Monday, May 2, 2011


Hey there everyone. I haven't been able to post lately as my computer got hit in a recent storm by a power surge and I'm stuck on the crappy back up pc only able to check email. Thankfully it seems to be only the software with a problem but I think I'm losing all my data with a reinstall and will have to swap out my speakers. (at least they were the cheap ones and not the expensive set!) Sigh. As soon as I get the darn thing up and running again I will be back with my next review. Har Bitten is due in Tuesday so it should be my next review... Although so is the next Sookie book! Happy May everyone!

Ta ta for now...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zombie Contest Winner - Susanna

My first contest is officially over and our winner is Susanna! She responded the best to these questions:

What do you think of the Zombie craze? Are Zombies going to stay a small subset of Paranormal Fiction or become as big as Vampires, Shifters, or Fae? Do you like any of the new Zombie fiction?"

Her Prize:

Her winning entry:

"It seems to me like zombies are already becoming a big trend in fiction. We have zombie apocalypse novels, zombie romances, zombie parodies of classic lit...while I can't say for sure that zombies will end up being as big as dystopias or vampires, they definitely have their own niche. I think it's because we humans have this morbid curiosity with death, and zombies provide an interesting twist on it - what if, after death, instead of going to Heaven, people become mindless monsters intent on destroying others? I think the new zombie lit reflects an interesting part of our psychology and culture."

Thank you all for your wonderful responses! Personally I think Zombies are here to stay. They've always been popular to a certain degree and now that publishers are putting out more stories, more people will become interested. As someone who previously hated the Zombie genre in any format, I have to say I have been sucked into at least being able to enjoy reading the occasional Zombie book.

Ta ta for now!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (4)

It's time again for In My Mailbox hosted by the awesome blog: The Story Siren.. Don't forget to check out my last post for my 1st Contest! All you need to do is enter your reactions to my questions in the form and you're set. The contest ends April 19th. Only 5 more days! Alright, let's jump in and see this week's books:

1.) Fendi, Ferragamo, & Fangs - B
2.) The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy - PBS
3.) Echoes of Love - B
4.) Mona Lisa Eclipsing - B
5.) Nightshade - PBS - Awesome looking HB!

And these are the Ebooks I bought(B) or was lent(BR) this week:

6.) Bonded By Blood - BR
7.) Wither - B
8.) Hollowland - B
9.) 13 To Life - B
10.) Taste Me - B

Another fabulous book week! Looking forward to reading some of these in the afternoon sun... The weather has started to turn very warm already but we have a delightful cool breeze most days. I know it'll disappear soon into the hot winds of Summer so I'm trying to enjoy it!

Ta ta for now!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Zombies: To read or not to read?

About a year ago someone said that Zombies would be the next BIG Paranormal read. I didn't really think they could put as much interest into them as the others...vamps, shifters, fae, etc. I was wrong. I forgot that it's always about the people in the books. Human or not and the ones I've read have been about the ones surviving the zombies not the characters after they succumb. And I like that because most of us adhere to basic zombie rules. They are walking dead, no higher brain function; kill them by beheading or destroying the brain; and last don't get bitten! I haven't read the books where they've made the zombies sentient. (ie-Married With Zombies) I just can't get past the idea of flesh rotting and feet dragging and all the ripping and tearing if they catch you! How can that be romantic or turned into something not really yucky??

What do you guys think? Are zombies going to stay a small subset of Paranormal Fiction or become as big as Vampires, Shifters, or Fae? Do you like any of the new zombie fiction? Let me know in the comments to win a copy of "The Forest of Hands & Teeth" by Carrie Ryan. Winner will be chosen based on comment, so think about it! Don't forget to Follow My Blog to complete your entry. Contest runs from April 5th to April 19th. Winner will be selected and notified within 48 hours of ending and contacted. Winners have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck! (See my FAQS page for more questions about contests.)

Ta ta for now!

