Blog Tour Review: Glimmer by Vivi Anna

Glimmer by Vivi Anna
Publisher: Amazon Kindle
Release date: 2011
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Rating: 4/5 stars – Really really liked it.
Cover comments: I love the cover. The colors, and the girl with wings. Definitely gives it a fae vibe.
Purchase: Amazon

Summary from Good Reads:
I posted the summary, along with the author’s bio yesterday. If you’d like to see them you can click here and it should open up in a new window.

My thoughts on Glimmer:
This was a fun fast paced story, with plenty of action and enough heat to make you blush. It grabbed me right at the beginning and refused to let go until the very end. I enjoyed this book very much. Nina is a kick-ass fae princess in denial of who she is, and this story beings the chronicle of her accepting who she is.

Now, fair warning, this is not a YA novel. Nina and Severin, the Alpha werewolf, have a hot, steamy encounter, so it is strongly suggested you be 18 years of age or older. It’s during this scene when Nina is forced to end her denial of what she is. It was moving along and and then we’re wrenched along in another direction. I for one felt unfulfilled because of this, but I’m sure that will be rectified in further installments. What I also loved was that it wasn’t until I was halfway through that the heated action appeared. In that regard, this story was a deviation from the normal romance formula of getting it on as soon as possible.

I’ll be very interested to learn the truth behind Nina’s mother’s motivations for leaving and staying away except for the rare visit, and for finally taking her father away, prompting Nina to find a way to Nightspell with Severin’s help. I’d also like to know more about the war between the fae and the werewolves, why they’re enemies, and what Nina’s part in the whole thing is.

The only thing I didn’t like was what happened in the very beginning. We’re given what is apparently a werewolf attack vicitim. The bait is dangled in front of us, but then thrown away once it’s served its purpose as the reason for Nina and Severin meeting. We don’t know who did it, or why it was done. Even if it wasn’t pertinant to the story as a whole, it would’ve been nice to have those small details.

Overall, definitely a great beginning to what will surely be an awesome paranomal series. I love anything to do with faeries, so I knew this would be right up my alley, and boy I definitely wasn’t wrong. I’m really looking forward to the next installment.

Blog Tour post tomorrow! Glimmer by Vivi Anna

Tomorrow as part of a Bewitching Blog Tour, I’ll be posting a review for Glimmer by Vivi Anna. In the meantime, here is the summary of the book as well as an author bio!

Summary from Good Reads:
Although Nina Decker’s father is one hundred percent human, her mother is not. She belongs to an ancient and rare race of people called the fae. But these fae are not those written about in fairytales, with pretty gossamer wings and fairy dust, no they are sinister, malevolent and unkind, dwelling in another realm called Nightfall. More prone to destroy than to create. Abandoned at the age of ten, to be raised by her father, Nina has never forgiven her mother for that or for ruining her father. A man of only sixty, he appears to be closer to eighty with a frail body and mind. He’s been fae-struck and is slowly fading away to nothing. This is one of the reasons why Nina has never gotten too close to any one man. She doesn’t want to seal his fate like her father’s has been.

But she can’t deny her fiery connection to Severin Saint Morgan, a sexy as hell werewolf and the alpha of the Vancouver wolf pack. He’s an Australian immigrant working at the university as an associate professor, and the publicized face of the werewolf species. He makes her blood boil with desire and makes her tremble with fear. But its only when her mother reappears with startling revelations about an upcoming war between the fae and the werewolves that Nina realizes that she may be a pawn for both sides

Author Bio
A BAD GIRL at heart, Vivi Anna likes to burn up the pages with her original unique brand of fantasy fiction. Whether it’s in ancient Egypt, or in an apocalyptic future, Vivi always writes fast paced action-adventure with strong independent women that can kick some butt, and dark delicious heroes to kill for.

Once shot at while repossessing a car, Vivi decided that maybe her life needed a change. The first time she picked up a pen and put words to paper, she knew she had found her heart. Within two paragraphs, she realized she could write about getting into all sorts of trouble without suffering the consequences.

When Vivi isn’t writing, you can find her causing a ruckus at downtown bistros, flea markets, or playgrounds.

