Friday, February 24, 2012

YA Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop 24-28 February


Welcome to Young Adalt Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop! This hop is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by vvb32 Reads. There are more than 130 blogs participating and it runs from 24 - 28 February.


What can you win this time?


Since it's a Young Adult Paranormal Activity hop, then there will be 1 winner who can pick one YA book which has some paranormal activities in it from The Book Depository.

Giveaway Details:
As usually in Me and Reading, this giveaway is international.

In order to participate you need to be a follower (GFC, email, Networked blogs) of this blog, enter your name and email. That's mandatory entry.

Optional extra entries
+1 if you tweet about my giveaway and leave a direct link
+1 if you follow me through Linky Follwer tool.
All possible entries: 3

Winner will be announced in the blog after 7th of March due to my vacation.

I am posting this slightly earlier than other bloggers due to the time zone. I'm +6 till +12 hours ahead from the most of the participating bloggers.


Fill in the form to participate! Entries in comments will not be accepted this time!
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The link to all other participants is here: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/02/ya-paranormal-giveaway-hop-until-i-die.html

Good luck and happy hopping!



Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Look Forwards (24)

Happy Monday!


Time to see what the coming week will bring to the blog!

News:

First of all, I will be having a small vacation and I will be away from 27th of February until 4th of March. It's going to be another week in Egypt and hopefully I will get some energy and sunshine and time to relax! It's going to be my third trip to this lovely and fascinating country, so I am counting days!

It will not change much on the blog, because I will still post all the blog tour post and giveaways what I have agreed upon. The only thing which might be slow is my response to emails.

Anyway, I am here the whole week, so let's see what I can offer to you until my trip.

Giveaways:

There are 2 giveaways and 1 giveaway hop running during this week. Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop is continuing until 21st of February , Ebook giveaway of Devotion by Kristie Cook is running until 24th of February and Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox giveaway runs until 25th of February.
Blog Tours:

There is one book tour stop this week: Coming Up for Air by T.D. Jones Blog Tour, where I will be making an interview with the author on Sunday, 26th of February.


Reviews:

I would definitely be posting following reviews: Torment by Lauren Kate, Passion by Lauren Kate, Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catching The Eagle by Karen Charlton, Legacy of the Highlands by Harriet Schultz, Almost a Bride by Kimberly Llewellyn.

If I manage the above mentioned reviews, I would be so happy. Hopefully I can manage more because there are other books I have read.
Interviews:

Challenges 2012:

I have created a page for the challenges I am participating, so feel free to take a look how I am doing. Besides that, I would need to make Wrap-Up posts for RAK February 2012, TBR Pile 2012 Challenge. So these will also be posted this week.

That's it for today!

Happy reading!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Free Excerpt! Witchful Thinking by HP Mallory - Published by Random House

Happy Sunday!

It seems I keep posting a lot today. Got some news from Random House: author H.P Mallory has joined the family of Random House! She has self published her witchy wonders – these are fun stories and yes they are romance! Congratulations to HP Mallory for being published by Random House and here is the free excerpt! Enjoy!

Summary of Witchful Thinking:



Jolie thinks she’s seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises. The latest shocker? She’s just been crowned Queen of the Underworld. Jolie may possess a rare gift for reanimating the dead, but she doesn’t know the first thing about governing disparate factions of supernatural creatures. She can barely maintain order in her own chaotic personal life, which is heading into a romantic tailspin.



First there’s sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret. Then there’s Sinjin, a darkly seductive vampire and Jolie’s sworn protector—though others suspect he harbors ulterior motives. As the two polar opposite yet magnetic men vie for Jolie’s affection, she must keep her wits about her to balance affairs of state and affairs of her heart. Overwhelmed, under pressure, and longing for love, Jolie decides it’s time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won’t take jack.
 

Witchful Thinking: A Jolie Wilkins Novel by H. P. Mallory (Free Excerpt)



Here’s a ‘to buy’ link http://www.randomhouse.com/book/214350/witchful-thinking-by-h-p-mallory  -- on sale, 2/28/2012 

Happy reading!

In My Mailbox (21)

Happy Sunday!



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Each week I will post books (or book-related things) that I've bought, won in contests, or received in the mail.

Books I have received for reviewing:

Dark Days by C.A. Kunz

Surviving tenth grade is the least of Cat Colvin’s worries.



Cat Colvin wants more than anything to just be an “average” teenager and blend in, but having found out the secret of her adoption has Cat questioning her entire life. Unfortunately, there are much deeper and darker secrets being withheld from her that may prove to threaten her very existence. Cat will be forced to make a choice: stay in Astoria and possibly endanger all that she loves, or flee and hide amongst her kind.


Friendships will be tested, family bonds will be tried, and even Cat herself will be pushed to her limits both emotionally and physically; all while trying to maintain a somewhat normal relationship with her boyfriend Ryan. What is actually going on in the quaint port town of Astoria, and are Cat and her loved ones prepared for the dark days that loom ahead? Find out in this continuation to the “*…thrilling, unputdownable story,” The Childe.


*Meera Patel -RT Book Reviews

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin


The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.



Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.


1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.


With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?


No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.
 
Books I have won:
 
Stray by Rachel Vincent
 
 
There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .



And I'm one of them.


I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.


Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.


I'd been warned about Strays -- werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.


This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever -- and whoever -- I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays -- 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them . . .

Received through Random Acts of Kindness - RAK 2012 February:



Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?


That's it for today.

Happy reading!

Ride With Me Blog Tour by Ruthie Knox - Review, Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to my stop and Ride With Me Blog Tour! This tour is organized by Romance At Random and by the author Ruthie Knox. My stop includes review of Ride With Me, interview with the author and giveaway! Enjoy!



