Monday, October 31, 2011

R.A.K - October 2011 Wrap Up!


Book Soulmates

R.A.K (Random Acts of Kindness) is an event hosted by two lovely girls (Isalys and Vanessa) at Book Soulmates. Choose a person (from the Google Doc list on the Book Soulmates website), check out their wishlist (it can be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, your blog...) and then select something from that list and send it as a gift.

A big thanks to Lucy who sent me "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater!

I sent my R.A.K to Bella who had her birthday this month. Hope she had a great time and enjoyed the book I gifted her, "Hunting Lila" by Sarah Anderson!

It's always a pleasure receiving a book so, I'm looking forward to get more next month! ;D


HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Halloween Giveaway! - And the winners are...

So, my Halloween Giveaway! is officially closed and I'm ready to announce the 2 lucky winners!!

First I wanna thank anyone who participated! I have to say I was very surprised about some of your answers, I didn't expect unicorns at all but then I received a few of them and it was a nice surprise! :)
Having said that, I can tell you the 3 most loved creatures:

Top 3 Creatures:
1. VAMPIRES -> *Sigh* I don't know why but I was pretty sure about that! ;P
2. SHAPESHIFTERS -> And with that I mean from werewolves to tigers and any type you can think of (I loved all your categories!) 
3. ZOMBIES -> Now I don't know if I'm more scared about them or about all people who love them so much! o_O Joking, I'm just not into them but I have nothing against the ones who love them! ;))

And now the big moment... The winners of a £10 and a £5 Amazon Vouchers are...

#8 Franny @ Mind Reader
(Congrats, you won the first prize: £10 Amazon Voucher!)

#64 Bruna Oliveira
(Congrats, you won the second prize: £5 Amazon Voucher!)

Congratulations to both of you!! :) I sent you an email, remember you have 48 hours to reply and claim your prize, otherwise other winners will be chosen.

Thanks to everyone who joined my giveaway and of course HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! :D

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"The Hollow" by Jessica Verday



THE HOLLOW BY JESSICA VERDAY

SERIES: The Hollow #1

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased Paperback

SUMMARY (from the book)
When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone in the town assumes that she is dead. Everyone, that is, except Abbey. Struggling to come to terms with Kristen's disappearance and desperately seeking some answers, Abbey finds herself drawn more and more to the mysterious - and drop-dead gorgeous - Caspian, who keeps reappearing in her life. But Caspian has secrets of his own, and when Abbey uncovers the frightening truth about him, she starts to question not only their emerging love but also her own sanity...

MY REVIEW

I wasn't expecting to find myself waking up with a deep need to read more pages but that's what actually happened! I don't deny that there were moments in which I thought the story was probably too expected but I have to say that this book was kinda tricky in this. Sometimes you think you already have some answers before Abbey finds out the truth, but then it happens that the answers you had weren't so obvious at all... And of course that's good! Especially because of Caspian... Would you be so sure he is the "classic" mystery boy that at some point will declare love and devotion to our heroine?

This book has a particular charm, you don't know what it is exactly, but there's something that drags you in the reading and the writing skills is amazing. Abbey's sorrow is so particularly well described that I was able to feel her pain and sadness and I found it fascinating with a beautiful gothic halo that I appreciated very much. I really liked Abbey and some of her actions (especially to the end) made her sound a believable real character. That's not something you can find in every paranormal book and it's one of the things that made this book special to me.

Unfortunately there are too many questions that need to be answered and that's why just one book isn't enough. I really wish I had the all Trilogy with me when I started reading this first book because this is a story that it should be read and appreciated all at once. And now I'm gonna do some shopping...

RATING: 3.5/5

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Eternal Rider" by Larissa Ione



ETERNAL RIDER BY LARISSA IONE

SERIES: Lords of Deliverance #1

PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
SOURCE: Purchased Paperback

SUMMARY (from the book)
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny for ever. Not when his own brother plots against him. Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't - or won't - understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

MY REVIEW

Larissa Ione is an amazing writer with a very special, great gift. She can create male characters whom don't need to have sex to warm you, they just show up and then all you think about is "OMG how I want this man so badly! Please, let him be real!". Seriously, they're perfectly gorgeous and always have that fascinating way to talk and move that give you chills all over your body. Then of course they start having sex and you find pretty difficult to think properly, but wouldn't you be disappointed if this wasn't the case? Yeah, I thought so! 

