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Saturday, April 30, 2011

In My Mailbox (25)

What is "In My Mailbox"?In My Mailbox is a weekly meme. What is a meme, you ask. The simple description is  "an idea that spreads quickly." Usually the creator of the meme asks for other people to participate and ultimately link back to the person that started the meme. Memes shouldn't be confused with "features." There are some features that are somewhat exclusive to certain blogs, be courteous and don't steal content.

The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.  Here's what I got this week, how about you?



I was crazy busy last week and had to go to Springfield Illinois so I didn't get to do an IMM last week. I'll be adding last weeks in with what I received this week!

For review:
Easter's Lilly is signed and personalized.
I will post the trailer for Dreaming in Darkness at a later date because it is just amazing! You can currently buy it for your kindle, the paperback books aren't quite ready.


Anna Dressed in Blood is signed as well!

Borrowed:

That's it for me (I think) What did you get?




Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: The Diva Doctrine by Patricia V. Davis


The Diva Doctrine
by
Patricia V. Davis

Patricia has left me blown away! What was so interesting to me was that it seems like this book was introduced to me for a reason. When I first started reading it, I was going through such a rough few days and this book really helped me lift my spirits instead of wallowing in self pity. Coincidence? Possibly!

The Diva Doctrine is most definitely one that all women should read! Patricia doesn't just stick with one topic and ramble on, she brushes on many and fills you with such great knowledge with examples that she has lived through herself. What better way than to learn from someone with experience. She's been there and done that! Now she's here to tell us her mistakes and how to learn from them. She teaches you how to be a true diva. To be a true diva, you have to be true to yourself.

Such great topics Patricia has! Have you ever had a friend who  seems to not have your best interests at heart? Not so sure you trust her, or she tends to blab all your secrets to everybody, or maybe she blabs all of everybodies secrets to you. Well, she's more than likely doing the same with your secrets too. What do you do about those friends?

What about parents who judge you, or do you judge yourself too much? How do you handle yourself in public? How do you approach people you don't know?

True Diva's are built from the inside. They are not cross or make ridiculous demands. Yet, they are respected and loved for who they are.

5/5 Stars. 160 Pages. Published by Bonneville Books. Received from Netgalley

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

And the Winner is....

WOW! Just wow! over 308 people entered this time around! Yet, there is just one winner. Don't fret! On May 3rd I will be doing an author interview and giveaway for an amazing book I just got done reading! I have yet to write my review, but it will be posted soon! The author and book you ask? It is
The Diva Doctrine by Patricia V. Davis and it was amazing! So please do come back to check that out! 
Now, on with the winner!
Holly Wright
from
I hope everyone had a great Easter! Happy Reading!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review: Possessions by Nancy Holder

Possessions
by
Nancy Holder

Nancy Holder has given us one hell of a book! Everything about these books right down to the covers are eerily creepy. As the plot thickens, you'll find yourself wanting to sleep with the lights on!

Lindsay has had her fair share of problems and the best thing for her is to get away. She is now starting school at Marlwood Academy which is an all girls school that many years ago used to be a psychiatric hospital. Marlwood is filled with nothing but rich, snotty girls trying to outdo one another.

Shortly after Lindsay arrives she notices things just don't seem right. Is there a face staring out a window at her, or just a shadow? This has to be just one of the girls' pranks. Over time, more odd things keep happening that Lindsay tries to shrug off of this nature. Over time, she learns more secrets that none of the teachers want the students to know about Marlwood. Secrets about some of the things that went on with the patients when it was still a hospital. Some of the students say its still haunted.

Mandy is the 'queen bee' of all the girls at Marlwood and everyone seems to flock to her. Everyone except Lindsay. Mandy seems to have it in for Lindsay too. Lindsay tries to pull of the whole keep your enemies closer motto with Mandy and keeps watchful eye on her only to notice that now Mandy is acting funny and talking to herself. Not only that, but she is calling herself another name!

The truth is, many have died years ago for reasons unjustified and Lindsay is scared the ghosts are trying to come back. She only has two people she can trust. One of them just turned up dead and the other is now missing.

5/5 Stars. 295 Pages. Published by Penguin Group. Received this copy from Nancy Holder.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop!