Author: Ruthie Knox

Title: Ride with Me
Release date: 13th of February 2012
Published by: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Sports
URL: http://www.ruthieknox.com/
Pages: 216 in eBook version
Source: Received from Romance At Random and from the author for blog tour

Summary from Goodreads:


In this fun, scorching-hot eBook original romance by Ruthie Knox, a cross-country bike adventure takes a detour into unexplored passion. As readers will discover, Ride with Me is not about the bike!


When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger—a lean, sexy loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning.


Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman, and he certainly doesn’t want to want her. Too bad the sight of Lexie with a bike between her thighs really turns his crank.


Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop a kiss from leading to endless nights of hotter-than-hot sex. But when the wild ride ends, where will they go next?


My review:

I loved this book! I have always told the publishers who contact me, that I am not a fun of reading and reviewing sports books, but I have to say that after reading Ride With Me, I have to eat my own words. Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox was really enjoyable and fun reading! It was easy to read and Ride With Me made me laugh many times! The dialogue was so lively and story filled with funny situations.

Regarding the plot:

Tom’s sister does not want him to ride alone through TransAmerica trail alone and organizes a partner for her brother. When Tom finds out what his sister has done, he is furious, but he agrees to go and meet the other rider. Tom does not expect to find a woman, and a beautiful woman. After some arguments they agree to take the riding journey together.

This is where the fun starts; Tom and Lexie are so different riders. Where Lexie is prepared for everything during the ride, she does not have the experience what Tom has. So through their way through TransAmerica trail they learn to trust each other and learn from each other. Besides that, there is an undeniable attraction between them and both of them are thinking about what will happen when the journey is over?

Regarding the characters:

Tom has been seriously hurt in his past and everything who he is and had was taken away from – by a woman, so he finds it very difficult to trust Lexie.

Lexie is a fun woman to be around, even though she is so different from Tom. Lexie has a need to plan everything in details, she knows exactly how much water she should have with her, she knows how high her pulse should be when riding, she knows exactly how many kilometers they need to ride etc. She is very detailed and very organized. The funny thing is that even though she is so well organized, she cannot even manage to fix the tire of the bike!

Tom again balances her out with his creativity and freedom. He does not plan, he just enjoys the ride, and he is heavily annoyed by Lexie and her meticulous planning.

Generally:

It’s a story where two very different personalities meet and struggle with their past. It was fun to read and the romance was lovable and believable. I really enjoyed Ruthie Knox’s Ride with Me!

5 Flowers!

5 stars!

Thanks goes to Sue from Romance At Random and to Ruthie for providing the book for reviewing!

Ruthie also agreed for short interview. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Ride With Me - Ruthie Knox!



MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?



RK: You don’t actually want to know the answer to this question. It’s not a pretty thing, the inside of my head, at this time. I’m not sure I have a mind anymore, actually. I’m typing this the morning before the book release, and I’ve more or less turned into a hamster. I’m just, like, Book comes out tomorrow! People will read it! I hope they like it! I hope I don’t get horrible reviews! Also, I would like to win a Booker Prize. Where’s my wheel? And then I run frantically around in circles for a while and take a nap.


MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?


RK: I write a little differently these days than I did when I wrote Ride with Me, but my book ideas all tend to be situations. Like, in this case, “two characters meet through a Companion Wanted ad on the Adventure Cycling website, and they’re going to ride across the country together, but they don’t like each other.” Usually when I have an idea like that, I write it down, but I give myself a while to mull it over when I’m out for a run or at yoga class before I try to do anything with it. Then I’ll do some free writing about my characters and the story, just typing whatever ideas I have as fast as they can come out, and seeing what’s there and what’s missing. Just the idea itself isn’t enough to make a book, so I need to think about what sort of people will work with this scenario I’ve sketched out, what problems they will have — both internal and external — that threaten their developing romance, and how their problems will get resolved. Once I know all that, I’ll roughly sketch out the plot and its major turning points, and I’ll interview the characters. Then I’m usually ready to get started. If I’m trying to sell the book before I’ve written it, that’s the point at which I’ll write a synopsis and the first few chapters. Otherwise, I’ll just start writing, following my plot outline but more or less writing the whole thing by the seat of my pants.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?


RK: Well, I think the most important thing is different for every writer, because we all have to get a sense of our strengths and weaknesses and develop systems to help us guard against the weaknesses. For me, it’s important to find ways to maintain the feeling of adoration I have for a project in its early stages, to stay confident in the Sheer Out-of-Control Genius of the Book through the entire process of writing the first draft. The doubt crows always arrive at some point, of course, and they’re welcome at the revision stage, when it can be useful to think your book is complete shit, but it’s really hard to write a book when you think it’s complete shit. It’s really easy — euphorically, awesomely easy — to write one when you think it’s a work of unparalleled win. So I try to hold on to the “win” feeling as much as possible.

MR:  Where did you get the idea for your book Ride with Me from? How was the book born?


RK: Ride with Me was actually born on a whim inspired by a magazine. I’m a member of the Adventure Cycling Association, which exists to promote cross-country bicycle travel, and I was flipping through the magazine one day and looked at the Companions Wanted column. It’s like personal ads for bike travel — not that the riders want to hook up romantically, of course, just that people place ads to say, like, “I’m going to ride through Eastern Europe next June, and I’m looking for two partners to join me.” I always like to read the ads and imagine what the people who wrote them are like, and on this particular day, I just thought, Hey, that would make an awesome romance novel. The idea stuck with me for a few weeks as I was finishing the book before Ride with Me, so I went ahead and started writing.

MR: Which character do you love most in your book? Which character can you mostly relate to?


RK: Oh, I guess I have to confess that I love Tom best. Everyone loves Tom best. He’s such an adorable grouch. The heroine, Lexie, calls him “a tall, dark, melancholy hermit,” which is just right. He’s irresistible even when he’s being completely awful. I can relate to both Tom and Lexie, though, actually. I made them have two very distinct sorts of cycling personalities, with Tom really kind of laid back and wherever-the-road-goes-is-fine, and Lexie planning every last detail of the trip, right down to annotating her map. I’m not really either way — or, I guess, I’m sort of both ways. So I can appreciate both characters’ ways of being, and what they bring to each other.