The story is absolutely stunning! I mean, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Just reading those words should tell you how intriguing the book can be and trust me, it really is. In this first instalment of the series called "Lords Of Deliverance", the story is concentrated on Ares, a dangerous, passionate warrior who will become War if his Seal breaks. But when he meet Cara, a very respectful and amazing heroine, we learn Ares is more tha that. He's very protective with her and not only because she's the important key for the Horseman's safety, he's fascinated about this woman from the very beginning and clearly feels something for her but he keeps doing a step back every time because he can't believe a warrior like him, the one who could destroy the entire humanity, can care about someone or feel anything for anyone, or at least he shouldn't. Truth is he can, but he still hasn't dealt with the deep wounds from his past that he brought with him for too long...

Since this series is a spin-off, there are many references to the previous one, "Demonica Series", and that's why you could find lots of spoilers if you haven't read that one yet... I personally read only the first book of the "Demonica Series" and I was caught by surprise when I read what had happened in the life of the characters, I really wasn't expecting to find out so much, but you know what? If you think that this is gonna stop me from reading the "Demonica Series" you're soooo wrong! Both series are simply amazing and if you're looking for something captivating and unique you have to read about ALL the world Larissa Ione has so wonderfully created. Having said that, I can't wait to have "Immortal Rider" in my hands!!

RATING: 5/5

Friday, October 21, 2011

Follow Friday (#7)

Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It's a cool, funny way to discover new book bloggers, meet new people and find new followers. (This weeks featured are Book Savvy Babe and The Bursting Bookshelf.

This week's question is: What superhero is your alter-ego?

Are you sure you're ready to hear this? Well, don't say I haven't warned you... My superhero alter-ego is Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls! See? Told you you had to be prepared for this! Lol


She's the leader of The Powerpuff Girls, the smartest one with a passion for reading (no, really? ;P), she tend to be the peacemaker of the group and she always speaks freely and honestly. Plus she loves pink and she has long red hair (the kind of hair I always use to adopt!).
Ok, I think I made my point! ;P

What about you? What's your superhero alter-ego?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Wither" by Lauren DeStefano



WITHER BY LAUREN DESTEFANO

SERIES: The Chemical Garden #1

PUBLISHER: Harper Voyager
GENRE: YA/Dystopian
SOURCE: Purchased Paperback

SUMMARY (from the book)
In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw. Women die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it. 16-years-old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife. Even though he is kind of her, Rhine is desperate to escape her gilded cage - and Linden's cruel father. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in what little time she has left.

MY REVIEW

It's a dystopian book, I get it, it's something supposed to be in the future and it's pure fantasy, but... Really? A flood has devastated all but North America, the continent with the most advanced technology. I'm not having a debate about "the continent with the most advanced technology" because there are many discussions about that (America vs Japan) already and personally I think this is not the right place to start a conversation like that... Instead, I'd like to make a point for me even more important. If there was the possibility of a case of a flood like that, how could it be possible that Florida and New York (or at least a part of it - Manhattan) would still be around? Uhmm... I can't help it, I have some serious qualms on the matter...

Apparently the society has no law, nobody really cares about children, women are kidnapped, sometimes even raped, and they're forced into polygamous marriages (I couldn't see an explanation about that) but the ones considered "undesirable" are killed. Nice, huh? And in all this there's no way of an intervention of a single authority. BUT there are rich classes and then poor ones. Who does decide who's rich and who's poor if there's no law at all? Any thoughts?...

Despite this disturbing story world, I have to say that at first I thought the story was interesting and I liked the writing style. But after a while I started reading slowly not only because of what I previously said, but even because I couldn't find a connection with any of the characters and this bothered me a lot. What to say about Rhine in particular? First she seems to be a very strong character, she knows what she wants more than anything and she's determined to obtain her freedom and see her brother again and acting like she cares for her husband seems the key to reach her goal. But during this process it looks like she starts for real to feel something for him... And then you seriously start to feel confused and have no idea of what she really feels. To be completely honest I don't think she has a personality at all.

I had big expectations from this book and that was a huge mistake because now that I've read it I feel so incredibly disappointed and I personally believe this is a book that you hate or love, there aren't half ways.

RATING: 2/5

Sunday, October 16, 2011

100 Followers!

I'm very thrilled to announce that Darkest Sins has finally reached its first 100 followers!! YAY!!!! :D
Thanks everyone, especially to Kayleigh for being my amazing 100th!
Keep following guys, you're awesome!


