Wednesday, June 22, 2011

7-Day Giveaway!!! The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Hello all! Hope you guys are having great summers so far! Today I have a giveaway and trailer for the book The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by. Catherynne M. Valente. Yes, you are right, that really is one of the best tittles for a book ever! And all you have to do to enter is fill out the form below!!!
Giveaway Ends in 7 days so make sure you enter!
And don't forget to check out the trailer for Catherynne M. Valente's new book below the form!
 Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Books on a Budget #2

So for this week's Books on A Budget, I am going back to an old favorite of mine- AMAZON! I stopped shopping at Amazon a long time ago when I learned that I could find better prices for the books they had on sale on other sites. But once in a while Amazon has some incredible books for the greatest prices. And don't forget that with most of these if you spend $25 or more, you get FREE SHIPPING!

Some Great Deals You Can Get Right Now Are:

Shadowland by. Alyson Noel $4.00         Hush Hush by. Becca Fitzpatrick $4.00


Strange Angles by Lil. St. Crow $4.00     Take Me There by Susane Colasanti $3.60



Vampire Kisses: The Beginning by. Ellen Schreiber $3.85   Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne $3.60


Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by. Beth Fantaskey $3.60   Blood Feud by. Alyxandra Harvey $4.00


Infinite Days by. Rebecca Maizel $4.00        Shadowspell by. Jenna Black $4.00


Graceling by. Kristin Cashore $6.80           Infinity by. Sherrilyn Kenyon $7.20



Hex Hall by. Rachel Hawkins $6.80          The Fallen 2: Aerie and Reckoning $4.00



The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #1 by. L.J. Smith $4.00  Night School by. Mari Mancusi $4.00


Confessions of a Vampire's Girlfriend by. Katie MacAlister $4.00  Jealousy by. Lili St. Crow $4.00


These are only some of the great deals you can find on right now. Click here to go straight to the bargain books section for more deals!!! Thanks for reading!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: Insatiable by. Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable
Author: Meg Cabot
Publication Date: June 22, 2011
Pages: 320 
Genre: Paranormal

Synopsis from GoodreadsSick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them. Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.) But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for. The problem is, Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met whom she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able look into her own. And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future. . . . If she even has one.

Review: Insatiable is definitely on a different spectrum of what I have read form Meg Cabot, and it wasn't anything like I was expecting. Insatiable takes me back big time. Back to the time that vampires are still sexy creatures we know and love, but with an evil streak...kind of!

Poor Meena, she is cursed with the ability to know when the people she comes into contact with are going to die. I mean of all the curses in the world, this one seems to be one that would put a damper on pretty much every aspect of your life. And then she meets Lucien, the one guy she has liked in a while, and the best part is that she has no premonitions about his death...cause hes already dead.

I wanted more Lucien. I felt like he was more of a supporting character than anything else. He seemed pretty dominant in the beginning where we learn he is a descendant of the big bad Dracula himself, but then he sort of disappears until the end. And he was replaced by Alaric. Who I found to be oh so incredibly annoying. He of course is the epitome of the close minded vampire hunter who wants to exterminate all vampires and rid the world of evil blah blah blah.

The pace of the book was a little slow, with its great scenes and some parts that just dragged on. There is pretty much a three sided war going on. The good vampires, the bad vampires, and the vampire slayers. Of course the good vampires and the slayers are both trying to find the same killer, but far being it from either side to realize this and stop throwing daggers and stakes.

All in all, I felt that in some places the book dragged on, and in other places it was great. Though not my favorite book by Meg Cabot, I'm glad I read Insatiable sample of a different side of what Meg Cabot has to offer.

Recommendations: Definitely a different side of Meg Cabot novels that all her fans should explore.

Overall: 3/5 Stars

Characters: 2/5
Plot: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Entertainment: 3/5
Ending: 3/5
Writing Style: 2/5
Cover: 4/5

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday- Incarnate

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 31, 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday's Question of the Day (on Tuesday...again)- Romance Novels

This meme was started by Eleni over at /- LA FEMME READERS -/. I always enjoyed answering and reading the responses to the questions she comes up with, so I decided to start some of my own!

What do you think about romance novels?

