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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Movie Trailer: Dracula Untold

"Director Gary Shore revamps the mythos surrounding Vlad the Impaler in Dracula Untold, a Univeral Pictures release from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The horror tale is set to take place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad (Luke Evans) goes to the greatest of lengths to fight for his homeland -- even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night."


Friday, June 27, 2014

Early Review: Cold Hard Secret by Sierra Dean

Title: Cold Hard Secret
Author: Sierra Dean
Series: Secret McQueen, book 7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Samhain Publishing - July 1st
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“The Secret’s out, and heads will roll.

Ever since her near-death experience at the hands of the villainous Dr. Kesteral, Secret McQueen hasn’t been the same. As in damaged almost beyond repair. But as usual, Secret has no time to lick her wounds.

Armed to the fangs, she and Desmond embark on a whirlwind quest for revenge that takes them to the sewers of Paris to put an end to Alexandre Peyton. Instead, it’s almost the end of them, and before she can stop him, Peyton rips the veil off her deepest secret.

The devil’s not through muddling up the details, either. An eye-opening confab with Sig in the Big Apple leaves her wondering if she’s ever been in control of her own life at all. Plus, a cryptic postcard sends her racing back to her Manitoba hometown, fearing for her grandmere.

With the Council holding the power of life and death over her head, Secret’s circle of friends is shrinking, while the pool of enemies looking for payback is widening like a pool of her own blood.

Warning: Contains the least romantic Paris getaway in history and an unstoppable hybrid with an impossible choice to make between two men who’ve been to hell and back for her.”
Cold Hard Secret is the seventh book in the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean.

If you know me or have been following my reviews you should know I adore the Secret McQueen series. I have read every single book and every single novella published in this series and I have loved every one of them and even though Sierra Dean broke my heart and stepped on it that was the case with this last installment.

Sierra Dean is one of those authors who is not afraid of hurting her characters, she has done it many times, but nothing compares to what she did to Secret in Secret Unleashed (previous book in the series). Now, in this installment, Secret is dealing with a serious case of PTSD and dealing with it the best way she can… kicking ass. The problem is running head first into dangerous situations sometimes is not the best way to deal with things.

I don’t want to say much about what happened in this book because I don’t want to give spoilers away, so I will only talk about what I felt while reading this book and that was anguish, fear, surprise and heart wrenching sadness… this book made me cry, cry like a baby. Sierra Dean you are an evil author, you broke my heart, my poor fragile heart!… but I think I’m a masochist because I want more, I need more, and knowing there is only one book left in this series is not something easy to take. I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye to Secret and all the characters I love…. My Holden, My Sig, Desmond, Lucas can go fry an egg for all I care and the rest of the amazing cast that made of this, the amazing series it is.

So many things happened in Cold Hard Secret. Some secrets are now in the open, some decision were made, some questions were answered and the hardest one is something I can’t talk about without giving spoilers away, for that one I need to use a GIF to express what I felt.

Ok, one GIF was not enough to express how that event made me feel, I need at least two…

The end of Cold Hard Secret is one of those that will leave you open mouthed, thinking what the hell is going on and what is going to happen next. To learn that we need to wait until December for the release of next and last book in the series *cries inconsolably*, A Secret to Die For.
I’m scared from that title. Why?  Because I know Sierra Dean and she isn’t afraid of hurting, killing, maiming or doing worse to the characters I love… Please Sierra, be nice, my heart can take much more.

Yes, I know I have used Amazing many times in this review, but that’s the only way to describe this book and this series in general.
Cold Hard Secret is a book fans of this series NEED to read. Cold Hard Secret shouldn’t be read as a standalone, it should be read as part of this Amazing series. What!? You haven’t read this series! What!? Why!? The Secret McQueen series is urban fantasy at its best and it’s a series everybody should read. Did you hear me? Go, read it now!

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
Cold Hard Secret (July 1sh)
A Secret to Die For (December 2014)

Other reviews Goodreads

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Today I'm at... The Book Nympho

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Cover Revealed: A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson

In 2012 I discovered one of my all time favorite urban fantasy series, the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson. Since the very first pages of The Weird Girls (prequel novella) I fell in love with the characters and world Cecy created. Book by book my love for this series grew to the point that every time I learn about a new book coming out I do a little victory dance. So here I am, doing my victory dance and typing, and let me tell you something, it's not easy to type and dance at the same time. You don't believe me? Try it... You see, it's hard!

Back to the good news, next book in the series, A Cursed Bloodline, has a cover, a blurb and a release date *continues doing victory dance*  and I have it here to share with you. 

A Cursed Bloodline
Weird Girls #4
Urban Fantasy
November 18th

"Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia's greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric—or Anara will kill everyone she loves.

From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia's sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her.

Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart." 

I can't wait to get my greedy hands on this one.! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Chulo by Joan Crisol

Yes! Today is the day, it’s Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some hot man meat. 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.