Instead of a 100 Followers Giveaway, I'm currently doing an INTERNATIONAL Halloween Giveaway!

The prizes are a £10 and a £5 Amazon Vouchers!! You have until October 30th to participate, than I'll announce 2 lucky winners on October 31st!

What are you waiting for? Click on the banner on the right and good luck! ;)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Crescendo" by Becca Fitzpatrick



CRESCENDO BY BECCA FITZPATRICK

SERIES: Hush, Hush #2

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased Paperback

SUMMARY (from the book)
Nora should know better than to think her life can return to normal after falling in love with a fallen angel. And Nora's life isn't normal - her dad was murdered, and the facts about his death just don't add up. Now Nora's own life is in imminent danger. Are she and Patch strong enough for the battle ahead?

MY REVIEW

It's hard to write this review as I previously gave a 5 rating to "Hush, Hush" and now I find myself giving "Crescendo" just a rating of 3. The main reason is because of the characters. Nora in primis. I really liked her a lot, I felt very close to her in the first book but here I barely recognized her. She was so annoying and frankly I found her paranoia unjustified and often pointless. While Patch, despite the fact that every single time he calls Nora "Angel" I have chills everywhere, was almost a stranger, especially because of certain reactions... The very surprise, and I mean this in a good way, was Vee. If I would have strangled her in the first book, here she was the one who entertained me the most and annoyed me the less.

The story is good, there are different unexpected things that make you really curious about the events and make you doubt about someone, but I couldn't find the same scary, exciting atmosphere that was in "Hush, Hush". Even if it was an entertaining reading, unfortunately for me it didn't have that fascinating magic I found in the first instalment.

I'll surely read "Silence" because there's no end in "Crescendo", there's a huge "you can't leave me like this", and because I still hope to find that brilliant atmosphere of "Hush, Hush" in the third book with some of the most amazing YA characters I read about.

RATING: 3/5

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Fireflies" by Lacey Reah



FIREFLIES BY LACEY REAH

SERIES: Stand-alone

PUBLISHER: iUniverse
GENRE: Erotica/Paranormal
SOURCE: Review copy received from the author

SUMMARY (from the book)
Linda is a calculating, career-driven woman whose perfect world is shattered when she is seduced and transformed by a vampire-like creature called a nymphomite. Linda becomes a beast, feeding off the enerfy of orgasmically-charged blood. Convinced that her humanity has faded away, Linda adapts to her new instincts of hunger and sex. She hunts women primarily, for their longer and more frequent orgasms, and becomes a master of prolonging and intensifying their pleasure. But she never expected to find a woman like Jesse, and Linda's decision to spare her life instead of feed off her leads to a shocking turn of events that will make Linda question her beastlike identity and the humanity she thought she had lost.

MY REVIEW

When I was a kid I found fireflies very fascinating and when I was in my aunt's house, in mountain, I couldn't wait to see them and every night it was an exciting event. Now, after reading this book I'm totally intrigued about them!

I'm usually more pro dialogues and here there were lots of descriptions, but I have to say that I found it a total good thing not just because of the sex scenes, but because seeing and feeling all from Linda's perspective helped me to be closer to her. It was interesting observing the change and try to put myself in her shoes. What would I have done? Would I have been capable to do what she has done for all that time? Without knowing much about my new "condition"? And, more important thing, always alone? This is in fact the real Linda's problem, she doesn't wanna be alone, but it seems she can't do much to change that and of course it's terribly depressing for her but also so frustrating for the reader who keeps asking what she's gonna do until the very end...

This Erotica/Paranormal book all female was a pleasurable reading and I really liked the author's style, clear, sensual and inviting. Thanks Lacey for sending me the book, I'm looking forward to read more about your stories!

RATING: 3.5/5

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Meeting with Jana Oliver!

What an AWESOME day!! Just a few hours ago I finally had the pleasure and honour to meet the amazing Jana Oliver!!!!

Today was the last day of her tour for the promotion of the second book in The Demon Trappers Series, "Forbidden", and Franny (Mind Reader) and I went to Waterstone's in Oxford Street to meet her and what can I say? Not only she's a great author, she's an amazing person as well! Franny and I were the first to arrive so we had the opportunity to have a little bit of time to spend alone with one of our fave authors so, pretty amazing! ;D Anyway after a while other two lovely girls joined us and it was just the 4 of us plus Jana (shame on you guys, you don't know what you missed!) and even if the organization wasn't good at all (they could have given us at least some chairs! -.-), the company was wonderful! We chatted about many things, we talked about life and of course demons! ;) Jana told us some spoilers about the third book that will be out on March 2012, I'm not gonna say anything so, don't worry ;) but just let me tell you that if you enjoyed the first two books you have to be prepared for a total blast with the next one! What else? Oh, have I already said she's amazing? ;P Seriously, she is! When we had to say goodbye it was very sad because time passed by too quickly...

