Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday 56...Blood Price (4)

The book today: Blood Price by Tanya Huff

"Good God" doesn't quite cover it, my man. I wish Bill were here to see this.

The Friday 56 idea came from… The Bookoholic Zone

The Rules:

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

In My Mailbox (1):

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi, the wonderful creator of The Story Siren.

This is my very first week participating and I know Sunday is the preferred day for posting, but my hubby is home from work on Sundays, so I rarely get much time on the computer when he is home!

Ok, so here we go, from bottom to top just for fun:

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Wild Fire by Christine Feehan
Stealing Kathryn by Jacquelyn Frank
Dead by Dusk by Shannon Drake

I hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday Random Recommendation...(3)

Nine Lives:
They say cats have nine lives.
Lucky for Cat Dupree, she's got seven left.

Bounty hunter Cat Dupree first cheated death when she was thirteen. The second time left her orphaned and scarred. And the only thing that will diminish her lust for revenge is finding the man who left her for dead as she watched him murder her father. Every job she takes is an opportunity to invade the criminal world that hides the tattooed man who ruined her life. And she hopes to hunt him down on her current mission into the rugged deserts of Mexico, where there is no law to watch her back.

Without her knowledge, bondsman Wilson McKay is on the same job, and trailing Cat is the fastest way to find his man. He's willing to share resources -- and the reward -- especially if that means getting to know the lonely woman beneath Cat's tough, take-no-prisoners exterior. Life's taught Cat that the surest way to land on her feet is to work alone, but Wilson might be the man to change her mind -- when they're not competing for jobs or ready to kill each other.

Nine Lives by Sharon Sala was first published in 2006 and is the first in the Cat Dupree trilogy. This is a heartwarming series filled with action and suspense!

I invite and welcome anyone interested in participating to post their own "Random Recommendation" (original post) on their blog (and include a link back to this blog) and join in the fun! Some books might not be very recent reads, but I hope that just helps these (sometimes forgotten) books earn a spot on your own bookshelf!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Boys, Bears and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

Boys, Bears and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots:
SEVENTEEN YEAR OLD JENNA may hail from the 'burbs of New Jersey, but environmental activism is her life. So when the opportunity arises to spend the summer in the wilds of Canada with her hippie godmother, Susie, this Green Teen jumps at the chance to explore this nature she's heard so much about--and the cute, plaid-wearing boys she's certain roam wild and free. But after a few unpleasant run-ins with local wildlife (from a larger than life moose to Susie's sullen Goth stepdaughter to a hot but hostile boy named Reeve), Jenna realizes that her long-held ideals, like vegetarianism and conservation, don't play so well with this population of real outdoorsmen. With the help of a dusty survival guide, Jenna begins to navigate the wilderness, and those who call it home--but can she learn to navigate the surprising turns of her heart?

Abby McDonald wrote a heartwarming story about Jenna, who strongly believes in the annihilation of global warming and the conservation of wildlife and its habitats. But when she decides to spend the summer in western Canada, with her godmother, Susie, who is in the centre of renovating her new Bed and Breakfast , Jenna learns that all of her ideals about conservation and green energy mean nothing if there is no room for compromise. Jenna's best friend and fellow activist Green Teen, Olivia, has spent the summer fighting for their cause, alongside some questionable and unique characters at demonstrations with her boyfriend, that have led her into some controversial situations. When she shows up unexpectedly at Susie's, after weeks of ignoring Jenna, Olivia seems to be a completely different person and has become extreme in her environmentalism. Forcing Jenna to look back at the person she used to be when she was involved with Olivia and the Green Teens . And Jenna doesn't like what she sees. Over the summer Jenna has learned to believe in herself and yet still hang onto her beliefs, without becoming angry and spiteful like Olivia. The relationships she builds with the other teenagers in the small town started off on shaky ground but quickly turned into true friendship, and Jenna finds that she doesn't need the false security that Olivia and the other Green Teens gave to her when she was venerable and alone, all she truly needs is the firm belief in herself and to trust who she truly is.

