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-- Rhi


9.30.2011

W.R. [09/30-10/02] :: Blogiversaries and Anniversaries and Video Reviews

How's your week been dear readers? I feel like I've been away from the computer a lot but I know I haven't. Maybe I just got less accomplished? Slowly getting caught up on my reviews but not the review reading. I did take a break from ALL of my 'for review' reading this week to celebrate Banned Books Week with a couple of titles I knew had been banned. I've seen some folks call BBW 'gay propaganda' and claim that the stats for the list are made up. Ya know what though? It doesn't matter to me. It's the idea of BBW that works for me because books have been such an important part of my life and there are places (and times) where books have been taken from the reader. Even in the first book I read in honor of BBW the written word had been taken from women, it was illegal for them to read! Heck, that very book was taken away from me when I was 15 and sneaking reading it because of the sexual content (it was claimed) but now that I've read it I wonder if it wasn't because of the religious conotations it speaks out against were some of the same things the church I was raised with taught?

This weekend marks two special days for me. Saturday is my 3rd Blogiversary! I know I've only accomplished in 3 years about a quarter of what many have in a year but for me it's a milestone. I've managed to keep this blog going without a hiatus (unless the short absenses when I had the baby and the surgery really count) or loss of interest for three whole years. That's ages to me. But even more of an accomplishment if you will is my 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Somehow we've managed to keep making this thing called marriage work for a dozen years! One of the reasons I'm not a huge HEA fan is because I know firsthand how hard a real marriage (or life together as the case may be) is not simply "...and they lived happily ever after. The End." It's often more like "...and they lived miserably together half the time... and this was just the beginning." But there is a great joy to learning that real love, lasting love, is something that requires work, patience, and willing compromise. When you can work through the hard times together and come out the otherside stronger as a couple it's an accomplishment worth being proud of.

I wanted to also share something I worked on this past weekend. Something I'm both a little embarrassed over and super proud of. My very first video review!

Get hydrated with this totally ghoul Monster High playset for kids and collectors!

Okay, so it's not a book review... I'm not sure I'm ready to have to read a review on screen and kind of don't see the point... but I'm a big nerd for Monster High dolls. I would totally love it if you guys would go watch it and tell me what you think. I literally spent HOURS on that between writing the review up, setting up my table to just the right way, about 8 takes before I could get over my nerves and stop saying the wrong things or freezing up, and trying to get it formatted and resized for upload. It was really fun though and turned me onto the idea of video reviews in the future.

This weekend I'll probably be getting back to review reading and planning my themes for the next year. I honestly spaced on the blogiversary so I'll probably do a giveaway on my next special day... my birthday... next month. Yeah, something like that. In the meantime don't forget to visit me later in October for the Halloween hop, I have a great giveaway planned!

Hope you have a great weekend and that you'll leave a comment telling me what you're currently reading. Seriously, I love to know! :) -- Rhi

9.28.2011

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness #1) by P.T. Michelle
Young Adult, Romance, Horror
Ebook $0.99
Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate...until she dreams a future she can't ignore.
After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.
Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.
Author's note: Brightest Kind of Darkness is a dark paranormal novel length YA full of mystery, adventure, romance, and even a touch of horror. It's best suited for ages 14 and up.

Author Site: ptmichelle.com

Self-Published novels don't get much better than this... (5 stars)

Every night Nara dreams what will happen to her the next day. Knowing what's coming beforehand has allowed her to be a great soccer player and student. When she forsees something bad happening she knows she shouldn't change things. It's backfired in the past. But when the next day will bring real danger she can't stand by and watch it happen.

When her gift begins to fade leaving her lost without a lifeline as people around her begin having bad things happen. Could Nara's interfering have been at fault? Then she meets Ethan, a handsome loner she instantly connects with. But he has a past plagued with his own problems and his proximity to those who keep having bad things happen might undo their growing relationship.

Two teens with very different lives connected by the big secret each is forced to hide from the world. It's not an unusual plot in young adult fiction. Yet Michelle manages to bring in originality and a subtle, lingering sense of doom that will keep you turning pages deep into the night. I honestly couldn't put this one down until I was dozing off reading.

