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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Movie Trailer: X-Men: Days of Future Past

"The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future."


Friday, April 18, 2014

Review, Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

Title: Grimm Consequences
Author: Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales, book 1,5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“You reap what you sow...

Saying Nate Grimm has a dark past is an understatement. Fortunately, no one's bothered to look too closely at the Fairytale Management Authority's lead detective and part-time Reaper. And that's the way Nate wants to keep it. For after centuries of torment and loneliness, he's finally found happiness with the hot and hard-charging love of his life, Tess "Red" Little. 

Of course, his love for Tess is the reason there's a posse of Reaper judges after him, led by a sadistic bastard acquainted with Nate from once upon a time. Now, Tess will pay the price for Nate's transgressions unless Nate severs his ties to the transplanted Tales--and Tess--forever. His enemy has the advantage in speed, malice and brutality. But the Reapers have underestimated the depth of Nate's love and devotion. And the fury of his wrath.”
Grimm Consequences is a novella in the Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine.

It’s not secret I love this series. Book after book Kate SeRine’s imagination has awed me. Every time she announces a new book a countdown to release day starts in my head. When I heard she was writing a novella from Nate’s point of view that countdown was accompanied by lights and whistles. That’s how much I wanted Nate’s novella.

I knew Nate love Tess (Little Red Riding Hood); it was easy to see every time they were together. What I didn’t know was the depth of Nate’s love. Actually love is such a small word to encompass his adoration and dedication to Tess.
For Nate Tess has been his salvation, his breath, and his reason to live. When he thought everything was lost he found her and she became the light in his life.
Nate’s job as a reaper is not an easy job; dealing with death every day can darken and harden the nicest soul and that’s exactly what happens to reapers. Their job turns them into uncaring and in some cases sadistic beings. That’s precisely what was happening to Nate when he met Tess, but she changed everything for him, she saw him as a man and not a reaper and filled his life with hope. He knew he wanted her, but also knew to have her he needed to change, to be better to deserve her *swoon* and that’s exactly what he did.
Nate and Tess relationship is new but is going strong, the only problem is Nate is hiding things from his past and that past has come to his door and it’s threatening his newfound happiness with Tess.

Nate is a character I have loved since I first met him in Red (first book in the series) and my love for him grew with each installment. What I didn’t thought possible was that I could love him more, and that was exactly what happened in Grimm Consequences. OMFG! Nate is simply M-A-G-N-I-F-I-C-E-N-T.

One thing that amazed me is how Kate SeRine was able to awaken in me unreasonable fear. Grimm Consequences is set between Red and The Better to See You (second book), I have read every single book in this series, so I knew Tess and Nate will be ok at the end of this novella, but Kate SeRine has a gift with words and she made me worry for them; even thought in my brain I knew they will be ok there were moments where I really despaired and thought everything was lost for them. That’s how talented Kate SeRine is.

Another thing I admire about Kate SeRine is how she takes the fairy tales we know since childhood and twist them making the new and completely original. In every one of her books she surprises me with the originality and uniqueness of her characters and Grimm Consequences was not an exception.

Grimm Consequences is a novella that reads like a full-length novel. It’s incredible how much emotion, suspense, action and character growth Kate SeRine was able to pack into this novella.

Grimm Consequences can be read as a standalone, but to get the full effect I recommend you to read Red before, and if you haven’t read this series can I ask you what are you waiting for? Transplanted Tales series is one of the best urban fantasy series in the market. If you like your fairy tales with a twist this novella and this series are for you.
Next book in this series, Ever After, will be release on August 21st and as you can imagine I have a countdown going on in my head… 4 months, 3 days and counting.

My Verdict: 5 Stars

Other books in the series
Grimm Consequences
The Better to See You
Along Came a Spider
Ever After (August 21st)

Other reviews Goodreads
Visit Kate SeRine’s Website

About Kate SeRine:

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) faithfully watched weekend monster movie marathons while growing up, each week hoping that maybe this time the creature du jour would get the girl. But every week she was disappointed. So when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed that her characters would always have a happily ever after. And, thus, her love for paranormal romance was born. 