The cover I have for you today is the cover for Chulo by Joan Crisol. I don’t have much to say about it, I think it speaks by itself…

“Joan Crisol’s first photography collection fascinates with its coarse-grained aesthetic, complex coloring and sensual erotic staging these are simply stirringly beautiful photographs. The dynamic that develops when browsing through the book is difficult to escape. Crisol’s men are masculine, striking, and although they hardly ever bear all you can still detect the fire burning just below the surface on every page. This large-format volume of 120 pages presents the impressive oeuvre of one of Spains most promising talents.”
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, June 23, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Title: The Way of Kings
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Kate Reading & Michael Kramer
Series: The Stormlight Archive, book 1
Length: 45 hours, 37 minutes
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Format: Audiobook
"Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where 10 armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war." 
The Way of Kings is the first book in The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. Narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.

There are some books you are not planning to review, but after finishing them they leave you in awe, and you just know you need to spread the love for them, and what better way to do it than to write a review, even if it’s a short one. That was the case with this audiobook.

The Way of Kings is what I call a masterpiece. This audiobook was so fantastic that I don’t think I can write a review without gushing too much about it, so I just going to keep it simple. This audiobook is one you NEED to listen, go, do it now. Is that enough? No? You greedy people!

I’m pretty sure reading The Way of Kings must be a very nice experience, but listening to it it’s something else, it was simply perfection. This audiobook is made of awesomeness! I know it’s long (45 hours, 37 minutes), but it’s so good you won’t feel the time passing, so much that for three days in a row I went to bed after 4 in the morning listening to it. I just couldn’t stop listening. Instead of one more chapter, it was 10 more minutes, 10 more minutes… It's been a long time since I've been so entangled in a story.

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do an excellent job bringing to life the many characters that compose The Way of KingsBefore starting this audiobook I knew they were going to do a good job; this is not my first time listening to audiobooks narrated by them, but I just have forgotten how good they really are, and now, I can’t help but feel amazed by their talent.

The Way of Kings is epic fantasy at its best. The world Sanderson created is unique, complex and fascinating. The characters are multilayered and so well developed you will feel invested in their stories.

Sanderson masterfully interweaves different subplots, connecting them all in a way that will surprise you and will leave you in awe, wanting to know more.

What is the story? Read the blurb, that explains pretty well what this book is about. Saying more will be giving too much away and this is a book (audiobook) you need to discover and savor all by yourself.

The Way of Kings shows us why Brandon Sanderson is considered one of the best fantasy authors. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre this is an audiobook you need to listen. Trust me, go, listen/read it and thank me later.

I don't have time to say anything else... second audiobook of The Stormlight Archive, Words of Radiance, awaits me.

My Verdict: 5 Paws & A Purr

Other books in the series
The Way of Kings
Worlds of Radiance
Skybreaker (2015)

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Movie Trailer: If I Stay

"Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama “If I Stay,” starring ChloĆ« Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”), Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”), Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsmen”) and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate."


Friday, June 20, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Ante Up by Amanda Carlson

Last week I reviewed the first book in the Sin City Collectors series, Aces Wild by Amanda Carlson. Aces Wild surprised me in a very good way; in just over 100 pages Amanda Carlson was able to packed a complex and engaging story that left me feeling like if I just read a full length novel. No many authors can pull that, luckily for us readers, Amanda did it with Aces Wild and I'm sure will do it again in her second participation in the Sin City Collectors series, Ante Up.

Today I'm lucky to participate in the cover blitz of Ante Up, but that is not all, Amanda is giving away five (5) ebook copies of Aces Wild. To participate you just need to fill up the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck to you all!

“Diesel Jones is a shifter who has issues with the moon, but he quickly finds that Sofia Cabrera, a clever witch who just moved in to town, is his only hope to reach his goal of becoming a Collector. When they pair up to take down an incubus, she not only saves his life, but wins his heart in the process…”

About Amanda Carlson:

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She writes the new Sin City Collectors series, as well as the high octane Jessica McClain urban fantasy series published by Orbit. Find her books everywhere. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.

You can buy Aces Wild here:

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff # 6

One of the things I like the most while visiting Pinterest is discovering new book or book related quotes, especially when I find quotes I can identify with. I also love  to share those quotes with you; that’s what this post and previous editions of Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff posts are all about.

Without further ado here are my latest finds:

Yes to all! But if I had to pick two (impossible to pick just one) it will be the first one and the last one. If I pass by a bookstore I have to enter, that's a compulsion I can't control, even if I'm not planning to buy any books I love just to enter and walk the aisles to see what they have new... and if I'm honest I usually end up organizing shelves and recommending books to people. 

The last one is one of my greatest weaknesses. If a book is good it's very hard for me to put it down, even when I have to wake up early next day. Somedays I'm rocking the bags under the eyes look thanks to my previous night reading binge.