Ethan and Nara are fascinating characters without being over-the-top or cliched. Seperately they each had qualities that made them enjoyable, they could have easily stood alone without the romantic element between them. I think that made the budding love that much more rich and likable. Occasionally I did want to beg them to stop mooning over one another and get back to the action but it suited the storyline so well, perfect for the target audience.

Exciting, atmospheric, action-packed, and intensely mysterious BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS is the best self-published work I have read to date. Michelle's writing is so good it was easy to lose myself in the pages and forget the time, something few books can do. I can hardly wait for the next book to be released and will definitely be adding Michelle (and her alter ego Patrice Michelle) to my list of authors to watch. I highly recommend this one if you enjoy Stacey Jay or Richelle Mead's writing styles and for fans of Jordan Dane's intensity.



Other Reviews:
Seeing Night
A Cupcake and a Latte

Notes: Review copy received from author.

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9.27.2011

Review: Stone Cold Seduction by Jess Macallan

Stone Cold Seduction (Set In Stone #1) by Jess Macallan
Urban Fantasy, Fae
Paperback $14.99 (246 pages, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
Ebook $6.99

When a regular night of Robin Hood-ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume-maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.
And only reading her fate can fix that.
Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiance, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.
If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

Author Site: Jess Macallan's Blog

Wangsty, Mary-Sue Heroine Kills Plot (2 stars)

Elleodora "Elle" Fredricks has a bone to pick with her father. Stealing priceless artifacts from him is her way of getting back at him. Until she's nearly caught in the act and finds out she's not human. Not only is she not human, neither are any of her friends or family. But she doesn't remember any of that because her dad has her mindwiped. So now she has to track down her fate in Scotland. With the help of her all-male cast of friends she's off to find her fate and avoid being killed in the process.

Oh boy, where to start? I suppose saying I was really looking forward to this book is it. The concept of shadow elves, gargoyles, phoenix, and oracles sounded like a fresh and promising base for a new series of paranormals and it almost delivers. What is shown of these beings and their powers is exciting and very enjoyable. But the reader is dumped into them quickly and very little explanation of what ties all of it together is given. How the oracles and fates tie into the elves (light or shadow) is never really clear and I found that extremely distracting since the central plot is Elle trying to get to hers.

Based on the title and the blurb I mistook this to be a romance. Please do not make the same mistake if you're looking for a HEA. There is a strong thread of love triangle here and if you hate them (which I actually don't) you might find it reminds you of a certain pair of book series that have been adapted to film and television. Usually I like love triangles but in this case I frequently felt bad for one of the men involved because it felt like Elle flaunts it in his face.

Elle herself was what eventually killed any like I had for this story. She's a whiny Mary-Sue and I honestly felt no true chemistry between she and any of the three male companions she spends the entire story with. We're told not shown enough for the romantic elements to have worked for me. The one saving grace of the book was the ending which falls in such a way a reader—even one who didn't like it such as myself—can't help but want to read the next one to see where the romance side of this series is going.

In the end I can't honestly give this one a rating more than "I didn't like it" because I truly found too much of it (more things than I touched on in this review) problematic for me as a reader. I feel really bad about it too because I wanted to like it based on the concept and my enjoyment of love triangle stories. I think I would recommend STONE COLD SEDUCTION to readers who enjoy Jeaniene Frost's books which I had similar qualms with while other readers loved them. I don't intend to read more of this series but considering the bits I did like I'll be watching to see what Macallan puts out in the future, I see promise in her writing, I just didn't care for this book.



Other Reviews:
All Things Urban Fantasy
Bitten By Paranormal Romance

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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9.23.2011

WR [09/23-09/25] :: Banned Books Week


Finally! It seems we're settling into the routine of school again at last. My son burned through my Hunger Games books in a weekend leaving me stuck trying to find something equally entertaining but not too far above his reading level. Having absolutely no luck there. Every time I make a suggestion he has a reason it's "too hard" or "doesn't sound good". The kid isn't even 12 yet and honestly has the comprehension and reading skill of a high schooler. It's a blessing and a curse.

