Sirensong (Faeriewalker #3) by Jenna Black

"When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it's no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie queen, wants her dead. But Titania declares not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they're told... The journey through Faerie is long- and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have her friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend, Ethan, and her bodyguard's son, Keane, just can't seem to get along, and Kimber's crush on Keane isn't making anything easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erkling saves her in just the nick of time... and makes it clear he hasn't given up on making her his own. Arriving at Titania's beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania's granddaughter, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for their lives. Will she be able to prove her innocents before the forces of the Seelie Court- or worse, the Erkling- catch up with her? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?"

Plot: This is another book that fails to mention it's the FINAL book in it's series (Faeriewalker). I emailed the author, Jenna Black, asking a couple of questions. One thing I asked was when the next one would be out since couldn't find a date or anything. She said... it was actually over! This was her favorite book out of the series, and I think it's mine too. I love the shocks and surprises and it always seems that as soon as one problem is solved another arises.
Main Character(s): I still love Dana. She's strong an knows the difference between right and wrong. Bravery and stupidity. I love her. I feel bad for her, because I have to say, her mom isn't the best in this one. I wanted to strangle her at times, and so did she, but she sticks with her.
Cover: All the covers (especially this one) are all so different from each other. But they all have similar aspects, like the sparkles. I love this one, and the color contrast.

Overall Rating: I give this a 3/4. I probably should give it a 4, but I am stubborn and don't exactly like who she ends with, but you can decide for yourself! This is the best book, and despite my feelings, has a great ending. It's well written, and I enjoyed it as much as the others.


Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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Requested Review: The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook by Christy Dorrity

Synopsis: Great books, bloggers, and recipes meet in this fresh and unique cookbook that helps you experience books, not just read them.

Books were selected from the author's book review blog and paired with delectable recipes like "Fairy Touched Calico Brownies" from the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, "7-Day Layer Dip" from Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, and "I Hate Chocolate Cake" from Amanda Hocking's Switched. Mouthwatering photos complement every recipe.

The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook includes a foreword by Amanda Hocking, author of the USA Today Bestselling Trylle Trilogy and showcases over seventy reviews with links to book review blogs and author websites.

Whether you're a food lover, an avid reader or a book blogger, there's something for you in The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook. Source

Review
Recipes: This is my first review over a cookbook, so I decided to split the review into three sections: recipes, cover, and overall rating. First off, I have to say I was a little curious about this because it put book blogger and cookbook into the same title. I wondered how Dorrity would be able to combine the two. I was happily surprised to see that she took elements of well known books and turned them into recipes. Some of the books included were Wings, Shiver, Mockingjay, Before I Fall, and many more. The recipes were simple and looked delicious. I liked these recipes because they are things anyone can make. They're recipes that you can make right before or for dinnner or create for a fun dessert. Below is one picture of a recipe, it is a Fear-Faire Lavender Custard which was inspired by the book, Wings by Aprilynne Pike.

Cover: I do and don't like the cover. I like that it shows some pictures of the recipes in the book, but not the girl reading at the top. I wish since it is for book bloggers that it would have a person typing, something along those lines.

Overall Rating: I didn't find any real faults to this cookbook. The recipes were very well-thought out and the pictures are great. Plus, you get a synopsis of the book if you have never read it before. My only thing I wish was different was that after the recipe, you get reviews of the featured book. I wish there were reviews of the recipe. Other than that, I loved this cookbook and really want to make some of these recipes. I give this book a three out of four.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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{Friday Round-Up} Book Blogger Hop :: Follow Friday :: TGIF

Book Blogger Hop
Q: Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!

A: I just bought Captivate by Carrie Jones during the Borders close-out and I'm so excited to get the chance to read it. I have bad mojo when it comes to getting the sequel to book series, so I can't wait to finally delve back into the pixie world again!
Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones


Q:  Let's step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?
A: That's a tuffy! I would have to go with these shirts on procrastination:



Q: Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book, who would you choose & why?
A: Oh! I will have to pick Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. I absolutely love her wit and her tough attitude. But, she also is protective and loving. She cares for those close to her and does let her walls down for those who are worth it. Plus, she's part of the Royal guard defending her best friend all while being with the one she loves.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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D.B. Reynolds Giveaway Winner

The winner of the signed copy of any title of Vampires in America is Donna S. She has decided on getting a signed copy of Jabril.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and to D.B. Reynolds for visiting BNR. There will be more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books That Tackle Tough Issues


TTT is a weekly meme held by The Broke and Bookish. This week's topic is about books that hold tough issues in society.

1) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Suicide

2) Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber - Suicide and Depression

3) I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder - Grief and Loss

4) Willow by Julia Hoban - Self-Injury and Loss

5) To Kill A  Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Racism

6) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - Innocence

7) Bloodletting by Victoria Leatham - Self-Injury

8) The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller, Amanda Bennett - Schizophrenia

9) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Mental Illness

10) My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - Cancer

What books do you like that tackle tough issues? Did I mention any?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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{Friday Round-Up} Book Blogger Hop :: TGIF :: Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop
Q: What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

A: Hmm....I can not get into many books with absolutely no or hint of romance. I don't know why, I just can't. To know that I won't read about anyone falling in love or kissing or dating...anything, I can't read it! I guess I'm a hopeless romantic.
 





