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Dear readers,

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Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for review requests for ALL review requests due to time contraints. I have promotional openings for February through July open though so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi


7.29.2011

Weekend Reading [07/29-07/31] :: Rhi Does Writing³

TGIF! This week was starting to feel like it would never end.

We tried to see HP&tDHP2 last weekend but it was sold out so I think we might try again tomorrow. In the meantime I'm juggling a bunch of different books:




My big challenge with the latter two is pacing. I can handle slow -to-come action to a point but when I have other reading to do (think review copies) it's hard to stay interested. Ah, well. What are you guys reading right now?

While I've got Entangled Publishing books on the brain... Books on Board has a neat giveaway (a bunch of EP's debut titles) going on. It's easy-peasy and a good way to learn more about the books coming out. Having finished two Entangled titles and being in the middle of two others I can now safely say these are top notch. (Not that I had any doubts). ;)

Are you looking for something new to read? I've been really looking forward to Shona Husk's The Goblin King. Sourcebooks Casablanca has been a favorite publisher of mine for paranormal romance for a long time. They somehow always manage to find really original concepts and the friendliest authors! Right now you can preorder (the release is Monday) the prequel (on Kindle) for FREE! If you like it you can always preorder The Goblin King which comes out in October.



Well dear readers I am off to play housewife catch-up. I've been burning my candle at both ends trying to get my other blog, RhiAlistic, moving into actually having content territory and writing. Did I say writing? Yes, I did. It's sadly cliched, the book blogger who is an aspiring writer. *le sigh*

After not writing anything but blog posts and product reviews for two+ years I had this moment... well, more a series of events... that made me realize how pathetic my excuses for not even trying to write were. It used to be the thing I lived for—not with publishing in mind, just my creative outlet—and then I didn't have time for it and blogging and baby. I am sooo rusty and my writing sucks after not writing characters for so long. It's like exercising though... you get out of shape and it just takes time and hard work to get back to fitness.

I wrote 600+ words last night and the scene was horrid but it was nice to sit down and be a complete pantser letting this idea that had popped into my head earlier in the evening. I guess it wasn't so bad for a scene I went into with no idea of who the characters were and no real world building plan, just a series of what-if's and an hour without interuptions. I hope to make it (the writing a little bit every day) part of my life again.

Now off to that business of dishes, laundry and enslavement to children so my family doesn't start feeling neglected. lol Have an awesome weekend! -- Rhi

7.26.2011

Review: Girl vs. Ghost by Kate McMurry and Marie August

Girl vs Ghost (Misdirected Magic #1) by Kate McMurry and Marie August
Young Adult, Ghosts, Witchcraft
Hardcover $15.95 (242 pages, BLAZING STAR PRESS)
Paperback $8.95 (242 pages, BLAZING STAR PRESS)
Ebook $0.99

Girl vs Ghost is a young-adult, paranormal, romantic comedy suitable for all ages.
Isabel Lindley doesn’t believe in magic, but her best friend is obsessed with witchcraft. Strictly as a favor, Isabel agrees to help with a spell and is shocked when the ghost of a teenage boy splat-lands in her bedroom. Her friend is thrilled—even though only Isabel can see or hear the ghost—but Isabel is horrified. She’s the most ordinary sixteen-year-old girl on the planet. What is she supposed to do with a ghost who doesn’t know his own name, how he died, or why the heck he’s tied to Isabel with a psychic chain? Her only hope to take back her life is to help him solve the mystery of his demise so he can go to the Light. Or wherever. She’s not particular, as long as the ghost is gone.

Author Site: www.misdirectedmagic.com

Lukewarm All-Ages Friendly Paranormal Dabbling (3 stars)

When Isabel's best friend, Tripp, wrangles her into helping with a little bit of spell casting the last thing she expects is to wind up with a handsome guy practically plopped into her lap. She especially doesn't expect it to be a ghost with a bad case of amnesia that only she can see. Complicating matters is the psychic rope binding him to her by a handful of feet. If Isabel wants to get rid of her haunting companion she'll have to unearth the mystery of who he is, how he died and just why he's tied to her anyway!

I wanted to like GIRL VS GHOST much more than I did. I love the originality of the premise and I really liked Marie's webcomic of the first chapter. Unfortunately this story is excrutiatingly tame aside from a few uses of the B-word and as an adult reader who enjoys grittier teen reads it just didn't quite work for me as a reader. On the flip-side I think this would be a great one for the tween to early teen set who might not be ready for meatier fare. When I can pin my almost-13-year-old stepkid down I'm going to have to see what she thinks of it because I think this is right up her alley.