But for a perfect ending of an awesome day, Jana gave us a few stunning gadgets!! A T-shirt, a couple of Temporary Tattoos, a Sticker, a Card and a gorgeous Iron-On Patch! Obviously all by Demon Trappers! ;)

 
And of course we had our pics together (aww!) and the autograph with dedication!

What could we have asked more? Once again, THANK YOU JANA, it was great meeting you and you definitely made my day!!!! 


*I recommend this amazing series to all of you guys!*

Friday, October 07, 2011

"Forbidden" by Jana Oliver



FORBIDDEN BY JANA OLIVER

SERIES: The Demon Trappers #2

PUBLISHER: MacMillan Children's Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Purchased Paperback

SUMMARY (from the book)
Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's got more secrets than the CIA. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option with Hell watching her every move. One mistake will cost her everything - and that's one she's about to make...

MY REVIEW

In the first book I sincerely found myself involved in the story more than I expected and I really loved it, but I honestly couldn't imagine that with the second instalment I'd be even more in love... The whole story is fascinating, there are really interesting theories and the way the author writes all this is so natural that you believe they're true and then you're so involved that you're stuck in the world she created. Amazing!

There were some unexpected, very interesting changes in a couple of characters... I couldn't stand Simon in the other book, I thought that was basically because I found him boring and too sweet, but now it could be that I simply felt what was coming... In fact in this book Jana Oliver gave me the real reason for my hatred about this character and it's a very big one! Forget the boring part, he's totally annoying and all I wanted to do was punch him in the face scene after scene! But the most unexpected change was in another character... I don't know how this is possible but I really liked Harper! Sounds crazy, I know, that's why I'm still vigil about him, you can never say never with a character like this but hey, I liked him here!

I thought from the very beginning that Beck was the most amazing character of this series and I didn't change my mind at all, I love him even more! I'm always extatic when there's a scene with him, I can't wait to read what he's going to do or say and believe me his dialogues are the best, of course especially the ones with Riley. Maybe this is because we can find more about his emotions every time he speaks with her, or because when those two verbally fight it's the moment in which it would be great to see them together, or maybe it's simply because he has the power to let you feel his sadness and frustration so much that you would just jump in the book and hug him!... Anyway, my point is that it's difficult not to be Team Beck all the time just like Team Jana Oliver!

RATING: 5/5

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Interview with Cameo Renae

(Cameo Renae)
Growing up with a love of reading great love stories and anything about paranormal, Cameo Renae says to be happier when she's writing. She lives in Maui, Hawaii where encouraged and supported by her husband and their two children (now teenagers), Cameo started writing In My Dreams, her first novel.

For those who don't know about the book, I invite you to check my review, while here you can read the summary: It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead. Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died. Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gift to help. But will it be enough to save her?

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Optimist, happy, random.

When did you realize it was the right moment for you to start writing?

When my kids were old enough to take care of themselves. :) I’ve always loved writing. In school when we had creative writing assignments, I would get totally excited. So… a few years ago, I started a writing course. Then I joined a writing community where I began writing short stories and shared critiques. I had so much wonderful feedback, that I thought I might give a novel a try. It was a terrifying thought at the time, but I’m glad I did it!

In My Dreams is your debut novel. How did you feel after it was published?

I couldn’t have been prouder. I was one of those criers. Yep… tears flowed as I held my paperback in my hands for the first time. I couldn’t believe it. It was just… awesome.

Would you mind telling us how you came up with this story?

In My Dreams sort of wrote itself, but there were a few things that inspired it. First was the passing of my mother-in-law. Second, was the dream I’d had. The dream actually started me writing, and became the first part of Chapter 1. (Of course with extras) After the dream, the whole story, character’s, plot, just - fell into place.

(book cover)
What was your favourite part of writing this book?

Some nights after writing, I couldn’t wait until the next time I could write again. It was such a suspenseful book that I wanted find out what would happen next.

How would you describe the relationship between Michael and Lizzy?