Q: Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?
A: J.K. Rowling - Amazing author and would love to just know about her. Her environment, inspirations, aspirations, future works. Anything.
Anne Rice - It would be nice to talk to her and her tips on writing and constructing a story.
Richelle Mead - My favorite author! I love her and would love to know how the heck she's able to put together tasteful sex scenes and kicka** fight scenes.
 


Q: Bookshelf Tour: Where do you keep your books at home? Are they organized?

A: I'm on vaca, so I can't reach my bookshelf. But, my books are on my bookshelf in my bedroom. I just reorganized my room and my sister did an amazing job organizing the shelf. So, as of right now, they are organized and look like something from a bookstore.
 


Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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Official Teaser Trailer Released: Bel Ami

Can not wait to get a look at this! What do you think of it?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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Official Teaser Trailer Released: Paranormal Activity 3



Not as frightening as the others, but I'm so psyched about this! The ending is frighteneing, but it doesn't really go with the curse they were talking about in the previous films. Tell us what you think!

Pace and Fangs,
Alisha

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ARC Review: Blood Ties (Blood Coven #6) by Mari Mancusi

Synopsis: The final battle is brewing between Vampires and Slayers. But for Sunny McDonald, the true war is being fought over her heart.

Though now officially back in the arms of her vampire boyfriend Magnus, Sunny finds she still can't forget the gentle mortal Jayden who once saved her life. And when the darkness threatens to steal his humanity, Sunny finds herself with a choice. Stay true to Magnus and the Blood Coven or defy them in a desperate attempt to save Jayden’s soul.

Meanwhile, the Blood Coven is gearing up for its toughest fight yet--going head to head with a splinter group of Slayer Inc who's regrouping in Tokyo, Japan, still determined to take over the world. In dark blood bars and hidden temples, it'll be Vampires vs. Slayers in a showdown that could cost Sunny not only her heart...but also her very life. Source
 
Review
Plot: I had to skip the fifth book to read this one since it didn't come in on time. But, I didn't really need to read the fifth one to understand this book's plot. Mancusi elegantly went over some details of the previous book, so that people like me weren't as lost. I think the plot was the right way to break off from the last installment and move forward to the next one. It follows Sunny and goes through her love triangle along with her trying to save Jayden's life. She took a lot more risks, which was weird because I would only expect from Rayne.
 
However, I loved the romance aspects of the book. Sunny is truly conflicted. You have a handsome and intelligent vampire boyfriend and then the sweetest and bravest guy. Even I couldn't decide who she should be with, sometimes I was rooting for Magnus and other times I was pulling for Jayden.
 
I think the only thing that bothered me about this book was the slang. I love Sunny and her POV, but I was getting tired of the Valley Girl talk. I'm a teenager and I hate that kind of talk. I'm not trying to be too hard since Mancusi switches between two twins, you should try to make them as opposite as possible since their personalities are, but it was hard to get over the slang. And, because of the slang, when she was trying to speak to elder vampires or to her centuries old boyfriend, it seemed a little juvenile and it was hard to think Magnus could bear it, let alone talk like that himself.
 
Characters: Sunny - I love Sunny! She's coming into her own as the books progress. The life she wanted isn't in reach anymore and she's aware of that. So, she'll do anything to adapt to the life she has now. After reading BT, I'm not sure whether or not she'll ever want to be part vampire like her sister.

Magnus - How can I describe him? I guess I have mixed feelings towards him. Sometimes he puts Sunny into account and does so much for her. But, he doesn't treat her like an equal. Slowly, he does start to see what he was doing and wants to fix it.

Jayden - He will always have a special part in my heart. I loved everything he said and did. He was never shy about telling Sunny how he felt and what he wanted with her, even after being turned down. I hope Jayden is in future books and the fire rages on between him and Sunny.

Cover: I like the cover. It is very simple, but pretty. I can't say much without giving away a lot of the plot, but the church windows are a nice touch. It does represent a good chunk of the book. And, I'm also guessing that the girl is Sunny by the blonde hair.

Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. I had to take a nail polish away for the slang. I will say to please go read this book and the series. I feel like Mancusi does an incredible job with making a world of traditional vampires in truly modern times and creating romances with modern teens and centuries old vamps.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Interview/Giveaway: D.B. Reynolds

Today, D.B. Reynolds stopped by to answer a few questions and hold a giveaway! More information about the giveaway will be held after the interview. You can see my review of Raphael here.

Why did you decide to go into writing?

For as long as I can remember, I've been a huge fan of reading. I can remember finishing books and being in tears because I soooo wanted to live in that world and I couldn't. So, I decided to create worlds of my own, worlds I could visit whenever I wanted, because they existed only in my imagination. And then I decided to share my worlds in the hope of making others feel the same way about my stories as I had about the stories of those other authors.

