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2.29.2012

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Touch (Denazen #1) by Jus Accardo
Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance
Paperback $14.99 (251 pages, ENTANGLED)
Ebook $5.99

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.
Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.

Author Site: http://www.jusaccardo.com/

Steaming up the YA shelves since 2011 (5 stars)

Pissing off her dad at every opportunity is what Deznee Cross lives for. When a mysterious boy stumbles across her when she's making her way home one night she figures dragging him home with her is the perfect way to anger him yet again. But Kale is more than a little strange, finding mundane things around her home fascinating and seeming fearful of making any physical contact with her. When her father come homes waving a gun and apparently well known to Kale the reality of the situation paints a pretty scary picture of just who her dad really is.

The "law firm" her father works for is really an organization imprisoning people with special abilities known as Sixes to be trained and used as weapons. Denazen Corporation has held Kale all of his life because his touch kills. As Dez falls into the world of Sixes, discovering Kale's not the only one, the pair find themselves in the center of a very dangerous conflict between hidden Sixes and Denazen. But Kale may not be able to protect Dez because she's got a secret of her own, one that makes her all the more valuable to both sides.

Sometimes a book comes along that you just know you're going to love from page one. TOUCH gets a lot of what makes it fun from Deznee's narration. She's definitely got a voice of her own that stands out from the crowd. I can only think of a couple of other YA characters with voices this unforgetable. Her snark and refusal to stay down keep the action moving and pepper the entire thing with humor at just the right moments. Through her eyes the other characters get much more life too. Kale is an interesting figure but I couldn't quite figure him out. It'll be interesting to see his growth in further installments. The only issue I found was Dez's big secret. It actually came up at such an odd time and in that, I felt like it was a little contrived. It felt a little bit too 'oh by the way...' when there had been no reason for it to be hidden  from the reader so long.  It made sense that it came out to the secondary characters when it did but it just felt like it should have at least come up in one of her personal dialogs early on.

From start to finish TOUCH was entertaining and exciting. It's definitely fair to compare this a bit to Marvel Comic's series featuring mutants and the Runaways series in particular. If you enjoy adventure with humor, a dash of steamy romance, and lots of action I would highly recommend TOUCH. I'd class it as more of a supernatural series than paranormal but fans of either are likely to love it.



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Guestpost + Giveaway: Author Allison Pang [A Sliver of Shadow Book Tour]

Greetings my dear readers! I am so excited to be hosting one of my favorite writers on this Leap Day. While her series touches on lots of things that resonate on a personal level for me—like Abby's seizures and my own frustrating seizure disorder—I love that Allison transitioned from play-by-post roleplaying to being a published author.

At the time I started RhiReading I was actually the owner and co-creator of a very popular PbP forum (not all PbP groups use dice, I've never been in one that did) and seriously thought I was the only book geek to come from that kind of thing. I'm sure Allison would join me in encouraging readers who love to write just for fun to seek out a PbP forum or group. Which is why I asked her to introduce you guys a bit to how she made the transition from roleplaying to writing a novel. Please read on and enjoy! -- Rhi



Role Playing to Writing

I’ve always been a pretty hardcore gamer – mostly within RPG and MMO realms, though I don’t have as much time to play these days as I’d like. However, one of the things that got me into writing was playing in online RPG games – also known as PbP (Play by Post games). Similar to table-top D&D games, PbP games involve characters and dice-rolling…but their main focus is on writing and character interaction.

From a writing perspective it’s great training. You learn to think on your feet, for one thing. Unlike a story which you control solely, you’re dependent on what other people do or say – and you have to react accordingly, while staying within the rules of the game.

Which is really short-hand for saying “Don’t play too far ahead.” There’s nothing quite so frustrating as having a complete character arc in your head, just to see it all go down the drain when another character does something you weren’t planning on. On the other hand, when that *does* happen, it gives you a chance to stretch your creative muscles. Writing a novel often includes twists and turns you don’t plan on, and PbP is much the same way. (Only you’re usually on a bit of a time crunch, so you don’t get to waffle for three months while you figure it out. So you write the best possible option and see what happens. It’s fun, because people can surprise you in the most wonderful of ways and can lead your writing down pathways you weren’t looking for.)

PbP writing also lets you write with people of varying degrees of talent. This is both challenging and rewarding (and sometimes frustrating), but since the overall point of PbP is to have fun, just getting the exposure of so many different styles of writing can be a bonus in its own right.

One of the things I enjoy most about PbP writing is the act of co-writing. Although many posts are individual posts by individual writers, often a scene or scenario allows for two or more writers to weave their characters together (often in a round-robin fashion.) Sometimes this doesn’t always work, but when the writers mesh their writing styles, it’s probably one of the most awesome things about the whole PbP concept. There’s a lovely give-and-take with this form of collaboration that allows for experimentation without the pressure of a larger project. (And it actually spun off into several personal collaboration stories between me and a few other writers.)