MR: I must ask you about new work in progress. What will your next book be about? Anything you can tell us already?


RK: Oh, sure! I have a second book coming out with Loveswept on June 11, titled About Last Night. It’s about this bad girl from Chicago who’s living in London and trying very, very hard to be good, only she meets a guy who she thought was a stuffy English banker, and he turns out not to be so stuffy. In fact, he turns out to be the human equivalent of Nutella crepes, and she can’t begin to resist him, but she has major trust issues, and he has problems with his family, and it ends up being this really funny, sexy, wacky book about figuring out how to be the best version of yourself. Plus, there’s a sham marriage, which is always fun.


I also have two finished manuscripts that revolve around a small security agency in Camelot, Ohio. These are with my agent, and she’s giving me good news about them, so fingers crossed that they’ll be sold soon. They’re longer novels — what’s called “single-title” length rather than the shorter “category” length — with bigger casts of characters and subplots and everything. Anybody who’s interested in keeping track of what’s coming up from me should stop by my website or join my mailing list, which I only use to announce news and deals as they come up.

(Click here for Ruthie's mailing list!)
Meanwhile, I’m writing, writing, writing. I’m working on a book set in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that’s a sort of “old-neighbor, new-neighbor” story with a hero who’s an out-of-work roofer and a heroine who owns a cheese shop. It’s really funny and cute. And I’m also working on a more angsty, dramatic one set at Yosemite National Park with a rock climber heroine and a park ranger hero who specializes in high-angle rescue. That one is a reunion romance. So there’s lots to look forward to! And lots for me to do. Once I stop being all hamster-ish.



Thanks for interviewing me, Inga!
Link to Ride With Me: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/218035/ride-with-me-by-ruthie-knox

Thank you so much Ruthie for the interview and a wonderful book!

Author Bio:
RUTHIE KNOX: http://www.ruthieknox.com/


Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.

These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Ruthie abhors an epilogue and insists a decent romance requires at least three good sex scenes.



Ruthie also agreed to giveaway!



GIVEAWAY

One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win a digital copy of Ride with Me. Winners will pick up their copy through Net Galley. Just leave your follower details and your email. Giveaway is international and it runs from 19 - 25 February. Good luck to all!

Happy reading!



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate - 5 stars!



Author: Lauren Kate

Title: Fallen
Series: The Fallen Series #1
Release date: 8th of December 2009
Published by: Random House Children’s Book
Imprint: Corgi Edition 2010
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult: Fantasy, Romance
URL: http://laurenkatebooks.net/
Pages: 452 in paperback
Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:



There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.


Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.


Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.


My review:

Since the fourth and last book in the Fallen series is about to be published in June 2012, I thought that I would start with the series! Since this book has been on my TBR list for a while, this review will also be part of TBR Pile 2012 Challenge.

I have admired the covers of Laren Kate’s books! The cover of Fallen was also something that caught my eye first, long before I purchased the book. I have followed the reviews of the three books which are out already and I am happy that I finally read Fallen.

It is the first book of Lauren Kate’s book which I have read and I enjoyed it. The book is written with a nice pace, the story rolls out intriguingly while reading and the characters are captivating. When you add surprises in the plot and a twisted romance story, then you’d get Fallen – amazing book. It was fun and easy to read and I read it in one sitting.

Regarding the plot:

The story starts out with the scene from 1854 and that immediately caught my attention. Right after that the reader was brought to the present, to year 2099, to a closed school named Sword & Cross School.

The main character Luce is sent to Sword & Cross due to her different behavior in her childhood and the suspicion of her involvement in a murder of her friend Trevor. Everything is different in Sword & Cross, especially the students – they all have some criminal or mysterious backgrounds.

During the first day in the new school Luce sees a boy who seems so familiar, but she cannot place him. Daniel, who is good looking, has beautiful eyes and is attracting Luce towards him, turns her down. It seems that he has no interest in Luce.

Luce quickly find her some new friends who are very different from her friends back at home, but nevertheless, she creates friendships with Penn, Arriane, Cam and others in the school. Still, she is intrigued by Daniel and cannot understand why he is friendly in one minute and then minute late can be cold as ice towards her. Step by step Luce and Daniel are coming closer to each other. Luce starts finding clues about who Daniel is thanks to Penn and she finds surprisingly also a lot about her own past.

I really loved the story: it surprised me several times with its twists and turns, the characters were very enjoyable and very fresh perspective to angels, especially fallen angels. I also enjoyed the surroundings of Sword & Cross School!

Regarding the characters:

Besides the captivating narrative, the characters were really well-written and intriguing in Fallen. Both main characters and many supportive characters had spark, boldness and they all had their stories to tell.

Luce is a beautiful and smart girl who just has some abilities that causes her trouble. She sees shadows and other things which other people cannot and that makes her life complicated. She is persistent and wants to know who Daniel is.

Daniel is one of my favorite male protagonists of the YA books I have read in 2012! Daniel is good looking, smart, independent and different from others. He seems to have this bad-guy attitude around him, but he is always there when Luce needs him.

I absolutely adored two supportive characters in Fallen: Arriane and Penn. These two girls where so different, yet I really enjoyed their characters. Both of the characters had a big role to play in Fallen and their stories took an interesting and unexpected turn to me.

When reading Fallen, you cannot be untouched by Cam. Cam takes a big interest in Luce and Luce does feel attracted to Cam. Cam was a complex character who had both good and bad sides and that was enjoyable! I liked that the author made him little naughty, little good – not entirely bad.