The actual storyline is fresh but flows from conflict to conflict with the resolutions coming a little too easily. I occasionally felt like I wasn't getting enough insight into why each character was motivated, more attention to character development would have pleased me. Honestly I didn't like any of the characters perhaps in part because of the aforementioned lack of development but primarily as a result of odd behavior/reactions that just didn't feel natural. The story ended on a very flat note and the first word that popped into my head was 'lackluster'.

Keeping all of my personal preferences in mind GIRL VS GHOST fits its publisher's intended demographic perfectly. The 12-16 age range reader in search of clean, humorous paranormal titles will probably love this series. Adult readers, unless that's what you're looking for this just won't do it for you.

Other Reviews:
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Avery's Book (and Other Fun Stuff) Nook

Notes: Received Review Copy from Author.

7.25.2011

It's Monday, Get Your TV On!


It's Monday again? Yeesh. At least we have a nice line-up of shows to entertain us this week, right? ;)
I'm still trying to find time to catch up on the shows we missed on our vacation and during the power outtage the night before we left. But with ComicCon this weekend there's been a lot of scoopy news regarding favorites and I'm getting so excited for movies coming out too. Looking at 2012's movie release dates I noticed that next year is going to be the year of the fairytale retelling. I'm fairly quiet about them here on RhiReading but it's actually one of my favorite pseudo-genres. Not a big Kristen Stewart fan but seeing the Snow White and the Huntsmen pics released last week really perked my interest. (I actually bought my Snow White costume for this Halloween last year so I'm ready to rock the Disney look... now if only I can convince the rest of the fam to be dwarves... lol)

Anywho check out this week's line-up and let me know what you thought of last week's epis. -- Rhi

Monday: Alphas on Syfy and Teen Wolf on MTV
Tuesday: Pretty Little Liars and The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family
Friday: ThunderCats on Cartoon Network
Sunday: True Blood on HBO and Falling Skies on TNT




Alphas
Season 1, Episode 3
"Anger Management"
The team moves to new offices following the attack on Rosen; violent riots break out on the east coast, which are linked to a runaway teen. (synopsis via TVguide.com)


Get More: Teen Wolf, MTV Shows
Teen Wolf
Season 1, Episode 9
"Wolf's Bane"
Jackson puts Scott in danger; Allison starts to question her family's strange behavior. (synopsis via TVguide.com)



Pretty Little Liars
Season 2, Episode 7
"Surface Tension"
Emily doesn't feel at home after moving. Meanwhile, Aria finds Ezra and Jason competing for her affections; Hanna is displeased with Caleb's indifference to his shady transactions; and Spencer's dad reacts unexpectedly after Toby uncovers something. (synopsis via TVguide.com)



The Nine Lives of Chloe King
Season 1, Episode 7
"Dogs of War"
Chloe insists on helping a young man reconnect with his family, despite the safety risk he poses to the Mai. Meanwhile, Chloe's mom wants to declare her long-absent husband dead so that she can move forward with her life. (synopsis via TVguide.com)


I can't embed a video for the new ThunderCats but it actually looks pretty decent. Figured it might be worth mentioning this week just for kicks. I so wanted to be Cheetara when I was in the first grade... lol

ThunderCats
"The Sword of Omens; Ancient Spirits of Evil"
Brave Prince Lion-O goes up against the evil Mumm-Ra in the premiere of this animated reboot of the classic 1980s cartoon about feline-human hybrids fighting the forces of evil. Later, a betrayal leaves Cat Kingdom open to an attack by Mumm-Ra.


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True Blood
Season 4, Episode 6
"I Wish I Was the Moon"
Sookie hunts for Jason under a full moon; Arlene and Terry wonder about the cause of a strange fire; Debbie pressures Alcide to relocate; Lafayette has a spiritual experience in Mexico; Eric gives in to a higher authority; Marnie has contact with her supernatural predecessors. (synopsis via TVguide.com)


As usual the Falling Skies sneak peak isn't up yet... will add it if I can remember later this week! :)

Falling Skies
Season 1, Episode 7
"What Hides Beneath"
Weaver turns more and more erratic, stirring up trouble while on a reconnaissance mission with Tom and Hal. Meanwhile, Pope constructs a potent weapon; and Anne makes a startling discovery while performing an autopsy on a skitter cadaver. (synopsis via TVguide.com)

7.24.2011

Review: Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett
Urban Fantasy, Magic, Demons
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, POCKET)
Ebook $7.99

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Author Site: http://www.jennbennett.net/

An Instant Keeper for UF Fanatics (5 stars)

Arcadia "Cady" Bell, co-owner of the Tambuku Tiki Lounge, is a woman who has mastered the art of hiding in plain sight. When her infamous parents were accused of murder seven years ago they faked their deaths and sent Cady into hiding. But when her parents are spotted and a rival society of mages demands justice Cady's new life gets turned upside down. The only way to prove her parents' innocence is to find the only witness to their alleged serial killings, an Ætheric demon she has only vague clues about. In order to summon the demon she'll need to find its name but her resources are limited.

