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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Movie Trailer: The Imitation Game



In "The Imitation Game," Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Evernight by Kristen Callihan


Title: Evernight
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, book 5
Genre: Paranormal historical romance, Steampunk
Publisher: Forever
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
Evernight is the fifth book in the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan.

Evernight starts one year after the events in Shadowdance (book fourth). Holly hasn’t been able to overcome the trauma of what she was forced to do while she was captured by the fallen angel. She is been suffering from agoraphobia and hasn’t being able to leave her house in almost a year. To add to her worries somebody is trying to kill her, luckily for her her house is an impregnable fortress… or at least it was until the day Will Thorne came for her.
Since his capture Will has been in hell. The experiments done to his body have drastically changed him. He is not only losing his mind, his body is also turning to metal, a transformation that causes him pain so extreme it makes his lose sanity along his skin.
One of the very few things he remembers from his captivity is Holly Evernight, the woman that took his heart and replaced it with a platinum clockwork heart. The heart that is consuming him. Will only wants revenge from Holly; he wants her to pay for what she did to him. Using his newfound powers he comes to her house to do just that, but instead of finding revenge he finds relief from his pain by just touching Holly.
Holly is an elemental who can control metals. Using her magic she can ease Will’s pain. Holly regrets what she was forced to do to him and wants to help him. Knowing they both can help each other they reach a bargain. Holly will help Will relieve his pain and will search for a cure to his affliction and Will will protect Holly and will investigate who is behind the attempts to her life. Their agreement forces them to live in close quarter and with their proximity comes some complications they were not expecting as it’s the attraction they can’t deny.

Holly is the kind of heroine I like, she is strong, smart, but at the same time she’s vulnerable. She’s suffering from PTSD. She doesn’t want people to think less of her, for that reason she hasn’t looked for help and has submerged herself in her work.

Will used to be a ladies’ man; his life was full of vices and debauchery. He never cared for any woman in particular, for him women existed for his pleasure and that was it. He was a good friend, and for helping a friend he ended up tortured and experimented on. Despite all his suffering Will still has a good heart, he is caring, protective, and sexy as hell.

Holly and Will are attracted to each other from the very beginning. Their connection is more than physical, they both suffered under the fallen angel’s hands. Their experiences united them and made them more akin to each other.
I really loved how Will was able to crack the shell Holly used to protect herself and how Holly calmed and show Will he was more than his clockwork heart.
The playfulness in their relationship was very sweet and endearing to watch. Their chemistry is off the charts, so much the pages sizzle when they give loose reins to their attraction.

The story has many twists and turns, and in the best Callihan’s style there are some unpredictable surprises along the way that will leave you in awe and wanting for more. There is couple of subplots in the story; one of those involves the creator of the GIMs, Adam; that subplot sows the seeds for next book in the series, Soulbound.

One of the things I like the most about this series is the world building and in the case of Evernight Mrs. Callihan excels. She not only gives the Steampunk Victorian London with the supernatural beings we already know from previous books, but in this installment she also brings the Fae to play and not the sweet Tinker Bell kind of Fae, but the kind of Fae I like, the manipulative, heartless and vicious Fae.

I was dying to get my hands on Evernight since the moment I finished Shadowdance; luckily for me and my fellow readers (fans of this series) Evernight lived to my expectations and I can almost say it surpassed them.
Evernight works fine as a standalone, but to get the full effect of Holly and Will’s background I recommend you to at least read Shadowdance before.
Evernight is an original riveting read that I recommend to paranormal romance and historical romance fans.
I’m eagerly looking forward to next book in the series, Soulbound, to be release on February 24th, 2015.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Ember (Novella-prequel)
Entwined (Novella)
Evernight
Soulbound (February 24th, 2015)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review and Giveaway: A Curse Awakened by Cecy Robson


Title: A Curse Awakened
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, book 0,4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.

Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.

Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.

Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.
A Curse Awakened is a prequel novella in the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.

In A Curse Awakened the Wird sisters are younger and in a sense more innocent (than the girls we know and love). They are fresh after graduation and haven’t moved to Tahoe yet. Their powers are weak and unreliable, for that reason they are afraid to use them. After some research and with the help of their friend, Danny, they realized their powers are bound, luckily for them Danny is the scholar type and finds the solution to their problem. A solution that takes them to a place where they will learn more about their roots and their maternal family. There, they will find some good things and others better left untouched.
They may not be yet the strong women we know, but still they kick ass whenever is necessary and in this installment the ass that needs kicking comes with fangs.