Is there any reason why you picked vampires to write about?

I've always been interested in fiction that explores themes beyond the known world. It started with science fiction/fantasy and moved on to include general paranormal. So, I always knew my writing would be in one of those worlds. When I finally had time to sit down and write seriously, it just happened that the idea in the topmost of my mind was vampires.

Do you want to write about any other paranormal creatures?

Definitely. I've written a novella about werewolves and would love to write more in that world. And I'm currently outlining a new series with a completely different set of paranormals that involves magic and mystery and doomed warriors.

For the people who don't know, what is the Vampires in America series about?

Vampires in America features the eight Vampire Lords who rule the vampires of North America. Vampires are more or less "out" to the public, but they don't flaunt it and many people don't really believe they exist. Vampires live in the human world, but are not of it. They have their own laws and culture. Their society is largely feudal, with every vampire owing his life to a Vampire Lord. And I mean that literally. A Vampire Lord can reach out and end a vampire's life with a thought. And when a Vampire Lord dies--something which is usually the result of assassination, since they're very hard to kill--the lives of every vampire pledged to him are in danger. If no one steps up to assume the mantle of leadership, most of those vampires will die, and some of them will go quite insane. Each book introduces a new Vampire Lord. This is not to say each book is ABOUT that Vampire Lord, only that they are introduced in the book and will play a pivotal role. It's worth noting that my vampires are not dead. They're "infected" with a symbiote which changes who and what they are. They're bloodthirsty and violent. They're also aggressive and territorial, and tend to see things in black and white. They generally embrace what they are. There are no "woe is me" vampires in my books. They're more powerful than humans, they drink blood from the vein, and they love it!

After ViA, do you have any ideas for what you want to write about?

I'm currently working on a couple of different ideas, most prominently, the doomed warriors I mentioned earlier. I also have a couple of fantasy themes I'd like to explore, and I'll probably try an e-novella or two on those first.

Is there anything that inspires you when writing?

Music. Even though I don't listen to music when I'm writing, I do listen to a lot of music in my life. I love music of all kinds, but I can't stand trite or forced lyrics. Lyrics are really important to me, and sometimes I'll hear a particular turn of phrase that just opens a whole scene in my head, either for the book I'm writing, or maybe something new I haven't thought about.

What environment do you like to be in while writing?

I can write almost anywhere, but I prefer to write late at night, all alone, in the big comfy chair in my living room. No one to ask questions or want my attention. I can lose myself in my writing for hours at a time and never surface.

What was the process like of getting published?

Well, if you mean what was it like when I received the e-mail offer, my heart stopped and I just stared at the screen in disbelief. I'd been sending out so many manuscripts and getting so many rejections ... the life of a writer, I'm afraid. But finally, someone wanted to publish my books and it was stunning. But if you mean the mechanical process of getting a book published, it was eye-opening. I thought I understood what was involved, but I didn't. It's much more complicated, with all sorts of deadlines, and revisions and copy edits to deal with. It's painful for any writer to be asked to change a manuscript, but I've finally learned when to bend and when to stand firm. (I'm on Book 4, I better have learned it by now!) But it's all worth it when you hold the book in your hand for the first time. It's a great feeling.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers?

My advice is always the same. If you want to be a writer, you have to WRITE. All the time. There are lots of writing classes out there, some useful, some not, but the best way to learn how to write is to do it. And then join a GOOD writing group, one with people who will critique your work, noting both the good and the bad. You don't need a cheerleading section, but neither do you want your hopes squashed! What you want are solid, honest critiques that encourage and teach at the same time.

Bonus: What is your dream destination for a summer vaca?

My dream destination for summer vaca is always a private cabana (with room service) on an isolated beach with mild weather, white sand and gently rolling waves. I want to sit under a nice big beach umbrella, my toes in the warm sand, and read a good book while listening to the water lapping at the shore.
 
You can also find D.B. on her:
Blog l Twitter l Facebook l Goodreads
 

D.B. was kind enough to also offer an international giveaway for our readers. You can win one signed copy or E-book of any of the Vampires in America titles.


Requirements:
*Must be at least 13 years old
*Fill-out this form
Giveaway ends on July 27th!

Thank you to, D.B., for visiting us today. It was an absolute pleasure and hope to have you on again!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books You Believe Should Be Require Reading for Teens

TTT is a weekly meme held by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish. Here is my list for this week's topic:

1) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - The series teaches courage and bravery along with sticking with what you believe in. Also, this is such an iconic series that I think future generations need to see why this series is so important and what it brought for so many people.

2) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Death is the narrator for this book and it created such an intriguing read that none of my classmates disliked it. This book brings so much love and hate, and makes life so much more valuable.

3) Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice - This is THE classic vampire story. Teens should read this because it tells such a complex story of grief, love and murder along with amazing grammar and writing structure.

4) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - I can't even begin to say why this needs to be on every school reading list. I think this is one of the most realistic fictional stories out there. Every theme in here from romance to destruction tugs at your heart and can teach teens that even in the darkest times, you can rise above it.