Lon Butler is a former priest with a library of stolen grimoires and a network of fellow Earthbound demons that could prove quite useful. Balancing his life as a famous photographer, skilled demonologist and single father of a precocious 13-year-old is tough enough without being dragged into Cady's demon hunt but he agrees to help her anyway. Soon the two find themselves falling down a rabbit hole of magical secrets, familial deceit and demonic dangers all while trying to survive the lush sexual tension building between them.

O-M-G. Seriously. If you love Urban Fantasy just buy this book. It takes a lot to make me say that and there has been a recent flux of brilliant novels I can say this about but I think this one is absolutely exceptional. The only issue I have with it is that the world building is occasionally confusing. I still have some confusion over a few areas of the world building after reading the whole book but as with most UF too much information dumped at the wrong time would have been overkill. Bennett does get a little heavy on the info dumping a couple of times but only a couple of times. Keeping that in mind this is a rich world of magical secretive societies and demons. If you love Meljean Brook's writing you'll dig Jenn Bennett's style.

Arcadia is not an easy character to pin down. The things I found relatable to myself such as feeling abandoned by her parents might not be relatable to every reader but she's very likable. One of the things I liked about her right away was that her closest friend is a female, finding women who get along with other women in UF can be a little hit and miss. As a potential love interest Lon is (ugh, I hate using this word but...) yummy. There's a bit of an age gap between he and Cady that actually really works to balance their personalities. His status as a single father is unusual but adds a dimension to his motivations that made him very solid, just the sort of rock a character like Cady needs in an uncertain world. The sparks of attraction between the two fly off the page to the point I thought I'd need a fire extinguisher. They're definitely my new favorite UF couple next to Allie and Zayvion from Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, fans of the Vampire Academy series might be the slightest bit reminded of Rose and Dimitri. Meanwhile, Lon's son, Jupe (short for Jupiter), manages to steal the show whenever he comes on scene. As a parent of a boy near Jupe's age I couldn't help but adore him. It's not often a main character in a UF novel has a child that is played so well into the storyline and I've never read one as likable as Jupe.

The overall plot of KINDLING THE MOON is filled with twists and turns, even manages to throw some surprises at the reader. The pacing is excellent, the scenes flowing with a natural rhythym that doesn't stall or rush ahead needlessly. It's not a saving-the-world tale but if you like a very character-centric plot Bennett delivers a rich one worthy of veteran author praise.

I echo once again my buy-it-NOW sentiment. This is a mature, highly refined urban fantasy full of darkness, charm and sensuality, thick with series potential and characters that are unforgettable in a genre overloaded with cliched clones. Deserving of each one of my five stars and more I'd almost dare call this an insta-classic for the genre. Bennett is a debut author I would pre-order untitled novels from without batting an eyelash. Absolutely superb!
Other Reviews:

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Notes: Received review copy from Publisher.

7.23.2011

Get Glamoured! True Blood + tarte™ cosmetics = Awesomesauce!


Is it totally naughty of me to NOT want to share this sweepstakes with you guys? *wink*

I stumbled upon the blog Blushing Noir through another blog when I was looking for nail color swatches and discovered I've somehow been completely unaware—I know I saw it in Cosmopolitan weeks ago but forgot to look it up online later—that tarte™ did a line of True Blood makeup. I'm a closet fiend for cosmetics in spite of my absolute lack of skills in the actual application of such. Don't tell anyone k? Natch I'm all mentally muttering obsenities and wondering how I could budget in the $52 for the eye palette 'cause they're actually colors I would wear. Y'all have seen my photo... I'm naturally vampy pale. I'm not so sure I could pull off the lip or cheek stain hues but if money were no object I'd be all over this whole collection like Andy on V.

Anywho... tarte™ is doing a trivia sweepstakes (as linked above) and I know I can't be the only person in the blogosphere who would dig getting their hands on these goodies so against the advice of the little devil sitting on my shoulder I'm sharing the linky in hopes one of us might be the lucky winner. Me attempting to spread the good karma? Maaaaaybe. *wink, wink*

Check out the swatches over on Blushing Noir and let me know what you think of the whole TB makeup line. -- Rhi

7.22.2011

Weekend Reading [07/22-07/24] :: How do you feel about vlogging?