What about you? With which ones do you identify the most? 

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Saving Dallas by Kim Jones

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. 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.

The chest cover I have for you today is the cover of Saving Dallas by Kim Jones. I haven’t read this book, but that doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate this very nice cover.

“When the self-righteous, millionaire bachelorette, Dallas Knox walks into Hattiesburg’s largest night club she is looking for one thing – a one night stand with no strings attached. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself at the mercy of the Devil’s Renegades Motorcycle Club and their President-Luke Carmical.

Luke is dangerous, sexy, and dark. The life he lives is far different from the privileged life Dallas is accustomed to.

Can she accept the lifestyle of an MC?

Can she handle the domineering nature of Luke?

Or is it too late to save Dallas from the path she has chosen…”

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, June 16, 2014

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Title: Take Me On
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits, book 4
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.”
Take Me On is the fourth book in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry.

Take Me On starts roughly couple of months before the end of Crash Into You. Rachel’s brother, West Young, feels responsible for what happened to Rachel. His guilt makes him act out, and after one too many fights he is expelled from school. His father, tired of his antics, kicks him out of the house.
West needs to prove himself and his father that he is not the screw up kid everybody thinks he is.
He meets Haley after almost running her over with his car, a girl that intrigues him and to his luck goes to his new school in the bad side of town.
Since the first encounter he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Haley, but she doesn’t want anything to do with him.
Haley used to be a successful fighter, but after her last relationship ended badly she lost her passion for the sport and has sworn off of dating another fighter. Even though West is not professional, that’s exactly what he is, a no-no in Haley’s new book of rules.
West knows Haley’s ex-boyfriend, Matt, is bad news and to protect her he accepts a challenge to a fight. The only problem is Matt is a professional fighter and West isn’t.
Haley knows West accepted the challenge to protect her and even though she left the sport behind she knows West needs her help to survive the fight. Leaving her promises to herself behind, she starts to train West.
West is falling hard for Haley and she for him, but to be together they need to be honest about their pasts. The only problem is the secrets they have been keeping can unite them or tear them apart.

Thanks to Crash Into You (book 3), when I started this book I had a not too favorable image of West, but as always, one thing is what you see from the outside, another very different when you are in the head of the character and you see the reasoning behind his actions, and that’s exactly what happened with West in this book.
Despite being rich and have everything in life, West has always feel as a failure and an undesired. Hearing since early ages that he was conceive to save his older sister whom was dying of cancer and knowing he wasn’t a match and she died hasn’t been easy. Having a grieving mother and an absent father hasn’t helped to reassure him, and now, after what happened to Rachel, his guilt and feeling of unworthiness has reached its limits.
West knows he needs to do something for himself and being homeless is just the push he needed.
I really liked that West saw his situation as an opportunity to be better instead of feeling sorry for himself and wallowing in despair. I liked that he knew what he wanted and work hard to achieve it, whether it be being with Haley or becoming a responsible adult.

My heart broke for Haley. She has had a terrible last year. After his father lost his job, they lost their house; circumstances took them to live with her uncle, an abusive bastard that used every opportunity to break her and her family’s spirit. The hardest part was they couldn’t do anything but take everything he threw at them because they were living under his roof and didn’t have another place to go.
If that wasn’t enough, Haley ex-boyfriend is dangerous and has her living in fear, not only for her safety, but that of her family.

Teen’s years are hard enough, I can’t imagine going through that with all those other conflicts that Haley had in her life. That is one of the things about Mrs. McGarry’s books. She gives us crude realities that makes us being grateful for what we have and open our eyes to the realities of life. I can’t imagine how many people are going through circumstances similar to Haley’s life. Fighting day after day to stay afloat and hoping for an opportunity in their conflicted lives for a chance to a better future.

West and Haley’s relationship develops slowly. West is constant in what he wants, but Haley is afraid. They need time to grow together and to realize they are stronger together than apart. Haley makes West a better man and West gives Haley the security and tenderness she so much needs.

In this installment we also see Rachel and Isaiah, but this time we see them through West’s eyes. We also see West warming up towards Isaiah and some part of Rachel’s recovery.

One character that plays an important role is Isaiah’s friend, Abby. Abby is a very interesting character to say the least. I really hope next book is her book. If somebody deserves some love is that girl.

Take Me On also delves into the fighting world and it was pretty obvious Mrs. McGarry did her job. Her knowledge of the sport is clearly seen when she brings it to live with her words.

Take Me On has everything I expect a McGarry book to have. Conflicted, tortured and compelling characters, top notch writing, engaging story and many heart-wrenching moments.

Take Me On is a book I recommend you all to read, and even though is catalogued as YA, I wouldn’t recommend it to very young readers due to its mild sexual content.

I’m looking forward to next book in this series, and I as I say before I’m hoping it’ll be Abby’s story.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Take Me On

Other reviews Goodreads

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