5) The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - I actually have not read this book, but I've seen the movie. Obviously, no movie can amount to the actual book, but I loved this story. It teaches that your wrongdoings will catch up with you and to watch what you wish for.

The rest are because they're classics:
6) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

8) The Odyssey by Homer

9) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

10) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Requested Review: Reborn (A Goddess of Night Novella #1) by Ley Mesina

Synopsis: Lily Westbrook discovers that being half witch and half vampire is more of a challenge than she thought. When her powers mature on her eighteenth birthday, she unlocks a mystery that many witches thought was a legend.

After moving back to her birthplace in Cedar Creek, MA to attend Kensington University, Lily is instantly pulled deeper into the world she was kept from- the world of witches and vampires-uncovering the truth about her past and discovering who she is meant to be. Source
 
Review
Plot: Right off the bat, I knew that this book was going to have a unique plot. I've never thought about a feud between witches and vampires. Luckily, Mesina did an amazing job with it and actually made the feud seem possible. The penalties of witches and vampires mingling were harsh, but it made the plot more interesting. Because of the penalties, Lily thinks her parents are dead and she'll never see them again. Along with the feud, the history of the characters were very complex. Everything seemed to connect to one another. There were a few holes in some of the plots, but I let it go since I'm guessing this will be a continuing series. What you do learn from the first installment is a lot of secrets hidden from the characters, which shows that not many of the characters are purely good nor purely bad.

Characters: Lily - There are so many characters from the story that I will just stick with Lily. She is an awesome heroin because she's not used to the world she lives in and is slowly being shown the secrets of her family and world. She is a pretty powerful person because of her background, but she's not sure of what to do. However, by the end of the book, she's starting to grasp her purpose in life and what she needs to do to save the ones she loves.

Cover: Not the best cover, which is a shame since it's not giving the book any justice. It does show Lily, the main character, and her necklace. It doesn't show much about the plot either, which is also disappointing.

Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. I loved the book and want to continue the series, but I was confused in some parts. There are some characters' purposes or history that I'm not fully clear on. But, hopefully, it clears it up in the next book. I'd give this book a try, it's very intriguing and unique.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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July's ILYB Award Winner: Smash Attack Reads!

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A few months ago, I found this amazing book blog with a hilarious female blogger behind it all. Recently, I got the chance to have little chats with her on Twitter. For this month, I decided that this girl needed to get some credit for her hard work on her blog and having an amazing attitude along with the ride. I'm pleased to say that Ash from Smash Attack Reads! is this month's award winner! Here's my Q and A with her below:

How did you get started blogging?

Well, my great friend Brooke at Brooke Reviews had been reviewing for a while and started a blog. I enjoyed interacting on her blog, and began to notice that my personal blog was becoming populated with bookish posts, so I decided to take the plunge. I am beyond happy that I made that decision. Book blogging is a major part of my life now. ♥

How did you come up with the name of your blog, Smash Attack Reads!?

I’ve been Smashley for most of my life. Mom named me that as a toddler because I would smash into things, people, walls. LOL. My closest friends call me Smash. Brooke randomly called me Smash Attack one day (she has no idea why) and it stuck. I LOVE the nickname. It has become my alter-identity. ;)

Over the past few years, what have you learned from blogging?

I’ve been blogging for a good 15 years now. I mainly used Livejournal in my 20s – that was the place to be. It was definitely a journal of sorts and a way to connect with friends and share similar interests. I started a personal blog on Blogger in 2008, and now use Blogger for my book blog.  It’s the last year that I’ve learned the most about blogging because my book blog is a professional medium, and therefore, I’ve done a lot of research and put a lot of work into it. Events like Blogiesta and Parajunkee’s Book Blogging 101 feature has been hella helpful. Windows Live Writer has definitely been the best think to cross my path. I’m not sure I’d still be blogging if I had to use Blogger’s interface!

What is your favorite thing about blogging? The worst?

THE BLOGGERS! I absolutely love meeting and maintaining friendships with other bloggers. I’ve met some amazing people and I am constantly in awe at the genuine, generous souls in this community. The worst part about blogging is that I wish I could do it full-time. Life gets in the way of reading and blogging. Boo. Thankfully, I’m good at time management. :)

What does your blog bring to the book and blogging community?

It’s nothing out of this world, but I try to bring my unique POV to the community. I wish I had more time to invest in making Smash Attack Reads! more unique, but for now, I’m content with the content and features. I finally have a set weekly schedule that I am happy with for now.

What are your favorite book genres to read?

I really enjoy Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult Fantasy / Paranormal. I also love books that dabble in Angel or Greek mythology or have a Dystopian setting, and I read Horror, Historical Romance and various other genres from time to time.

As of right now, what have been your favorite reads for 2011?