Win A Sony Reader From Shiloh Walker!

No Longer Mine:
One woman, one man, and a love that won’t let either of them go.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks and dealt a fair share of hardship, Nikki Kline never gives up a fight. Even when her reason to keep going is ripped from her, Nikki tries desperately to hang on. But when the man who broke Nikki’s heart comes back into her life she doesn’t know how much she can take. Especially since that man seems determined to win back her damaged heart.

Wade Lightfoot is a man who knows he’s made more mistakes than most. As much as he would like to repair the damage he’s done to those he loves, Wade also knows there is no going back. But when he sets out to put things right the last thing he’s prepared to find out is that he had a son. A son he’ll never get the chance to meet.

When the truth is out and all the old wounds are bared, it seems impossible that Nikki and Wade will find their way back to each other. But true love is an undeniable force that even past hurts can’t destroy.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: This title contains heartbreaking tragedy, lies and deception, and a scorching passion that nothing can deny.

What do I have to do to win you ask? Buy No Longer Mine by Shiloh Walker (Excerpt) and you could win a Sony Reader Pocket Edition (color optional)!

Easy, right?

1. Buy it during the first two weeks of release (between now and 5/12) and send Shiloh a copy of the receipt (block out all sensitive data) to contest4shiloh(at) Put PURCHASE ENTRY in the subject line. This will get you 100 entries into the contest.
2. Have an active** blog? You can also blog about the contest. Once you blog about it, post a link here AND email Shiloh the link @ contest4shiloh(at) Put BLOG ENTRY in the subject line. (no facebook/myspace please**). This will you get 20 entries into the contest.
3. For the no purchase option, you can send a postcard, limited to one per household, to Shiloh Walker POB 976 Jeff, IN 47131. These must be postmarked by 5/3/2010 to qualify. This will get you 1 entry into the contest.

"Yeah, I know… the people who blog and/or buy have the best odds. But…well, that’s kind of how things work." - Shiloh.

The Rules:

* You can enter all three ways if you choose.
* Yes, this contest is open to those outside the country-however, Shiloh realizes the Sony Reader may not be ideal for international winners, and should an international winner be drawn, Shiloh does have an alternative in mind-however, that alternative will only be offered in the event an international winner is drawn.
* Shiloh reserves the right to delete suspicious entries.
* Do NOT post this contest to sweepstakes or contest sites. In the event this happens, I reserve the right to end the contest without drawing a winner and without giving away the prize.
* By entering any of my contests, you attest that you are eighteen, or the age of majority in your place of residence.
* It is your responsibility to check back and see if you’ve won. The winner’s name will be announced near the end of May to allow the mailed receipts time to arrive.
* One postcard entry per household. One entry per blog. If you have five active blogs and post it to all five, that’s cool and will net you 20 entries for each blog, provided you notify me. If you feel like buying five copies of No Longer Mine? Go for it. Just make sure you send me the appropriate documentation. It will get you 100 entries for each copy you purchase.
* And YES, to get the 100 entries, you do have to purchase this revised version as the contest is to promote the new, revised, shiny, improved re-release.
* Read Shiloh's disclaimer for the other rules.

For those who chose to blog, if you want to just post the cover & Sony pic and then link back here, that’s cool, or you can post everything between the (2).

**Previously Shiloh has allowed people to enter using posts on myspace/facebook, etc, but because those pages ‘update’ so frequently, it’s very hard to check on those, and time consuming. Thus, she is no longer going to use those for contest entries. Sorry!

