RhiReading News

Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! I can't believe it's already November! Where has the year gone? I'm actually looking forward to the holiday season this year in hopes I'll get some downtime for reading. But let's be real, does that ever happen? Maybe I'll whip up a new blog banner and layout for the new year. *snort* Nope, not likely. Someone get a time turner invented, I need it!

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for all reviewing through the new year but I have some promotional openings. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review: Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine program.
Young Adult, Horror, Historical
Ebook/Print/Audio (240 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.
When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn't right on the prairie. She's heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can't be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.
Author Site: website

Recommended for fans of Delilah S. Dawson or Daniel Marks (4 stars)

I'm always on the lookout for something weird and moody that will make my skin crawl. But I'm not big on gore for the sake of gore so sometimes it's hard to find a great YA novel that meets that need. A great one I've read in the past year was Delilah S. Dawson's Servants of the Storm. Though very different from SotS, Daughters Unto Devils falls into that same creepy, moody category and I found it very enjoyable.

I rarely sit down and read a book in one sitting but I did with this one. It's very engrossing and intense, there's always something looming, something foreboding threatening to consume Amanda and her family. It does unfortunately stray into the gory territory a time or two and the pacing can be yawn-inducing at times but overall I found it just the sort of read I was in the mood for.

I will note that I felt it was quite firmly upper YA. I tend to not comment on sex in YA because I don't think it's a big deal but between the sexual content and the violence, I felt like this one was just mature enough it might be too frightening and explicit for younger YA readers. I know it would have given me nightmares at 12-13. While I think kids should read what they want I also think many parents want to know if there's a situation like this so take it as what you will.

Richly morbid, delightfully dark and with a really terrifying ending that will leave you breathless this is one spooky read I will heartily recommend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Weekend Reading [11/25-11/29] :: SciFi Fandoms & The Season

I'm pretty sure my kindergartner is trying to kill me. If you've ever had a kid in school you know what I mean when I say they bring home everything. Every cold, every flu, every bacterial infection, every virus. If you're lucky you don't get the pink eye, impetigo, and head lice. We've pretty much spent the entire month of November passing colds and crud from person to person. Knock on wood because only the Punk got the puke-thing... but twice.

I decided to post Weekend Reading today instead of Friday because of the holiday. I'm feeling a bit melancholy about the holiday season in spite of looking forward to it. I just get lonesome for MY extended family. Complicated relationships be damned, I love my parents, my grandmothers, my uncles, aunts, cousins, and assorted collection of kin-by-friendship members of my family anyway. It's been a bad year for everyone and I just want to hug them all and share a feast and watch movies and play games. Alas, distance kills it for another year. Whom do you get to spend holidays with?

This weekend I am all about dragging the holiday decoration boxes out so I can decorate. Y'all know Christmas isn't usually my holiday but I'm kinda feelin' it this year. I guess maybe some of the awful shit going on in the world just makes me want to bury myself in traditions and things that are good in life. Like special dinners and having pretty decorations out, being reminded of how fortunate I am and sharing that fortune with others, date nights and shopping dates. I think this has been just a hard year in general and therefore I need celebration of how much I've overcome and rebuilt. What holiday tradition are you looking forward to this year?

My eldest turned 16 this week and I was so not ready. Where did those years go? Seriously, it feels like he was just a baby. I brought him home on Thanksgiving day all those years ago and sometimes I marvel that we both survived those first few months. It's an amazing thing to have little versions of yourself turn into grown versions that develop independence. They aren't kidding when they tell you to enjoy them while they are so small and precious because it goes by fast. It really, really has.