Does anyone know of a book blogging meme where each blog posts a specific interest or need and their readers make suggestions based on that? I've had the idea for a meme of this sort bouncing around in my head for months but so far haven't come across one. I don't know a damned thing about starting one or anyone who would be interested but well... maybe by the new year I'll be up for the task.

Meanwhile I've found myself in a bit of a money-woe situation IRL. Unexpected hospital bills. A payment that didn't go through making us get a late fee. A growing toddler. I swear I just bought the tot clothes and she's already outgrown everything! The hubs and I were joking about feeding her nothing but salmon and blueberries... and only if you watched Death Valley on Monday would you get the reference. teehee! I found 3 copies of The Iron Duke being clearanced out for $3.99 at Hastings today and was totally going to buy them to give away but with my budget being this tight... a movie for our "date night" was more of a priority. Hope you guys can forgive me. Cool news though... if you haven't picked it up yet the Mass Market size comes out in January and will have some bonus content.

This weekend starts the ALA's Banned Books Week which I've been looking forward to all year. Last year I mentioned briefly that a period of my upbringing was in a household with a very strict religious set of parents and my experience with my reading being constantly problematic. After 17 years I picked up a copy of the one book I specifically recalled a nasty exchange about. Never did get to finish it. So this year in honor of my freedom to read whatever I damn well please I'm finally finishing Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel. Anyone else choose a special title that's been banned or challenged to read this week?

Well folks, my computer's disc drive finally kicked the bucket and I have a lot to do if I want reading time this weekend. Have a good one and happy reading! -- Rhi

9.22.2011

Review: Defying Convention by Abby Niles

Defying Convention by Abby Niles
Contemporary Romance, Geek
Ebook $4.99 (CARINA PRESS)
Journalist Emma Portland would do anything to save her career, even go undercover at the 31st Annual GalaxyCon in search of a story. Emma thinks she's hit pay dirt when she meets Luke Evans, a bestselling sci-fi author whose readers have turned against him. She has no problem getting close to the sexy writer to get the scoop on his downfall. Except the more time she spends with Luke, the more she has a different kind of exposé in mind...
Luke can't believe he's found the one woman at GalaxyCon who hasn't heard of him and can look that hot in a bikini. For the first time he's opening up about himself...and the secret that torpedoed his writing career. Too bad his former fans are out for blood—and out to sabotage his budding relationship with Emma.
But amidst rival reporters, eager fanboys and overzealous role-players, it's Emma's secret that may put the brakes on their sizzling attraction for good...

Author Site: abbyniles.com

Delicious Romance for the Girl-Geek or Geek Lover (5 stars)

Emma Portland has this one chance at rescuing her career as an investigative journalist. But being assigned to a scifi convention isn't exactly the setting for a juicy scandal... until she meets Luke Evans. Better known as Luke Blaster, the scifi writer has done the unthinkable to his main character and his fans have gone savage. His presence at GalaxyCon is a tremulous one. Emma's sure there's some big secret to be uncovered about Luke and she doesn't mind trying to get close to him to find it.

Once the chemistry starts to simmer between them though, she realizes uncovering Luke's secret could ruin what might be a relationship worth having. When Luke's fans seek to exact some subtle revenge via LARP and Emma gets sucked into the mix it's chaos. Emma's going to have to make a choice... ruin her career or ruin Luke.

A scifi novelist on the outs with his fans. An investigative journalist on the verge of having her career flushed. A scifi convention full of costume-clad angry geeks set on having the punishing LARP of a lifetime. These aren't usually the things a great romance is made of and that is exactly why this one works!

