My Top 10 Movies of 2010

Everyone has been picking their favorite movies for 2010, so I decided I would try and take a swing at it for myself. I picked my top 10 from the list of movies I've seen this year.

10. The Wolfman
The Wolfman is probably the werewolf movie for 2010. Del Toro was amazing as Lawrence Talbot and I couldn't get enough of his quarreling with his father who is played by Anthony Hopkins. The effects were amazing and it was a great spin on the original.
9. Shutter Island
One word: DiCaprio. DiCaprio was absolutely amazing in this role and was different from his previous ones. Shutter was a good psychological thriller that kept you on the edge of your seat. I have to say that this movie was one of the those movies that was "jaw drop" worthy.
8. Remember Me
Rob Pattinson has slowly creeped up on my list of lovable actors. This was a good romantic drama that I have been missing for awhile! I loved the chemistry between Pattinson and de Ravin.
7. Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton has done it again with this movie. I had to see this because of Tim Burton and was astonished by Johnny Depp's performance as the Mad Hatter and the AH-mazing effects.
6. Dear John
The ultimate love story of 2010. Sparks never disappoints with his love dramas. Tatum and Seyfried had great chemistry in here and I have to say that I did cry at the end of it.
5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
I am a total TwiHard, but Eclipse was the best movie out of the three. The lighting was amazing, the acting was spot-on, the fighting sequences were awesome, and makes me totally ready for Breaking Dawn.
4. Eat Pray Love
This was one of my favorite movies of probably all time because I love travelling and this was a brilliant story of finding yourself on the inside and out. I also do love the little love lines and the food scenes were amusing.
3. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
This was definitely the funniest movie of 2010, hands down. I could not stop laughing when it came to this movie. Michael Cera was so hilarious in this movie from being akward to being fearless...in a way. The effects of making the movie into a comic book type of setting. The supporting actors made the movie complete because of their one liners.
2. The Social Network
This movie deserves an Oscar. When I first went to see this movie, I was set on seeing another movie. My friend and I saw this instead when we found out our movie wasn't in theaters and we loved it. It was amazing cinematic documentary. Eisenberg was amazing in this and I loved learning a little about how Facebook came to be.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part I
I love Harry Potter and the last book was one of the only books I read in the series, so I went in with some set views in mind. I have to say that everyone stepped up their game this time around. Daniel, Emma, and Rupert were stunning in this movie. I loved the drama between the three and the true friendship. I absolutely loved the dark color scheme of the movie and the effects were, like always, perfect. A lot of heart break and hope, but this is an amazing movie for a part 1.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Wanted Wednesdays: Dark Visions

Hey everyone! It's me Brooke. Alisha couldn't blog today, so she asked me to do the Wanted Wednesdays for her. So, a book series you may or may not know is one I believe to be amazing. Ready to try and guess it? Here's a hint.

"Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait's not a witch: She's a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accept an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psychic teens.
Learning to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, Kait discovers the intensity of her power--and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is kind and athletic, and heals people with his good energy. Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious, a telepath concealing his true nature as a psychic vampire, feeding off of other's life energy. Together Rob and Gabriel's opposing forces threaten the group's stability.
Then one of the experiment traps the five teens in a psychic link. A link that threatens their sanity and their lives. And Kaitlyn must decide whom to trust. . . and whom to love."

Still trying to figure it out? This amazingly astounding wonderful (dramatizing) book is called Dark Visions.
From the woman who brought you Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Forbidden Game, Night World, and more comes the epic story Dark Visions. Unfortunately, this being an older book, has no new upcoming books in this series. Though, there is no need for more, seeing as it has the perfect ending.
So, many may think I am exaggeration, but I love this book very much and I think anyone who enjoys a book with a bit of everything in it will love it too.

Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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2011 To Be Read (TBR) Challenge

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This is my second challenge I will be entering, it is a challenge dedicated to helping you get through that tall "To Be Read" pile we all desperately need to shorten (especially me). The challenge is represented by Roof Beam Reader and it is held for 12 months for you to read 12 books in your TBR pile. The books have to be published before 1/1/10.

