmation and am just waiting for her response.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October Wrap Up

They are not fun, but are a necessary evil...
 I wasn't able to accomplish all of my Bloggiesta goals in September, so decided to keep working on them until I had everything crossed off my list. I even made a Blog Goals Page on my blog so I won't forget anything.
 So without any further ado, here are the goals I managed to cross off my list this month:
  • update my reviews on Pinterest
  • clean up my emails
    -create folder for review offers
    -add rule/folder for Shelf Awareness
  • Create new header
  • Create frequent commenter folder in Google Reader
  • Create a Facebook Page for my blog
  • Claim wordpress blog address

Added the wordpress goal, as I read a post that suggested claiming your blog address just in case. I may never use it, but at least it's mine now in case blogger ever drives me away.

Not bad for being in the middle of a move and not having a whole lot of internet time. Once we're settled, hope to cross everything else off my list!  :)