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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2013 Audio Book Challenge: 3rd Quarter Update


I'm kind of cheating with this update, why? Because I didn’t do a second quarter update. I didn’t do it not because I didn’t have anything to update, but because I was on vacation when it was time to do the update. So, I’m going to use this post to do a double Audio Book Challenge Update. 

Second Quarter Audiobooks:




Third Quarter Audiobooks:




It may look as if I haven't listened to too many audiobooks in these last two quarters if you compare them to my first quarter, there are two reasons for that, the first one is that some of these audiobooks are very, very long, like 30+ hours long and the second reason is life has interfered with my reading/listening to books. Still, I'm doing pretty good, my goal was Plugged In (I can quit anytime) - 15+ audios, and until now I have listened to 21. YAY! 


If you want to join this challenge you still can, don't worry, you can join at anytime. Just go to the original post at The Book Nympho and sign up. It's that easy.


Reading Challenge Details


  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. You can join at anytime. 
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios if you are new to them or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2013 than you did in 2012.
  • Books must be in audio format.
  • ANY genres count. 
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed. 
  • If you're a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. 
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing or on your audible.com or other accounts you have.

Levels

Newbo (Not quite addicted) 1-5 audios
Ear Worm (Narrator's voice gets stuck in your head) 5-10 audios
Tickle Me Audio (Seriously, I'm getting serious) 10-15 audios
Plugged In (I can quit anytime) - 15+ audios

Don't forget to visit the hosts of this 2013 Audio Book Challenge: The Book Nympho and Hot Listens

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the Cover Reveal of Grimm Consequences. Grimm Consequences is the novella companion/sequel to RED, first book in the Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine. 
If you haven't read this series you a missing one of the best urban fantasy series in the market, but don't worry, you are in luck today, Kate SeRine is offering a very generous international giveaway to celebrate the Cover Reveal. Two winners will receive an e-book copy of one of her Transplanted Tales novels (winner's choice), and one winner will receive a signed print copy of RED and a $10 gift card to Amazon, B&N or BAM (winner's choice). To participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below. 

Grimm Consequences
Transplanted Tales #1.5
Urban Fantasy
April 17th, 2014


"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."


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Early Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa



Title: The Iron Traitor
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, book 2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (October 28th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.”
The Iron Traitor is the second book in The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten by Julie Kagawa.

The Iron Traitor starts couple of days after the events in The Lost Prince (first book). Ethan is back to school and dealing with the aftermath of his and Kenzie’s disappearance. Kenzie is also recovering after a relapse of her illness. Ethan knows he didn’t force Kenzie to come with him, still he is feeling guilty because of her condition.
Ethan has had enough of the Fey and their machinations and plans to be as away of them as possible. All this changes when Meghan comes to ask for his help. Her son, Keirran, has disappeared and nobody knows where he is.  Ethan is pretty sure Keirran is looking for a cure to save his girlfriend, Annwyl, from her fate, and knowing Keirran Ethan also knows he will get in serious trouble doing it.
With no other option Ethan leaves in search of Keirran, leaving Kenzie behind.

Ethan is not a bad hero, but even though I haven’t been able to pinpoint it I feel like he lacks something if I compare him to Meghan, Ash and Puck.
Ethan hasn’t had an easy life and the fey made it even more complicated. He just wants to be left alone and try to have a normal life. In this installment he realizes he will never have a normal life and he should do what he can with what he has.
Ethan feels somehow responsible for his nephew and tries to protect him at all cost, something Keirran doesn’t make easy.

I really liked Kenzie, she is a very strong girl, she is dying and she knows it but that doesn’t deterred her to live the short life she has left. Kenzie also gives strength to Ethan. I really liked them together, I loved how Ethan found in Kenzie acceptance and understanding; something he was missing all his life. Their romance is bittersweet, they known the days together are counted and there is nothing they can do to change that. Still, they fight together for what they know is right and enjoy the time they have without blames or regrets.

Keirran oh Keirran! I wanted to hit him more than once. I know he’s young, immature and in love, but his actions in this book were so selfish and careless that it was painful to see. He didn’t care about his parents or anybody else. He did things in the name of saving Annwyl, but he never considered her feelings or her opinion. He did something at the end of the book that I couldn’t believe him capable of doing; I just hope he proves me wrong in future books.

