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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And the Winner of My 49 Follower Giveaway is............

The winner of my 49 Followers Giveaway  is......


Congratulations Daryln!! I've sent you an email notification and your copy of The Darkest Lie will be on it's way to you ASAP! 

A special thank you to everyone who entered!  Check back soon! More Giveaways and contests are in the works!!!

Get your read on!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Review: Camileon by Shykia Bell

Camile Leon is a young woman searching for the hidden truth about her absentee father, a mysterious lost necklace, and the details of her early childhood-none of which she can remember. She persistently digs for the truth, but at each attempt, her mother dodges her questions and swiftly changes the subject. Before her mother is able to reveal the truth, something terrible happens, and Camile fears she will lose her mother forever. She also fears that the details regarding her past will remain unknown.

Just as Camile loses hope on learning the particulars about her past, she makes a shocking discovery which reveals her entire life has been a carefully constructed web of deceit. Almost simultaneously, she experiences strange occurrences that shred the fabric of her reality. She blames these incidents on her extreme stress and hyperactive imagination. As the lies continue to unravel, startling facts emerge-bringing terrible heartache, confusion, and despair.

Facing a powerful nemesis, Camile must find the strength within herself to discover the truth. Failing could bring deadly consequences.   (Summary from back cover)

Camile Leon has lived her life searching for answers about her past. Her father disappeared from her life when she was young and years of her childhood are missing from her memories. Her mother has always been closed mouth about both her father and her lost childhood and Camile has never been able to get much out of her. When she finally presses her mother for answers, her mother falls suddenly ill and Camile begins to wonder if her push for answers was the cause.

Shortly after her mother falls ill, Camile discovers a long lost necklace in her mother’s possessions and clues about her past begin to unlock her memories. Camile begins to doubt her sanity and events unfold leading her to the answers she’s been searching for all of her life.

Camileon is the debut novel of author, Shykia Bell. I discovered this book through a friend of mine and fellow book blogger, Reads For Pleasure several weeks ago. She tweeted about receiving a Sci-fi book from a new author and asked if I had heard anything about it since she didn’t read much Sci-Fi. My response was no, but my interest was immediately piqued! It’s always refreshing to find a new African American author writing in fiction in the Urban Fantasy genres and Ms. Bell doesn’t disappoint.

She’s created an original story with a perspective that I found refreshing. Camileon is written in third person POV and there were a few scenes that created the feeling of being told what was going on rather than experiencing the moment by reading it. But it wasn’t too much of a distraction for me to continue to reading.

If you’re looking for a unique storyline from an up and coming author, I recommend Shykia Bell’s Camileon. As usual, I don’t like giving away spoilers in my reviews but I will say that Ms. Bell is currently working on the next installment of the Camileon saga and I’m looking forward to it’s release.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (July 10, 2008)
Kindle/Ebook: Not available
FTC Discolsure: Review copy received from Shykia Bell

Get your read on!
Friday, June 25, 2010

Follow My Book Blog Friday! - June 25th

Welcome to another week of Follow Friday a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.  It's a great way to find new book blogs and add new followers!  So have a look around and let me know you stopped by!!
Book Blogs I discovered last week"
Diana from Book of Secrets
Emily from What Book is That?
Leontine from Leontine's Book Realm
Emma from EmmaMichaels


To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  • Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  • Follow our Featured Bloggers -
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  • If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! 

My 49 Followers Giveaway (#1)

Why wait til 50 to celebrate when I have 49 wonderful followers??!!! To thank everyone for visiting and following my reviews, rants and raves, I've decided to have a 49 Followers Giveaway!! The prize for my very first contest is ::::::drumroll please:::::::

The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter
Lords of the Underworld #6

I love this series and can't wait for this release! I know there are a ton of fellow readers who feel the same way but why rush to the bookstore when you can win a copy from me? Contest ends on Monday, June 28th and the winner will be announced on Tuesday June 29th. You have to provide your address when you enter, so the book will be ordered and shipped from the Book Depository to the winner immediately! How's that for quick and easy?

So here are the contest rules:

- You must be a follower of this blog to enter
- This contest is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
- Contest ends 11:59 pm EST on June 28, 2010
- The winner will be chosen by
- Winner will be contacted be email.

Click here to fill out the form.

Thanks for helping me celebrate!! Good luck!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wish List - June 2010 Update

Here’s the latest update for 2010 Wish List for books. I'm open to suggestions as well, so feel free to comment!