Monday, April 4, 2011

In My Mailbox (3)

It's that time...In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by the awesome blog: The Story Siren. This week I got

1.) Sex & the Single Vampire - PBS
2.) Changeling - B
3.) The Season - B
4. Born at Midnight - B

5.) Vamps - PBS
6.) Unholy Ghosts - PBS
7.) The Morganville Vamps Vol. 3 - G
8.) Jane Slayre - PBS
9.) Another Faust - PBS
10.) The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook - B

I'm super happy about #1, it's an international cover I think. I've been looking for it for awhile cause it reminds me of Buffy! I think I'm going to start reading #4 right now because I've been waiting for this book since I first heard the buzz on it. Sounds super good. Tomorrow the latest Children of the Moon book by Sunny will be here so I need to read quick so I'm ready for that one. I hope Sunny writes a new Lucinda book soon. The end of the 2nd has me anxious for more! The Monere remind me of a cross between Vamps and Fae but more Vamp-like. I love them. Hopefully back soon with a review of "Born at Midnight"! ;)

I'm going to post a giveaway VERY soon so keep an eye on the blog for the post....

Ta ta for now!

PBS-PaperBack Swap, B-Bought by me, G-Gift from hubby/friend, EB-Ebook, PUB-Publisher, A-Author****

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Book overload and a Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

I don't know about everyone else but I'm glad this week is OVER! I've been having connection problems the last couple days and I haven't been able to get a post up. Figures inspiration would strike heavily during that time hmm? Of course it did!

I got a bunch of books in this week and they'll be up for In My Mailbox tomorrow/later today. With the amount of books I get in, it seems we will run out of space soon. I'm contemplating getting rid of some of the books I also have in Ebook form. What do you guys think? Would you pass on some books to others if you had an Ebook of them? I know there are certain books that won't leave no matter what... My Harry Potter first editions, my various Jane Austen novels and spin-offs, and anything that's a favorite. I had this great idea to line the wall of our tv room with book shelves so I could keep adding to our books for now but slower! Basically pull the furniture along one of the super long walls away and put thin book cases behind them and push everything snug up against them. The spaces hidden by furniture would be great for things that don't get used much, ie decorations. The room is long and rectangular so it would really give it a library effect. I just don't know if it would close the room up too much or not or if it will even look good.

So! Last night I was looking for a nice light read and thought, what about a young adult novel? Clearly I forgot the depth and emotional roller coaster one can put you through. I picked "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" by Carrie Ryan. First, I have to say that zombies are not a theme I enjoy. My hubby LOVES Resident Evil (all), Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, basically anything zombie. The only zombie flick I actually like is Zombie-land. It was awesome and very funny. I kept my head turned for a lot of the gore but stayed put on the sofa for the whole movie. That's what I liked about this book, the ability to grab my attention with a subject I'd turn and run away from screaming. The plot was skillfully built around the zombie/living dead concept. In my experience with lots of forced showings of most of the zombie flicks out there, the time period is a completely different take. I can't remember exactly but fast forward 6-10 generations AFTER the zombie outbreak/infection begins and there's the start of the story. That is what got me hooked into reading this book. It's also why I couldn't sleep until it was done. Like any good thriller I just had to know who would make it out or through the story, who would succumb to becoming an "Unconsecrated", and who would just flat out die. Now my's zombies. They seriously scare me.But so do thoughts of deep space and Armageddon comets, the end of the world stuff. Other than that I really just wanted something truly positive to happen earlier in the book and actually last. But again, zombie story. They aren't filled with flowers and unicorns and smiling people. It's the end of life as we know it and the dead/infected won't stay down or stop trying to eat you and all you care about. The book was about Mary and the town she was born in and her journey towards her dreams in a zombie filled life. Can she have what she wants? Will she survive? I had to know and I'm glad I did! Now it's your turn to pick it up and find out for yourself! 4 Clovers!

Ta ta for now!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Quick Post: True Blood Fans! C'mere~!

I just found some AWESOME news! True Blood returns June 26th! And if you loooooove spoilers like I do, or happen to have read the books and don't care if things are spoiled...this is for you:

Enjoy! Ta ta for now....