Little Birdie: {Show Me Your Teeth} Edition

BNR is participating in the Show Me Your Teeth giveaway hop where multiple blogs are celebrating the upcoming release of Bloodines by Richelle Mead. Since there are three days left until the end of the giveaway hop, we are posting all the goodies you can win!

The blogs hosting this amazing hop:
Me, My Shelf and I
Giveaway item(s): Two box sets of first three Vampire Academy series *2 Winners*
Type: US Only
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Fictitious Delicious
Giveaway item(s): Signed copy of Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Type: International
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The amazing blogs who are participating:

Giveaway item(s): The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepens
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): Halfway to the Grave by Jeanienne Frost
Type: International
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Giveaway item(s): Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and Teeth: Vampire Tales *2 Winners*
Type: International
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K.A. Tucker (author)
Giveaway item(s): 3 Copies of Anathema by K.A. Tucker *3 Winners*
Type: International and US
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Giveaway item(s): *1st* Set of books 1-4 of Vampire Academy and *2nd* Vampire Academy (first book)
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): Signed copy of Bloodlines
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): One Copy of Bloodlines
Type: US and International
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Giveaway item(s): Cold Blooded Vampire Fangs Ice Tray and Vampire Academy Promise Mark Enamel Keychain (from Arcane Vault)
Type: US and International
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Giveaway item(s): Box set of Vampire Diaries (books 1-4)
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): One copy of Bloodlines
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): MUFR has gone all out for you guys! There are many options to choose and win from.
Type: US and International
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Giveaway item(s): First three Vampire Academy books (paperback) and first two books in Jolie Wilkins series (E-books)
Type: US and International
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Giveaway item(s): One copy of Bloodlines and box set of Vampire Academy (books 1-4) *2 Winners*
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): Digital copy of The Superiors by Lena Hillbrand
Type: US and International
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Lena Hillbrand (author)
Giveaway item(s): Digital copy of The Superiors
Type: US and International
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Giveaway item(s): One copy of Vampire Academy (paperback) and one copy of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey *2 Winners*
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): One copy of Night World No. 1 by L.J. Smith, one copy of Marked by P.C. Cast, and one copy of Vampire Academy *3 Winners*
Type: US Only
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Giveaway item(s): Your choice of any one copy of a VA- or Bloodlines-related book
Type: US and International
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And, what are we giving away here?
This lovely prize right here!

You must be living in the US and at elast 13 years old to enter.
Fill out the form here and tweet about it for an extra entry!

So, there you have it! All the blogs and hosts who are in this hop's giveaways. All of them are vampiric and delicious, so get to entering! The giveaway hop lasts until August 23rd (11:59 EST).

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones

Synopsis: Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his. Source
 
Review
Plot: I was so excited to finally get back into the world of pixies when I bought Captivate. I was not disappointed when I was instantly dropped back into the war with the pixies. It was refreshing to have new and old characters talk more about the pixies. In Need, Zara and her friends painted the pixies as monsters and that was that. There were no if, ands, or buts about it. Since it is fiction and about myths, Jones can paint the pixies however she wants, so I thought that all pixies in this series are bad because Zara and her friends did. But, in this installment, we see that Zara and her friends are oblivious to the pixie world. They made assumptions about the whole race by what Zara's father did. Astley, a new pixie to Maine, has Zara start to open her eyes and make her rethink everything she believed. I am glad with the new character and can already guess that there will be a love-triangle, however, Astley is interesting and mysterious, so I know it won't be a smooth ride with him. Since we're on the topic of romance, I have to mention Nick and Zara's relationship. I love them together and every time Nick comes along I want to squeal with joy. However, I couldn't take the nicknames or the lovey dovey phrases. I love romance and I can deal with the squishy romance that you can only find in books, but I felt like their's was too much. However, they are such a cute couple and loved every minute they were together.
 
Characters: Zara - Zara is very logical. She likes to think things through and go through all of her options in every situation. It was hard to read sometimes when it was a high-intense situation and we'd hear every thought she had. But, she would speak them too. I'm not sure whether I like that or not. Sometimes, I do want to hear what she was thinking and how she felt, but I also did want them to get down to business. I'll have to see if I'll like this in the long run for her.
 