Generally:

Fallen was fascinating, scary, fresh YA book with a wonderful story to tell and captivating characters! I am really glad that I picked the book up for reading and I cannot wait reading the next books in the series! Absolutely loved it!

5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Happy reading!
 

Review of Divergent by Veronica Roth - 4 stars!



Author: Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent
Series: Divergent #1
Release date: 3rd of May 2011
Published by Harper Collins
Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult: Dystopian
URL: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/
Pages: 487 in paperback
Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:



In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

My review:

I added Divergent to my TBR list almost a year ago, but did not manage to read it in 2011. This is also the reason why this review will be added to my TBR Pile 2012 Challenge.

Last year I was really hesitating to pick it up and start reading and there was a simple reason behind it – it was so hyped up and the reviews were so high and praising, so I did have my suspicions that it will be again one of these books… It was not. I know it is important to read the book yourself before getting any opinions about it. This time reviews did not lie about how good Divergent is. Divergent has its flaws as well, but it did not ruin the pleasure of reading it for me.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was a refreshing read amongst few other YA Dystopian books I have read. I enjoyed the brilliant world which she has created based on different skills people have and interesting characters were captivating. Divergent is a book which you do not want to put away after you started. It was little slow in the beginning, but the pace is picking up quickly and after that I read until I realized that I just finished the book.

The other fact which I was amazed by that the author is quite young herself. It should not surprise me, because lots of talented authors became good writers with their first book, but still. When I started Divergent, I did not do any research about the author prior to reading and after I finished Veronicas’ book I was literally amazed. Veronica Roth is definitely talented author and I hope that the next book in series – Insurgent – is as good as Divergent was. Looking very much forward to Insurgent and this time I will not wait until one year after the publishing!

Regarding the plot:

The reader is introduced into a dystopian world where people are divided into 5 factions - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). You meet Beatrice/Tris who is about to choose her faction. She has grown up in Abnegation, but being selfless is not exactly what Beatrice is looking for because she is curious, likes to have her own opinion and she is little more rebellion than other people from her faction.

After Beatrice gets 16 she needs to pick a faction. Through the tests she finds out that she is divergent – hence the title of the book –which means that she has parts of all 5 factions hidden in her. Her choice is Dauntless though.

To become part of the Dauntless she needs to get her training and pass the tests and this is pretty much what the book is about. Of course there is much more in this book, but the first part in series dealt mostly with becoming a Dauntless. At the same time, Tris finds out that everything is not as it seems, there are big problems and competition about power between the factions and that brings Tris to quite difficult choices: how to hide that she is divergent which is seen as being dangerous; how to remain invisible together with her impressive test results; how to find out what is going on between Erudite and Dauntless faction; how to know whom to trust; how to understand her love interest Four.

What I was missing in the story was the background and reason why the humanity was divided into these factions? I personally did not understand that. There were some referrals to the society before the factions were created, but it was far from being enough to understand it. I am hoping that next books will bringer a better understanding of the world. Don’t get me wrong – I loved the idea of having these factions and generally I liked the world what Veronica Roth created, but at the very end it did not match up due to lack of the reasoning behind it.

While reading the book and after finishing the book, I was trying to relate myself into these factions, I found out that the number of factions was what disturbed me mostly – I think most of the humans have characteristics from all the 5 factions - plus several other non-existing factions. I think that was probably the challenge for the author too, because you never find purely Dauntless or purely Candor or purely any-kind-of-faction people in real world. It intrigued me yet!

The other thing which I was missing was the late beginning of story development. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the book, it took too many pages to come to the point and conflict – the problems between the factions, the war between Abnegation and Dauntless. That was also reason behind me saying that the pace was slow in the beginning. It definitely gave some information about Abnegation and the Dauntless, but I wanted to see that conflict coming earlier in the book.

Otherwise, the plot was interesting, filled with action and rarely well written fighting scenes! Besides Divergent being of a dystopian genre, the author really gave a lot of good fighting scenes and action – it blew me away and I loved that!

Regarding the characters:

Let me start with stating that I liked Tris. Yes, she was sometimes immature, sometimes hollow and annoying but boy, she was suitable to the Dauntless. She was what I like to call kick-ass heroine (excuse the language). She was smart, brave, but there was vulnerable side in her which I liked.

When I liked Tris, I loved Four!

There were quite many characters I enjoyed when thinking of the supportive characters. I think Peter (who was actually a bad guy in the story) and Eric (even more twisted bad guy) were fascinating! The author did really well with the bad guys. I was also intrigued by Tris’ family: her mom being from Abnegation, but was born in Dauntless; her brother choosing the Erudite instead of Abnegation; Four’s father – the list would be quite long!

The supportive characters gave a lot to this book! It was definitely an added value to the story.

Generally:

The idea and the world of Divergent were fascinating. It did have its flaws, but it kept me reading and thinking. It had this magic way of drawing me into this book.

I will definitely read the next book in the series – Insurgent, but Divergent left me with mixed feelings: in one side I loved it for its originality, but on the other side there were important aspects missing, so I will take the average of 3 and 5 – 4 stars.

5 Flowers!


Happy reading!




Thursday, February 16, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop - Win amazon Gift Certificate!


Welcome to Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop! This hop is organized by Kathy from I am A Reader, Not A Writer and Lora from Read For Your Future and it runs from 17 - 21 of February. There are more than 170 blogs participating!!!



What can you win this time?

There will be 1 winner of 10$ gift certificate from amazon.com





Giveaway details:

As usually in Me and Reading, this giveaway is international.


In order to participate you need to be a follower (GFC, email, Networked blogs) of this blog, enter your name and email. That's mandatory entry.


Optional extra entries
+1 if you follow Me and Reading through Linky followers (on upper right sidebar).

All possible entries: 2

Please leave your follower names in the comments! Don't forget you email addy!
Winner will be announced in the blog latest on the 25th of February 2012.