You know the ones I am talking about. The ones with scantily dressed female models about to faint being held up by a muscular guy wearing an unusually low cut v-neck. Okay first, lets discuss these covers. Aren't they so hilarious. I mean what woman in her right mind (and right health of course) faints on a daily basis with no legit reason. And oh so coincidentally there is always a guy in tights and a white v-neck there to catch her. So yeah, I usually assume if the covers of these historical and contemporary romance novels are a reflection of the content of the book, I best not pick it up. But that is the total opposite of what I find is most of the paranormal romances I read. Sherrilyn Kenyon whom I would like to crown the Queen of all paranormal romances has a way of making her books not like any typical romance novel. With characters that are so incredible and strong and romance that is so sweet, coupled with kick butt action scenes, and actual dynamic plots; I think without Sherriyln Kenyon, the whole romance novel realm would be foreign to me. I seriously recommend her dark hunters series, if you have somewhat of a laughable mindset when it comes to  romance novels, her books will surely change your mind. Anyways as a final thought, I find the covers of romance novels to be extremely funny most of the time, but some authors have really redeemed the genre for me.

How do you feel about romance novels? Do you like them, do you find the covers funny, or do you think they are a fun indulgence?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Maureen McGowan Giveaway Winners!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for one of Maureen McGowan's New Books!!! 

And the winner of Cinderella Ninja Warrior 
Jennie -un3xpected***
  and the winner of Sleeping Beauty Vampire Slayer is
Misty Martin- mistyblue*** 

 Congratulations to the winners!!! Please reply to the email I have sent both of you with the address you would like the books shipped to!!!

Thank you again to all who entered!!! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Runaway (Airhead #3) by. Meg Cabot

Title: Runaway (Airhead , #3)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publication Date: April 20, 2010
Pages: 310

Synopsis from Goodreads: Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself. With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope... what's the point of even going on? But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to. Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved—since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed—this time, permanently? Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running. 

Review: Runaway is the final book in Meg Cabot's Airhead Series. Meg Cabot raps up old ties and finally reveals the secret that is behind the infamous Stark Corporations.

I doubt this review is going to be able to completely convey the awesomeness of this series but I'm going to try my best to do just that. This book takes up a little later after the end of the second book in this series where Lulu, Nikki Howard, Em Watts are kidnapped by Brandon Stark and forced to live in one of his secluded vacation homes. No huge paragraphs pf introduction or anything like that, the characters get right to business as soon as I open the first page of the book. Em, Lulu, and Christopher think up a master plan so that Em, Lulu, and the Howard family will be able to escape the clutches of the Brandon Stark and stop Stark Enterprises (though they are not sure what about Stark enterprises they are actually stopping, but they were determined). What is revealed about Stark Enterprises was so shocking, I couldn't believe it until I read it over and over again.

I would like to say that Meg Cabot is the queen of character characterization...if that makes sense. There is no way that you can compare the individual personalities or the individual growth of any of the characters in this series with that of others. You have Em Watts the stubborn and headstrong "force model" who is in love with Christopher (he best friend turned boyfriend who she just dumped for a guy she hates), oh yes, life is going great for Em. And there's Christopher, whom I thought couldn't get more annoying at times, but he comes through in the end. I doubt there is anyway a person could hate Lulu, she is so naive it is laughable sometimes but I doubt Em could ever find such a die-hard best friend anywhere else. Even the supporting characters are so much fun to read about. Especially Nikki Howard, who is, to put it lightly, having a difficult time adjusting to life being "average looking".

Love is definitely in the air throughout the book. Sure Em is going through a "difficult" time with Christopher but she keeps hope alive no matter how stubborn she finds the male population to be. But not only is love in the air (kind of) for them, but EVERY single other character in the books has a love interest. There is pretty much romance on every corner, especially between characters you would never expect.

The ending wrapped things up perfectly and all loose ends were tied. But.. at the same time the ending felt the slightest bit lackluster to me. I have no idea why, but I was expecting a fight, heated confrontation, or maybe gunshots...okay maybe not that last one but still I wanted something just a little bigger. But at any rate I still loved the ending, it seemed perfectly fitting!!!

If my review didn't give it away so obviously, I would like to point out that I am completely in love with this entire series!

Recommendations: All Meg Cabot fans are extremely encouraged to check this entire series out because it is AMAZING!

Overall: 5/5

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Entertainment: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Cover: 5/5

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: White Cat by. Holly Black

Title: White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Pages: 310
Genre: Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen. Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Review: Without a doubt, my favorite book of far. White Cat is an unbelievable read that adds something to the paranormal spectrum that I never could have imagined. Every minuscule detail, character, and circumstance is related to this incredibly intricate plot. This  books plot line gives new meaning to the saying, there's no such thing as coincidences.