Nick - Nick is absolutely adorable. I could eat him up. I love how protective and loving he is towards Zara. He isn't perfect, which is what I love, because I can't stand the flawless love interests. Just like Zara, I got fustrated with him sometimes too, but I also wanted to squeel every time he said or did something romantic.
 
Astley - Loving him as the new character. It was hard to keep up with what he wanted, but I loved his personality. Since he is a pixie, he lives a different lifestyle and has better knowledge of the pixie world. I'm hoping I see more of him in Entice.
 
Cover: I love the Need series' covers. They are so simple and elegant with the black background and gold accents to the girl. I view the girrl as Zara since she is mostly human, but has pixie in her. So, the lips and tear are part of her as a pixie, plus giving a hint to the book's plot.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. The plot was a great continuation from the first and a great opener to the third installment. Captivate brings back all the characters we love and adds growth to them while having the war of the pixies continue with even more surprises.
 
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Movie Review: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Synopsis: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. Source


Plot: Everyone knows about the original Conan the Barbarian (1982) that had Arnold Schwarzenegger, right? Well... Honestly, I've never seen it (I know... bad me.. /depression corner..), but I'm grading this movie solely as a movie on its own. Regardless of the fact that this was a remake, I'm treating as its own.
With that said, let's begin! This movie was... interesting? The plot was fairly easy to follow. It began with the origins of Conan and following into the story line of Conan seeking vengeance for the death of his Father and his tribe. Tainted by the fact that his first victim was his Mother, there was never any... relations to the fact that his Mother had died to give birth to him, yet is there any back plot of resent from the Father? Was this typical during that [possible] time frame? Maybe. Maybe not. Anyways, back to the point, the movie was easy to follow, and even with a potty break near the beginning, I followed it quite easily.
Somewhat, spectators might get confused by the fast-paced story because sometimes things just... happened? For the lack of a better word. I was not impressed by the plot, and a lot of things seemed a bit cliched. Eh...


Characters:
Jason Momoa (Conan): To begin, the viciousness of his eyes! Wow. He really had the look of a killer and a barbarian. It was nice to see his facial expressions, and he did fit the image of Conan: a ruthless, vengeful killer, who was hellbent on killing a man. Jason Momoa isn't really a name I've heard of, but he is seen in the 2011 TV series, Game of Thrones (playing Khal Drogo). He is featured in a few other TV series before, but hopefully, we can see him in some more movies. This man's facial expressions and viciousness that glinted in his eyes brought something... interesting to the table.
Stephan Lang (Khalar Zym): Playing the main antagonist, I just.. didn't feel the hatred or emotions of power. If anything, all I felt from his man was the sadness in his eyes when he would mention his wife. That was about it. He was dressed and looked the part of the antagonist, but honestly, I didn't feel threatened by him. Not one bit. I felt more scared of him in 2009's James Cameron's Avatar, when he played Colonel Miles Quaritch.
Rachel Nichols (Tamara): Playing the obvious "damsel-supposedly-in-distress-but-can-really-kick-butt-sometimes," Rachel Nichols is also featured in the currently running TV series, Criminal Minds (playing Ashley Seaver) and also seen in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (playing Scarlett). She was... alright? I mean, she was very tough and reckless (like any other woman in this kind of movie), but she just didn't have a lot of depth. She was a huge pile of baggage for the main character, Conan, but she just didn't impress me. There was a naughty scene between Tamara and Conan, but the "romance" never actually lasted. OMGSPOILERSPOILERSPOILER Hedoesn'tevenstaywithher OMGENDOFSPOILERSPOILEREND I honestly didn't like her character. BE A WOMAN! KICK MORE BUTT! FIGHT!!! Gah!...


Poster: I actually liked the poster. It is very interesting and unique. The words from the movie that both "Fire and Ice are important" resonates with the poster, yet if you didn't even see the movie, saw the poster, and didn't even think as deeply as I did, then it might seem just interesting. It includes the three main characters, Conan, Khalar Zym, and Tamara. As another supporting character, it includes the Witch.


Overall: I give this movie a 2/4 polishes. Sorry Conan the Barbarian fans, but this movie just didn't flow right with me. It seemed too crushed together, and honestly, I'd feel a bit embarrassed if I was part of the original COB cast from 1982. I know I am grading this movie as its own, as if there was no "original" to begin with. Yet, I find myself somewhat not enjoying this movie one bit. Maybe because I put a high expectation for it since the trailer made it look so cool? There was action, but it just didn't seem too real. It all made it glorify the fact that Conan is supposed to look "bad-arse!" or whatever young audiences are looking at. So... Sorry y'all...