Here is my list for the challenge:
  1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
  3. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
  4. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
  5. Willow by Julia Hoban
  6. Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon
  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  8. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
  9. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
  10. Betrayal by P.C. Cast
  11. Chosen by P.C. Cast
  12. Untamed by P.C. Cast
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Music Monday: My Love by Sia



For Music Monday, I have decided to do this post over a song that I heard a few weeks ago. We all know by now that Eclipse is on DVD and we have had our fair share of watching the commercials a few hundred times. But, every time the commercials come on, I always here this one song that makes me tear up every time I hear it.

I searched around and finally found that the song is called My Love by Sia. I know the song is in the movie, but this was the first time I took notice at it. (Even though the song played durin the proposal.)

I soon downloaded the song and it is now one of those songs that I can not get enough of! I love it to death and I honestly hope they use it again in Breaking Dawn Part 1 or Part 2.

Here is the song itself and the video has the lyrics as well:

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Official Summary For Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings

I've been waiting for this for a long time! Finally, I found the official summary for Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings. I don't know when they released it, but here it is and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did:
The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on Earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend, Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville's old mill. Raven discovers Jagger's plan to open a club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville's teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike? And as Sebastian and Luna's relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want? With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is romantic and mysterious thrill ride. Source
I can not wait to see if Alexander turns Raven or not! You can check out my first post about Cryptic Cravings here!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Tron: Legacy

Opened: Dec. 17, 2010
Rated: PG
Runtime: 2 hrs. 7 mins.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Synopsis: “Tron: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. Source


Review: I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan, but I decided to give this movie a try. (Part that, part dragged there.) It was based off of the original movie and it seemed to have amazing effects.

The plot is a good version of how the story behind the game would have been. I loved how the beginning starts the action right off the bat. However, the plot was confusing until the very end when everything was revealed. Questions wouldn't be answered until the end and sometimes you're left confused.

Garrett Hedlund is an amazing actor and I think this was a good role for him. I loved Hedlund, he was serious but funny at times. I saw him in Troy, Four Brothers, Friday Night Lights, and Georgia Rule. To me, he's a really great actor and I think Tron will be a good start for his career in the future.

Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde were amazing supporting actors. I missed Jeff Bridges and seeing him in this reminds me of what an amazing actor he is. He is also in True Grit, so go check that out when you can as well. Olivia Wilde is a lovely actress, she was great in House. I think this was also a good break for her film career, she was amazing as Quorra.

I give this a 3 out of 4 because it has great acting with a great cast, but some of the dialogue was a little cliche and full of puns.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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12 Days of Bookmas: Ultimate Holiday Package

Well, this is the close of the first ever, 12 Days of Bookmas! I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves and I'm sorry I did not give anyone a heads up, it was sort of a spontaneous thought. I want to thank all the authors who participated: Graham Parke, Adrian Phoenix, Sophie Jordan, Kelley Armstrong, and Beth Fantaskey. I also wanted to thank Ashley from Ashley's Bookshelf for doing a quick Q&A with me.

This last giveaway is the Ultimate Holiday Package (fake snow flies everywhere)! The package includes the Maker's Song series signed and Beth Fantaskey collector pins!

I used random generator for this contest, so the winner for the Ultimate Holiday Package is:

Danielle

Thank you to everyone who participated throughout the 12 Days of Bookmas! If you have won something, please email me with updates when it comes in and so forth, I would love to see your guys' winnings!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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City of Bones Movie News and City of Fallen Angels Cover

If you are a mere mundane like me, but have an immortal love for the Mortal Instruments series, you'll love this post!

First off, the City of Bones movie adaptation is totally set in stone! And, you want to know how I know? They already casted the girl for Clary Fray!
Lily Collins (who played the daughter off of the Blind Side) will be the lovely Clary Fray. She's a great actress and a lovely girl. She looks like the perfect Clary, so we'll just have to see how her acting will be.