Cassel, poor disillusioned Cassel comes from a family of "workers" these could be compared to that of a witch or warlock, except for the fact that the workers in Holly Black's White Cat's are specialized in specific things. As in there may be a memory worker who can transform or delete memories, or an emotion worker who can change the emotions of people. And Cassel is the only one in the family who is not a worker. Besides being the family leper, Cassel also has a secret buried that only his family knows about. He is a murderer. More specifically, he murdered his best friend when he was little. And that has torn him up to the point where he has accepted the fact that he is not a good person, so he decides to run with that. But when his sleepwalking "habit" gets him kicked out of school and having to move back in with his family, things take a turn for the bad...I mean the murderous mob assassination scheme bad.

Right from the beginning of the book I loved Cassal. It was so hard to imagine him killing anybody, let alone his best friend who he happened to be in love with. Sure, he is a master con artist, but that doesn't necessarily constitute murderer...does it. Cassal was one of my favorite characters in a long time. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He is so clever, what he figures out, what he is able to piece together from nothing more than a little evidence and a strong hunch, is unbelievable. With the schemes he comes up with, he would be a perfect candidate to work for the CIA or the Russian Mafia...scratch that last one.

The whole book is a mystery unraveling in itself, and you can tell that every little bitty moment, and detail of the book is just building until Holly Black springs up some major shockers.

I don't remember ever getting so into a book as I have this one in a very long time. It is just phenomenal. Something that I guarantee you have not heard of. And did I mention how clever I think Cassal is, you will be shocked with the things he is able to come up with. One thing that sort of made me sad in the beginning of the book is that I thought that Cassal was going to go through this whole journey all on his own. I was so happy when Holly Black gave him some backup in his journey, and I ended up loving the supporting characters as much as Cassel!

In the end, to say I recommend this book would most definitely be the understatement of the year. I am forcing you to relinquish all of your preferences when it comes to books, to me; and go and read this book immediately!!!

Recommendations: EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK. It has everything a person could want in a book and more!!!

Overall: 5/5

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Entertainment: 5/5
Ending: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Cover: 5/5

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday- Soul Thief

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Author: Jana Oliver 
Release Date: August 30, 2011

 Synopsis from GoodreadsSeventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether. But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…

Hurray for sequels!!! I think my last 3 Waiting on Wednesdays have been sequels and this one is definitely one that  I  am extremely excited for. It is the sequel to The Demon Trappers daughter which I read back in the beginning of the year and I absolutely loved it!! (You can read my review here if you want to hear more about it!) It was a really great book; it had the perfect mix of action, romance, drama, and it was fast paced so I never got bored. And the ending just had me wanting to read the sequel as soon as it came out! And I won't have to wait too long for this one since it comes out in August.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday's Question of the Day (On Tuesday!) E-readers

This meme was started by Eleni over at /- LA FEMME READERS -/. I always enjoyed answering and reading the responses to the questions she comes up with, so I decided to start some of my own!

How do  you feel about E-readers?

Oh boy could I go on and on with this subject. But for the sake of time I will keep it short and sweet (kinda). I hate e-readers. I don't have one and I don't want one. Call me a conspiracy theorists, but I really believe that one day paper books will cease to exists and the libraries of a huge percentage of the book loving population will be replaced by 8'' by 6'' electronic books, which is not what I want AT ALL. And also recently about 2 or 3 of the borders in my city have been closed due to the recent drastic drop in sales and according to my local news, a great deal of those sales have been said to have gone towards E-books. I know a lot of people love their e-readers and love reading e-books but I really cannot look at a screen long enough to read one because the words will start to get fuzzy and my eyes will just shut down, so I'm not knocking you if you do love them, I just really don't. (Oh and for those of you who may be thinking that I shouldn't knock it before I try it, I have tried it and the I like them for reading manga, but I couldn't read a full book with one, but that's just me!)

What do all of you guys think about e-readers, do you like them, or do you think they will be the end of books as we know it (oh how I love being over dramatic!)???

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Books on a Budget! #1

Hello everyone! So I’ve decided to start a new feature on my blog where every week or however so often, I will feature great YA (and some non-YA) books that I have either absolutely loved, or that I really want and where you can get them for unbelievable prices. You guys may not know this, but about half of the books I buy come from Barnes and Noble (since it's 10 seconds away) and the other half come from discount sites I have found all over the web. 

Basically I will feature one of my favorite book buying sites and the amazing books you can find and their prices. I will link all of the books so you all can bookmark the site for future bargain hunting!!!
(Note: Just so you guys no, I will only be featuring books that are in New, Like New, or Great condition; just so you don't get a book that is completely falling apart!)
[All books include free shipping!]