I really liked that we see more of Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin in this book. We also visit new places in the Nevernever and met new characters. In the best Julie Kagawa’s style the world building is excellent, the story is compelling and the characters are entertaining.

It took me a while to get into The Iron Traitor, the first third of the book is a bit slow going, but later on it picks up the pace and it was impossible for me to put it down.
The end is a cliffhanger of sorts, one that left me dying to get my hands on the next installment in this series. 

I recommend this book to fans of the Iron Fey Series and to fans of YA fantasy. I also recommend reading this book after reading The Lost Prince.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
The Iron Traitor (October 28th)

Other reviews Goodreads

Sunday, October 27, 2013

We Have a Winner!


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Movie Trailer: Captain America: The Winter Soldier



"After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier."

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Sins of the Lost by Linda Poitevin


Title: Sins of the Lost
Author: Linda Poitevin
Series: Grigori Legacy, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: InterMix
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
"Warning: This review contains spoilers from previous books in the series."
“Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.

With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic –­ leaving little time for her fledgling relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.

Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon.”
Sins of the Lost is the third book in the Grigori Legacy Series by Linda Poitevin.

Sins of the Lost starts couple of days after the end of Sins of the Son (second book). Alex is trying to come to terms with what happened to her and the choice she made. She is dealing with PTSD the best way she can and the only one she knows, and that’s throwing herself into work and trying to be busy and feel useful. Something that is not easy when she knows the war between Hell and Heaven is approaching and she can’t tell anyone. Who would believe her?

Seth is happy with his choice but he’s struggling adapting to his new life. Things between him and Alex are not easy going thanks to what Lucifer did to Alex in previous book.

Mika’el discovered that Aramael’s connection to Alex wasn’t severed when his status changed, and decides to use this link. Heaven suspects Hell wants something with Alex and asks Aramael to protect her; what better person to protect her than the soul mate that is willing to sacrifice himself in order to not let anything happen to her.

Heaven is making arrangements for what is to come, while Hell has a counterattack plan that nobody was expecting. Things are very complicated and the future doesn’t look promising. Some relationships will be broken and others will start a new.

I think this is the only series in which I change Teams every few pages or so. I started Team Aramael, to then changed to Team Seth, to go back to Team Aramael and so and so. And it was not different in this installment. One of my biggest mistakes was that I was judging some characters as humans and was expecting human-like behaviors from them. It was my mistake and in Sins of the Lost Mrs. Poitevin showed me how wrong I really was.

What can I say about this book? What a book! What a ride! Since page one Sins of the Lost starts on a high note and doesn’t slow down until the very end. It’s packed with action, with so many twists and turns that you will not know what is coming next. Mrs. Poitevin is not afraid of taking risks and she shows us how far she’s willing to go in this installment, and let me tell you she has some very big “cojones”. She also shows us that to be evil you don’t need to be part of Hell, humans in the name of “good” can be worse than any being from Hell. 

The future is not promising and I’m afraid of what is to come, still I can’t wait to see how everything is going to pan out at the end.

I have loved every single previous book in the Grigori Legacy Series and Sins of the Lost was not an exception. I can't recommend this book and this series enough. If you like your urban fantasy dark this book and this series are for you. These books should be read in order as part of the series; they don’t work as well as stand-alones.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Sins of the Angels
Sins of the Lost

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff # 2

Couple of months ago I posted some of my favorite pins from my Books & Other Book-Related Stuff board on Pinterest and many of you loved it. For that reason I have some new pins to share with you. I hope you like them too. 









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Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne


Title: Sleep with the Lights On
Author: Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and De Luca, book 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Through the eyes of a killer

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.”
Sleep with the Lights On is the first book in the new Brown and De Luca series by Maggie Shayne.