In other Mortal Instrument news, the cover for the City of Fallen Angels was revealed!
Isn't this cover lovely? Cassandra Clare never seems to disappoint with her book covers. City of Fallen Angels is set to release on April 5, 2011! You can pre-order here.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Wanted Wednesdays: Holiday Version

Christmas is nearing and I'm waiting impatiently for it to come! Like every other book blogger, I need books right now! I feel literally running on fumes because I have no books to read and it is Winter Break!

I know we all want the new Nook or a Kindle or even an iPad, but seeing as how I will only get books, here are some books I would love to recieve from the Big Guy:

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Betrayal by Gillian Shields
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
In the Company of Vampires by Katie MacAlister
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Maker's Song series by Adrian Phoenix
Need series by Carrie Jones
Wings series by Aprilynne Pike
Torment by Lauren Kate
House of Night series by P.C. Cast
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Replacement by  Brenna Yovanoff

Tell me some of the reads you are craving for the holidays!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011 presented by Book Chick City

(Click on the icon to go to the official challenge post)
I have never done a book challenge before and haven't done one for BNR yet either. I decided that for 2011 I would at least do three challenges so that I can read more and to have more to blog about. I came upon one of Book Chick City's 2011 Challenges that I would love to join. It is her Horror and Urban Fantasy book challenge! The rules are simple, read 24 books in 2011 under one or both of these two genres.

If you want to join, you can join at any time during 2011 and do not have to have a blog to enter. If you don't have a blog and would like to enter, click here.

I haven't picked out the books I will be reading yet for the challenge but I will post up a list soon!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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'I Love Your Blog' Awards: December 2010 Winner--All Things Urban Fantasy


Don't you miss that icon?! I do! I'm glad to close this year with an amazing blog as December's Winner. All Things Urban Fantasy is this month's winner and I am so honored to give this award to the girls over at ATUF. A few months ago, I found this review blog when searching for new blogs to follow. I fell in love with the design immediately and soon was addicted to Abigail's reviews. To wrap up 2010, I wanted to give this award to a blog that deserves some recognition for being absolutely amazing and a great contribution to the blog world. So, here's to you, Abigail and Julia! ATUF definitely deserves this!

Here's my Q&A with Abigail:

How did you get started blogging?

I never set out to start a blog. I’d written reviews for years, but it wasn’t until I got caught up in the paranormal world through the Buffy TV show that I discovered the blogging community. When I started trying to find books similar to Buffy, I stumbled across Doug’s amazing blog, SciFiGuy.ca. I started paying attention to the things I liked about various blogs and what I didn’t. Finally I took the plunge in September 2009.

How did you get the idea for ATUF?
At the time, there were only a handful of paranormal fiction blogs available, and I thought I could fill a void. In hindsight, I wish I’d spent more time comparing Blogger to Wordpress before choosing Blogger.

How did you come up with the name for your blog, All Things Urban Fantasy?
Honestly, I had two really pragmatic reasons for choosing my title: I wanted it to show up first alphabetically and I wanted it to include the words “Urban Fantasy” so that I would get more search engine hits. Voila: All Things Urban Fantasy. I did have more fun coming up with the tagline: Where Para is Normal

What makes your blog stand out from others?
Visually, I‘m still crazy in love with my header that I had designed. I wanted something that looked like an urban fantasy cover and I think we nailed it.

Content wise, ATUF has a lot of regular features like Hot Off The Press (a list of monthly new releases), Cover Art Coverage (a collection of all the new covers released that week), How I Blog (my tips and tricks to blogging), Top Ten Lists (that one’s self explanatory) and phenomenal guests and giveaways.

ATUF also hosts special events throughout the year like Paranormal Summer Fest, Spooky Legends, Turkey Tales, and my personal favorite, The Urban Fantasy Cover Art Awards.

What is your favorite thing about blogging? The worse?
Honestly, the best thing is free books. I know a lot of bloggers say it’s not about ARCs, but that’s a huge perk. That and getting to interview authors.

The worst is the colossal time suck that a blog becomes. I had no idea going in how much work is involved. Having a partner has saved my sanity.