As far as 2011 releases go: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer was pretty great, though not as good as Nightshade. Good, solid sequel though. Divergent by Veronica Roth was amazeballs, as was Enclave by Ann Aguirre. LOVE this genre. Clarity by Kim Harrington was a dark horse, and Intern with a Vampire by Kit Iwasaki was so much fun. I also really enjoyed Anathema by Megg Jensen, and Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer was funny! Pale Demon by Kim Harrison was ridiculously awesome (LOVE THIS SERIES!) and Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning was a great ending to the Fever series. Shift, the sequel to Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready, was a fantastic read. Both book are fab! I know I will add Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare to this list once I read them!

What do you like about interviewing? Do you have a favorite interview?

I like the personal questions best, and I always ask “What five adjectives best describe you.” I also do this at live author events, and put authors on the spot. Heh. I like knowing the person behind the book. Carolyn Crane was one of my first interviews, and it’s great because she is great. :)

What are some happenings going on over at SAR?

Nothing out of the blue really. I’ve got a weekly non-book feature every Saturday for So You Think You Can Dance fans. Jen from Not Now, I’m Reading and I do recap posts with videos, commentary and the like. We both adore that show. I don’t have anything cool in the works (I need to work on this), though I am getting a custom blog design (FINALLY). It will have owls, of course. :)

What is the Book Whore of the Month?

Ha! It’s so bad that I created a Feature with the word Whore in it, but it works so whatever. One day in January, I forwarded a Tweet that Amazon Kindle eBooks outsold hard copy books on the site, and Marcie over at To Read or Not To Read commented about it. We both agreed that it was sad to see our beloved physical books get put on the back burner but that it was beneficial to us spatially challenged peeps. Marcie started to use the hash tag #PassTheClutter, and it turned into a funny conversation. Marcie said she doesn’t want Hoarders showing up at her door, and I said we should create a new Hoarders show: Book Whores: Why We Love Them, and my new idea was born. To me, Book Whores are rock stars. And by book whore, I mean the awesome bloggers that we all love so much. I decided to take the idea and showcase some of my favorite bloggers. However, it’s not only what I love about them, but I send out secret emails to others to see what they love about them too. And, the book whore gets to pick the next person to receive whore status. I love it to pieces, and I’ve met awesome new bloggers in the process!

Do you have any special events going on this summer at SAR?

I wish. I finished grad school in May, moved in July, and I’m starting a new job Aug 1. Life has been hella busy. However, I would like to do something cool soon. It’s been a while since I’ve had a neat event. I need ideas though. I really suck at coming up with these things. :/ I do plan on doing my first joint review with Ashley at The Bookish Brunette soon though. It will be on a zombie book, of course!

Do you have any tips or advice for upcoming bloggers?

Check out this post I did for Armchair BEA. Windows Live Writer is my ULTIMATE tip. It will change your entire blogging experience!

Bonus: How do you feel about the Harry Potter movies coming to an end?

Wow. It’s crazy that the time has finally come. I am wicked sad that it is all over, but I am also beyond proud of what these 7 books have done for the book community. Just like Twilight, Harry Potter catapulted the world back into reading, and introduced so many others to the awesomeness of the written word. I’m huge on Literacy, and it’s books like HP that really prove to the world that reading is most definitely fun.

You can also check Ash out on her:
Twitter l Facebook l Goodreads l Tumblr

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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First Chapter of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

I hope you guys are gearing up for the release of Bloodlines. Richelle is fabulous with giving us a look at the first chapter! Read the full chapter below:

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, Chapter 1

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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{Friday Round-Up} Book Blogger Hop :: TGIF :: Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop
Q: How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?

A: I usually go to the library. I don't have money on hand for books all the time so I have to max out with my library card. If I do use a website, usually it is big names like Amazon or Borders, so I'm able to buy books at cheap prices.
Q: Book Blogger Appreciation: Which book blogs have inspired you or made a difference in your blogging experience?

A: I have to go with blogs that I have gotten to know. All Things Urban Fantasy, Smash Attack Reads!, Me, My Shelf, and I, Life After Twilight, Book Soulmates, and many more. Most of the blogs I have read or the bloggers I have gotten to know, they showed me what goes into a blog and what the blogging lifestyle is like. I've learned a lot and have been privileged to be able to meet many wonderful people. I don't think it is the blogs that have inspired me, but the bloggers.


Q: What do I do when I are not reading?

A: Blogging, blogging, and...oh, yeah, blogging. I've learned in the past year that blogging is not a hobby, it's a lifestyle, so most of my free time is spent on the computer. Other than the blog and reading, I love to watch Youtube videos (Julian Smith and Steve Kardynal are my favorites!). But, I go to school in the fall and spring, exercise, volunteer, write FanFic, go out with friends, shop, and watch movies. I try not to constantly be inside with reading and blogging, but it's hard because I love them so much!

This was a slow week for me since I'm on vaca at the moment, but with the release of the last HP film *tear*, if you would like to share your HP stories form the last ten years, click here to tell us your story and we'll post them up here starting tomorrow!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ~ Part 2 (2011)

Synopsis: The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again. Source


Plot: The epic conclusion to an epicly amazing series. I don't say the word "epic" loosely like others of our society, but this movie was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! I seriously want to go see this again. We all know what's up with this movie: Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to find the rest of the Horcruxes and kill Voldemort. This movie was beyond amazing. I cannot stress how much this movie made my night, day, week, month, year! This was the perfect movie to end it all. The plot was simple, and the movie didn't mess around with the twists and turns of hatred, despair, romance, action, and plot twists that pretty much answers all the questions some Harry Potter movie fans yearned for.


