Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by 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!



“Whenever I thought I’d finally catch him, he’d accelerate and leap ahead a few feet, causing me to  chase after him again. I felt like he was playing a game with me.”

From page 78 of Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

What was your pick for Teaser Tuesday? Let me know!

In My Mailbox (9)

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.
BOUGHT:
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
FOR REVIEW:
Richer by Jean Blasiar
 
BOUGHT:
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
NETGALLEY:
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Release date: 04/19/11)
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Release date: 09/15/11)
Mercy by Rebecca Lim (Release date: 05/17/11)
So that’s what all I got this week, let me know what you got!

Follow Friday (7) & Book Blogger Hop (6)


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. Just like Ashley said (love it) “Ashley the girl…” who are You the Boy/Girl, instead of You the Blogger?

I’m Chelsey, the girl. Working full time at the moment, but I plan to go back and finish school, in accounting. The set rules fit my nature so well, and will give me an outlet for any OCD tendencies I have. 🙂 Obviously I love reading, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this, but I also love to watch movies, especially Jane Austen movies and miniseries. I love quilting, but I’m currently only collecting Asian themed fabrics at the moment, because they’re so pretty. I love cats, they’re just too adorable, and boy do they know it. At least mine do. One of them flaunts it every chance he gets.

So what about you? Who are you? Let me know!
Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books, a way to find new bloggers and friends, get to know each other!

Coming soon!

Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop

Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop
Publisher: RoC (Penguin)
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it.
Cover Rating: 3/5 – It’s good.
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository

Summary from the author’s website:
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “darkly fascinating”* Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers and critics alike with their mixture of fantasy, intrigue, and romance.  Now in Twilight’s Dawn, Bishop returns to the Blood realm with four all-new captivating novellas.

Winsol Gifts

Daemon, the Black Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, is settling into his first year of married life with his Witch Queen Jaenelle. But as the thirteen-day celebration of Winsol draws near, Daemon finds himself being pulled in too many directions as he plays host to his formidable family…

Shades of Honor

Still recovering from the ordeal that left her wounded and angry, Surreal returns to Ebon Rih on the orders of Prince Lucivar. And when her former lover Falonar ruthlessly challenges the rule of her family, Surreal may finally succumb to the darkness burning inside her…

Family

When someone lays a vicious trap for Queen Sylvia and her sons, the fallout completely disrupts the lives of the ruling family of Dhemlan. Now, they have to uncover the identity of the warlord known only as No Face, before he returns to finish what he started…

The High Lord’s Daughter

After losing the two most important people in his life, Daemon has assumed his father Saetan’s role as High Lord of Hell and built a wall around his heart. But when he inadvertently forges a new connection, will it be enough to break him free from his loveless life?

My thoughts on Twilight’s Dawn:
The latest installment of the Black Jewels series, and probably the last, was like a family reunion for me. Back to the characters I’ve known and loved for years. Never has a book pulled at my emotions so much. I laughed, I cried, I raged.

Each novella built on the one before it, and there was quite a bit of foreshadowing for the last novella, so I wasn’t surprised by how Anne Bishop ended it. And while I should’ve expected it, given that the blurb for The High Lord’s Daughter mentioned Daemon losing two people, I was still surprised about who the second person was, though I shouldn’t have been.

I liked the first novella, Winsol Gifts purely just because we see everyone just in every day situations, getting ready for the holidays. Shades of Honor was my favorite of the four, even though a certain character made me angry at how he could possibly think that way. Family was bittersweet, but reminds us that family is not always just about who you’re related to by blood. Family goes beyond that.

The last novella, there isn’t much I can say without spoiling it for those of you who have not read this book, or the rest of the series. The only complaint I have is that Daemon and Surreal, especially Surreal, felt different. Not quite themselves. And with all the foreshadowing in this book, I was not surprised by how Anne Bishop chose to end this. It even makes sense, when you look at the series as a whole. While this felt like the end, it felt left open. Like Anne Bishop could come back to this someday and expand on the new direction the characters take.

A word of warning to long time Black Jewels fans: I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews, fans feeling betrayed, because of the last novella. I will not spoil anyone here, so you’re free to find the spoilers on your own, but I really think you should give Twilight’s Dawn a fair chance. Because this is the author’s world, not ours. She chooses how it ends. And I for one can respect that.

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Releases: June 7, 2011 by Hyperion

Summary from Good Reads:

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.

I just finished The Ghost and the Goth yesterday (really liked it), review to come soon, and boy howdy I really want Queen of the Dead right now! June seems so far away.