What have you learned from blogging?
Lots, that’s why I started my How I Blog feature :)

I know that you have started your 2010 Cover Awards, I certainly voted! How did you come up with the Cover Awards and when did you start them?
I started the awards just two months after I started my blog. I was looking for something to bring attention to my blog and I’ve always been obsessed with cover art. It took awhile to figure out the logistics, but it’s now my favorite event that I host.

How is this year's Cover Awards different from previous?
Time! I only had about a month of planning last year. This year, I started in August and had plenty of time organize the nomination/voting ballot and streamline the voting process, which in turn freed me up to contact all the authors and artists right away this year. I also had lots of bloggers who were anticipating the awards and started to promote from day one.

You have done lots of interviews, what is your favorite parts of interviewing? Do you have a favorite interview?
It can be challenging trying to come up with new questions for each interview, but it is unbelievably wonderful to have that kind of access to the authors you love. I do have one question I always ask and the answers are always great: “If X were ever made into a movie, who would your dream or, to keep things interesting, nightmare cast be?”

My favorite interview has to be the one I did with Maggie Stiefvater for LINGER. She’s one of my all time favorite authors and she was unbelievably generous with her answers.

Giving that you are a book reviewer, what have been you favorite books of 2010?
I actually just did a giveaway for my favorite books from 2010. These are the ones I rated 5/5:
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Double Cross by Carolyn Crane
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith
City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Hunted By The Others by Jess Haines

What are you thinking of doing differently or bringing to ATUF in 2011?
I have a few surprises planned, but nothing drastic. I hope to review lots more books this year with Julia on board:)

What is one thing you wished you would have done differently since starting ATUF?
Only one? I probably would have gone with Wordpress over Blogger. The permalink feature alone would be worth it. And I probably would have gone with my own domain instead of the default .blogspot.com.

You have one feature called, How I Blog, can you give bloggers any tips?
My number one tip is the one I did my first How I Blog post about: Windows Live Writer. It’s a free program that you build your posts with. Check out my post to see what is so amazing about it.

What are you looking forward to for the upcoming holidays?
Books for Christmas!

Do you have any blog New Years resolutions?
Not to over extend myself.

Is there anything special you want for the holidays?
I jumped the gun and bought myself a Kindle over the summer, so I just want books and of course the time to read them. Oh, and a Snuggie!

I saw you have a new reviewer on the ATUF crew, Julia. How did she become your blog partner?
Julia. I was going quietly nuts before she joined ATUF. I was getting so many review requests, I couldn’t keep up. I decided to advertise for a new reviewer and of the 35 applicants, Julia was my first choice. She’s amazing and has such a wonderful conversational review style.

You have new community launched called Pocket After Dark, what is that about?
Pocket After Dark is a new site that Pocket books launched this year. Here’s the official copy:
Welcome to Pocket After Dark, an online community of urban fantasy and romance readers, where top authors share exciting new content and interact with fans. Check here regularly for free books, live chats, exclusive blogs, photos, video and more! So belly up to the bar at Pocket After Dark.
What is one thing you always live by when blogging?
Organization. Keep track of your contacts, upcoming guests, and review schedule. Time is the enemy of blogging and the more organized I am, the better use I’m able to make of my time.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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12 Days of Bookmas: A Gomessy Xmas




It's the age-old tale:
     Boy meets girl.
     Boy stalks girl.
     Girl already has a stalker.
     Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.”

“No Hope for Gomez!” is the award winning comedy novel that has already wrecked thousands of reasonably useful minds. To end the year with a twist, you get the Geeky eNovel “A Gomessy Xmas: Random acts of senseless kindness” with your copy of No Hope. Simply send your Amazon receipt to nohopeforgomez@gmail.com before January 15th.

As a bonus, and for a limited time only, reading “No Hope for Gomez!” will also make you more attractive to the opposite sex, and it will increase your random luck by about 9.5%
(These statements have not been evaluated by anyone of consequence.)

Read a free chapter here. , and get more details on this offer here.


"Extremely witty and clever writing that contains keen insights into human nature." California Chronicles

"The antics in this book will leave the reader laughing. Graham Parke is a genius." Readers Favorite

"A quick and unputdownable read that flies in the face of reason and smashes against the wall of detective novels. It's a Coens Brothers' film formatted in book form." BookReview.com

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Holiday Music Mondays: Holiday Songs

We all have our favorite songs we love to listen to while we do our shopping. This isn't my favorite, but I always sing it when Indy gets snow...like now. "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!" I know I'm not the only one who sang that while reading it!