Cast:
Okay, everyone should know the cast. I won't get into too much depth with it all because I'll pretty much say the same exact thing for each person. Daniel Redcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, and everyone else were a blast to watch. Every single cast member was perfect, and through all the hatred, madness, and love, there was enough joy to fill your hearts at the end of the movie, that every character's sacrifice was not in vain.


Poster: There are several series of posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I'll do the two that include the most, such as the one above that includes Harry, Ron, and Hermione. This poster also includes other cast within the background, and the destruction and mayhem of their somewhat civil war between Wizards and Witches. Fantastic facial expressions and poses make this poster something I would hang on my wall.
The second poster below features Harry and Voldemort with the Elder Wand in between them, which all three are key points within the movie. I actually like this poster of Harry and Voldemort, giving a feeling of uneasiness and strife between the two characters.


Overall: As you can probably tell with my typing and wording, I am giving this movie a 4/4 polishes. Personally, if I could give more, I would! This movie was the amazing, filled with chaos and emotions that ran as deep as regret and mourning to excitement and laughter, giving the movie depth. Betrayal, love, and inner-plights make this movie a Harry Potter that we have been waiting for. This was a perfect movie to end it all. I promise you that you will not regret purchasing tickets and sitting there to watch it. The movie wrapped you in and kept you seated. If you're a die-hard Harry Potter fan and you have yet to see it, GO SEE IT NOW!


Inked with Brilliance and Love, and with peaceful adieu to our final Harry Potter,
Sara
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Top Ten Tuesdays: Authors I'd Die To Meet

TTT is a weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's list is over authors we'd do anything to meet.

I'll only name off the authors and their books for my list. But, I will say that I picked these authors because they are amazing writers and have created books that send you into a whole new world. I have fallen in love with their books and would love to talk to them about their works along with getting to know them.

1. J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

2. Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush)

3. Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers)

4. Ellen Schreiber (Vampire Kisses)

5. Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy)

6. Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices)

7. Adrian Phoenix (Maker's Song)

8. Mari Mancusi (Blood Coven)

9. Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles)

10. Beth Fantaskey (Jessica)

I have some others like Katie MacAlister and Gillian Shields, but it's top ten for a reason. *sigh* What authors would you die to meet?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Interview: Jon Skovron "Misfit"

I recently got the chance to interview Jon Skovron, the author of Misfit, Struts & Frets, and The First Time.

How have your personal experiences affected your writing?

I think everything affects your writing. That might actually be my favorite thing about writing, in fact. That no matter what happens, even in the middle of some terrible catastrophe, you can always console yourself with "Well, at least it'll make me a better writer!"

How exactly it affects my writing is somewhat of a mystery. It's not like I have some experience, say, flying a kite with my kids, and then I go and write about flying kites. The experience, the emotion, the sensations of it are all something you become aware of after a lot of practice, and you take all that in. And then It all gets filtered and mixed up and rehashed and spun through whatever your strange imagination fancies. And out pops flying demons! Or something...

How do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it?

I generally get the opening moment in my head. I carry it around with me for while, usually because I'm working on something else that I need to finish before I'll let myself start a new project. So by the time I've actually cleared out the time to start working on it, I've probably got other things about it in my head. Usually I have a good idea how it will end and maybe a few events that happen along the way. But mostly it's just that first image of the main character somewhere doing something. And I take that image and just see where it goes, like following clues. And usually I get lost somewhere in the middle of the story and need to make an outline to find my way out of the jungle. Yes that's right, I do outline, but not until about halfway through the first draft. And even then, an outline for me is not something set in stone that I must adhere to. It's as much of a rough draft as the actual draft itself.

How to get inspired...hmmm. I don't really wait for inspiration. I have small children to feed ;) But also, I find that even when I'm not really in the mood to write, once I sit down and start writing, if I can just push through the first ten minutes, I generally get excited.


How long did it take you to publish your first book?

It depends on when you start counting. If you're counting from when I started the first book, I guess about a year and a half. If you're counting from when first started writing the two novels I wrote before that one that never sold, then it would be more like eight years. Plenty of time to give up hope. Plenty of time to think it would or could never happen. In fact, less than a month before I got the call from my agent, I remember boldly telling my friend that I didn't care if I ever got published. I was just going to keep writing for me. And in the end, I think that's the difference. Writing is not a means to get published. It is an end in and of itself. You do it because it gives meaning to your life. You do it because it helps you learn about yourself and the world around you. You do it because it gives you pleasure. The rest, the trappings of apparent "success" come and go, but no one can ever take the writing itself away from you.

What types of genres do you like writing/reading the most?