While I've never been to a Con I loves me some geekery and Niles manages to make this dose smart, sexy and hilarious. Luke is one yummy specimen, if a bit angry and angsty for my taste. Emma is a little cliched but still enjoyable. I really wish she'd been more geeky. My only real issue with either character was their lack of geekness. At times it kinda felt like someone had kidnapped the quarterback and the cheerleader and dumped them into the chess club which as a real-life girl-geek was a little disheartening. But as the story progressed Luke's writing and secrets revealed him to be a mix of geek and regular guy that actually worked. Emma's only real geekery seemed to stem from having a super-nerd brother who helped her pass at the convention. (One note there... I wondered more than once why Luke didn't call Emma on her presence at the Con if she was so unlikely to be there with her lack of fandom).

Even with my little issues there I really think this was a great, if predictable, tale. It inspired a great range of emotions and plenty of LOL moments. By the end I was very satisfied. To be honest it wouldn't be completely off-base to say that if you liked the very based idea behind the film Never Been Kissed this runs in a similar vein. I loved it! If you're a geek and enjoy romances I highly recommend this one. I am adding Abby Niles to my authors-to-watch list. This would be a great book for Codex from The Guild to read... and if you get that reference... get this book!



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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


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9.21.2011

Review: My Boyfriend is a Monster: My Boyfriend Bites

My Boyfriend Bites (My Boyfriend Is a Monster #3) Dan Jolley and Alitha E. Martinez
Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Vampires
Paperback $9.95 (128 pages, GRAPHIC UNIVERSE)
Vanessa Shingle has a knack for choosing boyfriends who need fixing--the juvenile delinquent, the school cheat, the slacker....Then she meets Jean-Paul McClellan--the perfect project!
Vanessa is determined to find out Jean-Paul's story. Why would such a smart hunk waste his life as a janitor? She drags her best friend Stork on a nighttime mission to learn more. What she sees makes her blood run cold.
Suddenly, Vanessa's little New Mexico town is overrun by vampires--obnoxious ones at that. And Vanessa seems to be their target. Is Jean-Paul one of them? If so, why is he being so nice to her? When he talks about prophecies and legacies and Romania, what's he really up to?
Vanessa finds herself with a real situation to fix--and she stakes her life on being able to rise to the challenge.

Series Site: myboyfriendisamonster.com

My Overall Favorite of the Series! (5 stars)

Vanessa Shingle has a problem. When it comes to guys she has a habit of dating the fixer-uppers. Meeting up with the hottie janitor who should be doing something far less mundane seems like nice start to her latest fix-a-boyfriend adventure. But in this little New Mexico town there's something far more problematic going on. Vampires are running amock and they seem to want a taste of Vanessa. When her new project starts seeming like maybe his biggest problem has nothing to do with his custodial profession the stakes will be high. Jean-Paul might not be the only one who needs to rise to their potential and it's up to Vanessa to live up to the family name.

While I definitely enjoyed I Love Him to Pieces and would recommend it first My Boyfriend Bites edged it out by just a little bit. Honestly, I wasn't expecting any originality in this one and Jolley managed to really surprise me with the twists and turns of this one's plot. Unlike Dicey and Bethany, Vanessa wasn't an athlete. She's very smart save for her taste in guys and I found her to be the most relatable of the four girls in the series.

The art here is decidedly more traditional, less manga-esque. If you like Marvel's Runaways Martinez's style would suit that series very well in my opinion. I really liked the renderings of both Vanessa and Jean-Paul. What can I say? They're just pretty and if that doesn't appeal to the targeted audience I'll be surprised.

My Boyfriend Bites is a quick and entertaining read with some interesting ideas. If you liked I Love Him to Pieces but hated Made For Each Other you should give this one a try. If you're new to the series you can start with this one if you're into vampires since each stands alone. Enjoy!



Other Reviews:

Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.




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9.18.2011

Review: Damage by Anya Parrish

Damage by Anya Parrish
Young Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction
Paperback $9.95 (288 pages, FLUX)
Ebook $9.95

There was a time when I prayed for Rachel to be real—it ended the night she tried to kill me.
When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel, her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel was a product of her own mind.
Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak accident sends her a terrifying message: Rachel is back, she's real, and she'll stop at nothing to kill Dani. Complicating matters is Jesse, the school bad boy who's being stalked by his own invisible childhood monster.
When Dani and Jesse join forces to learn why their tormenters are back, their investigation leads to a horrifying discovery—and the secret that binds them to each other.