But, here are some of the most popular songs we listen to during the tinsel hanging and cookie baking:


Silent Night is one of my favorites. It has the meaning of Christmas along with a great tone that makes you want to sit by a cozy fire. I love the way Beyonce song Silent Night, so here's her version of it when she performed at the Disney's Christmas Day Parade.


White Christmas is another one of those classics that I love to hear during the Christmas season. I don't know if it's just me, but I love to hear it when I'm in Macy's. No one? Guess it is me. But, I know Jim Carey doesn't sing the right version, but I hope you guys get a kick out of it.


I picked Deck the Halls because I thought that everyone should be singing this when they are decorating the tree...other than O, Christmas Tree! I picked Debby Ryan's because she seems like a great girl and I kind of like the instrumental to this.

Jingle Bells/Jingle Bell Rock

We all know these two! They are both happy songs to get us ready for the holidays and to join in together when it comes on at the mall. (Trust me, that happened to me once.) I chose the Mean Girls scene where they do the Jingle Bell Rock dance because that scene has become a classic since the movie has come out. (Other than Damien's rendition of Beautiful by Christina Aguilera.)

Those are just a few holiday songs, I know! But, these are just some that I know we all can sing along to if they so happen to come over the mall speaker!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Entice Review

So, seeing as I just reviewed this upcoming book, it will be a little repetitive. So let's recap shall we....
"The clock chimes the end of an hour and a shudder breaks through me.
'What if he's dead, really dead?' I sucked in air, trying not to give in and cry. 'Gone-forever dead, you know? And I changed for nothing.'
The clock downstairs keeps chiming midnight. 'You don't believe that, do you?'
Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is gone. He's been taken to some mythic place for warriors called Valhalla, where Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. It's just not going to be easy.
Meanwhile, Bedford needs it's warriors more than ever, since a group of evil pixies is devastating the place, with teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent. But even if Zara and her friends can find a way to Valhalla, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to leave with her? Especially considering she hasn't turned into just any pixie. . . She's Astley's queen."

Okay, may I just say... wow! I started this late last night, and I finished it in one day after reading it all day non-stop. There are now definite teams: Team Nick and Team Astley. I can't decide! Many people who reviewed this book, complained about how Zara was more whiny in this one and couldn't make a decision. I, on the other hand, sympathize. In Captivate, she was turned from a pixie hating human, to a pixie queen. Not to mention, she does this for her soul mate who is dead... or is he? Though, many complain about Zara, I love her character. She becomes stronger and more independent. She becomes more like the queen she is.
The plot got more and more complicated. Within one chapter I could go from crying to laughing to screaming at the book. Twists and turns were at every corner.
I still have yet to find a book I honestly don't enjoy. I give this book a 4. Carrie Jones can fit so much in just 264 pages. I cannot wait for the next book in her series to come out in January.
Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke

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Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast (Review)

Reading level: Young Adult
Edition: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 1, 2007)
Language: English
Series: Book 1
Synopsis: Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change—and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny—with a little help from her new vampyre friends. Source

Review: I gave this book a chance a few months back, but couldn't finish it. For some reason I just couldn't get into it. Then, a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to give Marked one more try. At first, I could see why I couldn't get into it, but as I read deeper and deeper into the book, I really go into it.

I loved the different characters, including Damien and Stevie Rae. They help Zoey no matter what and bring insight when Zoey is lost. I feel like they will continue to be there for Zoey and are good characters who seem to develop through Marked.

I loved Zoey because she was a real main character. She is realistic because she makes mistakes, but she recognizes them and tries to make them right. She's not always nice, but not always mean. She is a breath of fresh air because she possesses great powers but she doesn't know how to use. However, she tries her best to grasp them with the help of her friends and her grandmother.

