Friday, May 24, 2013

He's Gone Blog Tour


What do you think happened to your husband, Mrs. Keller?”

The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover. Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat, a headache building behind her eyes from the wine she drank at a party the night before. But on this particular Sunday morning, she’s surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. Irritation shifts to worry, worry slides almost imperceptibly into panic. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He’s gone.

As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations—he’s hurt, he’s run off, he’s been killed—Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

 Deb Caletti
Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and a National Book Award finalist whose books are published and translated worldwide. Her first novel was The Queen of Everything (Simon & Schuster, 2002),of which a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly proclaimed: “This marks Caletti as a writer to watch.” Although written for adults, its coming-of-age themes gained it acclaim as a Y/A book. It made the cover of the esteemed review journal The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books (the first trade book to do so in the journal’s history), and then was chosen for PSLA’s Top Forty of 2003 and the International Reading Association’s Young Adult Choices for 2004. It is currently in its thirteenth printing.

Deb’s second book, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Kirkus called it, “tender and poetic,” and the book earned other distinguished recognition, including the PNBA Best Book Award, the Washington State Book Award, and School Library Journal’s Best Book award. It was a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Literary Award, and was also a 2005 IRA Notable Book, an SSLI Book Awards Honor Book, and made the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age, Chicago Library’s Best Books of 2004, and the Texas TAYSHA’s list. Her third book, Wild Roses, won acclaim with starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, which deemed it, “rich,” and School Library Journal, which said the book was “multifaceted and emotionally devastating,” with “profound observations and vivid language.” It was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and was chosen as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a RT Book Club Magazine’s finalist for Best Y/A Book of 2005. The Nature of Jade was a summer 2007 Booksense pick, a Books A Million Book Club selection, and was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Best Y/A Book of the Year.

Her fifth book, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye, was released April 2008, followed by The Secret Life of Prince Charming in 2009, The Six Rules of Maybe in 2010, Stay in 2011, and The Story of Us in 2012. In addition, several anthologies include work by Deb, including “First Kiss, Then Tell,” a Bloomsbury anthology benefiting NPR Youth Radio, and two collections of non-fiction critical essays developed by Borders Books: “The World of the Golden Compass” and “Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.” In 2013, Deb’s first book for adults, He’s Gone, will be released from Random House.

Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned her journalism degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. When Deb is not writing books or reading them, she is a painter and a lyricist, and speaks widely to audiences on writing and life as an author. Deb lives with her family in Seattle.


I've got to say that I have a love- hate relationship with He's Gone by Deb Coletti. The beginning definitely caught my attention as it started with a mystery, the disappearance of Dani's husband.  Nobody knew whether or not he was killed,  running errands, or just tired of his married life. This is where all the questioning comes in on Dani's part. In the novel there are a lot of flash backs and sometimes I would get lost. What just happened? Where am I in their lives? It seemed to drag on for awhile as the memories shifted back and forth with the present. There was one nagging question though that kept me going, WHERE IS IAN?!? Where the heck could he have gone? To be honest, I even flipped forward a couple of chapters to figure out how many memory scenes i'd be going through before the big answer was revealed. I did not find the answer as i was just skimming. Mystery was definitely intense. I would recommend this book to all detectives =D 

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Tiger's Quest By Colleen Houck

Tiger's Quest

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest–this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER’S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

 Winner of a Parent’s Choice Award!

Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

1 Winner will receive a Tiger’s Curse Series Box Set by Colleen Houck.
2 Winners will receive a Signed Paperback Copy of Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Christine Feehan- Dark Prince

One of my favorite authors is Christine Feehan. I stumbled upon her when I was 12 years old. If you know her then you will find it surprising that I liked this genre. There are some steamy sex scenes that were inappropriate for my age but I loved the plot.  I was at target and was itching to buy a new book. Dark Prince caught my eye because I knew it would be a romantic story right off the bat. I did not know it had some sex scenes! You can just imagine my surprise. I finished this book in no time! I then found out that there was a whole series. I began to collect them all. One day I go to Alberstons and I checked their book section and found a different book by her. By the way Dark Prince is part of a Carpathian series. They all start with "Dark" so when i saw Dangerous Tides I knew it must have been another series. I also fell in love with the book so I found the rest of the series and bought them. I got attached to both series, Carpathians and the Drake sisters. I then noticed she had two more series. Ghost Walkers and Leopard which did not catch my attention at all. It was not till I finished all the book that were out in Carpathian and Dark series that I started reading Ghost Walkers. I have to say it isn't my favorite but they are good. I still have not tried the Leopard series so if any of you have read it then let me know what you think =D


Prince of the Night. 