Author Site: anyaparrish.com

Homicidal Imaginary Friends? Yes please! (4 stars)

Alright so here's the deal... I can't offer my own special summarization of DAMAGE because if I do I'm going to spoil everything. It's one of those stories that starts throwing exciting possibilities at you from the first few pages. You'll be guessing and guessing and biting your nails waiting to find out if you've got it figured out. Fortunately this means that most of the time the pacing is pretty brisk. Occasionally there are what I think of as talky-breaks, scenes where the characters do an awful lot of trying to decide what to do and I want them to get back to the action but these are really well tempered and suitably timed.

Nothing comes too easily for Dani or Jesse. More than once I thought it was dreadful these kids were being faced with not only a really scary situation to be in but without the resources adults have. It was both frustrating and yet I found that element in its basic form extremely relatable. I think readers who have ever had to make very adult decisions or have been put in situations far beyond their emotional maturity level will agree.

My only issue I had with the storyline is the relationship between Jesse and Dani. While I feel like it suits the targeted teen audience, adult readers might find it a little well... ridiculous. I'm too much of a cynic when it comes to love and the budding romance between these two happens so quickly and is expressed to be at such a deep level I found it just a little eyeroll inducing. Think the sort of romances we see in movies where the hero and heroine escape some serious scary life-or-death situation where it seems like maybe they latched onto one another through a shared tramatic experience, not a true passion for each other. Just my personal take on it.

DAMAGE definitely kept me guessing and more than once made me flinch and cringe with the danger Dani and Jesse face. The concept of Rachel and where/what she stems from will appeal to readers who love dark superhero storylines. I don't want to be at all spoilery but let me just say that if you enjoy Marvel's Runaways or any of the X-Men comics or films this is right up your alley as far as action, adventure, and teens with issues go. I really geek on that kind of thing and think it's an apt comparison.

Overall, aside from the puppy-love not quite being sold on me I really enjoyed DAMAGE. Parrish's writing is reminiscent of some of my favorite YA authors in the paranormal genre. While it's much more of a thriller than a paranormal I think it has great cross-genre appeal. If adult readers can get past the romance in bloom I think many would find the storyline a quick and intense read. I would definitely encourage readers looking for something a little different from the paranormal and dystopian stuff but not straight up contemporary teen fic or pure romance. Will definitely be looking forward to more of Parrish's work in the future.



Other Reviews:
(if you've reviewed this one let me know!)

Notes: Purchased paperback at Amazon.

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9.15.2011

Entangled Publishing Launch Event: It Ends With an Entangled Wishlist


With my three months of being immersed in titles from Entangled Publishing coming to a close I feel freakishly fortunate. It's not every day one simple email can lead to the huge amount of hard work, hair pulling, and pleasure I've had helping get the word out about these amazing authors and their work.

Perhaps my perception is a little off but one of the things that has made me fall in love with Entangled is that for the first time since I began book blogging I felt like the work I put into the event was appreciated and valued by the entire EP team. Each author and publicist was completely approachable, helpful, and willing to put their hard work behind what we were putting together.

As with any publishing house's works I didn't madly love everything I read but the quality of the work impressed me. As I put a lid on the event and thank everyone who was involved I couldn't help but start looking ahead to more EP titles I want to read. The following is a list of the titles I've wishlisted (some of which I already snagged ARCs of—yay!) that will be popping up in the next couple of months. I hope you'll check them out because I really feel like readers who haven't discovered Entangled are missing out on some great stuff.