**By active, Shiloh means a blog that you already have up and going. One that goes live today doesn’t count. Sorry.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bitten & Smitten by Michelle Rowen

Bitten & Smitten:
Sarah Dearly has had a bad date. What else would you call being buried alive before dessert? Not to mention that bite mark on her neck, and the creepy way her date keeps saying that he’s sired her. Then those guys with the stakes show up and turn her date into so much dust! Sarah runs for her life, only to be rescued by a tall, dark, and handsome stranger. Sure, she interrupts him as he’s about to throw himself off a bridge – but as far as rescuers go, Thierry de Bennicoeur will have to do. Only problem is their age difference. He’s a six-hundred-year-old vamp with a death wish. She’s a new kid on the block with a need for someone with experience to show her the ropes. And to keep her one step ahead from the vampire hunters that are in town to rid Toronto of the ‘monsters’. Sarah doesn’t know what to make of all this. Sure, she’s got a healthy hankering for blood lately, but she doesn’t feel like a monster. Just an unemployed girl looking for love. Even if the object of her affection—Thierry—can’t go out in the sun for very long.

This first book in Michelle Rowen's Immortality Bites series is filled with humor and characters that are easily lovable, a great book from start to finish! Sarah finds herself immersed in a whole new world after the tragic blind date her best friend had arranged. As if waking up covered in dirt in the cemetery wasn't bad enough, when she tries to escape her desperate date she runs into none other than a group of vampire hunters. After witnessing her "sire" being hacked to bits by the hunters she flees and is pursued, a stroke of fate has her literally landing in the arms of Thierry, a 600 year old vampire who is contemplating suicide, as her rescuer. As a fledgling, Sarah has a lot to learn about being a vampire...Hollywood has it all WRONG! She mistakenly becomes involved with a vampire hunter, Quinn, and when he becomes a vampire himself, finds herself caring for the two new 'men' in her life. And as if dealing with two new men weren't enough for Sarah to deal with, Quinn's father, a well known hunter, uses a traitor amongst the vampires to infiltrate their clubs, creating a conspiracy against the strongest and oldest vampire in the city, Thierry...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Forbidden Highlander Release Contest!

Come along as Donna Grant – and some of today’s hottest authors – countdown to the release of FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER with fun posts and lots of prizes! To share her excitement – and to help spread the word about this book and the Dark Sword series – Donna is having a special contest.

There are three ways to enter, and you can enter multiple times, using any combination below.

1: At the top of this post is a widget for this contest, and to the right is a countdown widget. If you post one – or both – of those on your blog, Facebook, Myspace page or your website (anywhere!), each widget will count as an entry (just click the “get widget” button at the bottom of each widget). Put one in more than one place, and that counts as more entries. Just go here and leave a comment with the links to where you put the widgets – a new comment for each link please! (If you’ve already put up one of the widgets, that still counts…just tell Donna where.)

2: If you don’t have a Facebook page, a Myspace page, or a blog/website (or even if you do,) you can still enter! Just Tweet and/or leave a comment somewhere – on a blog or a message board, LibraryThing, Twitter, Goodreads – about FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER or this contest. (Please make sure that the comment is appropriate and not violating any rules.) Come back and leave a new comment and link for each instance. Each instance counts as a separate entry.

3: Donna will be having special guests come and blog during the next month. Check out the posts each day and comment to a blog if your want to win. You’ll have to come back everyday to see who is stopping by and what they’re giving away.

So what can you win? Donna will pick/announce winners on May 27th for the following:

1st place: $100 Barnes & Noble gift card
2nd place: $50 B&N gift card
3rd place: $25 B&N gift card
4th place: Autographed copy of DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER

Contest officially starts Sunday, April 25, 2010 and ends Monday, May 24, 2010 at midnight. Thanks to everyone for helping Donna get the word out!

Important note: You must be at least 18 in order to enter any portion of the contest. Winners will be chosen at random. No substitutions for prizes.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Whispered Lies by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Whispered Lies:
Bureau of American Defense operative Carlos Delgado has spent the past sixteen years watching over his shoulder, waiting for death to catch up to him. His luck runs out when BAD intercepts an unexpected tip on the number one threat to United States security: the Fratelli de il Sovrano. Their best hope for uncovering a deadly plan that risks countless lives and threatens economic chaos just days before the presidential election is to capture a mysterious informant known as Mirage. But when Carlos takes her into custody, Mirage is not at all what he expected -- and neither is the threat she poses to the secrets he would die to protect.