He came to her in the night, a predator -- strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.

Lady of the Light

She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love

I was 12 years old when I read this and it was a shock to read some scenes. it raised my hairs and gave me goosebumps with how intense it was. It had multiple sex scenes that at first i just skipped over since i was uncomfortable reading it. I fell in love with how dominant Mikhail is and his lifemate Raven was just as endearing. They both had strong characteristics and it was watching them get to know each other. She was so used to her independence and he has been a Prince for centuries. He is not used to being defied. As you can imagine these two clashed many times. One of my favorite things is that for a Carpathian man there is only one other for them. Who wouldn't want that?! These men are devoted to their mate. I love that idea. I'm a romantic =D Must read series. If you are a lovey dovey like me. You will love this series. ^_^ 


Hey everybody! So life has been crazy lately. Interviewing for jobs and studying a lot. I have not had time to read as much as i'd like to so I will post some reviews about books I have already read.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Amy Plums Revenant Series Review

When I was given the chance to get my hands on an arc copy of IF I Should Die by Amy Plum, you bet your butt I jumped at the opportunity!  Now quick catchup on the series if you have not read them . Oh and just in case you are a newcomer, I would suggest to buy the first two together because you will want to find out what happens next and if you are like me, then you would want to know immediately lol.  By the way, every time I write a review it is difficult not to give away anything from the book. I find myself rewriting it over and over again and finally it's in a general sense. How many ways can I say a book is freaking awesome. EPIC!!! So let's get this cleared up now. EPIIIIIIC series. 

Die For Me (Revenants #1)5/5
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

After the whole vampire and werewolf take over, reading about revenants was a huge fresh breath of air. Not knocking on the new era but c'mon,  hot revenants oh yeah! I was hooked once I started reading. Amy Plum orchestrated such an elaborate plot that I just NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. The characters were so much fun to meet and the love that hopped from one to another was extraordinary. It just seemed like everybody wanted to protect each other which is like a DUH moment for me since the whole purpose of a revenants is to protect the humans, but still. The dedication and passion was amazing to watch. I heard great things about this series and once I start i must have the next book to find out what happens or else i'd die!! Which is exactly what I did. I bought Until I Die.

Until I Die (Revenants #2) 5/5
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

Once I finished Die For Me I immediately began to read Until I Die. As you may have figured out, after having your parents die and finding  out that your boyfriend dies often ,can become a problem. How would they make the relationship work? After finding out what revenants are exactly we get down to the nitty gritty. Every hero has an enemy and Kate happens to be stuck in the middle. This book was filled with action and mystery. I could feel myself getting closer to the end and I was devastated knowing that I would have to wait for the final book. How did I cope? I didn't 0_0. I reread the series a couple of times until I was able to just replay the book without reading it. I fell in love with the story and the couple (Vincent & Kate). I knew that when I got my hands on the third book i would devour it even faster than the first two. Then finally, it came.

If I Should Die (Revenants #3)5/5
Comes out on May 7, 2013
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Today is the 25 of January. I received the book on the 24. I finished it within 5 hours!!! I DEVOURED If I Should Die,  I gobbled this book up and I still have a hangover. This exceeded my expectations! Everything just fell into place and made sense! I was finally able to see the picture that Amy Plum has been painting for us, I must say that it is a master piece. Action packed and filled with love. I laughed, cried, awed and oohed. I am honored to have been able to review ahead of time. I was sad knowing that this is it, the last book in the series, but I didn't cry, instead I smiled as I read the last page. It was the best ending possible. The revenants earned a spot on my favorite book shelf. I must now buy a whole new set so I wont ruin these precious books. For all fellow revenant lovers or newcomers, you will not be disappointed. 

*Bows to Amy Plum*

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Books!!!

Who else loves getting books in the mail??? I was so excited when I saw this waiting for me ^_^ I am still waiting on Vampire Diaries Season 3 =O. Has anybody read any of these? Let me know if I made good choices.