Thank you so much to Cathy, Danielle, and Roxanne for working as the amazing go-betweens for your authors and myself. A very big thanks as well to Nina, Brooke, Patricia, Melanie, Shea, Lisa, and Aubrie for sharing your time and novels with me! It has been an adventure diving into your worlds, meeting your characters, and most of all, getting to know each of you. I wish you all the best! -- Rhi


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9.14.2011

Review: The What-If Guy by Brooke Moss

The "What If" Guy by Brooke Moss
Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit
Paperback $15.99 (274 pages, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
Ebook $7.99

What would you do if your "what if" guy showed up at the lowest point of your life?
(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)
After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back together.
Her disgruntled twelve-year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making.
Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?

Author Site: brookemoss.com

Converted this reader to contemps! (5 stars)

As a reviewer I usually open my review with a synopsis of the plot but in this instance I feel like the blurb really gives the perfect gist of the story without being spoiler filled. This is a really complex story layered with themes of love, forgiveness, friendship, and responsibility.

I hope it says something about this book that I do not read contemporary romance. It's just not a genre I care for. I'm more of a scifi-fantasy kind of girl, give me something unreal so I can escape from reality for a while. But once in a while—a very great while—a book comes along that catches my interest that is outside my usual tastes and I'll give it a shot. The hook of THE WHAT-IF GUY for me was the locale. Being from Eastern Washington the thought of a small town in the region as the setting caught my eye but really so much of what I read in the blurb felt relatable.

My paranormal romance buddies are gonna kick my butt for saying so but I think Moss has infected me! Since finishing THE WHAT-IF GUY I've been looking for more contemporaries I might like. So how on earth did she pull that off eh? Autumn is a character I think many women can relate to. Growing up in a small town, having big dreams, ending up in a situation where those dreams get skewed, bad romances, lost love. She has so much on her plate and her return to Fairfield to care for her dad seems like an ultimate defeat. It's a train wreck situation as she runs into people from her past, has to face her mistakes, and realizes that maybe the things she ran away from aren't as bad as they seemed.

Autumn's journey is enriched by a vivid and wonderful cast of characters. From her son Elliot and her drunk dad to her former BFF and the folks about town who have looked out for her dad in her absense, the cast of Fairfield is very real and endearing. Henry, the title character, is full of surprises and it's easy to see why Autumn fell for him years ago. Their relationship might be an overall arc for the storyline but is so well woven into the rest of the plot regarding Autumn's father and her son it never stops feeling believable.

By the final chapters I'd had a few sniffle sessions and wanted to smack Autumn upside her head for being dumb but in the end this was one of the most heart-warming and enjoyable romances I have read this year. My only annoyance with the book was that it kind of moved by holidays/seasons for plot points but really it was excusable, I just thought it was distracting.

What more can this paranormal romance fanatic say? I've been converted and it would take one heck of an amazing book to pull that off. If you love chick-litty flavor without the designer label dropping, small-towns and a hero and heroine that are believable I really think you will enjoy this. Well deserving of my 'I loved it' rating.



Other Reviews:
Sizzling Hot Book Reviews


Notes: ARC received via Publisher.


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(open to suggestions here!)

9.13.2011

RhiReading's Entangled Publishing Launch Celebration Schedule [Updated: 09/14]

This is the tentative schedule for my Entangled Publishing Launch Celebration. I've been working with the lovely publicist team at Entangled to schedule special stuff just for you my dear readers! Keep in mind that Entangled has a huge selection of releases coming out, these are just the ones I chose to promote because they sounded fun to me.



July 5th

Break Outby Nina Croft Release Date

July 5th - 10th
Giveaway for Kindle Copy of Break Out

July 12th






Nina Croft Guestpost

July 13th
The "What If" Guy by Brooke Moss Release Date

August 1st - 7th
Patricia Eimer Week
 
August 1st
Patricia Eimer Guestpost + Giveaway

August 2nd
Luck of the Devil Review
Ward Against Deathby Melanie Card Release Date
The Marked Son by Shea Berkley Release Date
Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer Release Date
Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario Release Date
Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman Release Date