Kate is the author of the award-winning Transplanted Tales series, available from Kensington Books. She lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project.

Today Kate is sharing with us five random facts we didn’t know about her. My favorite is fact #5. 
Kate is also offering us a very generous giveaway. To participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below.

Five Totally Random Facts about Kate SeRine

1) I’m a total science nerd. In fact, for a while I wanted to be a genetic engineer. But when I learned I’d have to take chemistry again in college if I became a science major my dreams of being a scientist suffered a swift death. 

2) A few years ago, a lawn sign for a politician’s campaign flew out of the back of a truck on the interstate and impaled my car. I didn’t realize it was stuck to my bumper until I pulled into the parking lot at work and heard it scraping the pavement and then saw a colleague double over in laughter. Her laughter, though, was nothing compared to that of the State Trooper to whom I reported the lawn sign assault or to that of my insurance agent when I filed the claim for repairs. Yes, this is just the kind of stuff that happens to me.

3) I’m terrified of sharks. When I’m stressed out, I actually have nightmares about them. And yet, one of my all-time favorite movies is Jaws. Go figure. Fortunately, I live in smack-dab in the middle of the United States and have little chance of encountering any. I’m also freaked out by zombies. And clowns. Zombie clowns are right out.

4) The same year I was offered the contract for my Transplanted Tales I had the opportunity to meet the guys from Apocalyptica, my absolute FAVORITE band and primary musical muses when I’m writing. It was an AWESOME year!
From L to R: Mikko Sirén, Me, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Mr. SeRine, and Eicca Toppinen
5) The priest who performed my wedding ceremony and baptized our eldest son is now the exorcist for the diocese. He recently appeared on a TV series about the paranormal where he talked about his first case of demon possession. His story is absolutely chilling. I can’t even tell you how much I’d love to write a novel about it someday! 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cover Revealed: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Today I have a fresh From the Oven Cover for you. This cover is so fresh it is still hot. Which cover? The cover for Talon. Talon is the first book in the new Talon series by Julie Kagawa. 
This series will be about Dragons! If there is a legendary creature I love that is dragons, I also love Julie Kagawa’s writing, so saying I’m eagerly looking forward to this book is an understatement. 

I really love this cover, I love how simple and strong it is. What do you think? Do you like this cover? Are you planning to read this book?

Talon #1
YA Fantasy
October 28th, 2014

“Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Breaking Point by Pamela Clare

Today is that special day in the week. Yes? It’s Tuesday! More specifically it’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

Today I have for you the cover of Breaking Point. Breaking Point is the fifth book in the I-Team series by Pamela Clare.

I haven’t read this series but something about this cover tells me I should. What do you think?

“While investigating border violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Denver journalist Natalie Benoit is caught in a bloody ambush and taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she will need every ounce of courage she possesses to survive.

Betrayed by another operative, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Ready to give his life if he must, he remains unbroken—until he hears the cries of an American woman.

Although Natalie is only a voice in the darkness of their shared prison, her plight brings renewed strength to Zach's battered body. With her help, he overpowers their captors, and they flee through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun.

But past loss and tragedy leave both of them reluctant to follow their hearts, even when the passion between them reaches its breaking point. Faced with feelings neither expected, they fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both.”

If you also want to participate on Top Off Tuesday head over to Felicia’s blog to share your link or just to see which other blogs are participating.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, book 3
Genre: YA Paranormal Dystopian
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book

*Warning: This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series*

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.”
The Forever Song is the third and last book in the Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa.

The Forever Song was one of my most awaited books of the year, sadly it was also my least favorite book in the series. Why? Angst, lots of unnecessary angst. That doesn’t mean it was a bad book, because it wasn’t. It just wasn’t as good as previous books.