Dark Mirror Giveaway – Two Winners!

Congratulations to the two lucky winners of Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney! I really liked this book so I hope you guys do as well. And something to look forward to is a sequel in the fall! Anyways, on to the winners!

Elisquared
&
 Mary Ellen Thompson!
I’ve emailed your addresses to St. Martin’s Griffin, and hopefully they’ll be shipping the books out to you this week! Again, congratulations! Remember, now that winners have been chosen all personal information will be deleted. I keep nothing after having emailed the winners to the publisher.
Also, if you haven’t already entered it, check out my giveaway for Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams! It ends on Wednesday! Click this link to enter!

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 stars (Awesome – Must buy!)
Cover: Love the cover, very fitting!
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository

Summary from Good Reads:
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers – monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell – she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her – an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie’s soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian’s most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives – including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

My thoughts on Angelfire:
The first thing that popped into my head after finishing this book was WOW. While the first chapter or two started off slow for me (but then it usually works that way when I’m reading), it quickly heated up and became a book I could not put down. I was reading every spare moment I had.

I loved Ellie, especially more so after she began to accept who she was and what she could do. And that twist at the end, about who she really is, awesome. Cannot wait to see that explored more in the sequel. And everytime she asked Will questions that he wouldn’t answer, I was just as frustrated as she is! Will’s answer everytime: You know this already. You will remember, it’ll all come back.” I kept thinking, yes she might know even if she doesn’t remember, but we don’t! I hope we also learn more about Will than what we did in the next book. I loved all the flashbacks, getting hints about their past. I really liked Kate. She had a presence all her own without stealing the spotlight from the main characters.

The reapers were interesting to learn about, especially the vir. Knowing about them has made me question about a certain character, and whether or not he is who he’s supposed to be, or whether he was replaced. And I’m intrigued by Cadan. He seems to be on Bastian’s side, and yet has never once acted as though he wanted to harm Ellie. It’ll be interesting to learn more about him.

I would definitely recommend this for those who are following the angel trend in YA books right now. An explosive entry into this trend that makes your mouth water for the sequel!

In My Mailbox (8)

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.

Bought this week:


The newest novel by one of my most beloved authors. Contains four novellas, just like Dreams Made Flesh from a few years ago. I’ve already devoured this book, and shall have my review up soon. If this is the end to the Black Jewels series, I’m hoping that after her next Ephemera book she’ll write something in her Fae series!

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

I had hoped to go to the signing for this book on March 1st, but the weather prevented it unfortunately. I have also already read and finished this book, so the review should be up soon as well. The sixth book in the urban fantasy Mercy Thompson series. I have to say I think this is my favorite of them so far. Now I just need the next Alpha & Omega book, coming next January. Need more Charles and Anna now!

Haven by Kristi Cook

I love books about going to special schools where people have powers. I’m looking forward to reading this! Plus, isn’t that a pretty cover?

  

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

This would count as a dystopia wouldn’t it? Controlling government and all that? Anyways, sounds like a very good read so I bought it. Can’t wait to start it!

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

I’m loving the current trend of angel books so far, and this one looks very good as well. I also have a bookmark for A Touch Mortal, so it’ll be fun to use that while reading the book!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

I read this a few years ago and loved this take on fairies. I got through some of the second book, but for some reason never finished. I’m eventually going to reread this and post my thoughts on it, and continue on with the rest of the series now that it’s been completed.

 Won (arrived in the mail this week):

I don’t normally read books like this, but I thought this one looked interesting. Won this from a giveaway that was held on Good Reads! My first giveaway win. They said books usually arrive within four the six weeks, but I think I got this only about a week after I was notified of my win! Nice and quick.
So that’s all that I got this week, leave a comment with your link and let me see what you got! I love seeing what others got for the week. Have a great weekend everyone!

Follow Friday (6) & Book Blogger Hop (5)


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:

“What embarrassing thing have you done on cold medicine?”

Cold medicine doesn’t seem to affect me the way it does some people. Unless it’s the kind that makes you drowsy, and then I just make typos. But other than that nothing embarrasing has ever happened to me with cold medicine in my system.


Book Blogger Hop
Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books, a way to find new bloggers and friends, get to know each other!
“Who’s your all-time favorite book villain?”

Hmm. I think my all time favorite villain would have to be Melisande Shahrizai from The first Kushiel Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Dart, Kushiel’s Chosen & Kushiel’s Avatar. She is so well written, and her intrigues intelligent, it’s a wonder anyone, let alone Phedre, can outwit her!