The plot, I think, was a great start for the series. It wasn't too intense, but not just about meeting the characters. I felt like the ending of the book left me off with a good cliff-hanger that makes me want to continue reading the series, but wrapped up Marked so it can be a good stand alone book in the series. However, I feel like the Cast team describe things and people way too immensely. There would be paragraphs just describing a building or certain event going on. I like when people over do it than under do it, but I couldn't get into those parts when they were describing things.

All in all, I give this book a three out of four because I truly did love the characters and the plot to Marked, but the describing was a little too much for me.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (Review)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Edition: Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins (March 23, 2010)
Language: English
Synopsis: If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl — someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment — not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.


Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends — a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch — and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying. Source

Review: The Awakening is the second book inthe Darkest Powers series. I reviewed The Summoning and loved it! Luckily, I was not disappointed with The Awakening.

The characters did not disappoint me with their unique personalities and incredible wit. I loved Chlerek even more and I was hoping for them to get closer, which I got! I won't go into details about how they do, but you will be somewhat satisfied when you read about their conversations. Their relationship at the end has me very exicted for The Reckoning. You don't get to see as much Tori and Simon as you would like, but when you do see them, they do not disaapoint. Rae is a character that I truly have to say, confused me throughout the book. All I can say for her is to read about her to get where she stands in The Summoing.

The plot is very exciting throughout. Tori, Simon, Chloe, and Derek are running away from the Edison Group and trying to find Simon and Derek's father. I loved The Awakening because it is the epitome of the second installment. It gives you more answers from questions you had from the first book, but also raises more questions for the third book. I also liked how The Awakening has the characters progress throughout the book. New relationships are formed, they develop new identities, and so forth. They don't stay in one place, but continue to move on.

I give this book a four out of four because it is the right way a second book in a series should be made, answers and raises questions. I said it in The Summoning review and I'm saying it in The Awakening review, you should check out this series.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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12 Days of Bookmas: Adrian Phoenix Q&A and Black Dust Mambo

Happy Saturday, everyone! I am so happy today because it is the first official day of Winter Break, which means that I can devote my time to getting BNR through these cold weeks!

Today, I dedicated the day to the lovely Adrian Phoenix who was gracious enough to contribute a signed copy of Black Dust Mambo to the 12 Days of Bookmas! Now, I haven't heard back from her yet, but I do believe the giveaway is international with that said, the winner for the signed copy of Black Dust Mambo is:

Zoë from Canada
Zoë please contact me at blacknailedreviews@gmail.com and we'll get everything straightened out!

Here is the Q&A that I had the pleasure to do with Adrian:
What are you looking forward for the upcoming holidays?

First of all, happy holidays and thanks for having me here! I’m really looking forward to having Christmas dinner at my son’s house in Vancouver. This is the first year that I haven’t hosted the holiday meal, so this will be very special. My son volunteered to cook. No way I’m going to refuse!


Are there any special traditions you like to do during the holidays?
We always watch A Christmas Story. I love that movie. It never gets old. In fact, since TBS runs it for 24 hours, we just leave the TV on and walk by, quoting lines as we go about our business. LOL. A fave quote: “Frah-gee-lay. Must be Italian.” “That’s fragile, dear.”


What do you do writing-wise during the holidays? Like, take a break or secretly write when everyone's gone to bed.
I still have regular writing hours during the holidays. I take a break once I hit my daily goal. During the holidays, I write fast. LOL.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the holidays?
My fave part of the holiday is just relaxing with friends and family, having a glass of wine and looking at the Christmas lights. The least fave is all the stress that comes with the holiday, the stress we force upon ourselves with all the commercialism. I’m trying to bring back the magical, relaxing part of the holiday by trimming down the shopping and doing the simple things instead. Cookies. Snowballs. People.


What are some resolutions you have for 2011?
As of the moment, none. We’ll see what happens when the new year rolls around.

Writing:


I read Rush of Wings (still haven't got my hands on the rest of the books) and loved it the moment I read it, how did you come up with the series?
Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I came up with the characters first—Dante, Heather, Lucien, and Von—then developed their world. Music, Nine Inch Nails in particular, inspired the character of Dante. I’ve always been fascinated with vampires and fallen angels and put together a world where they exist and a mythology behind that existence. But Dante was the heart of everything.