Friday Follow (10) & Book Blogger Hop (8)

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books, a way to find new bloggers and friends, get to know each other.
“Since today is April Fool’s day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone, OR that someone has played on you?”
I’ve never really played pranks on people, and while I don’t remember them, I’m fairly certain people have played pranks on me. I used to be pretty gullible. Still am sometimes.
Follow my book blog Friday is a weekly meme where you go around and meet other bloggers and follow each other, hosted by Parajunkee’s View. This weeks question is:

“Q: Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100factsaboutme, give us five BOOK RELATED silly facts about you.”

1. Hmm another five. Let’s see. I have to be in a mood for Nora Roberts books, I can’t just read them anytime I want.
2. I’m becoming the librarian at my workplace, always loaning out books to my fellow employees.
3. This one isn’t silly, but I’m hoping to buy at least one YA new release book a month to donate to my local library, because they’ve had huge budget cuts and can’t buy them all themselves.
4. For years I never read anything besides fantasy. I still love fantasy, but the genre is overrun by paranormal, urban, and other books like them. Don’t get me wrong, I like those just as much as the next person, but I love high fantasy worlds like those of Robin McKinley’s books, and Patricia A. McKillip’s books.
5. I reread all my Anne Bishop books every year, as well as my Jacqueline Carey books, Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip, and Deerskin by Robin McKinley. My favorite books of all time.

What about you guys? What are your answers to this weeks questions? Let me know!

Review: Richer by Jean Blasiar

Richer by Jean Blasiar
Publisher: Savant
Release Date: January 18, 2011
Source: Author for honest review
Rating: 3/5 stars – It was good
Purchase: Amazon

Summary from Good Reads:
How many teens have their poetry adapted to music by today’s rock star? Every teen’s dream, but actually a nightmare for Rich Cameron. Despite his mother’s divorce, another broken home, his friend’s ruined Olympic dreams and his own major health complication, it’s a very interesting year for U2’s favorite genius. Just as his life started to make sense again, Rich receives a letter from his former au pair, leading to revelations that set the tone for an unforgettable year. The mysteries, pains and ecstasy of love will force Rich and his family to redefine what is ‘normal’ all over again, in this funny, touching, and thrilling new chapter in the life of Rich Cameron and his constant companion, U2.

My thoughts on Richer:
This novel was hard for me to get into at first. I hadn’t read the first one, Poor Rich. One of the characters being talked about, Gia, seemed to be a major character in the first, but is never a real presence in this one. Instead we’re given Amy, who seems to be a possible love interest for Rich, but later is relegated to a different position in the cast of characters. The point where this really picked up for me is when I saw more of Brian, Rich’s dad’s partner. He showed a real desire to see Rich happy, really seemed to care about him. He was my favorite character, along with Rich’s bird U2. That bird picked up the funniest sayings.

The writing style is not quite what I’m used to, so it took me a couple days to get into it, but once that happened I eagerly read through the second half. This book chronicles another interesting and crazy year in the life of Rich, who goes from not quite fitting in, to growing into his skin, becoming more comfortable with who he is. I would definitely recommend giving this a try, but make sure to read Poor Rich first.

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, showcasing an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to. Here’s mine for this week! Link leads to it is Good Reads page.

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis
Release Date: September 13, 2011 – Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Summary from Good Reads: It’s been a year since Luna’s mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in the East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.

When Luna goes to clean out her mother’s old studio, she’s stunned to find her mom’s cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother’s life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she’s been told about her mother’s death may not be the whole truth

What are you guys waiting for this week? Let me know! And if you missed it, here’s last week’s post: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan!

Teaser Tuesday (4)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB Should Be Reading, a weekly meme where you post two sentences from your current read, as long as they are not spoilers. So let’s get started! My teaser this week is actually a small paragraph, because I just loved the image it created in my mind.

“Slowly, I paddled away from the roped-off beach, to a quieter world. Soon I reached a carpet of round shiney leaves. A few of the water lilies had blossomed and looked like white teacups sitting on green saucers. I rested my chin on my hands as the mattress floated along the carpet’s perimeter. Black-and-white dragonflies flitted past, occasionally landing on my arms The red dragonflies were less abundant, but equally beautiful.”

Page 220 from Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors.

I’m really liking this book. I’ve just devoured it. So what are your teasers this week? Let me know!