Gabrielle Saxe has hidden from a killer for the past decade, sending anonymous tips on international criminals to intelligence agencies around the world. When a postcard arrives from a friend who is supposed to be dead, she takes a risk that catapults her into the midst of dangerous operatives on a treacherous mission -- and into the arms of a man who is duty-bound to surrender her to Interpol as an international felon. Carlos is the last person Gabrielle should trust and the only one standing between her and death. But little does she know, she holds the key to his survival as well....

Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love are a great team and their B.A.D (Bureau of American Defense) series is filled with romance and suspense. I love how each book has recurring characters, but you don't have to worry about reading them in order of their release! In Whispered Lies Carlos and Gabrielle are pitted against a terrorist group known as the Fratelli, the group has been behind attacks against the United States and have a new plan to break down the entire U.S. power structure. As they become aware of the Fratelli's conspiracies they find themselves working against the clock to save lives and Gabrielle from Interpol. Carlos is an honorable man who would never betray the B.A.D agency, but has secrets of his own that could cost him Gabrielle and his own freedom, yet he quickly finds himself wanting to betray the very people who gave his life purpose in order to protect Gabrielle from imprisonment. This book is a page turner, keeping you interested until the last action-packed pages of the book!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday 56...The Fire King (3)

The book today: The Fire King by Marjorie M Liu.

"Because they are all idiots," Serena whispered. "You can never trust him. It is in his blood. His kind are broken from the inside."

The Friday 56 idea came from… The Bookoholic Zone

The Rules:

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Moonshine by Rob Thurman

After saving the world from his fiendish father's side of the family, Cal Leandros and his stalwart half-brother Niko have settled down with new digs and a new gig-bodyguard and detective work. And in New York City, where preternatural beings stalk the streets just like normal folk, business is good. Their latest case has them going undercover for the Kin-the werewolf Mafia. A low-level Kin boss thinks a rival is setting him up for a fall, and wants proof. The place to start is the back room of Moonshine-a gambling club for non-humans. Cal thinks it's a simple in-and-out job. But Cal is very, very wrong.

Cal and Niko are being set up themselves-and the people behind it have a bite much worse than their bark...

Moonshine is the second book in the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman, and through Cal's narration we are taken into a part of New York's werewolf underground as Cal and his brother, Niko, go undercover for the Kin - the werewolf Mafia. Betrayed by who they believed to be their inside contact when he kidnaps the beloved local psychic, Georgina. The wary brothers form a loose alliance with a werewolf named Flay (a.k.a. Snowball by Cal), and the unlikely team of human, half-Auphe, Vampire, a Puck and werewolf are pulled deeper into the betrayers deception. During this action-packed book, Cal battles with his distrust of himself, seeing himself as a monster and the reason for Georgina's kidnapping. The prospects for her rescue become all the more bleaker when Niko is defeated and taken during battle (a very hard feat as you'd know if you read the first book, Nightlife) to be used as a blood sacrifice. Niko has been the only constant in Cal's life as they struggle to survive from the things that go bump in the night, and for Niko and now Georgina, Cal would willingly sacrifice his own life to gain their freedom. A much different side of Cal is revealed in Moonshine, his sarcasm and snarkiness are still very much apparent (he just wouldn't be Cal with out them) but deeper emotions are also revealed for those who surround him as he battles for those he loves.

Ramblings of My 4 Year Old Son


So, after finally wrangling the computer back from my son, Caden, tonight I go and write a review on a book I just finished and then check out the rest of the blog for comments and such. And What do I discover?...A post made by my son, apparently my four year old knows a lot more about the computer and the internet than I initially thought! HAH! There were actually two posts, so I decided to keep just one!