Inked with Brilliance and Love,
Sara

P.S. I apologize for not writing up more reviews!! :( I love you all!
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Winners of Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices Packages


The winners of the ID/MI packages are:

Kara from Mississippi (Infernal Devices)

and

Karla from California (Mortal Instruments) 

Congratulations, girls! If winners have not emailed us back within 24 hours, we open their winnings to another entry.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Night School (Blood Coven #5) by Mari Mancusi

Synopsis: Vampires, Slayers and…FAIRIES? Sunny and Rayne McDonald are about to get SCHOOLED.

After their parents’ shocking revelation about their fae heritage and an attack on their lives, the McDonald twins find themselves on the run—forced to hide out at Riverdale Academy , a boarding school for vampire slayers, deep in the Swiss Alps. With no cells, no internet, and no way to contact their vampire boyfriends—the twins are on their own.

Being a vampire stuck in a school full of slayers isn’t easy. Especially with no blood substitute stocked on campus. Soon Rayne finds herself succumbing to her bloodlust and losing control—especially around the arrogant, but devastatingly handsome Corbin Billingsworth the Third—who isn’t sure whether he wants to kiss her…or kill her.

But when Sunny starts acting strange, Rayne realizes Riverdale Academy may be hiding some deadly secrets of its own—leading to a showdown in Fairyland that may cost the twins their lives. Source
 
Review
Plot: I had to read this after reading Blood Ties because it came in afterwards. I'm partly glad I read this, so I'm caught up with the series, but I also think I didn't need to read it. I felt that this installment wasn't the best out of the rest of the series. The plot was kind of made up on the spot. I could understand why Rayne should go to Riverdale, but it was weird how Sunny had to go to. Sunny isn't a vampire slayer, so why couldn't she just go to another private school or a public school in a foreign country? It seemed unnecessary for them to go to a school to go into hiding. Along with that, the romance between Corbin and Rayne was confusing. It seemed like they both had feelings for each other, but then Rayne mentions that it is because of feeding off of him. So, I wasn't sure whether or not Corbin feelings were true and why did she like him if she knew the reason to his behavior? Plus, I have to mention the fae names and world. It was cliche and I wish it was a little more mythical and not Disney-ish.
 
Characters: Rayne - She was the narrator for this installment. I do like her POV's because it's a little less slang oriented. However, her's has less romance in it this time around. She would mention Jared and Corbin, but it wasn't a priority for her, which made me doubt how strongly she felt for Jared. She said she loves him but it's hard to see when they're together. But, I do love how determined she is and that she thinks logically to get out of situations.
 
Sunny - When one twin is narrating, it seems like they're distant from the other twin, but yet they say they're close. Rayne doesn't have a clue what's going on with Sunny and I didn't like Sunny a lot of times in here. She was whiny or confused; it was hard to find her likable.
 
Cover: The girl is perfect for Rayne. It has her blue eyes and dark hair. It's very simple, but pretty. I love the new covers for this series.
 
Overall Rating: I have to give this book a two out of four. I didn't like this installment and couldn't get into it. I'm hoping that the seventh one will involve more romance and drama like they usually do. This one wasn't the best and since I read Blood Ties and then read this, I didn't really need to read this. I do love this series and will continue, but I wasn't happy this book at all.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1) by Aimee Carter

Synopsis: It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess. Source

Review
Plot: I'm a huge fan of adaptions, including ones that involve Greek mythology. This book really surprised me, I thought that stepping into the history of the gods was a bit dangerous. Since I studied Greek mythology, I was hesitant if they would bring up the dark situations that revolve around the gods. I was happy to see that Carter did explain some of those topics and in a subtle way. The plot was a bit confusing at first because we were going by what Kate was experiencing. In the prologue we got a small hint of what was going on, but we were still clueless. I was waiting for them to reveal everything, but they would reveal some secrets at a time and they were surprising. Luckily, by the end, I was caught up with everything that was going on. The only element of the story I had trouble with was the romance. Henry has this heavy and tall wall up because of his last experience with love as well as "The Test". Kate ties to break down his wall and get him to open up, but even towards the ending of the book, it was hard to know whether or not he truly had feelings for her. Sometimes it would seem as though he was just saying and doing what Kate wanted him to.