Prophecy of the Sisters by. Michelle Zink  $3.95
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-One good...One evil...Who will prevail?Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets. Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.They just know they can't trust each other.

Ghost Huntress by. Marley Gibson  $3.95
In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She’s hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They’ve got all the latest technology. They’ve got Kendall for their psychic. Now they’re going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality.

Magic Study by. Maria V. Snyder  $4.95
You know your life is bad when you miss your days as a poison taster... With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better.... Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training—especially as she's been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians. If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies....

Silver is for Secrets by. Laurie Faria Stolarz $3.95 
"I'll make you pay . . ." School is over, and now Stacey, her boyfriend Jacob, and their friends have rented a beach cottage for the summer. No more stress, secrets, or stalkers. But then Stacey's nightmares return—predicting the cruel death of Clara, a mysterious girl with a secret. And now Jacob, the only one who understands Stacey's magic, is keeping secrets, too. Is he betraying Stacey's trust or protecting her from revenge and tragedy?

Swoon by. Nina Malkin $4.51 
Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him -- but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent -- and irresistible -- adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him.What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire by. Various Authors  $3.95 
There’s an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephenie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want! 

Betraying Season by. by Marissa Doyle $3.95
Penelope Leland has come to Ireland to study magic and prove to herself that she is as good a witch as her twin sister, Persy. But when the dashing Niall Keating begins to court her, Pen can’t help being distracted from her studies. Little does Pen know, Niall is acting upon orders from his sorceress mother. And although it starts as a sham, Niall actually falls deeply in love with Pen, and she with him. Even if he halts his mother’s evil plan, will Pen be able to forgive him for trying to seduce her into a plot? 

30 Guys in 30 Days by. Micol Ostow $3.95 
Practice makes not-quite-perfect Claudia Clarkson just cut the cord from her high school love-you-forever boyfriend. Sure, she misses Drew. But with so many eligibles on her new college campus, why study ancient history? Problem is, Claudia's lived in la-la-loveland for so long that she's completely forgotten how to meet boys -- and how to flirt.Then her roommate proposes a solution: Meet one new guy every day for thirty days. Consider it "target practice" for when Mr. Perfect comes along. Claudia's game, but she definetely hasn't got game. In fact, Flirting 101 could be her toughest course to pass... 

Shadowland (Mediator, Book 1) by. Meg Cabot $3.95 
Suze is a mediator -- a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations. But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy. There's a ghost with revenge on her mind ... and Suze happens to be in the way.

Faerie Wars by. Herbie Brennan $3.95 
When Henry Atherton arrives at the house of eccentric old Mr. Fogarty, he comes upon crown prince Pyrgus Malvae, who has escaped the Faerie realm, where the Faeries of the Night want to kill him. Mr. Fogarty and Henry decide to help the prince return home. It's a complex situation, involving an evil demon, two avaricious glue factory owners, and Lord Hairstreak, leader of the Faeries of the Night, each with a personal agenda that will lead to taking over the realm. A subplot (Henry realizes that his mother, not his father, is having an affair with his father's secretary) is totally unnecessary, and there are discrepancies in the story and some awkwardness to slow things down. Still, there's enough solid adventure in the Faerie realm to keep readers on the edge of their seats. 

So those are only a few of the great books you can find on Thrift Books, an all of them are either in New, Like New, or Good Condition! Hope you guys find some great books on the site, I know I have! Let me know if you guys like this feature! Have a great day everyone and Happy Shopping!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Review: Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances by. Various Authors

Title: Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances
Author: (Various Authors) -click here for a complete list
Publication Date: March 23, 2011
Pages: 448
Genre: Steampunk/Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads: Bestselling romance editor Trisha Telep brings an exciting new element to the fast-growing sub-genre of steampunk, which bends and blends the old and the new in increasingly popular dark urban fantasies. Young heroes and heroines battle evil, in various forms with the help of super-technological or supernatural powers, while falling in and out of love. 

Review: From animatronic love, to cannibalism, World War 2 references, and back to our beloved vampires, Corsets and Clockwork has something for every book lover, each with some steampunk flavoring to add new excitement.

I love a good sample plate. Have you even been to a restaurant and asked for a sample dessert plate. Where they give you all kinds of variations of cheesecakes, sponge cakes, puddings, and pies to try out and pick what is to your liking. Well, that is exactly what this anthology was like; a sample plate, begging for the reader to pick their favorites and look into ordering something more from each author.