I love dark urban fantasy, or I guess we call it "paranormal" now, which is much shorter to say, so I'm okay with that. But I love all different kinds of things. Sci-fi, high fantasy, horror, what's generally called "literary fiction". And of course, YA can be any of those things. I don't really differentiate much. About the only genre I don't really have much interest in is "suspense" and detective stories. Unless it's Elmore Leonard. I love that guy...
Anyway, my favorite is the type of book that runs across genres, that's a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Thinks that don't really fit any category. We used to call it slipstream, but I haven't heard that term in a while.

What are Misfit and Struts & Frets about in a nutshell?

Struts & Frets is about a boy who is trying to start an indie rock bad while dealing with his first major girlfriend and his grandfather's decent into Alzheimer's.
Misfit is about a demon girl in Catholic school.

You did a collaborative book for discussing Vampire Diaries, what was that experience like?

My piece was on the history of female vampires in literature and film and where Vampire Diaries fit in to that larger picture. Oh man, it was tough. I had to do all this research like re-reading all my favorite vampire books and re-watching all my favorite vampire movies...Can you believe it? I was like, "Well, should I watch Let The Right One In again? *sigh* Well, I am getting paid for this, so I better." And then I had to watch every single episode of The Vampire Diaries TV show! The whole experience was pure torture!

Heh, just kidding. It was obviously a lot of fun.
Was there any authors that have inspired you?

Oh, yes! Tons! Holly Black and Cory Doctorow have both been huge inspirations for me, so when they blurbed my books (Holly for Misfit and Cory for Struts & Frets) it really was a dream come true for me. I'm also a long time fan of Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, and Michael Chabon. Those guys are amazing. And of course, I might not have ever gotten into the paranormal genre at all if it weren't for the early work of Anne Rice. When I picked up Interview With A Vampire, it totally blew my mind.

How did you figure out you wanted to be an author?

It took a long time, actually. I wrote a lot, both journals and little stories, but it didn't occur to me to do it professionally until I was twenty-two. In high school I wanted to be a rock star, in college I wanted to be an actor. But once I graduated with my bright shiny acting degree and realized what the professional world of acting required, I had this big crisis and realized it wasn't for me. So then I had to think about what was for me? What did I really enjoy doing? And I realized it was something I'd been doing on my own all along.
Of course a lot of stuff I learned while studying acting applies to writing as well. All art, whether it's music or writing, or acting, or painting or whatever, all of it is interconnected.

What do you do when you get "writer's block"?

Don't panic! No seriously, writer's block is actually just a normal part of the process. At least for me it is. And I guess it still worries me a little every time it shows up. But not much. Because I know it's usually because I haven't figured something out about the story I'm working on yet.

Sometimes it's best just to push through it, to write even though you know what you're writing totally sucks and sometimes you're even writing things like "Blah blah. sSomething happens here, I suck! Blah blah!". But a lot of times it only sucks for a little while and once you get some momentum, you can just push right through the block.

Other times you just can't push through it. That's when it's best to put it away for a little while. Let your subconscious sort it out and work on something else or go play some Wii or just go to bed. Often in those cases, it will be like two days later and I'm in the shower or driving to the grocery store and I'm like "OH! That's what I'm missing!" then I rush home and bang it out until I hit the next block. Rinse, repeat.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Well, I think Dr. Seuss already wrote the perfect artist's journey instruction manual with Oh The Places You'll Go. So once you've read that, the only other things I can offer are:
* Read a lot.
* Write a lot.
* Live a lot.
* Every day you don't give up, you're a little more likely to get there.

Thanks so much to Jon for coming on! It was amazing to hear his process of writing and inspirations.

You can find him on his:
Website l Goodreads l Twitter l Misfit Facebook Page

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Horrible Bosses (2011)

Synopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. Source

Plot: With a wide, funny and serious cast, this movie was a blast! I loved it so much, my stomach was hurting when we left the theater for laughing so hard. My sister's stomach was even hurting, and she was out of breath from watching. The plot was very different, and there were enough parts in the movie to make you giggle and want more. The bosses were hilarious to watch because they were all familiar faces that I was used to them being complete jerks, idiots, or... well, you get it (Bosses: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, & Colin Farrell)

Cast:
Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman): I've seen this guy in a lot of movies. A lot of them are pretty serious, but in the funny ones, he doesn't even have to try to be funny. His serious faces and antics make him all the more funnier (kind of like Johnny Depp in Sleep Hollow. I know that wasn't even a funny movie, but I still laughed at his facial expressions.). His boss (Kevin Spacey) fulfilled the requirements to push the character over the edge.
Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeiskis): Recently, Jason Sudeiskis was in Hall Pass, a 2011 movie also starring Owen Wilson. This guy was a swinger funny. He'd hit on random woman, do.. certain things that I was dying of laughter from, and his hatred of his new boss, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell) was funny. Jason was a funny man to watch, and his antics and hilarity rode on facial expressions and gestures he made.
Dale Arbus (Charlie Day): Star of the comedy show, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Charlie Day was absolutely, no refund, my favorite out of the three. His hilarity rode on stupidity, antics, facial expressions, and his (noted in the movie) hamster voice. In several parts, I was just laughing my butt off because of his kid. He is hilarious in this movie and in his show. I seriously hope he is in more movies soon, because he just makes my day!