Characters: Kate - She was a headache at times. Kate wanted to look at every situation in a logical stand point and pick the logical decision. Well, you can't do that when you're dealing with mythical gods and a test that determines your fate. She was stubborn and distant at times, but halfway through the story, you could tell that she was embracing where she was at.
Henry - I loved how mysterious he was throughout the book and I feel there's still more about him we don't know. He always seemed hesitant or distant from Kate. At times, I could see that he was falling for her. But, even when he said the beautiful three words any girl wants to hear...I didn't believe it.

Cover: I like the cover. The boldness of the green on the leaves and grass is beautiful and seems to compare with the Garden of Eden. The girl fits the description of Kate, however I'm not a big fan on the expression she gives. I wish it was different, like maybe sadness or lovesick, something other than the current one.

Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. The plot was great and I loved the mix in of the gods and mythology, but the romance wasn't doing it for me. Also, I wish that the gods were a bit more stereotypical. Not to the point where Zeus had a lightning bolt in his hand and Poseidon was constantly in water, but just more than we were given. When they announced who was who, I couldn't believe that they were seriously that god. I would give this book a try, I like it enough where I'll continue the series, but will be hesitant gong in. If you like Greek mythology, I think this is a pretty good adaption of them.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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{Show Me Your Teeth} Giveaway Blog Hop

Show Me Your Teeth
The gals at Me, My Shelf, and I and Fictitious Delicious have put together this amazing giveaway hop for some of us bloggers. For the next 10 days, you can enter giveaways from many of us. The giveaways have something to either do with vampires or Richelle Mead to honor RM's upcoming release of Bloodlines (August 23rd).

For BNR's giveaway, we are having a giveaway for Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel, which is also set to release on August 23rd.
After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It's filled with intrigue, danger - and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life. Source

Our giveaway is US-only due to shipping costs. You must be at least 13 years old to enter and fill-out the form. If you want an extra entry, you can post about this giveaway on Twitter.

The giveaways are open from August 15th (Midnight) to August 23rd (11:59PM)!

Please check out the other blogs' giveaways as well!
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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{Friday Round-Up} Book Blogger Hop :: Follow Friday :: TGIF

Book Blogger Hop
Q: Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!

A: I'll stay true and look at my bookshelf. I don't have any crazy titles, but one that I got for my birthday is The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires: An A-Z of the Undead by Theresa Cheung. My sister bought it for me since she said this is "exactly" what I needed.



Q: How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

A: I love romance! I think that I'm a hopeless romantic, so I NEED romance. I can't get into a book if it has absolutely no romance. I've always been into urban fantasy, romance, and Young Adult, but I think I'm getting into more historical fiction.

Q: Author Block Party: If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with, who would you choose?

A: That's hard! Of course, I'd pull out all the stops with a bouncy house, free Kindles, and junk food galore!

I would invite:

D.B. Reynolds
Adrian Phoenix
Richelle Mead
Ellen Schreiber
Aprilynne Pike
Becca Fitzpatrick
Beth Fantaskey
Carrie Jones
Cassandra Clare
J.K. Rowling
Jay Asher
Katie MacAlister
Kelley Armstrong
Keri Arthur
Kristopher Reisz
Lauren Kate
Mari Mancusi

Plus all of their fans and book bloggers!

P.S. Right now we have a giveaway for a Mortal Instruments package and a Infernal Devices package! The giveaway is for US citizens only and open until 8/19. Cleck here to enter!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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Giveaway: Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices Packages

Hey, you guys! I'm so sorry for the absence and I promise that I will be posting reviews this weekend. But, I have some of MI and ID merchandise to giveaway!