This weekend I'm working on Atrophy by Jess Anastasi. Atrophy is very Firefly-ish so I think a lot of people who don't tend to read SFR will love it. It comes out on December 7th and I'm hoping to do something fun to celebrate so be on the lookout. I'm also reading The Perfect Weapon by Delilah S. Dawson because a) it's Delilah-freaking-S. Dawson who is amazeballs and b) it's a Star Wars short story and I am getting so anxious for The Force Awakens it's not even funny. So yeah, a very scifi weekend for me. lol

Now, before I bore you any further... how are all of you? Good I hope. It's always so quiet here and I know that's because I don't have time to drop in every day anymore. I hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving if you're stateside and if not may your weekend be just as safe and happy. Leave me a comment telling me what you're reading this weekend if you have a minute, I'm really curious what everyone has in the works. -- Rhi

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Starting over sucks. 
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring...until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. 
And then he opened his mouth. 
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me. 
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 
If I don't kill him first, that is.
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In the future, only one rule will matter: Don't. Ever. Peek. Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed -- arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die. Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she's been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she's falling for him. But Ari isn't just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She's a military legacy who's been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Spotlight: The Woodland Creek Series

Happy (Belated) Book Birthday to the Woodland Creek Series!

Woodland Creek Series.
30 Authors. 30 Shifter Stories.
One Epic Release Day.

The Woodland Creek Series is an innovative and collaborative collection of Shifter stories set in one town, each with a guaranteed Happily Ever After.

Sibilance by Aria Kane -- This sexy trickster won't let Sophia Samson slither out of his life so easily. Amazon | Goodreads

Crow's Caw at Nightmoon Creek by Calinda B -- All she can think about is his naked body in the woods last night...and how he murdered her best friend. Amazon | Goodreads

Running Free by K Webster -- Can Frankie prove her innocence with a sexy detective hot on her trail? Amazon | Goodreads

Broken Wings by Mindy Larson – Love, secrets and lies make for a thrilling ride in Broken Wings. Amazon | Goodreads

Mina’s Revenge by J.M. Witt -- Her powers are changing and they're more than the bloodline inheritance from her mother. Amazon

Gargoyle by Scarlett Dawn -- Being stone-hard has never been this sexy and wicked before. Amazon | Goodreads

Zenko by J. Rose Alexander -- Blaze Riordan must find Melody Hastings before Halloween--and only a little red fox can help him do it. Amazon

The Scarlett Legacy by K.N. Lee -- All Evie wanted was to escape her family's secret...and then Avalon walked into town. Amazon

The Beast Within by Rachel M. Raithby -- Passion ignites, and pasts collide, when the Beast comes out to play. Amazon | Goodreads

Sinful Instincts by J.D. Hollyfield -- She was his temptation, and he was her ultimate Sin. Amazon

Moonlit Feathers by Sarah Makela -- After faced with crippling loss, a heartbroken raven must find her wings again…. Amazon | Goodreads

Hounded by Tasha Black -- This dog is about to have his day... Amazon

Dearborn by Jenni Moen -- I craved normalcy, to fall in love with someone untouched by the magic of Woodland Creek, but not as much as I craved him. Amazon | Goodreads

The Good Girl’s Guide to Being a Demon by April Aasheim -- What's a good girl to do when she starts developing horns, and a hunger? Amazon

Blind Trust by Raci Ames -- When Pia goes blind she must learn to trust what her heart can see, even if it means falling in love with two different shifters. Amazon | Goodreads

Dragon's Web by Lia Davis -- One sexy dragon, two strong-willed females, a family scandal, murder, and a love that requires plenty of ice. Amazon | Goodreads

Wicked Jackal by Cherie Marks -- The freedom to choose her fate is all she wants, but can she resist the draw of one wicked jackal? Amazon | Goodreads

One Insatiable by Tia Louise -- One wounded panther, one restless lynx, one insatiable hunger. Amazon | Goodreads

Dream Catcher by M.C. Cerny -- Happenstance brought Kerri Harper to Woodland Creek, but will she stay for the wolf intent on mending her broken heart? Amazon

The Viking’s Curse by Xandra James -- He was supposed to keep me alive after I was marked for death, but hiring the meanest Viking shifter in town might just kill me. Amazon | Goodreads


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