Even though they are a lot younger in this novella, we clearly see the characteristics that make each sister different and unique. Also, it’s pretty clear that despite not having many things in common, their sister-bond is as strong as ever.

In this prequel we get to see the incursion of the Wird girls to the paranormal world. We also see them learning about their curse and we see them confronting the family that cursed them and abandoned them. There is one character that was introduced in this novella that I feel we haven’t seen the last of him. I’m almost sure we’ll see him again in book(s) to come.

A Curse Awakened has everything I love about this series, strong and well-depicted characters, non-stop action, snarky humor, and a mix of rare legends and mythology.

Cecy Robson’s writing is excellent as always; she has a gift with words that easily captures the reader and traps him/her between the pages.

A Curse Awakened can be read as the first book in the Weird Girl series, but I recommend you to read it after you have read a couple of books in the series to get the full effect of how much the Wird girls have changed and grown throughout the series.

A Curse Awakened is a novella that packs a punch and it is the perfect appetizer to keep us satisfied while we wait for the release of next book in the series, A Cursed Bloodline, to be release on November 18th.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
A Curse Awakened (Prequel)
The Weird Girls (prequel) 
A Cursed Moon (Novella)
A Cursed Bloodline (November 18th)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Tangled by Emma Chase


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 cover I have for you today is the cover for Tangled by Emma Chase. I read Tangled couple of months back and really enjoyed it. I liked it because it was different from the usual contemporary romance. How was it different? Tangled is told from the hero’s POV and Drew is a womanizer jerk, a jerk that love brought him to his knees. 
I heard the audiobook is really good too. Lupdilup from Hotlistens reviewed it a while back. You can read her review or listen to a sample HERE.

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review, Author Guest Post (Casting Call) & Giveaway: Ever After by Kate SeRine


Title: Ever After
Author: Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales, book 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?
Ever After is the fourth installment in the Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine.

Five hundred years ago Gideon Montrose lost the love of his life. Since that day he has been bound to the Seelie king as his protector. In the last centuries he has also become the king’s right hand man.
After some shipments of Fairy Dust are stolen, the king orders Gideon to investigate the robberies and apprehend the thief.
The investigation leads Gideon to an encounter he dreamt about all his life, but thought impossible. Seeing the woman he saw fall to her dead, the woman he has mourned for five hundred years alive and well is not easy to believe or to understand. Gideon has many questions for her, not only about her sudden appearance in his life, but also about the robberies.
Gideon has never failed his king, but knowing that the thief he is supposed to apprehend and bring to his king is the woman that owns his heart may be enough to go against his sovereign’s orders for the first time.
Arabella Locksley also known as Robin Hood doesn’t remember much of the last couple of centuries. She only remembers an event three hundred years ago when she tried contacting Gideon while he was still living in the Ever After (fairyland) and learned he was in a relationship with Lavender Seelie; not wanting to disturb his life she disappeared again without letting him know she was still alive. Couple of months back Arabella arrived to the Here and Now (our reality). Her arrival wasn’t a normal one and she is experiencing some physical difficulties, difficulties that made her keep her distance from Gideon, or at least, made her try to keep her distance, she has been following him around in secret successfully, until the day she was careless and Gideon caught her.
Having him again in her life is more than what she could have ever hope, but it won’t be easy for them, there are forces at work that don’t want the together.

I fell in love with Gideon in The Better to See You (second book) and my love for him has only increase throughout the series. Now, finally we get his story and what story it is. Kate SeRine has always gone the extra mile in her stories, mingling characters from fairy tales, classic literature and nurse rhymes and Ever After was not an exception. In this installment we get characters from the stories of Robin Hood, Arthur Pendragon, and a few others.

It was really nice to learn about Gideon’s past. Knowing everything he has gone through made me like him and admire him even more. From previous books I knew he was a swoon worthy hero, smart, strong, and loyal, but in this installment, being him with the woman he loves boosted all his qualities tenfold.