There will be two prize packages:

The first package is for Mortal Instruments. The package includes:

*First three installments of MI
*A copy of City of Fallen Angels
*Two MI/ID bookmarks
*One MI poster



The second package is for Infernal Devices. The package includes:

*One rune shirt (see the angelic power rune)
*A copy of Clockwork Angel
*Three MI/ID bookmarks
*Two MI posters




 

This Giveaway is Closed. Winners will be announced Friday, August 19th at 6pm EST.
I will pick one winner from each group. This is a US only giveaway and will be open until 8/19. You must be 13 or older to enter. If you would like an extra entry, you can tweet about the giveaway:

Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices Giveaway over at @blacknailreview! *US Only* http://bit.ly/qfCnS1

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Jabril (Vampires in America #2) by D.B. Reynolds

Synopsis: Houston, Texas-Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right? Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power. Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn's journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn't end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her. Source

Review
Plot: I was really eager to read this after the ending to Raphael. The last one left me wanting more of Raphael and Cyn. I was hesistant when I heard about a new vampire lord and a new character involved. The Cyn and Raphael romance did not falter and most of their scenes were...spicy! Along with the continuing romance, I did love the new vampire lord. He was so evil and tactless that I couldn't help but hate Jabril. His every step was only thought out for his benefit, even when it came to "friends". I wasn't too happy with some of the small characters.They seemed unnecessary to me and only used for the certain situation they were introduced in. Other than that, I loved the plot and thought it was a nice continuation on the characters and their lives.

Characters: Cyn - Cyn is a great heroine. She is able to carry herself, but she is trying to make up her mind about Raphael. I did like how she did think about Raphael and was heartbroken, but it didn't consume her thoughts. She had a job to do and she put her all into it.

Raphael - I couldn't get enough of him! He is so protective of Cyn, but yet is gentle and kind towards her. I loved when he would make up the dreams and hold her. I'm glad that he was in here, even when he physically wasn't.

Cover: I liked how it did have Jabril and Mirabelle were on the front. We've seen Cyn and Raphael, so it was nice to get a visual of the newcomers.

Overall Rating: I give this book a three out of four. I loved the book and the continuation on Raphael and Cyn, but there were some elements I could have done without. After reading the ending, I know the relationship status of Raphael and Cyn. However, I would still love more and see if they can still work with one another.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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{Friday Round-Up} Book Blogger Hop :: Follow Friday :: TGIF

Book Blogger Hop
Q: What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?

A: That's so hard! I have to say that probably Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick is the one I want the most. I haven't even gotten the chance to read Crescendo yet, but I loved Hush, Hush and am hooked into this series. The covers, the writing, the characters, the plot...everything! I would love to have this ARC!



Q: Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?). 

A: I would have to say that the Twilight Saga is what influenced my life. I read the series around three years ago before the movies came out. During that time, my family was going through so much and it was hard to handle it. I didn't have that much support to go to and I was confused as to my position and my health. I got hooked to Twilight because it was my escape. I wanted to get completely away from where I was at and the rainy days of Forks was that place. It was more of a coping mechanism for me and helped me to get through those times.

Q: Taking it Personal: Which books have effected you on a personal level and lingered in your mind long after you closed the pages?

A: Hmm...I think the book that I still remember is I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder. Everyone has lost someone close and this book really touches on all the emotions after you lose them. This book really helped me when I lost someone close to me and coping with having lost them. I was kind of envious because the main character still had her boyfriend's spirit around and when she was ready to move on, so was he. But, after thinking about it, I saw that you should grieve over that person, but also learn to move on. That doesn't mean that you should forget them, but come to terms with the person's spirit moving on.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Trends You'd Like To See More of/Less of

TTT is a weekly meme held by The Broke and Bookish. This week is over trends we want to see more or less of. I split my up with the first five being the ones I want to see more of and the second half being the ones I don't want to see more of.

Trends I Want
1. Greek Mythology - I love Greek mythology and would love to see it interpreted into books. You barely see them in books nowadays. If it had a nice modern twist on it, plus romance...perfection!

2. Minority main characters - It's sad to say that books have barely progressed in using minority characters. It would be nice to have a different culture or race. I think it'll be sometime before there are minority main characters where race isn't an issue in the book.

3. Historical fiction - It is pretty prominent already, but I just want to see even more of it. Books set in the Victorian time, Ancient Egypt, and the Viking era are my favorite. I wish there were more authors than there already are writing about it.

4. Modern adaptions - I'm a HUGE fan of these kinds of books. I love reading old classics being turned into modern times. Classics are my favorites and don't get me started with Shakespeare! So, I would want modern adaptions, but done elegantlly.

5. College-age characters - This a rare genre. There are barely any books that go over this age range. I'm glad to say a lot more people feel that there should be more books for this age range, even giving the genre a name: "New Adult."