Rachel de Luca lost her sight when she was only twelve years old. Instead of complain about what life dealt her she decided to be whatever she wanted to be.  Her determination and strength let her to become a successful self-help writer.
Rachel is snarky and fun, but out in public she has to pretend to be/live the spiritual crap she writes about. Keeping the self-guru persona is not as easy as it may sound, especially when she’s under emotional stress. Her drug addict brother has gone missing and the police are not doing anything about it. Rachel knows her brother and she’s sure something has happened to him.
Leaving the police station in one of her moods Rachel is not careful and dives into traffic. Detective Mason Brown didn’t have time to react and ran her over with his car. Rachel accepts to go to the hospital just to use the accident to guilt-press Mason to help her investigate her brother’s disappearance.
While Mason is dealing with the aftermath of the accident he receives a suspicious message from his brother who stayed with him the night before. Mason knows something is not right with Eric and leaves immediately for his house, just to arrive at the same moment Eric was taking his life.
Dealing with the suicide of his brother is the least of Mason’s problems. Eric has left a suicide note and a dozen of driver licenses. In the note Eric explains he was a serial killer and the driver licenses belong to the people he has killed.
The police and ambulance are on the way; with not much time to react Mason hides all the evidence his brother has left behind.
The EMT finds a pulse in Eric and he’s taken to the hospital where he’s declared brain-dead. Trying to atone for Eric’s sins Mason convinces his sister in law to donate Eric’s organs. The only stipulation he makes is that the corneas are donated to Rachel who is still in the hospital under observation.
Rachel is a bit reluctant about having the transplant, she doesn’t want to go through another fail surgery and have her hopes crush all over again. After her doctor explains the new technic they will use in the surgery Rachel accepts.
The surgery was a success and after so many years of being blind Rachel is seeing again. Everyday brings something new to discover, but Rachel’s happiness doesn’t last long, days after the surgery she starts to have very vivid nightmares of gruesome murders. She also knows that her nightmares are somehow connected with her new eyes. After some investigating she learns of Mason involvement and seeks him out.
Mason knows Rachel is onto something, but the last thing he wants is for Rachel to learn about Eric’s “practices”; especially now that he is almost sure that Eric killed Rachel’s brother.
Mason doesn’t understand why now that his brother is dead identical murders are still happening. A copycat is on the loose or there is something else going on? Maybe Rachel is onto something and Eric’s organs have something to do with it and if that is the case more than 50 people (organ recipients) can be getting affected by them, and one of those is Rachel.


Rachel is one of the strongest and best-written heroines I have read in a long time. She is one of those persons that when life gives her lemons she makes margaritas. She is strong, smart, sassy and all around a delight to read.
Seeing her discover everything for the first time after recovering her sight was inspiring and funny. I also loved her interactions with her assistant, her sister and nieces.
One of the things I liked about Rachel is that she’s tenacious and will stop at nothing to learn what she needs to learn and do what she needs to do.
She’s a very strong character with a soft heart. She showed us that when she adopted Myrtle, a blind dog that becomes Rachel permanent companion.

Mason is dreamy, caring and all around a great guy. He’s dealing not only his brother’s suicide, but also with hiding his secret from the authorities and his family. He does that to protect his young nephews and pregnant sister in law. He walks a tight line between ethics and morals and even though some of the things he did were illegal it was easy to see and understand why he was doing it.
Mason is also dealing with the moral guilt of having given Rachel her brother’s killer’s eyes.

Mason and Rachel attraction is slow going but very present. It doesn’t play an important part in the story but it’s enough to leave romance fans satisfied.

After reading the blurb and seeing the beautiful cover I was very intrigued about this book, and I can tell you Mrs. Shayne didn’t disappoint me. She knows how to write mystery and how to keep us guessing about the whodunit. Sleep with the Lights On is a very compelling story that had me glued to its pages from beginning to end.

I’m looking forward to the release of next book in the series, Wake to Darkness, to be release on November 26th. I can’t wait to see what Mrs. Shayne has in store for Rachel and Mason in this next installment.

Sleep with the Lights On is one book I recommend you all to read.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Sleep with the Lights On
Dream of Danger (Novella)
Wake to Darkness (November 26th)

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Movie Trailer: Bad Grandpa


"86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera. Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term child-rearing. The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens. Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy."

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Secret Unleashed by Sierra Dean


Title: Secret Unleashed
Author: Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen, book 6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
PublisherSamhain Publishing
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“The darkest secrets are the hardest to unearth.

After her last mission tested the limits of her humanity and took her out of this world, Secret’s friends, determined to keep her safe from her old nemesis Alexandre Peyton, keep ushering her from one babysitter to the next.

Couch surfing would be a lot more fun if Alexandre would let up on her long enough to allow her to get in some alone time with her lovers. Including Holden, her self-appointed shadow.