I am posting this slightly earlier than other bloggers due to the time zone. I'm +6 till +12 hours ahead from the most of the participating bloggers.


The link to all other participants is here: http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2012/02/random-acts-of-kindness-giveaway-better.html



Good luck and happy hopping!
 

Thicker Than Water Blog Tour by Sharon K. Owen - Guest Post


Welcome to my stop at Thicker Than Water Blog Tour! The tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Sharon K. Owen. My stop includes some information about the book, about the author and a guest post by author.


Let's start with the blurb!

Thicker Than Water by Sharon K. Owen:

Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) is the first in a series of novels set in Brands Crossing, Texas. It chronicles the lives of the Kincaids, a prominent family in this mythical town, and focuses on a mystery that extends back to the mid-eighteenth century and the young Texas Republic.



As a child, KATE O'DONNELL spends summers at her grandparents' estate in Brands Crossing, Texas where she battles make-believe monsters, rescues endangered victims and a saves a mythical kingdom.


At twenty-five Kate is a singer/songwriter living in Nashville and pursuing a promising relationship with computer game designer PHILLIP NORWOOD. There, her only battles are fought in Aidenne's Revenge, Phillip's online fantasy game based on her childhood adventures.


When her grandfather is critically injured in a suspicious car crash, Kate abandons career and romance to return home to solve the mystery.There, she searches for incriminating documents, investigates a centuries-old family feud and confronts an anonymous rose-bearing admirer who stalks Kate in both real and virtual universes.

Author Bio:

Sharon K Owen is a fiction writer, a university professor, an online writing instructor, a freelance writer, a copy editor and a consultant for social media and self-publishing projects.


Her first novel: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in March, 2012.

Sharon’s short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories.

She shares a cozy sanctuary in a small lakeside town in North Texas with her two cats (Matt and Cinders).

And now ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the author of Thicker Than Water - Sharon K. Owen and her guest post!
 
 
What kind of smoke


by Sharon K. Owen

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to step back from the planning and plotting and writing of my novel and do a little brainstorming and free-writing.

In her famous book on writing, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg suggests many exercises (often timed in five minute segments) to practice this sort of writing.

When developing characters, one of my favorite exercises is the following titled “What Kind of Smoke Am I?”

As an example, I would characterize Kate O’Donnell (my protagonist in Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) as the smoke of a campfire. Depending on the season, the weather, the type of wood (and it’s age), and the amount of prodding by folks around it, a campfire might be smoldering, crackling, blazing or gently radiating warm, life-sustaining heat. The smoke from this campfire might change often and quickly from one dynamic to another.

That’s definitely Kate. Red-haired, independent, often fiery, she can also be warmly loyal, supportive and affectionate.

You can add other analogies to this exercise.

For example, if I wanted to describe what type of fabric Kate would be, I would say 100% cotton–natural, soft, sometimes crisp, smooth, comfortable, unpretentious–yet always with a subtle aura of class and understated elegance.

Give it a try.

Choose one of your characters and describe the kind of smoke they would be.

Also, don’t forget the New Author Blog Hop

Click here to meet new Authors and Book Lovers!

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Thank you so much Sharon for coming by and writing a post! It is highly appreciated!

Happy reading!





Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Valentine's Day!


In Estonia it is celebrated as Sõbrapäev - Friend's Day. So I wish happiness, love, good health, financial stability, lots of good books to all my friends far and close. I appreciate all of you!

Sincerely yours,

Transcendent:Tales of the Paranormal - anthology which supports children with cancer - Excerpt

Happy Tuesday!

Lani Woodland, Melanie Marks, Wendy Swore, Rita J Webb and several other YA writers have put together "Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal", a collection of 8 stories. It's a short, fun read, full of interesting characters and adventures, lots of twists and turns and creepy crawlies, and a touch of romance.

I'm glad to let you know that 50% of February's net sales for Transcendent will go to St Jude Children's Research Hospital to support the care and treatment of children with cancer.


Blurb



Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the décor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories.


Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you.


Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction.

Purchase Information

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615572324
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006JV1NM8
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/transcendent-lani-woodland/1108015082

Follow the book:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13096259-transcendent
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Transcendent-Tales-of-the-Paranormal/255603224494043
 
Excerpt from Transcendent:
 
 
Kiss of Death

Lani Woodland
& Melonie Piper


DEATH AND I shared a complicated history. During most of my seventeen years of life, it had followed me like a shadow I couldn’t outrun. Its icy fingers had closed around me more than once, but each time, I narrowly escaped. Even thinking about those encounters chilled my soul, but something always intervened. I survived. Not without more than my fair share of scares, though, and the knowledge that every second is precious.

Some sense of foreboding accompanied my dark thoughts, and apprehension haunted me as I stepped from the limo into the balmy Florida heat. The humidity caused my robin-blue gown to cling to my skeletal frame like shrink-wrap. My bald, scarred head was covered by a wig, perfectly styled and immune to the hot, sticky air.

Tall, slender palm trees swayed in the breeze as Nikki and I wove our way from the parking lot and into the hotel’s crowded lobby. Tonight would be perfect. It had to be—because tonight would be the highlight of my short life.

As the doctors had told me, the recent bout of sickness meant the experimental drug had failed. If the tumor returned, they would try another surgery, but there was little hope for a complete recovery. Within the next few months, I would most likely die. The news devastated my family, but as time passed, a sense of acceptance filled me. I decided not to waste one moment of the time I had left.

Tonight was no exception.

I settled into the party, ignoring the ever-present tug of death. Tonight, it seemed harder than usual to push away. I could almost feel its caress on my skin. I shivered. No matter where I moved around the room, it seemed as though something watched me. When I glanced over my shoulder, I half-expected to see the Angel of Death moving in to claim my soul. I rolled my eyes at my own imagination when all I found were the usual happenings at proms: people eating, dancing, and talking.

Enough of that. I’m here to have some fun.