The Forever Song starts right after the events in The Eternity Cure (second book). Allison, Kanin and Jackal are on their way to Eden. They need to stop Sarren at all cost before he unleashes the mutated virus that will eradicate everybody from the planet. Their road to Eden is not easy, Sarren has left them many surprises along the way, so many that their road could have been called The Gore Road.
To add to the difficulties they find on the road they also have to deal with Allison. She is devastated by Zeke’s death and her anger and pain is turning her into the monster she promised she’d never become, that equals to Allison’s Angst Festival.
Jackal is not too upset about it; he actually likes this new side of her, a side that matches him perfectly. Kanin is sad and heartbroken; Allison was his only hope, he thought she could be a model vampire, one that could live peacefully among humans. Despite all this they continue towards Eden, stopping Sarren is a priority and their own issues will have to wait.
One of Sarren’s surprises left for them is Zeke. Sarren turned him into a vampire, but not a normal one, Sarren has done something to him, something that even vampires frown upon. I can’t say more without giving spoilers away. I can only say that when Zeke joins the group Angst Festival Part 2 starts.

I really wanted to love this book, I wanted to love Allison, I wanted to love Zeke and I wanted to love Allison and Zeke together. Sadly that was not the case. If I’m honest I was bored with them and couldn’t care less for them. For me, Jackal and Kanin saved this book, especially Jackal.

In previous two books Allison grew and became a very likeable heroine. Sadly all that grow degenerates after she loses Zeke. I liked my heroines strong and no dependable of a guy. I understood her pain; losing somebody you love is devastating, but that shouldn’t mean you have to forget who you are to survive and that was exactly what happened with Allison.

Zeke, I used to like him, but in this book he was disappointing. I know he never wanted to be a vampire, but he was first and foremost a survivor and I expected him to be exactly that when he learns of his new nature, instead he drowns in angst and self-deprecation.

Of course, at the end Allison and Zeke come to terms with their natures and new situation, but after all the angst festival it was a bit too late-too much for me.

Now let’s talk about my favorite character in this installment, Jackal. Jackal is unpredictable, funny and unexpectedly wise. Jackal not only offered humor relief but surprisingly he also offered very sensible advice. As I said before, Jackal in unpredictable, it’s difficult to know if he’s trustworthy or not. Lucky for us in The Forever Song he shows us his good side. I can’t only say I really liked him and hope he gets his own spin-off series.

Kanin is a character I have loved since the moment he was introduced in this series and my love for him has only increased. Years back he made a mistake and since then he has dedicated his life to fix his wrongs. He loves his vampire children. Allison is his hope and even though Jackal is not the vampire Kanin wanted him to be he loves him and accepts him.
I loved seeing him interact with them, especially when Jackal and Allison were bickering like little children.
At the end he was able to do what he always wanted, even though it was heartbreaking I was happy he had his redemption.

Sarren! OMFG! He is one of the best villains I have ever read. He’s machiavellic and twisted. He is an insanely smart sociopath. Sarren knows what to do to affect them (Kanin, Jackal and Allison) the most and affect them he did. If his actions weren’t that crazy insane he will be somebody easy to admire. One of the most dangerous things about him is that he thinks he’s doing what’s best for the world.

The world building in Mrs. Kagawa’s books is always rich and very detailed and The Forever Song is not an exception to this. She also doesn’t shy about gritty details and that couldn’t be truer than in this installment.

The Forever Song is dark, gritty, dreary and full of angst. The end is very fitting for this series; it is not a HEA but one of hope for a better future.

Even though this book was not my favorite in the series it was still a really good book. I’m sad to see this series come to an end, but I’m also happy Mrs. Kagawa ended it in a high note.
I recommend this book and this series to fans of dark dystopian (with a touch romance) books. The Forever Song is not a stand-alone book, it should be read as part of a series.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
The Forever Song

Other reviews Goodreads

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Movie Trailer: Earth to Echo

"Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth, and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever."


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