As if living out of coffin isn’t bad enough, Secret literally brings down the house while hunting a rogue, causing the council to exile her from New York—for her own safety, of course.

With her list of people to trust getting shorter and shorter, Secret ends up embroiled in a mystery to find a vampire warden gone AWOL and a missing artifact. Things go from bad to worse when she falls into the hands of a man who will prove that humans can be the worst monsters of them all.

Warning: Contains a cross-country journey, an unexpected family reunion, heated lovers’ embraces and a hell of a lot of trouble.
Secret Unleashed is the sixth book in the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean.

Secret Unleashed starts couple of months after the events in Grave Secret (previous book). Secret’s friends are trying to keep her safe; they are taking turns staying with her in case crazy ass Alexander Peyton comes for his revenge.
Secret knows her life is at peril and they are just trying to help, but she is tired of the situation. After doing something she shouldn’t have done she landed in jail.
Sig knows Secret needs to be kept busy and sends her and Holden to California to investigate the disappearance of an artifact.
What should have been an easy job takes Secret to a place where she would have to leave her humanity behind to survive, a place that will leave her marked forever.

Every time Sierra Dean announces a new book I hear a choir of angels in the sky, but at the same time I worry because Sierra Dean is one of those authors that is not afraid of passing her characters through a grinder and then bathing them in alcohol and sprinkle them with salt. I’m not saying she enjoys making her characters suffer yes, I’m saying just that. I’m just saying that she’s not afraid to go the extra mile and making us suffer. What I’m always sure is that I will get apart from suffering a great book that will have me glued to its pages and will leave me wanting for more, that was the case with the previous five books in the series and that was the case with Secret Unleashed.

Secret has come a long way since Something Secret This Way Comes (first book), we have seen her mature and evolved page after page becoming the kickass heroine we all have learned to love and admire. After reading this book and everything Sierra Dean aka Evil Author put her through I can’t help it but love her and admire her even more.

Secret’s men are still around her, she hasn’t made a decision yet, but the time is coming for her to decide and if I’m honest I worry about who is she going to choose.

Holden is very present in this book, as always he’s there every time Secret needs him and his love and dedication for her couldn’t be clearer than in this installment. Team Holden Forever!

Desmond is not as present, but he’s there in the background. He also loves Secret but (in my opinion) his situation as a pack member is a limitation to their relationship and I can’t really see a clear and easy future for Secret with him. Team Holden Forever!

Lucas is barely present, but in the little we see him a big and important question gets answered. I had hoped it wasn’t what it is, but it is and now we need to see what Secret is going to do about it. Too cryptic? I know and I’m sorry, but I don’t want to give spoilers away.

In this installment we also learned the reason behind Sig’s interest in Secret, it was a nice twist in the story and something I kind of guessed after certain clues in previous books. Still, I really liked this new development and I can’t wait what else is in store for them now that their “connection” is known.

As I said before, Sierra Dean is an Evil author that is not afraid of taking her characters through dark and difficult paths, she achieves this thanks to the villains her deranged gifted mind creates, and with the villain of this installment, The Doctor, she not only topped her previous bad guys but many, if not all the villains I have ever read. The creepiest factor about The Doctor is that Sierra Dean made him so real that is so easy to believe a man like him can really exist.

Amazing characters, a plot that surprise you at every turn and a storyline so complex and well thought that will leave you in awe of the imagination and creativity of the author. Secret Unleashed confirmed once again why Sierra Dean is one of my top 5 favorite authors.

There is not much to say in a review after six books of awesomeness, the only thing left to say is: I can’t recommend enough this book and this series, trust me, you need to read it. Secret McQueen is a series that needs to be read in order so I don’t recommend you to start with this book.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters (Novella)
Something Secret This Way Comes
A Bloody Good Secret
Secret Santa (Novella)
Deep Dark Secret
Secret Unleashed
Cold Hard Secret (July 2014)
A Secret to Die For (December 2014)

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Giveaway:
I love this series so much that I want you to give it a chance. For that reason I’m giving away one e-book of this series in Kindle, Nook or Kobo Books (works with Sony), which one? That is your choice, but as I said before if you haven’t read this series you should start with Something Secret This Way Comes.
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Good luck and Happy Reading.

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