August 8th - 14th
Shea Berkley Week
 
August 9th
Shea Berkley Interview
 
August 10th
The Marked Son Review

August 15th - 21st
Melanie Card Week
 
August 17th
Melanie Card Interview
 
August 18th
Ward Against Death Review
 
August 27th
Night Walker Trailer

August 29th - September 4th
Lisa Kessler Week

August 29th
Lisa Kessler Guestpost
 
September 7th
Night Walker Review

September 5th - 11th
Aubrie Dionne Week

September 6th
Aubrie Dionne Guestpost
 
September 7th
Paradise 21 Trailer
 
September 8th
Brooke Moss Guestpost
 
September 9th
Paradise 21 Review
 
September 14th
The What-If Guy Review
 
September 15th
Entangled Launch Celebration End Post
 
 
 

A very special thanks to Cathy, Danielle, and Roxanne for their interest in RhiReading as a venue for promotion of Entangled Publishing's launch and for working with me to make this event happen. Publicists don't get nearly enough thanks or praise for their role in bringing great books to the reader. You guys are wonderful! -- Rhi

9.10.2011

Kindle Me (3) : Help me get these put out on Kindle!

Happy Saturday dear readers! I try to sit down a few times a year and go through my Amazon wishlist making sure I've cleared out any titles I picked up elsewhere and checking the ones that aren't on Kindle yet to see if they're now available. The cool thing is that YOUR clicks from my last two Kindle Me posts have helped! So I'm going to make this a regular quarterly feature here on RhiReading.

Here's how it works... I post links to books that I have on my wishlist that aren't available on Kindle yet. If you're feeling helpful or plan on buying these (whether in this format or another) click on over and use the button to Tell the Publisher! Then you can share links to books you'd like myself or other readers here to do the same for.


On the book's page just seek out this section right below the cover and click it, it's that easy.
 

By clicking the link you're encouraging publishers to make sure this format is available for those of us who have chosen to start reading in an ebook format. Sure, not everyone likes ebooks (I wasn't one who liked the idea until I got an ereader and discovered the advantages for the environment and more) but does it really matter which format we prefer as long as we're all still supporting reading?
Most of the time books that are new or out for pre-order but do not feature a Kindle format yet will do so within a few weeks of or on the release date. But often times older books, especially those who have gone out of print and aren't available new, need reader interest shown. My list mostly consists of those.
Thanks for your support and feel free to start your own Kindle Me post on your blog (you can even use my graphic above if you'd like) to get YOUR readers interested in helping the cause. If enough readers/bloggers show interest I may even go so far as to make this a meme with a linky thinger. -- Rhi
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9.09.2011

WR [09/09-09/11] :: The Curse of the DNF Pile


Last night was our school's Back-to-School Night. Parents come in and meet the teachers and find out about what their kids will be learning, classroom rules, school policies, and the teacher themselves. This is our final year at this school (until the tot goes to kindergarten) so it was kind of a beginning-of-the-end moment. Like reading the first chapter in the final book in a series. It's exciting and kind of sad at the same time.

As a sat down to do some review work after coming home and getting the kids in bed I realized how massive my TBR pile has become. Just ARCs and review copies (both digital and print) are hovering in the region of about 60. Granted that does include a couple of non-fiction and children's books (we're talking toddler books) I've been working on reviewing for my other blog but still! What is wrong with me? My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach as they say. How did I get this swamped? Surely I could know to only request or accept books I really want to read. Only... I am! *facepalm*

One issue I find comes up is that sometimes I get bored with a book. I may even like the book and still find my mind wandering as a read. Maybe it's some form of adult ADD? *giggle* If you know me personally you'll see the irony there. Usually this results in my spending the month of December finishing anywhere from 5-10 half-read books from earlier in the year. I even had to come up with a shelf for them on Goodreads. Maybe my problem isn't adult ADD. Maybe I'm incapable of admitting true defeat. Especially to a book. A good example of that would be Elphame's Choice. I never did figure out exactly what made it bore me but it took me over a year to finish it.

How many of you out there—blogger or not—find yourself suffering from a little trouble admitting book defeat?