The case with Arabella was a bit different, on the beginning I didn’t like her much because she was secretive and wasn’t completely honest with Gideon. After a while I understood why she kept things hidden, but I would have preferred if she had been honest from the very beginning. Another thing she didn’t have in her favor was my love for Gideon. As I said before, I have loved Gideon since previous books and I wanted a perfect heroine for him, Arabella wasn’t perfect… for me… but she was perfect for Gideon.

Their relationship is one of second chances. Destiny separated them and brought them back together, they have loved each other for centuries and time hasn’t been able to change that. Now they have an opportunity to be together again and they will do what ever is necessary to accomplish it.

In this installment we see all the characters we love from previous books, we see where they are in their relationships and with their new families. This made Ever After feel kind of like a conclusion to the series. I really hope I’m mistaken because I love the Transplanted Tales so much I’m not ready to say goodbye. I hope we get more books in this fantastic world Kate SeRine has created.

The story is well paced, with the perfect balance of suspense and humor. Many things are happening at the same time and we don’t know who to trust or who to believe. Secrets, betrayals and unexpected surprises made of Ever After an impossible to put down book.

Ever After works perfectly as a stand-alone. I recommend it to paranormal romance and fairy tales fans. If you like the TV series Once Upon a Time I’m sure you would also like the Transplanted Tales series.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Ever After

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Kate SeRine's Bio

Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She's the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series and will be releasing the TEMPLAR LEGACY series with Kensington and the PROTECT AND SERVE series with Sourcebooks in 2015/2016.

Kate 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.



Kate is sharing with us her dream cast for Ever After and I couldn't agree more with her choices. If I didn't know better I would say she read my mind. 
What do you think? Do you like her casting call?

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Transplanted Tales – Casting Call

I am a very visual person, so before I even start writing a novel I spend a lot of time “casting” my characters. In EVER AFTER, the fourth book in my Transplanted Tales series, the characters’ faces were so clear in my head, I had no trouble at all this time around. And if someone was to make a movie of my beloved Tales, here’s how I would cast it:


Chris Hemsworth as Gideon Montrose

Hemsworth would be the perfect actor to capture Gideon’s rugged good looks, intimidating stoicism, and emotional depth. And he could definitely pull off raw masculine power one moment and incredible tenderness the next.



Jenna Louise Coleman as Arabella Locksley (a.k.a. Robin Hood)

Mischievous, spirited, and cute as can be, Coleman has an adorable effervescence about her that is exactly the way I picture Arabella. I can’t think of anyone better suited to play the lively thief. 



Benedict Cumberbatch as the Seelie King

It would take someone very special to play the Seelie King. Haughty, regal, imposing, and ruthless when necessary, but with a wry sense of humor and a very deep and abiding love for his family, the King harbors many secrets. Only Benedict Cumberbatch and his magnificent cheekbones would do in this role.



Tom Hiddleston as Merlin

I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had writing Merlin’s character. At first the fabled wizard comes off as a loveable rogue—charming, wry, hedonistic, and arrogant. But it’s all a façade, an illusion just as convincing as his Las Vegas magic shows that have made him a fortune. Beneath it all, he’s intensely loyal and extremely powerful. Those who cross him should beware. Tom Hiddleston would be my pick for this role.  



Rosamund Pike as Guinevere Pendragon

Guinevere has been through a great deal but tenaciously clings to her dignity in spite of her circumstances. And, of course, her story is more complicated than what you may think. For her role, I would cast Rosamund Pike. There is something ethereal and timeless about Pike’s beauty. And she has a way of being tough and vulnerable at the same time.



Alexandra Moen as Queen Mab

Alexandra Moen is the perfect choice for Queen Mab. Lovely and regal, she commands the scene even when she hasn’t a single line. I doubt the audience would have trouble believing she is the bitter woman married to the Seelie King.



James Marsden as Reginald Mann

Handsome and charismatic, Marsden is the perfect actor to capture the arrogant swagger of Reginald Mann. Conniving and manipulative, Mann has wormed his way into the Seelie household, acting as Mab’s attaché. But Gideon isn’t fooled by Mann’s brownnosing and makes no secret of his dislike for Mab’s minion.   



Vinnie Jones as The Huntsman

Vinnie Jones exudes “badass” when he walks on-screen. There’s no one else I could picture as the merciless Tale assassin, The Huntsman. 


You can check out more of my casting choices for characters from the previous books at http://www.pinterest.com/kateserine/character-inspiration


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