My cup o' Friday topics is quite overflowing today. My trip was very eventful and visiting with some of the ambitious and not-so-motivated members of my clan got me inspired and thinking about a lot of things. From the unexpected announcement that one of my fam wants to write children's books to answering a myriad of questions about what exactly it is I do as a blogger I think I barely scratched the surface. One of the topics that actually got me squirming in my seat with nerves was a question about vlogging. Basically everyone wants to know why I haven't done it yet. I have a million excuses but as soon as they started jumping off my tongue it occurred to me one of the reasons not to is that I have no idea how my audience feels about them.

So I'm curious my fellow bloggers... why do you (or don't you) vlog? What about everyone else? Do you bother watching them? What do you like and dislike about seeing your favorite bloggers and hearing their voice?

One of my big excuses is that I'm quite self concious of my appearance but moreso my voice. My voice doesn't match me at all. I sound like a little kid in recordings and for some reason it really freaks me out. LOL

This weekend I've got a spa date and plans to go see HPTDH2 but I am soooo behind on reading. I'm honestly exhausted from trying to catch up, as usual I've got myself in over my head with accepting review requests. I just can't help myself. I want to read everything! I think I bought a dozen books this week and will I ever get any of them read? *sigh*

I'm working on my first title for the Entangled Launch and a book called Girl vs. Ghost that I can't quite wrap my head around. On top of that I'm starting to work on a writing project AND the start of greenifying my lifestyle a bit.

With the blog's blogoversary not far off I'm also going to be making some event plans for October and for next year's monthly themes so if you're a follower and fellow blogger who might like to do a guestpost later this year let me know. One of my favorite parts of blogging is the community and sharing not only the books I enjoy but the blogs and bloggers who contribute to it.

I'm off to try and get a chapter or two in. Maybe a nap since I'm so worn down today, last thing I need is a weak immune system to turn into being sick in bed. Have a fantastic weekend and don't forget to let me know what you're reading! -- Rhi

7.20.2011

I have RhiTurned! ;) Missed you guys!

Wow, my 'vacation" really flew by... alas my net access was very limited and with only the iPad to do anything on I really couldn't keep up with my email or much of anything else. I did go in search of signed copies of the Mercy Thompson books but didn't have any luck. I found a bunch of Monster High stuff for the collection I started for the tot though. :D

Hope all of you dear readers have had a great week. It'll likely not be until the weekend I'll be caught up with email and have another post up... my home needs groceries, I've got to unpack, the yard is dying of thirst and well... you know how it can be when you get back from traveling... gotta get over this jet laggy feeling.

Pop in and tell me what you're reading, what cool events you have going on at your blog or just say hey. I missed you guys! *hugs* -- Rhi

7.17.2011

Christmas in July? Bundled-Up Kindle titles!

In putting together content ideas for my trip something I thought y'all might like is links to Kindle bundles. Most of the time you can get a 3-4 book bundle for about $9.99 which is a great bargain per book.

Check them out and let me know if you pick any of them up! :) -- Rhi












7.14.2011

Bored of Summer Yet?

What is it about summer vacation that causes boredom? I've seriously heard the phrase "I'm bored." more in the past week than I have in the previous 9 months. Keeping my kids entertained is becoming an art form.

But what happens when adults get bored? Honestly, it's not a word I'm familiar with. I don't have time to be bored and I tend to be really good at finding ways to keep myself busy. So in honor of the shitty week I've been having and my sickness of hearing that awful phrase so frequently I thought I'd put together a list of things to do if you get bored this summer.

• Rewatch an old favorite TV series or find a new favorite.

















• Cool down with some hot comics.

With everything from True Blood and Richelle Mead's Dark Swan getting the graphic novel treatment there's something out there for every urban fantasy fan.











• Host a game night!









• Compare the flick and the book.

Admit it, most of the time people love the book better... but once in a while we all love the flick even more. Natch, there's only one way to find out for sure!

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Obviously there are lots of other ones you could compare including Twilight and the Harry Potter series but you get the idea. ;)

• Geek out with a new video game!





• Get warmed up for Underworld 4: New Dawn with an Underworld series marathon.

Yep, you read that right, another Underworld flick is in production with a January 2012 release date.



• Learn something new...

...when you get your cookin' and craftin' on with a dark, bookish or geeky twist.









• Take up tarot.

You don't have to be into divination to enjoy tarot decks.









• Savor some porn.

No, not THAT porn. This porn...



• Go back to high school... with Monster High!

I've been collecting these for the tot but my stepkid loves them too. Wish they'd make a cartoon of it.















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