I think the steampunk genre is one that I will love to read more books on. Who would have thought one of my favorite genres such as science fiction, and my least favorite genre of historical could mingle and create an exciting, new, and extremely interesting mix. The short stories in this book are quick romances, but the amount of depth that is woven into these little stories is astonishing. Though they were short, I felt like I knew a lot of the characters much more than I would have expected, despite the length of these books, I felt like the characters were as developed as a 1000 page novel and so were their plots. The way the authors was able to map out the scenes really made it seems like each short story was it's own, yet they were all cohesive in the way they all had that steampunk commonality about them.

Of course, there were individual stories that I favored, and some that in my opinion were not so great. Among my favorites are The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe by. Frewin Jones, Wild Magic by. Ann Aguirre, Code of Blood by. Dru Pagliassotti, Under Amber Skies by. Maria V. Synder (favorite), and Chickie Hill's Badass Ride by. Dia Reeves. As you can see I did like a lot of the stories in this anthology. They were a great introduction into a new and exciting genre, as well as an introduction to new authors whose books I am no extremely excited to read!

Recommendations: If you are ahead of the game and  are already an avid steampunk reader, then I definitely  I recommend this anthology to you for an extra steampunk treat. And if you are ready to jump right into the new (or new to YA) genre, Corsets and Clockwork is the perfect way to sample some great authors and the steampunk realm!

Overall: 4/5

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Entertainment: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Cover: 4/5

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Have You Ever Craved A Book?+ Waiting on Wednesday #23

 Um, yeah that is definitely a dumb question. I'm pretty sure ever single one of us has craved a book before. And I mean craveeee. You go to your TBR shelf and look for something to satiate your thirst for a new incredible read, but nothing seems to peak your interest, or sound like anything you are looking for. But this is a different craving. I'm not talking about craving a book that has weeks or even months to be released. I craving a book that doesn't exist.

Ok, I tried to make that a lot more ominous than it really is but to put it plain and simply, I really really really want to read a new book written by one of my favorite authors. But since I have not heard anything regarding a new book, I am stuck wanting so much to read something that doesn't even exist. Yes it is a horrible feeling. And who do I have to blame for this, Beth Fantaskey. I have only read two of her books: Jekel Loves Hyde and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and I absolutely positively loved them. There is just something about those two books that separates them from every other paranormal romance book I have ever read.  I don't know if this actually makes sense, but they aren't one dimensional. You know what I mean when it seems like the plot of a book is flying on only a single flat wave length. That is SO not the case with Beth Fantaskey's books.

There is just something about both of her books that makes me want to keep on reading them forever. Every page I am on my toes waiting to read what is going to happen on the next page, yet I am trying to preserve the page so that it doesn't end too soon. For me, that is really what makes the perfect read. And Beth Fantaskey has this down to a science!!!!

[All of this was written sometime last week and left floating in the file that is my blog DRAFTS, but today I, thanks to Goodreads, have made a BREAKTHROUGH, which I would like to present to you all in the form of a Waiting On Wednesday]

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2)
Author:   Beth Fantaskey
Release Date: January 9, 2012 

Synopsis from Goodreads:  When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part. Now, married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she’s fit to be their queen. But Jess can’t even order a decent meal from her castle’s Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail. And when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals. Desperate to clear her husband’s name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend Mindy Stankowicz and Lucius’s mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who to trust – and how to rise to power – before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves? Full of romance, mystery, and danger, the highly anticipated sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side shows that sometimes a princess has to earn her “happily ever after” – with a sharpened stake in hand.

Uh huh, uh huh; so what do we have here. What we have is a SEQUEL to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by. Beth Fantaskey. A sequel, as in she is bringing back Lucius, Jessica, and the whole shebang back in another kick butt book. (And of course I already know it is going to be kick butt!!!). I cannot believe it. A week ago I was attempting to go back to my bookshelf and re-read one of my favorites and moping about the fact that this is last I will hear of these amazing characters and then BAM, goodreads hits me with this. I had no idea, no idea at ALL that there was going to be a second book, but it is so very very safe to say that I am absolutely beyond ecstatic about this fact. I can't wait at all!!! But really 2012!?! That is so far away, but I will endure! Does this mean we can expect a sequel to Jekel Loves Hyde? Oh, just extremely wishful thinking on my part! 

What are you guys waiting for (or craving for) this Wednesday?  

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