Wednesday Random Recommendation...(2)

Realm of Shadows:
In an ancient churchyard just outside Paris, archeologists uncover an ancient tomb -- certain they have stumbled onto the find of the century. But something goes very wrong as the tomb is opened. Something too frightening to imagine . . . and too terrible to utter. For American visitor Tara Mason, the romantic city of her dreams has suddenly turned sinister. For she has heard the blood-curdling screams in the churchyard -- and knows that she must run away -- from the powerful stranger chasing after her . . . and from a legendary, sensual predator who stalks the night. At the country estate where she has sought refuge, the shadowy man reappears. He calls himself a guardian, sworn to protect the innocent from an evil most never see. And Tara will have to trust him, because that evil has seen her . . . and won't stop until it claims her, body and soul.

This is the fourth book in Shannon Drake's Vampire Series. Realm of Shadows was first published in 2002, and it was one of my favorites because (if I remember correctly) it is the first book which she introduces werewolves into the series...and I am a complete wolf-girl at heart!

I invite and welcome anyone interested in participating to post their own "Random Recommendation" (original post) on their blog (and include a link back to this blog) and join in the fun! Some books might not be very recent reads, but I hope that just helps these (sometimes forgotten) books earn a spot on your own bookshelf!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

OOPS...Friday 56...Moonshine (2)

Oops! I kinda forgot to post this yesterday, here we go Moonshine by Rob Thurman:

Getting worked up over it was only going to take money out of our pockets.

The Friday 56 idea came from… The Bookoholic Zone

The Rules:

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King:
Some thing has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Julie Kagawa has added a unique tale to the realm of the fey. Her Iron Fey are able to withstand, and flourish at the touch of iron, and it is slowly killing the Nevernever realm of the fey. With the advancement in technology the Iron Fey were born from the imaginations of humans. We are taken on a journey through the Nevernever to rescue Meghan's younger brother, Ethan, who was kidnapped and replaced with a changeling, Meghan discovers that her best friend, Robbie Goodfell, is none other than Robin Goodfellow or (better known as) Puck. Puck leads Meghan into the faerie realm where they encounter many friends and foes as their adventure begins. Meghan discovers that her biological father is none other than the Summer King ruler of the Seelie Courts. Along the way they meet Ash, prince if the Unseelie Courts and son of Mag, the Winter Queen. Meghan, Puck and Ash join forces in the search and rescue of Ethan, each page is filled with adventure and peril for the trio as they traverse the Nevernever, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Meghan's story and am looking forward to what happens next in The Iron Daughter.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Random Recommendation...(1)

Drum roll please...I am going to try something to help all us readers out there get past the "slump" of the middle of the week that is Wednesday, and get us looking forward to the weekend by posting a random book I have read (I don't claim to be the first with this idea - I have no idea if anyone else is doing it - but it is something new for me!). I invite and welcome anyone interested in participating to post their own "Random Recommendation" on their blog (and include a link back to this blog) and join in the fun! Some books might not be very recent reads, but I hope that just helps these (sometimes forgotten) books earn a spot on your own bookshelf!

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I read this book when it first came out in August of 2009, and now with all of the talk about the next book in the trilogy, LINGER (which I am desperate to read!) it has made me start thinking of the journey I first took with Sam and Grace in Shiver, and so I simply wanted to share my recommendation of this book with anyone who is interested in werewolves and romance!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Merry Sisters of Fate New Orleans CONTEST EXTRAVAGANZA!


1) pick your favorite Merry Fates short story.

2) post it to your blog, or your Facebook, or your Twitter with a link back to the story.

3) comment to this post, showing links to your blog/FB/Twitter.

EXTRA CREDIT: if you pick a story from each of them, and post links to all three. This will get you 3 entries instead of just 1.


Yes you can post to all your social media - the more the merrier! (See what I did there?)


They will randomly pick four winners next Monday, during their Round Table discussion (which will hopefully be a video blog!).

#4: a copy of SHIVER, signed by Maggie, doodled in by the rest of them.

#3: a copy of BALLAD, signed by Maggie, doodled in by the rest of them.

#2: an ARC of THE REPLACEMENT, signed by Brenna, doodled in by the rest of them.