What is Black Dust Mambo about?
BLACK DUST MAMBO is the story of Kallie Rivière, a hoodoo apprentice, and her friends, who get caught up in darkest murder, mystery, and chilling revenge while attending the annual May Madness Carnival for magic-users in New Orleans. While struggling to keep herself and those closest to her alive as she races to figure out who is behind the murder and why, Kallie also finds herself tossing buckets of water on hunky conjurers in their boxers and facing-off with a good-looking nomad who is determined to keep her alive.


You told me about the second installment in the Black Dust Mambo, are there any hints you can give us for what the second book will be about?
You bet! BLACK HEART LOA will be out July 2011 and will pick up where BLACK DUST MAMBO left off.

While searching for her missing bayou-pirate cousin, Kallie Riviere, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds out the hard way that someone’s undoing powerful gris-gris down in the bayou and changing the very nature of magic. Suddenly working magic is like rolling a handful of dice—random and definitely not what you planned.

Now the wards woven by conjurers to protect New Orleans and the Gulf coast are in danger of unraveling, leaving the city and the coastline vulnerable just as the deadliest storm in a century is born. And aims for the Cajun coast.

As Kallie races to uncover the random magic’s source and restore the wards, she learns a dark and unsettling truth: she might be the source. And she and everyone close to her—including a certain sexy nomad who can wear wet boxers like no other man—are being hunted.

Then Kallie steps right into the most dangerous trap of all, a trap set just for her in the form of a tall, dark, and grumpy loup-garou designed to steal her heart. Literally.

Other than the second book in the Black Dust Mambo series, do you have any new projects coming up?
Book four of The Maker’s Song series, ETCHED IN BONE, will be out February 22, 2011, with books five and six to follow. I have more of the Kallie books coming as well, and maybe a new project as well. *winks*


Do you have any tips you would like to say to inspiring writers?
Always follow your heart and write for yourself first and foremost. Also, plant your butt in the chair and write. Discipline and consistency are essential if you want to succeed. Even if you only write a page a day or only have a half hour to write, that’s fine. Even if it’s only a paragraph a day, keep at it. Always move forward. Even if you think you’re writing utter crap, keep going, get it done. Odds are you’re wrong about it being crap, because we’re our own worst critics. And even if it is crap, move on to the next project.

We learn and grow as writers and story-tellers with every single thing we write. Dare to bad! Let the creative genius flow! When you’re done, you can always fix things—if necessary. It might not be. But if you never finish anything or you linger over the same story forever, you stagnate. You don’t grow as a writer—especially when you’re stuck in a critical mind-set. You can’t be creative while editing. Edit when you’re done, then move on to the next project.

So two key points: Always follow your heart and tell the story you want to read. And sit your butt in the chair every day and write.

It was a pleasure being here! Happy Holidays and all the best in 2011!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Paranormalcy

"Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Control Agency, her ex- boyfriend is a faerie, she is falling for a shape shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours.

But Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal."

The second I picked this book up, I finished it in a day. This book is now tied with the Reckoning (Kelley Armstrong) as my favorite book. I honestly can't decide! The characters are all portrayed perfectly. Evie, the main character, is a butt-kicking, pink loving, girl. She has no problem taking down a group of vampires, but she spends her free time shopping for pink boots and zebra print dresses.

I would rate this a definite 4 nail polish bottles. This book got my attention immediately, and it never lost it. I say this every time, but definitely read it!

Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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12 Days of Bookmas: Ashley from Ashley's Bookshelf Q&A

I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley a few months ago when she made the new 'I Love Your Blog' Award icon!

Ashley has her own blog called Ashley's Bookshelf! I had the chance to have a quick Q&A with her:

How did you get started with Ashley's Bookshelf?

To be honest. I saw some book blogs around and thought it would be awesome to start my own. I just wish I could have came up with a cooler name, but I love it and wouldn't change for anything.