I absorbed the heavy beat of the music while I danced, losing myself in the energy of prom night. It took an hour, but I finally managed to forget my unseen reaper, though the strain of activity after weeks of being bedridden took its toll.

“You’re looking kind of pale, Scarlet. Why don’t we go sit down?” Nikki asked.

“No, it’s okay. I’m fine.” But even as I said it, a wave of dizziness swept over me, and I grabbed a chair to steady myself.

“Sit down, stubborn girl. Your mom made me promise I wouldn’t let you overdo it tonight.”

“Too late, I think,” I muttered, low enough that Nikki didn’t hear, and pressed my hand against my overheated face. I tried not to lean on her arm too much as she walked me towards our table, but dizziness morphed into pain, and for a few moments, I saw double. I flopped into a chair with a thud and winced as the impact set off jackhammers inside my head.

“One of your headaches again?” Nikki frowned when I nodded. “I’m going to get you something to drink.” She turned toward the refreshment table, but not before I saw the worry in her eyes.

My head ached more than it had in a long time, since well before we’d begun the drug trial, and the pounding felt like something cracking its way out of my skull. I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday, a surgeon’s consult. I would have to get a pain prescription.

“Here, have some punch and rest,” Nikki said, pushing a white plastic cup into my hand. “I can sit with you,” she offered, but her eyes strayed to the dance floor where her boyfriend Joe danced.

I smiled at her. “Nikki, go.”

She shook her head. “No, I’m your date.”

“We both know I’m only your date because I missed too much school to buy my own ticket. Joe’s your date. Go dance with him. He looks lost without you.” Joe stood on the fringe of the dance floor with his hands clasped behind his back, swaying off beat to the music.

Nikki bit her lip. “Are you sure? I could stay.”

“I’m okay. Just go.”

She flashed me a quick grin and ran to Joe, and I smiled as I lifted my cup to my mouth. I looked casually around the room as I sipped and my eyes skimmed past a guy who walked through the ballroom doors and stepped off to the side. I gasped as I swallowed a mouthful of punch, which left me sputtering and coughing.

I blinked and looked again, expecting him to have vanished.

But he didn’t.

My heart pounded like the surf on the sand watching him move through the crowd. My cheeks flushed, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if my tongue unrolled from my mouth and thudded to the floor like a cartoon character. But who would have blamed me? It’s not every day the guy who visits you in your dreams strolls out of your REM cycle and into your senior prom. Yet there he was, the guy my mind had created in times of duress, standing casually among us. For a moment, I thought I imagined him, but then Garret O’Neil asked him a question and he nodded in reply.

“He’s real.” I’d spent most of my life living in fantasy novels, wishing magic into the reality of my life, complete with a benevolent knight who would ride into my life and whisk me away from all the pain. I looked at him again, still standing on the side of the room. The sight of him brought me hope. Maybe magic really existed in the world, and maybe I could be a part of it.

I stared at him harder, memorizing every characteristic and mannerism. His hair had the same messy waves I knew so well. My gaze traveled to his lips, remembering what it felt like to stare at them as they offered words of comfort. His sculpted cheeks, his long-lashed eyes, and his quirky smile—exactly the same as my dream guy. He even flicked his bangs back with a toss of his head, in the same absent-minded way. By the time I heard his deep rumbling laugh, my stomach clenched with certainty.

I frowned. Moments like this didn’t happen outside of the movies. Maybe the Make-A-Wish people had really upped their game; how else could Dream-Guy have materialized on the most important night of my life? Maybe it could be explained by the meds my doctor had given me. No, that explanation didn’t make sense. My medicine had side effects, but not the kind that caused hallucinations.

The pressure in my head increased, making my stomach lurch and black stars burst behind my eyes. I took a deep breath, combating the pain, and when it lessened, I immediately checked to see if he had vanished. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that he hadn’t disappeared.

Dream-Guy leaned against the wall, his dark eyes scanning the crowd as if looking for someone. My heart fluttered again, and a seed of hope sprouted in my heart that maybe he was searching for me. But the seed withered under the brutal sun of reality.

Me, dateless at prom. That was reality.

A brain tumor the doctor believed would grow back, and painful headaches suggesting it already had. That was reality.

In reality, the odds of surviving another surgery were zero.

I really hated reality.

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Sounds like a very good book! I will support the cause with buying a Kindle version of it.

Happy reading!



Cover Reveal and Giveaway - Transfer Student by Laura A. H. Elliott

Happy Tuesday!

I am happy to be part of Cover Reveal and Giveaway of Transfer Student by Laura A. H. Elliott!

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is - Cover of Transfer Student!!!


TWO WORLDS. TWO TEENS. ONE WISH.

TRANSFER STUDENT is a science fiction Freaky-Friday romance/adventure about two normal teenagers struggling to survive high school and deal with their parents… typical rites of passage. The twist? One teen is an alien from the planet Retha. In a galactic teleporting experiment gone wrong, Ashley, a Beverly Hills High surfing fashionista, and Rhoe, the biggest geek on planet Retha, swap lives. Only by surviving life as their biggest nightmare do Ashley & Rhoe discover their dreams. How far would you go for someone you love?



WIN TRANSFER STUDENT BOOKMARKS SIGNED BY AUTHOR LAURA A. H. ELLIOTT!

To enter to win all you need to do is tweet this & follow Laurasmagicday:

Nothing says #ValentinesDay like an alien #romance! TRANSFER STUDENT Cover Reveal! #TransferStudent #teenreads #kindle http://laurasmagicday.wordpress.com/

The first 100 tweets/followers win!



TRANSFER STUDENT BLOG TOUR: LEAP DAY, 2012 - MARCH 20th

and stops here 15th of March!

Giveaways include free ebooks of TRANSFER STUDENT, Amazon gift cards & weekly surprise gifts that are out of this world!