This weekend I've got just a little bit of Embraced by Blood left and hopefully I can just knaw my way through the rest of Brightest Kind of Darkness. If you haven't picked the latter up yet... seriously dudes... just go buy it! It'll be the best 99¢ you spend this year. I feel really awful too because somehow in the shuffle after I got home from my trip in July I lost it in my digital TBR pile. I'd totally intended to read and review it by the end of July! How suck am I? :P Ahh well, I hope you can forgive me P.T.! Now that I'm reading I'm seriously mad I didn't start it sooner because it's quite the page turner and NO ONE seems to have heard of it. How does that happen?

Well folks... if I'm going to get to those books I better get off this computer and snuggle up with my Kindle and my cats. Have an awesome weekend and don't forget to comment and tell me what you're reading! -- Rhi

Review: Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

Paradise 21 (A New Dawn #1) by Aubrie Dionne
Scifi Romance, Dystopian
Paperback $14.99 (247 pages, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
Ebook $6.99

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind's last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where mankind can begin anew- a planet that won't be reached in Aries' lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe,she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries long voyage.
But Aries has other plans.
When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers rumors about pirates - humans who have escaped her before its demise - are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possess the freedom Aries' envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet's native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns freedom will come at a hefty price.
The life of the man she loves.

Author Site: authoraubrie.com

A Cauldron of Space Opera Seasoned with Dystopian Romance (4 stars)

The New Dawn is on a mission. A mission to carry the human race from their dead Earth to a new world suitable for a new beginning. Generations have lived and died aboard the ship and most will not live to see Paradise 21. It is the purpose of those who live aboard to continue the species through carefully computer chosen espousement and breeding. Passing on genetic code from parents to children is the primary purpose of the New Dawn's current inhabitants. But Aries doesn't want the man chosen for her.

In a desperate attempt to flee the husband chosen for her by the Guide she flees in an escape pod landing upon a desert planet known as Sahara 354. It's only a matter of time before her husband-to-be demands the New Dawn hault its progress to bring her back. With very little to sustain her and no idea where she can truly hide from her match she comes upon a man, a human man, without the genetic refinement of generations of selective breeding. A man known as Striker who has been marooned by his former lover. Together they discover a way off Sahara 354 and a love that defies the Guide's mandated match for Aries. But when her fiance finds her and Striker's own past attempts to break them apart a galaxy's worth of adventure is in store if they are ever to find their happy ending.

Oh scifi romance, how do I love thee? Peppered with lots of cool aliens and rogue-ish menfolk. Thank the maker because PARADISE 21 has a good sampling of both. It's a little bit Star Wars and a tiny bit dystopian. The very idea of a giant spaceship filled with people who know they'll never see the new world is a bit depressing. It's not hard to understand why Aries might want more, why she'd be willing to take her fate into her own hands. Then the more screentime her betrothed gets the more you WANT her to run.

I'm a total geek for alien races in scifi romances (Cheryl Brooks I am looking at you!) and was so pleased that Dionne made a point to show the natives of Sahara 354 as well as a second race I don't want to get spoilery about. It really added an element I NEED to love a space opera-y romance.

Strangely enough the only thing I didn't really care for here was the actual romance. I kind of felt like it was a romance of convinience. I know, I know that sounds bad. But think about it... Aries lands on a planet where there's only one other human, he happens to be male and she happens to fall for him and he for her all in a matter of a couple of days...? Enh, I guess it beat the alternative but still. That kind of softened the chance I'd love the story for the romance aspect. Even still as a science fiction space adventure with a romance it was alright.

On the whole it was pretty good if you like both a storyline and romance. Secondary characters do get a lot of screen time, sometimes without the hero or heroine being directly involved so there's potential set-up for sequels. I liked PARADISE 21 a lot but couldn't quite say I loved it. Neither Aries nor Striker felt really special or original and their romance wasn't quite as hard won (emotionally) as I would have liked but it was an enjoyable read. Recommended for scifi romance fans who don't want an overload of love scenes and like secondary characters to be well developed.



Other Reviews:
I Heart Reading
Bewitched Bookworms

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley/Publisher.




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