Angels' Blood (Guild Hunters, #1) - Nalini Singh - Got it! – See Review
Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunters, #2) - Nalini Singh - See Review
Burned (House of Night Novels) - P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast – Got it!
Cheat the Grave (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 5) by Vicki Pettersson – Got it! – Review coming soon.
First Drop of Crimson - Jeaniene Frost – Got it! – See Review
Lover Mine - J. R. Ward - Got it! Review coming soon
Moon Sworn – Keri Arthur – Got it!
Shadow Blade - Seressia Glass – Got it! Review coming soon.
27th - Manifest - Artist Arthur (YA) -Got it! Recieved via Review coming soon


8th Confession - James Patterson
9th Judgement - James Patterson
and Falling, Fly - Skyler White
Blood Oath - Christopher Farnsworth
Darkest Passion - Gena Showalter
Darkest Whisper - Gena Showalter
King Maker, Knights of Breton Court #1- Maurice Broaddus
Never Cry Werewolf - L.A. Banks
Rampant - Saskia Walker
Shadowglass: The Shadowfae Chronicles - Erica Hayes
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting
Velvet Haven (Annwyn Chronicles, #1) - Sophie Renwick
Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau - Jewell P. Rhodes
Voodoo Season (Book Two)- Jewell Parker Rhodes



1st - Assassin's Honor - Monica Burns
22nd - 13 to Life: A Werewolf's Tale - Shannon Delany
29th - Pray for Dawn: The Fourth Dark Days Novel - Jocelynn Drake
29th - Red Hot Fury - Kasey MacKenzie
29th - Darkest Lie - Gena Showalter


6th - Twice Bitten: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel – Chloe Neill
27th - Eternal Kiss of Darkness - Jeaniene Frost
27th - Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, Book 11) - Kelley Armstrong
27th - Shadow Chase - Seressia Glass


31 – Chosen (Anna Strong Series) – Jeanne Stein


8th - Bitten in Two – Jennifer Rardin


18th – Shadowfever – Karen Marie Moning

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's officially summer, what are you reading?

Today is officially the first day of summer! I've been scanning my TBR list and figured out what I want to read over the next few months.  Here's my super ambitious list! I know more will be added as the weeks go by but here's what I have so far....


So... what's are you reading this summer?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Book Series Sunday - Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance

Book Series Sunday will be my weekly posting highlighting some of the amazing book series that I've come across over the last few years. I know there are hundreds out there, but these are my uber-ultra favorite.

Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits;talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk; a lot. The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire—and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay.

Summary from back cover


First, let me say don't judge a series by the first book!  When I first picked up this series - I started with the second book, Claimed by Shadow and I really, really liked it. I didn't do it on purpose - I was just so enthralled by the summary I had to read it.  However after seeing the reviews for the first book I was confused.  How could the second book be so much better than the first? After reading Touch the Dark, it gave me important answers that I was missing and I could understand some of the other reader's comments.  BUT - I still liked the first book.  Either way, the good news is - after the first book, the series gets much better. 

Chance is a great writer and even though this is a series, each book has a true ending -- so you're not left hanging on pins and needles waiting for the next book.  Sometimes, that's refreshing in a series. 

So take a chance on the Cassandra Palmer series (sorry I couldn't resist) - you won't regret it.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Follow My Book Blog Friday - June 18th

Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by!  Follow My Book Blog Friday is a new blog hop meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.  So take a look and let me know what you think!  Follow and leave a comment and I'll visit you back!

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  • Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list below.
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  • If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!


Book Blogger Hop! June 18 - 21 - Get to hopping!!!

Welcome and thanks for visiting my blog!  Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Jen from Crazy-for-Books.  Check out her site to get more details.  It's a great way to learn about all the book blogs out there!

So take a peek, stay a while - but definitely leave a comment and let me know you stopped by! Be sure to leave your blog link so I can visit you as well!

Happy Hopping!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh

Summary from back cover

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control—even when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority…

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…

"They didn't understand that she held his heart, held it so utterly that there was nothing he wouldn't do, no line he wouldn't cross to keep her safe." excerpt from Archangel's Kiss

With a line like that -- who wouldn't -- who couldn't fall in love with the Archangel of New York, Raphael?

Archangel's Kiss is book two of Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series and it picks up one year later after the end of Angel's Blood. Elena awakens from a year long coman to discover she has wings. Yes - wings. Her lover, Raphael transformed her into an angel. Something that hasn't been done in over half a millenia.

Elena must deal with the gifts and weaknesses of the life of a newly born angel. As a human she understood her limits - as a newborn angel she was weak and vulnerable. In contrast, Raphael's continued exposure to Elena, makes him more an more human - slowly chipping away his "inhuman" nature to uncover feelings that have taken root into his soul.

Singh has done a great job with exposing the vulnerabilities of Elena and Raphael and thier relationship. While you don't see much of the Guild in this book - you gain more information about the angels, Raphael's history and how and why he became the stoic member of the Archangels. We're introduced to more members of The Seven which will hopefully lead to more spin-off novels for the series. The vampire Dmitri and Angel Illium would be very well received with their own storylines.

If you're into urban fantasy and looking for something fresh and new - you can't go wrong with a sexy-heartstopping-Archangel from New York!

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