Trends I DON'T Want
6. Slang - I'm getting tired of it. Knock it off! I don't like when authors try to connect with us teenagers by using "text talk" and Valley girl language. No teen talks like that and if they do...*shakes head* anyways... Just please stop, I don't like it. I'm a big girl, I can read big words.

7. Scandalous teen drama - Even before Gossip Girl came to television, these books have been everywhere. I read one and actually liked it, I will continue with the series when I get a chance. However, that's all I see nowadays and it seems like every time one of these series becomes popular, they are turned into TV shows. I get it, young people's lives aren't the greatest.

8. Animal books - I've never been into animal movies and I could never be into animal books. There are some great animal books like Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. But, it doesn't do anything for me.

9. Modern technology - I don't mind if authors toss in a cell phone or computer here or there. But, it starts to bother me when they start throwing in Macs, iPhones, plasma flat screen. Maybe in twenty years they'll seem prehistoric, but for now, it's just...weird.

10. Small towns - A lot of books are set in small towns, so there isn't that much to talk about the surroundings or the people. I don't have a problem with it. However, for paranormal books sometimes, it's weird to think that a vampire or werewolf or whatever would go to a small city to blend in. I would think it would be harder for them to blend in smaller cities because everyone knows everyone.

What trneds do you want to see more of in books? Is there any that you rather not have?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Book Releases: August 2011

This is back to school month and what way to start it off with than a list of books coming this month!

August 1st
Caged in Darkness (Caged #1) by J.D. Stroube

A witch raised in a cage of darkness...

Savannah Cross was born into a life of isolation and abuse. As a child, she witnessed her parents perform acts of malevolent evil, and now feels permanently tainted by their dark deeds.
When a coven discovers a tear stricken child, wounded on their elders lawn, they offer her a sanctuary she has never known. (more...)



August 2nd
Never Have I Ever (The Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard

My perfect life was a lie.

Now I’d do anything to uncover the truth.

Not long ago, I had everything a girl could wish for: amazing friends, an adorable boyfriend, a loving family. But none of them know that I’m gone—that I’m dead. To solve my murder, my long-lost twin sister, Emma, has taken my place. She sleeps in my room, wears my clothes, and calls my parents Mom and Dad. (more...)


Blood Ties (Blood Coven #6) by Mari Mancusi

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. (more...)


August 5th
Forbidden (The Demon Trappers #2) by Jana Oliver
 
Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones.
 




August 9th
Ingenue (Flappers #2) by Jillian Larkin

Bobbed hair. Short skirts. Cool jazz. Dark speakeasy. Anything goes. Meet the flappers, Gloria, Clara, Lorraine . . . and the rich young boys who love and loathe them.








August 16th

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles

Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father? (more..)


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August 23rd
Nocturne (Claire de Lune #2) by Christine Johnson

Some secrets are too dangerous...

After the tragic events of the summer, Claire is looking forward to a new school year. All she wants to worry about is finding the most gorgeous dress to wear to the Autumn Ball with her perfect boyfriend.

But as Claire knows all too well, the life of a werewolf is never that simple, or that sweet. (more...)



Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the
friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.
 

Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #1) by Richelle Mead (Author), Leigh Dragoon, Emma Vieceli (Illustrator)

After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It's filled with intrigue, danger - and even romance. Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.


August 30th
Hades (Halo #2) by Alexandra Adornetto

Bethany and Xavier are even closer since battling Jake Thorn and his evil influence (in Halo) and Beth and her angel siblings must still protect Venus Cove from the Dark Forces.

When a party game Рa s̩ance Рinadvertently releases Jake from the Underworld, he disguises himself and tricks Beth into taking a ride on his motorcycle. (more...)



Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6) by Richelle Mead

In Georgina Kincaid, succubus and she-demon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead has created one of her most enticing characters. But with a shot at love, and maybe even redemption, is the ultimate seductress finally going soft? Like hell she is. . .

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. (more...)


August 31st
Cursed (Demon Kissed #2) by H.M. Ward

Ivy's on her way to kick ass and save Collin from the horrors of the Underworld. Along the way she discovers that the truth won't set her free. Deep-seated deception leads Ivy closer to her destiny. But, being queen of the demons is not the destiny she wants. Ivy will have to overcome lust, power, and love if she wants to survive.

This is the 2nd book in Demon Kissed series by H.M. Ward, featuring heroine Ivy Taylor.


Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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