It's that time again! Happy Easter Everybody! Get ready, get ready!

I have been CRAZY busy here lately and decided it would just be easier on both parts if I let YOU choose what you wanted since you will be the winner after all!
RULES:
The book can be any book from Amazon. NO third party seller.
Must be a follower
Open to everybody
Winner must respond within 48 hours
Giveaway ends April 25th at Midnight
Enter HERE

Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful blogs who are participating as well!



Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer

Zombies Don't Cry
by
Rusty Fischer

Rusty has presented us with a real 'stiff' of a story, creating a tale in which you aren't sure if you should laugh uncontrollably or take pity on the main character. You have good humor and seriousness combined. Putting that combination into one book isn't easy. Rusty has came out with remarkable talent and left me wanting to read more of his work!

Maddy is just like you and me. Normal. Yet, in her Home Ec class people seem to be dying. Quite weird. Maddy's best friend Hazel thinks it's cursed. Why else would people keep dying in only that class?

As Maddy rushes out one day she accidentally bumps into the new guy Stamp. Nobody ever notices Maddy. They always notice Hazel, yet he does. Later, as Maddy is running she ends up slamming straight into guess who? Stamp! Yes again! He ends up asking her out to a party where she just can't wait to see him! This never happens to her!

As Maddy is creeping down the road heading for the party to meet Stamp, it's beginning to rain and out of nowhere, WHAM! Lights out, on the ground, she is confused. Is the party not going on? There are no lights on at the house. Suddenly she realizes it's way later, hours later than it was just a couple minutes ago. And, to top it all off, the is a spot on her head. She realizes she was hit by lightning. How could this have happened? Agh! Now the only thing left to do is go back home.

Once there, She realizes things just aren't right. She gets on the computer and starts searching for the fact that she feels like she's really cold, no heartbeat, why she can hold her breath for like...however long she wants. She's also feeling stiff.
The answer: She must eat brains.
Why: She is more than likely a zombie.
Whaa?
This girl seriously needs some help!
Is this what's happening to everybody?

5/5 Stars. 371 Pages. Published by Medallion Press. Purchased at Amazon

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (24)

What is "In My Mailbox"?In My Mailbox is a weekly meme. What is a meme, you ask. The simple description is  "an idea that spreads quickly." Usually the creator of the meme asks for other people to participate and ultimately link back to the person that started the meme. Memes shouldn't be confused with "features." There are some features that are somewhat exclusive to certain blogs, be courteous and don't steal content.

The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.  Here's what I got this week, how about you? And  while your commenting, won't you be a follower too? Here's what I got  this week:


For Review:
The Sorrow King is signed too!

Bought:

A special thank you to Lady Reader's Bookstuff for getting Cryer's Cross signed for me!
What's in your mailbox this week?



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: The Ice Princess


The Ice Princess
by
Camilla Lackberg

Camilla has brought to the table, a novel where she has laid all the puzzle pieces out. Everything is in plain sight. All but that one main piece. A thriller with an ending with such shocking events, you don't know just what to believe.

As Erica must return to her roots and her town where she grew up after her parents had suddenly passed, she is now thrown into yet another and even more tragic event.
Her best friend from childhood, Alex has now committed suicide she is being told. Really though? Surely something else must have happened. Some kind of foul play. Erica meets with Alex's family as well as the police to try and find out exactly what happened. In the end, Alex was murdered and now Erica is in on helping to find out who. As Erica begins to find out the hidden past of Alex's life and the mysterious men in it she has a lot of work cut out for her. She joins in with detective and friend Patrick Hedstrom to not only come across another murder in the process, of the cover up, but many dark and hidden secrets buried deep that nobody wanted revealed.

3/5 Stars. 389 Pages. Published by Free Press. Received from Simon and Schuster.





Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review: The Lipstick Laws


The Lipstick Laws
by
Amy Holder

Now this is what YA is all about!!! With such witty humor, once I started, I didn't stop reading until I was finished! Yes, it was that good! Did I say good? It wasn't good, it was fantabulous! I can't wait to read more from Amy Holder!