#1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Something Awesome That they Find in New Orleans and Make Even Awesomer. They don't know what exactly it will be yet, other than it will be completely unique, insane, hilarious, and possibly sticky. (Just kidding about the sticky. Tessa Gratton hopes).

It was so hard to choose only one from each author, but here we go...Three of my Favorite Short stories from The Merry Sisters of Fate:

Still Wolf Watching by Maggie Stiefvater, because it was the inspiration from which Shiver was born!

Prenuptial by Tessa Gratton, because it's a sweet love story and I am a hopeless romantic!

The Good Daughter by Brenna Yovanoff, because I love the twist at the end!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth:
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

When I first bought this book I had no real idea of what it was about, but I bought it on the recommendation of another book blogger and I have to say The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan was very unlike any other book I have ever read. I have never read a zombie book before -- I have seen plenty of movies (which honestly just make me laugh rather than cower with fright), but never actually picked up a book and took the time to read a zombie story. Carrie's book was unlike my previous conceptions I had of zombie lore. Although it is not clearly stated what brought about the infection causing the creation of the "unconsecrated", I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional journey we are taken on as we follow Mary and her friends' daring escape when their small village becomes over-run by zombies when the protective fences around the village are breached. Mary has grown up on the stories her mother told her about the ocean and it's vastness and she desperately believes that it is out there, past the zombie infested Forest of Hands and Teeth, just waiting for her to discover the truth of her mother's words. Her friends are more skeptical, but left with no other choice, they follow her as she leads them down a path the village elders have kept secret from everyone and deep into the forest, where their journey begins.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday 56...Demon Keepers (1)

The book today: Demon Keepers by Jessica Anderson.

She didn't even know anymore what she was afraid of failing at, knew only that she existed to hold on to him as he surged into her on powerful thrusts that he counteracted with the iron grip he kept on her body, holding her in place as he took her with more lust than finesse, seeming driven beyond himself, beyond them both, by the chemistry they'd shared from the first.

I just purchased this book last night so it was sitting on my desk waiting to be put on my book shelf, and I haven't even read the first three books of The Final Prophesy series yet, but now I really, REALLY want to start the series so I can get to this book!

The Friday 56 idea came from… The Bookoholic Zone

The Rules:

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning:
My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.
But normal is one thing I'm not. To start with, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother--who just happens to be a sorcerer--but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.
Not normal.
My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us--permanently.
Definitely not normal.
And finally, I'm a genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.
As far away from normal as it gets.

YES! It's finally here! The conclusion to Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series! I have been waiting for this book since May of 2009 when I first discovered the series and thought "Hey, the first two books are out, so the third must be coming soon!" I brought home book one: The Summoning and book two: The Awakening, and quickly became engrossed in Chloe's world, polishing off both books in just two days and was then completely horrified to find out that I had to wait practically a full YEAR to find out what happens to Chloe and the gang! Chloe's world is based in the same world of Kelley's Women of the Otherworld series of necromancers, werewolves, sorcerers, witches, demons and vampires. From the very first book, I have been completely in love with Derek. A young werewolf who has no one to guide him through his first Change, and although he seems rather standoffish when he is first introduced, Chloe befriends him when he helps her to learn that she is a necromancer. Derek's strength lies in his ability to reveal to Chloe his vulnerability, which he doesn't even share with his adoptive brother Simon, and he quickly becomes comforted by her presence when she stays with him when he attempts the Change for the first time, and it brings them closer together.

But The Reckoning is finally here and I loved every minute of it! From start to finish this book is filled with page-turning adventure! Chloe and the gang believe they are safe living with Andrew, who they believe is a friend of Derek and Simon's missing father, Kit. Not long after they have taken up residence in the safe house, Derek and Chloe are attacked by Liam and Ramon, two adult werewolves who are wanted for murder by the Pack. A deep betrayal is soon revealed and the gang once again finds themselves on the run from the Edison Group...

If you love any of Kelley's other books you will definitely love this series from start to finish!