Their love is the kind of love that anyone would want to have. It’s a real love, a true love. The kind of love that breaks barriers of time and space. They started out as best friends and their love grew from that. That’s awesome.

Is there a scene with them that you particularly love writing? One that moved you deeply?

I’d have to say the ending. The part in the cemetery. I was actually in tears (like sobbing) while writing that part. It tugged at every one of my heart-strings. I’m glad no one was home at the time. They would have thought I was nuts! Ha-ha

I love the slang you used for the bad guy, very appropriate. Was it difficult for you writing with that style or you actually enjoyed it?

I wanted to give the “bad guy” his own voice. Something distinct, so readers would know it was him speaking. I enjoyed writing his slang, because it made me hate him even more.

I know you love anything about Paranormal. Is there any creature in particular that you love the most?

Oh yes… Growing up my VERY favourite creature was the Unicorn. I used to have stuffed animals, posters, and would draw pictures of them all the time. They are the most beautiful, magical creatures. I still want one. I know they’re out there… somewhere!

You finished writing a new novel, the first in a YA Paranormal trilogy. Can you tell us anything about it?

Hmmm… without giving too much away. It is definitely another suspense novel, but this one has a LOT more action. In My Dream’s had Guardians… and I loved the idea SO much that I carried them into this new novel. But they are TOTALLY different. There are six Guardians in this new novel, all gorgeous, all kick-a$$ (Sorry if I offended anyone. Those are money signs!), all trying to save one girl. There’s a lot behind it, but I don’t want to give too much away!  I’m totally EXCITED!

Thank you so much for the interview, Cameo! It was a total pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best with your amazing stories!

If you wanna know more about Cameo and her stories visit her official site: http://cameorenae.com/ but don't forget to follow her lovely blog as well  http://cameorenae.blogspot.com/ and of course to buy a copy of her touching novel, "In My Dreams"!
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And now a little surprise for you all... Cameo Renae is giving away 2 e-books (any format can be chosen). All you have to do is comment on this post telling us what's in your dreams! At the end of the week Cameo will choose the two most original answers and give them the prizes!! Ready? Let's find out what you're dreaming about then! ;)

Monday, October 03, 2011

"Wolfsbane" by Andrea Cremer



WOLFSBANE BY ANDREA CREMER

SERIES: Nightshade #2

PUBLISHER: Atom
GENRE: YA Paranormal
SOURCE: Paperback gifted by a friend

SUMMARY (from the book)
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save her pack - and the boy - she left behind. But is it Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side, no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battle are worth fighting and how many trials true love can survive.

MY REVIEW

Unfortunately I couldn't read this book as fast as I wished because I was in the middle of a move, but trust me when I say that this is the only reason why I had to put it down so many times. The book is so involving that all you wanna do is keep reading!

About the characters, as I wrote in my review for "Nightshade", every one of them is well developed and interesting, but I have to say that in this book sometimes I felt lost about some reactions... A few unexpected events happened and someone seemed not to react as he/she should have... Of course this could it be because there's still lots of mystery around so many things that we can't see everything clearly yet, but I really was expecting a different reaction by someone when something shocking was revealed... And mostly from Calla, as I thought her mind was elsewhere and she was completely astounded.

My big complain would be Ren... I really wanted to read more about him, but since the dynamic of the story I perfectly understand his almost complete absence... I mean, it's justified because we already know different things about Werewolves and Keepers but not so much about Searchers and this second book is all about them, or at least the biggest part. We knew their real place and role in the story and Gosh if it's intriguing! Maybe there were a couple of things predictable, at least for me, but that didn't make them less interesting.

At some point something has broke my heart, but in the end there's that final scene... The one I'm dying to read about! The beginning of "Bloodrose" is preannounced like something amazing and I hope it's just a taste of another great book of a beautiful series!

RATING: 4/5

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Halloween Giveaway!

Usually bloggers start doing giveaways when they reach their first 100 followers, but since I was away for so long and one of my fave holidays is coming, I decided to do my first official giveaway now!

So, welcome to my "Halloween Giveaway", YAY! ;D
All you have to do is follow my blog and tell me what's your favourite paranormal creature in a book! Vampire, Werewolf, Demon, Fairy... There are a few options that give you some extra points for more chances to win but if you wanna do them or not it's completely up to you!

You have until October 30th to participate and then I'll announce two winners on October 31st!

What are you waiting for?
Halloween is not so far! ;)



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