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 29, 2011 (Tomorrow)
Source: Arc from Publisher for honest review
Rating: 3/5 stars – It was okay.
Cover Comments: I love the cover, the atmosphere. It’s perfect for where the story takes place as well.
Purchase: Amazon / Book Depository

Summary from Good Reads:
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

My thoughts on Born at Midnight:
Almost right off the bat Kylie is sent off to camp, where she finds out that her fellow campmates aren’t troubled teens in the normal sense, but actually paranormals learning to control their abilities. And despite the fact that she can see ghosts, Kylie keeps refusing to believe she belongs.

Kylie herself annoyed me throughout most of the book. She seemed very shallow and willing to jump just about anything male within sight. For most of the story she’s involved in a love triangle, which at one point turns into a square. Now, I’m all for triangles sometimes, but three potential love interests is a bit much. Thankfully it went back to being a triangle. And let me just say that despite Kylie’s memories of him, I am firmly Team Lucas.

Della and Miranda are good friends and roommates to Kylie, despite the number of times she ends up hurting them with her words. It was entertaining to read about them arguing one minute, and then the next to work together when Kylie is in danger and needs help. My favorite characters though were probably Burnett and Holiday, watching them deny and deny that they were attracted to each other, only for them to prove themselves wrong with their actions.

The last few chapters of the book were my favorite. Kylie seems to grow paranormally finally, and everything is resolved: the fate of the camp; who the ghost was and why he needs her to understand; and the relationship between mother and daughter.

Overall I enjoyed it, and hope to see Kylie grow as a person now that she seems to be moving on from the problems that plagued her at the beginning. Next up is Awake at Dawn, where I’m hoping we’ll finally learn what Kylie is. It comes out in October, so start marking your calendars!

Did not finish: Quicksilver by Joy Spraycar

It used to be that I could never not finish a book. If I started one I’d have to finish it no matter what. The last couple of years though I’ve slowly transitioned to being able to stop reading something I’m not enjoying. Because life is too short. This is the first post of its kind on my blog, but don’t expect it to happen often, because I’m usually pretty good at knowing what I’ll enjoy. So, on to the book.

Quicksilver by Joy Spraycar
Summary from Good Reads:
A recurring nightmare holds Serry Miller in its grip and has for most of her life. In spite of her fear of the man who becomes a monster, she’s in love with him. Not only does she have nightmares while she sleeps, she’s living in one with an abusive, alcoholic husband. When, Serry’s drunken husband hit’s Quinton Worthington’s car, she sees the face of the man from her nightmares on a stretcher entering the hospital. When he looks at her and calls her by her name, she is plummeted into a life that she has only dreamed about. Quinton Worthington has suffered for over a hundred years. That’s when his evil father ripped Serenity, the love of Quinton’s life, from him. At the same time, he changed Quinton into a monster. When Quinton sees Serry’s face in the hospital, he believes that Serenity has come back, and he will do anything to be with her. There’s only one thing that stands in their way of having the life they want: Quinton’s father.

My thoughts on Quicksilver:
I was asked if I would like to review Quicksilver by Joyspraycar, and I thought hey, romance and werewolves, you can’t go wrong with that right? Well, I did go wrong. I had trouble connecting with the characters. The way they thought and acted just seemed a little too unrealistically, even for fiction. There was one moment in particular where something is happening to Serry over a week, and even when asked a specific and telling question, she’s still not clued in to wh at the answer is. I had to stop shortly after that. There were one or two other issues, but overall it was my inability to like and connect with the main characters that decided me.

Hopefully if any of you decide to read this you’ll enjoy it more than I did. Thank you to Joy Spraycar for offering this for review, I’m sorry I was unable to finish it.

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, showcasing what you received in the mail, bought, or borrowed from friends or the library for that week. So here’s what I got this week! All links lead you to their Good Reads page.
Song of the Silk Road by Mingmei Yip
Wither (Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano – I had to ask the clerk for this one because even though it was a couple days after release they hadn’t even put them out yet.
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull – a coworker told me to wait until the whole series comes out because of how it ends, so I may be waiting a while on this. But it was 50% off now, so how I could I resist?
So what did you guys get this week? Let me know!

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Winner!

Sorry for the delay, but finally here is the winner for my Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway!

Mary of Book Hounds!

Congratulations, I’ll be emailing you momentarily to get your choice for the second book as well as your address.

For everyone else, look forward to the Carnival Hop in May! I’ll also be participating in that, and it will also be open to any country that the Book Depository ships to. Have a great weekend everyone!

Also, did you take a look at my Waiting on Wednesday post this week? Could be a very good book!