TRANSFER STUDENT RELEASE DAY: MARCH 20th

Happy reading!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cursing Athena by Lisa Sanchez - Book Spotlight and Excerpt

Happy Monday!

One of the author's whom I have been following from the very first book she published, has another book release coming! Author Lisa Sanchez is coming out with new series, and the first novella is out!!! You will find some information about Lisa, her new book - Cursing Athena and an excerpt below.

I am already reading Cursing Athena and I really like it so far! My review will be posted during Lisa's blog tour on the release date - 6th of March. Trust me, you don't want to miss that one!

Blurb:



For Danika, the only thing worse than going commando while wearing a fugly, silver bodysuit, was dealing with her deadbeat, ex-husband James. Catcalls, unwanted groping and lecherous stares weren’t really her cup of tea either, but she’d endure all of it and more if her new job serving cocktails at Masquerade meant ridding herself of his mountain of debt. It was just a job, after all, and what choice did she have with James' creditors breathing down her neck? What she didn't bargain for, however, was falling heels-over-head in lust with a two-hundred-plus pound, shape-shifting immortal from Ancient Greece.


On a mission to take down a parasitic demon, Ty doesn't have time for distraction. Not even when that distraction could prove to be his possible lifemate in the form of sweet, innocent, yet sexy-as-hell Danika. But when the leech he’s hunting goes after the cocktail waitress, all bets are off. Unable to resist her siren call any longer, Ty surrenders himself to Danika, body and soul, treating them both to a night they'll never forget.

I just wanted to add my comment here - I LOVE this cover! Look at these eyes!!!! So strong and powerful look!

Excerpt:

Bloody, dismembered bodies never got easier to look at. No matter how many millennia you roamed the earth. Ty stood from the cluster of torn limbs and viscera, disgust coating his stomach. Glass, splintered wood, and torn, blood-soaked paper littered the hardwood floor, every inch of the taupe walls in the small upscale apartment spattered with gore.

“It happened maybe an hour ago. Two at most.” Athena stood from where she knelt, her long, jet-black hair cascading across her black leather jacket like a shiny curtain. “The scorch mark is still fresh.”

Ty stared at the large circular burn mark on the floor and gnashed his teeth. He’d seen enough inter-dimensional landing pads to last him a lifetime—a thousand lifetimes. It was always the same: some hopped up demon, drunk on his own power, would decide he was the exception to the rule and cross over into the mortal realm, usually through a crack between dimensions.

Ty glanced over his shoulder toward the pile of female parts littering the sofa and floor. The underworld visitor had hit pay dirt, landing in the middle of what looked like some sort of book club gathering. Red wine mixed with blood seeped into the oriental throw rug; some type of uptight, crudités appetizer peppered the carpet along with a few well-manicured fingers.

“Great Zeus above…” Ty shook his head. It had been a bloodbath. The poor women never stood a chance.

Demons weren’t permitted out of Tartarus, and for good reason. Hungry for both flesh and innocent souls, they treated the human population like an all-you-can-eat buffet.

This, of course, was where he came in. Leader of The Order of Seven, and a favorite of Athena despite his outward hatred of her, he’d been summoned to the grisly scene just moments before.

Plucked from the bowels of Hades by the goddess herself, Ty and each of his six warrior brothers had been saddled not only with the lovely gift of immortality, but with an inner beast, a fierce mythological creature that would lie dormant within until it came time to battle. Ty’s beast, a Nemean lion, was especially vicious. Three times the size of a normal lion, it sported an enormous jaw that could pulverize steel and claws that could cut through the thickest armor. Even more astonishing was its fur. A deep burnished gold, smooth and thick, it was impervious to mortal weapons, making it virtually indestructible. Unearthly handsome in his mortal form, and blessed with the strength of a thousand men, he was the perfect warrior—cunning, lethal.

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Author bio:

Lisa Sanchez is a California cheer mom taxiing her way through life, one car ride at a time. Along with chauffer, she sports several job titles, including, but not limited to: author, chef, seamstress, videographer, nurse, enforcer, and general slave to her three daughters.

The first two books in her Hanaford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold) are published with Omnific Publishing. The third book, Faythe Reclaimed, is currently on submission. Her erotic suspense, Obsessed was published March 29th 2011 with Loose Id.

Links:
Website- http://www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/#!/LisaSanchez3
FB- https://www.facebook.com/LisaSanchezRomanceAuthor
Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4028407.Lisa_Sanchez


Come back for review on the 6th of March!

Happy reading!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

THE CONTEST AND THE WINNING AND THE FREE BOOKS

Happy Saturday!

I could not help it - I had to share it!

Tahereh Mafi, the author of Shatter Me has a giveaway!!!!!

There will be 6 winners and Shatter Me is part of it! I haven't read Shatter Me yet, but cannot wait.

So people, go and visit her blog! Good luck with winning! The link is below!


THE CONTEST AND THE WINNING AND THE FREE BOOKS

Happy reading!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Review Tour of Devotion by Kristie Cook - Review and Giveaway!


Welcome to my stop at Review Tour of Devotion by Kristie Cook! The tour is organized by the author Kristie Cook and it runs from 1 - 24 February. My stop includes a review and giveaway together with some information about Devotion. You can see the tour schedule at the end of the post, so feel free to join in and visit other blogs, too!



Author: Kristie Cook

Title: Devotion
Series: Soul Savers (#3)
Release date: 31st of January 2012
Published by: Ang'dora Productions, LLC
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Paranormal Romance
URL: http://www.kristiecook.com/
Pages: 203 pages in ebook copy
Source: Book provided by the author for reviewing


Summary of Devotion:


With powerful abilities gained from the Ang’dora and Tristan back by her side, Alexis thinks she’s ready for the next challenge— protecting her son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learn about her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface, including the Amadis.


Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and make impossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that could destroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in the human world, with the ultimatum that they’ll continue attacking innocents until Alexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis’ protection. The couple’s own society begins to shut them out. But that’s not all.


Someone’s keeping a secret. A big one. Faith and hope in Alexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.


But the search for answers leads only to the discovery of more betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to the test—devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to her beliefs—leaving her to question whom she’s fighting for and why she should even bother. But if she won’t fight . . . who will?

My review:

After I turned the last page of Purpose, which was the second book in the Soul Savers series, I could not wait to start reading Devotion! When I finally got it I read it in one sitting. Now, after finishing Devotion, I can’t wait till next book!

Devotion, written by Kristie Cook, was very good reading from the first page until the last one. Somehow Kristie has managed something that many authors lack – she is capable of turning each book in series into more intriguing experience and constantly surprises you. I loved that about Devotion!

Regarding the plot:

As said, there were many unpredicted turns in Devotion. Devotion picks up exactly where Purpose ended. Alexis and Tristan are visiting Amadis, but Amadis is getting more and more anxious about Alexis not having a daughter with Tristan and it creates disorder in Amadis’ council. Rina is asking Alexis to listen to council members’ minds to find out who is behind the weird behavior of council members.

Alexis tries hard, but does not succeed for a while, until she hears about a girl. After that so many things start to happen. Alexis is determined to find the girl even though none believes her. The only person standing behind Alexis is Tristan. Tristan stands by her even nobody wants to see these two together and even he has his doubts what is right thing to do.

Before you know, you find yourself in Australia, where Alexis and Tristan are escaping barely staying alive from another attack from the Daemoni. Nobody wants to help them because Amadis is sure that Alexis should not be with Tristan. Council turns against Tristan and after returning to Amadis, he is set for trial of betraying the Amadis.

Did I see that coming? No.


Did I see that coming who is the girl? No


Did I see that coming who is Tristan’s mother? No


Did I see that coming who was the person who influenced the council? No.

Devotion takes all your knowledge what you think might happen and turns it around. It surprises you. It is unpredictable and very interesting and fascinating! Brilliant development of the story!

Regarding the characters:

I loved Alexis in Devotion! So strong to her beliefs, so persistent of finding what she searches, so true to her love! I loved when she said: If he goes, I go! Kristie did absolutely wonderful job with Alexis in Devotion. The same goes for Tristan. He was willing to give up the dearest of them all, to show his love. Even though I do not understand such a sacrifice, I admired him for that. The relationship between Alexis and Tristan is stronger than ever.

Dorian was adorable. The relationship he developed with his father was so sweet and lovable. The way Dorian cared for her mother made my heart skip couple of beats – it was so beautiful when Dorian told her mom that he did not want mom to be like she was when Tristan was away. It almost broke my heart. I really hope that Dorian will not be part of the Daemoni and can take over the rule of Amadis. His heart simply belongs to the good ones!

There were some new characters brought in and out of the new characters my favorite was Char – Owen’s mother.

Generally:

Devotion was great sequel to Promise and Purpose and honestly, I was sorry when I finished reading Devotion’s last page. I was so sure that Devotion is the last book in the series, but I found out, that it is not. And I am glad for that, because the way Alexis and Tristan’s path developed in Devotion was so well-written and captivating that I am happy I can spend some time in their world when the next book is out.

When I really enjoyed both Promise and Purpose, then Devotion took me to a different level of reading – it was intense, unpredictable, quick-paced, and dramatic and filled with action. It should be a must read for all fans of paranormal romance!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.




Kristie was so nice to offer a giveaway of 1 e-book copy of Devotion!!!!

Giveaway details:

To enter the giveaway of Devotion you must be a follower of Me and Reading.
Please enter your follower name and email in the comments and you are entered!
Giveaway is international and ends at the midnight of 24th of February.
Winner will be announced latest 27th of February.

Good luck!


Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kristie-Cook/e/B0046KG8R4
B&N.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/kristie-cook
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/kristiecook
Signed paperbacks: http://www.readourwrites.com/shop/
Connect with Kristie Cook:


Email: kristie@kristiecook.com
Author's Website & Blog: http://www.kristiecook.com/
Series Website: http://www.soulsaversseries.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristieCook
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kristiecookauth
Tumbler: http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/kristiecook
Google+: https://plus.google.com/102746226001674797330/posts
 
The schedule:


Brenda@ http://brendapandos.blogspot.com/  – 2/1
Heather@ http://theindieelite.blogspot.com/  – 2/2
Mindy@ http://www.forbiddenreviews.com/  - 2/3
Stacey@ http://sassybooklovers.blogspot.com/  - 2/6
Lisa@ http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com/  - 2/7
Jessica@ http://www.totalbookaholic.com/  - 2/8
Christina@ http://zodiacbookreviews.blogspot.com/ -2/9
Cynthia@ http://bookreaderaddictsgiveaways.blogspot.com/  - 2/10
Inga@ http://www.ingasilbergbooks.com/  - 2/10
Michelle@ http://insaneaboutbooks.blogspot.com/  - 2/13
Katelynn@ http://bookshelfsophisticate.blogspot.com/  - 2/13
Donna & Melanie@ http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/  - 2/14
Trish@ http://shishyboo.blogspot.com/ - 2/15
Katrina@ http://pageflipperz.blogspot.com/  - 2/16
Amy@ http://simpleloveofreading.blogspot.com/  - 2/17
Autumn@ http://autumsbitchinbookreviews.blogspot.com/ - 2/20
Britney@ http://www.living-fictitiously.blogspot.com/ - 2/21
Tevya & Michelle@ http://readinglark.blogspot.com/  - 2/22
Tanya@ http://speedyreader-allthingsbooks.blogspot.com/  - 2/23
Patricia@ http://www.examiner.com/  – 2/24
 
Thanks goes to Kristie for the review copy and for writing a wonderful book!
 
Happy reading!
 
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