April Bowers, (professional kleenex sculpture) is sooo not looking forward to her sophmore year. Her only bestie moved away and now she has nobody, and her parents took away her cellphone because she ran the bill up. (How sucky!) Now, in gym she ends up getting paired up with the Brittany Taylor. She begged for this not to happen! Brittany is perfect. She doesn't have to stuff her bra with kleenex! But-oh! Brittany has now asked April to have lunch with her and her groupies!!! This means if accepted, she will have endless possibilities! Is this really real? Is Brittany really this nice? April decides to go for it! 

Once April starts to get in deep she starts to wonder if it's all really worth it, but it's too late. She's already signed the Lipstick Law! 

Someone seriously please whack me with an enormous frozen cucumber because I wasn't going to read this book! So very glad I did! I found it enthralling! A must read!  

5 out of 5 stars. 240 pages. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2011. Received from Netgalley.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: Knight Angels~Book of Love by Abra Ebner

Knight Angels~Book of Love
by
Abra Ebner

A remarkable book where Abra has not only been able to bring to us a profound story, but let us bond with the characters on a one-on-one level more than I have felt with other authors. The closeness I felt at times with the characters was just indescribable! This makes a story so much better! I am eagerly awaiting my arrival of Knight Angels~Book of Revenge!

As the story goes, when Jane was young, she was in an accident with her father, killing him. She should've died too. Yet, she remembers someone pulling her out to save her. An angel. It had to be an angel because there was no way she should have survived that day. 

Now, Jane, her mother, and sister struggle in present times. Jane being the good daughter, Emily being the daughter on drugs and quite promiscuous, constantly trying to push Jane's buttons as well. Jane knows that their mother has so much stress on her shoulders that Jane tries to handle Emily herself instead of leading her own life. 

Here is where it gets interesting... Since the accident, Jane can see when people die. Just by looking at them, she can tell. What she doesn't know is that Emily can read minds. And the boy next door... well, he has some strange things going on with him he can't quite understand. Emily decides to help Wes figure out whats going on.

Now, there's two new guys at school, Max and Greg. Good vs. Evil. Max is drawn to Jane and can't seem to help it. Yet, Greg seems to be too. It's now time for all the secrets to come out. Neither Max nor Greg are what they seem to be...
They have a very, very long history.

4/5 Stars. 346 Pages. Published by Crimson Oak Publishing. Purchased at Amazon





Saturday, April 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (23)

What is "In My Mailbox"?In My Mailbox is a weekly meme. What is a meme, you ask. The simple description is  "an idea that spreads quickly." Usually the creator of the meme asks for other people to participate and ultimately link back to the person that started the meme. Memes shouldn't be confused with "features." There are some features that are somewhat exclusive to certain blogs, be courteous and don't steal content.

The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.  Here's what I got this week, how about you? And  while your commenting, won't you be a follower too? Here's what I got  this week:
This week I bought:
and my second bookshelf!

So, tell me! What did you get this week?!



 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither
by
Lauren DeStefano

Lauren DeStefano has written an intriguingly beautiful novel like no other. Once I started reading, I was captured by her words and couldn't stop until I was finished. Wither was one of the best I've read this year.

There is an epidemic that effects people. Men die at age 25. Women a little earlier at age 20. The epidemic only effects the later generation and Rhine is in that generation. Scientists have studied for years to try and find a cure but right now, the outcome is still grim.

After Rhine's parents passed away it was just her and her twin brother Rowan. They had a bond though. They took care of each other.

Now, Rhine sits in her room in a mansion. Her husbands mansion where his other two wives live as well. None of them had a choice, they were all kidnapped and forced there to marry him. Now, they are waited on hand and foot. Over time, Rhine forms a friendship with the guy who brings her food in to her at every meal. Gabriel lingers longer to stay and talk with Rhine more often when he drops off her meals and others start noticing. He gets punished and sent to work in a different section of the house to keep away from Rhine. Rhine just can't love a husband that she is forced to. Over time, her husband, Linden has chosen Rhine as first wife and given her special privileges. Meanwhile, Rhine thinks that this will give her the perfect opportunity to escape. She just needs to talk Gabriel into going with her. All she wants to do is go home. She just wants to see Rowan again...

5/5 Stars. 358 Pages. Published by Simon and Schuster. Purchased at Amazon