Was the first you thing you learned when you started blogging?
The first thing I learned? How to make a post and add pictures to it.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
Favorite: Entering giveaways and meeting new people that share the same things I like.
Least: Losing followers. I hate to see followers go, but I understand.

Where do you get your blog designs?
I make them myself, except for the one now. Tawni @ The Book Worms made that one. I made the one at my other blog: Passions by Ashley. If you would like one then please email me at ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com for the price.

Any tips for bloggers?
Just remember to be friendly and kind. Also not to be afraid to talk to authors/publishers. I have made some great friends with authors/publishers, just remember to be professional yet don't sound like a robot/computer talking ;]

Holidays:

Is there anything big you want for the holidays?
I would love to have an e-Reader with 3G wireless internet.

Is there anything holiday-wise you are doing for Ashley's Bookshelf?
Yes, actually I am participating in I Am A Reader, Not A Writer's Midwinter Eve's blog hop giveaway. I will be participating on both of my blogs. Be sure to check it out on Dec. 21!

What new will you be bringing to Ashley's Bookshelf in 2011?
Hopefully more awesome giveaways, and more book reviews.

Do you have any New Year's resolutions you have for yourself?
To study hard and try not let blogging take over.

Is there anything you wished (blog-wise) you did differently in 2010?
None that I can really think of. Maybe had more book reviews.

Thanks Alisha for having me today. Everyone please don't forget to check out my other blog Passions by Ashley and my Etsy shop. I now have a special on every order of $50 will receive a surprise pair of booties.

Thank you, Ashley for this Q&A and being a wonderful blog buddy!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Film Fridays: Week of December 12, 2010

Film Fridays is a place where you can check out the new movies playing for the week in one place, grab some tickets, and go out to a theater near you.

Tron: Legacy
Opened: Dec. 17, 2010
Rated: PG
Runtime: 2 hrs. 7 mins.
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Beau Garrett, Bruce Boxleitner, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Synopsis: “Tron: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Tickets

How Do You Know
Opened: Dec. 17, 2010
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr. 56 mins.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson
Director: James L. Brooks
Synopsis: How Do You Know is a comedy from Academy Award®-winning writer-director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment), starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Tickets

Yogi Bear
Opened: Dec. 17,2010
Rated: PG
Runtime: N/A
Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, TJ Miller, Nathan Corddry, Andrew Daly
Director: Eric Brevig
Synopsis: Hanna-Barbera's beloved picnic-basket-stealing bear makes his big-screen debut in this live-action/animated mix children's pic from director Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth). Brad Copeland provides the screenplay, which centers around a documentary crew (headed by Anna Faris) as they delve into the goings-on of Jellystone Park, home to Yogi the Bear and Boo Boo (voiced by Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake, respectively).
Genre: Family Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Tickets

The Fighter
Opened: Dec. 17, 2010 (Everywhere)
Rated: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 54 mins.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Director: David O. Russell
Synopsis: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Tickets

Now Playing:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Tourist
Tangled
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Unstoppable
Black Swan
Burlesque
Love and Other Drugs
Due Date
Megamind
Faster
The Next Three Days
127 Hours
The Warrior's Way
The King's Speech

Sources:
Rotten Tomatoes
Fandango

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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12 Days of Bookmas: Black Dust Mambo Giveaway and Adrian Phoenix Q&A

This is for you readers out there who are on the naughty list! This Saturday will be dedicated to Adrian Phoenix! She has graciously did a Q&A with me and contributed a signed copy of Black Dust Mambo! Saturday, I will post the Q&A and announce the winner of the signed copy of Black Dust Mambo. Want to know how to enter? Here's how! All you have to do is...wait for it...comment on this post! I will then assign a number to each person and send it through a random number generator where the appearing number will win Black Dust Mambo! Comment on this post and look back here on Saturday for who wins!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

P.S. Right now, you can start entering for the chance to win the Ultimate Holiday Package! Look for the "12 Days of Bookmas" page at the top!
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12 Days of Bookmas: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong Giveaway


Well, it is here! The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong giveaway! This lovely book is signed by Kelley herself!

The winner of this lovely book is...
Danielle Gorman!
Please send me your address by Saturday!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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