Poster: In the poster, it pretty much sums up the entire bosses personalities. From each boss, underneath them is the friend working for them. I liked the movie poster because, personally, it made me laugh.

Overall: It's hard to rate this movie, simply because of all the different things. In general, this movie just wasn't rated R for nothing. It did have a lot of dirty jokes and innuendos thrown into the mix, giving the movie a more "Be mature to watch this movie!" This movie was both predictable and unpredictable. I honestly liked it because of the fact that there were enough, and more, funny scenes to make this movie a comedy, and the plot twists and never knowing when the hilarity will end. So, all in all, besides the fact that the movie was, in fact, Rated R, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I give it 4/4 polishes. BEWARE: IF YOU ARE OF THE FAINT OF HEART ON CERTAIN JOKES, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE! THERE ARE A LOT OF EXPLICIT WORDS, SCENES, AND EXCHANGES BETWEEN CHARACTERS! Other than that, go see it!

Inked with Brilliance and Love,
Sara
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Posters)

The official HP Twitter released these amazing posters for the last installment of the Harry Potter series. These posters get me all tingly!


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Alisha
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Requested Review: Vampires Rule (Rule Series #1) by K.C. Blake

Synopsis: They don't call him Jackpot for nothing.

Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world? Source

Review
Plot: I'm disappointed this book isn't more popular. After reading this book, I'm craving for more. I was hesitant that it revolved around a guy main character, but this book definitely pushed away my fears. I loved hearing Jack's thoughts on going from a human to a vampire to a human. It was intriguing to hear about a vampire going back to being mortal, especially when he turned mortal because he was scratched by a werewolf. Of course, the werewolves and vampires have a raging feud towards one another, but now there are hunters and wraiths thrown into the mix. The romance in this books was genuine. They didn't instantly love each other from the start or pushed away the other's flaws. They did have issues, but they eventually worked through them. It was new to both of them, so each time something intimate would happen, I was holding my breath. The climax and ending did still have a few loose ends hanging in the air, so I'm hoping the rest of the series ties up the loose ends.

Characters: Jack - I loved Jack. He was having trouble adjusting to his new life. He wants to move on and live a normal life, but with his destiny in place and a new love, it's hard for him to just leave it all behind. He was also a romantic kind of guy. He talks about how much he loves Silver and the life he wants with her. This helps him figure out where he wants to be and how to live.
Silver - She is a stubborn girl, who I couldn't get enough of. She has such a hard exterior because of her family's origin and her destiny. But, she's not afraid to let Jack in and open up. She doesn't give up on him, which is admirable and romantic. She did want her way all the time, but she had reasons for it and never wanted anything bad to happen to the people she loved or innocent people.

Cover: The cover doesn't give the book justice. So, don't judge this book by it's cover please. I wish the cover was more intricate to draw people in.

Overall Rating: I give this book a three out of four. It is a very good and unique series. There were some grammatical mistakes here and there. However, this is a great start to a series and I can't wait for more from K.C. Blake.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Night Star (The Immortals #5) by Alyson Noel

Synopsis: After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath. Don’t miss this explosive new installment of the #1 bestselling series that’s enchanted millions across the world!

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future? Source
 
Review
Plot: I'm finally getting the chance to catch up on my reviews, so bear with me! With finishing the fifth installment of the Immortals, I'm glad the series is ending soon. I like the series and when it does come on the big screen, I will see it. But, I feel like the series was stretched out for too long. We're on the fifth book and Damen and Ever still haven't gotten the potion. Ever keeps saying time and time again that the universe and destiny want Damen and her to be together. If that were true, wouldn't destiny or the universe throw you a bone instead of having every situation you're getting close to the potion shatter by someone or something? But, I digress. I will say that Night Star was the toughest to get through. It took forever for something to happen between Ever and Haven. I was hoping for something to happen. I wasn't disappointed in the climax of the story, but I was expecting the outcome. However, it's nice that finally they're getting somewhere and dealing with each issue in their lives.
 
Characters: Ever - I like Ever. She does make mistakes and at times I do chastise her actions, but she is a normal Immortal girl. When she found out one of Damen's secrets, she wasn't happy with him. She couldn't believe what he did and even though she still loved him, she was angry at him.
Damen - Damen is a sweetheart. But, I want to more about him. We hear about his past from time to time, but I want to know the complete story. Hopefully, we'll get to know everything in the last installment. But, I felt Damen is still holding some things back from Ever.

Cover: I love the Immortals series covers, they're always stunning. I just didn't know how this one related to the book. I know the girl is Ever, but I'm not sure if she's looking at her Night Star or if she's looking at a potion or...I'm not sure.
 
Overall Rating: I give this book a two out of four. I wasn't feeling this book and felt it dragged. I can't wait to read Everlasting to see how the series ends, but I think I have a hunch. I would give this series a try, I know a lot of people have different feelings on this series. So, I would read the first and see if you want to read the rest.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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