Now, there are some pitfalls to watch out for. There’s a big difference in writing PbP games for fun and writing for publication and it’s very possible to pick up some bad habits. One of the biggest is head-hopping. When everyone is throwing their characters into the mix, head-hopping is to be expected and no one cares much. But head-hopping in a novel can be a trickier thing – the last thing you want to do is confuse your reader. This was one of the things I had to unlearn, along with that of PoV.
Again, in a gaming scenario, many of us describe scenes from varying PoV – and I personally fell into the trap of describing things the character couldn’t actually see. (I.e. the way the top of said character’s head gleamed in the rain, for example. Fine if someone else observes it, but said character can’t SEE the top of his/her own head, so it doesn’t work.)

These are small issues here and there, but definitely something to watch out for if you’re moving between the two mediums. And I did find that as I started writing for publication and unlearning some of those habits, my writing in the PbP games became tighter and improved as well.




About the Author:

A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.

She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.

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Just when her new life as a TouchStone – a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds – seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away…let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed.

The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faerie is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding eleven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.

Excerpt:

“Who’s my little man?” The unicorn crooned at Benjamin and then winced when a hank of beard became the baby’s newest form of entertainment.

“Keep that up and you’ll be a baldy chin,” I retorted. “And I don’t recall asking your opinion. Not that that’s ever stopped you before. Talivar around?”

“Nope, burned the coffee again. Ran out to get more.” A snort escaped him. “He’s even worse at it then you are.”

“Probably something about being a prince and not having to actually cook for himself. At least he’s trying. More than I can say for you.” I stooped to search for my Crocs, pushing through dust bunnies and clumps of what suspiciously looked like unicorn droppings. “Christ, Phin, use the toilet or go outside or something.” I snatched my hand away.

“That’s not me. I think you’ve got mice.” His tone became wheedling.

“I’ll bet. Just clean it up.”

“With what? Gonna turn my tail into a broom?” The furred tuft in question flicked as if to make the point.

“I’m sure you’ll come up with something. Besides, aren’t unicorn horns proof against poison? Purifying water, that sort of thing? Surely something that can bring a dead man back to life can disinfect like Lysol?”

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2.28.2012

Review: The Last Night by Nico Rosso

The Last Night by Nico Rosso
Romance, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
Ebook $3.99 (novella, CARINA PRESS)
After a chain of earthquakes ravaged the globe, long-dormant viruses were released into the air, turning many humans into creatures with an appetite for human ashes. Erica and a group of survivors are barricaded in a half-destroyed hotel, and every day brings them closer to being devoured by the seemingly unstoppable ashers. Even though Erica is a fighter, she's tired of just surviving...
When a mysterious stranger rides into town, everything changes. Jake knows how to kill the ashers, and he's the only man brave enough to leave the safety of the hotel in search of a better life. Erica and Jake make a deadly fighting team, with even hotter sparks flying between them. But Jake has survived this long because he rides alone. He doesn't trust easily, especially in this harsh new reality. Can Erica convince Jake that living is more than just surviving to the next day? (40,000 words)

Author Site: nicorosso.com

Creative World, Lukewarm Romance (3 stars)

Since the blurb describes the plot perfectly let me just jump right into what I thought of THE LAST NIGHT.

I've been excited to check out Nico Rosso's work since reading an interview with him last year. There are plenty of men who write love stories but I've honestly never heard of one who writes romance before so the novelty of it put him on my radar. Fortunately, his writing falls into genres I love so I was really looking forward to the release of THE LAST NIGHT. With a slight difference in how the love scenes were worded (especially the use of a certain word that you don't commonly see female romance novelists use) the only big thing that made it obvious it was written by a guy was that the action scenes were very manly. lol Yeah, I know that's not a great way to explain it but think summer blockbuster movie styling and you get the idea. It works really well!

The actual world building and freaky concept of the Ashers is really cool. I love originality in my apocalyptic tales and Rosso knocked this one out of the ballpark. To be honest I wanted this not to be a romance just so there'd be much more about that aspect of the story. If you're bored of zombie apocalypses this is one worth snapping up.

The actual romance left something to be desired. Erica and Jake both felt really cookie-cutter to me. They were likable but not lovable and they fall in love within 24 hours. They even comment on it during the last few pages and yet that didn't excuse how unrealistic it felt. They barely know each other and it was definitely not love at first sight so I just couldn't buy it. Maybe if this had been a full length novel and they'd had much longer to get to that point I could have felt it but I just didn't.

A fast-paced and fun plot with steamy love scenes and a lukewarm romance, THE LAST NIGHT is a nice taste of a world I hope to read more of. It's not without some flaws and I think many romance readers will find that are on the weak side but if you love post-apocalyptic love stories I think it is well worth giving a try.



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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

2.23.2012

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Young Adult, Horror, Vampires
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Hardcover $17.99 (304 pages, ST. MARTIN'S GRIFFIN)
Ebook $9.99
Audiobook $29.99

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Author Site: andrewfukuda.com

The vampire novel I've been waiting years for! (5 stars)

Being the odd man out is no teenager's dream but for Gene, being a human—possibly the last living human—hidden amongst vampires it's not a choice. Hiding his true nature is a matter of life or death, a series of careful machinations he must constantly think about in order to prevent discovery. If his classmates discover that their kind's greatest delicacy is sitting next to them in math class he will be devoured before his next breath.

ARC Cover
When the Ruler announces the final Hunt—where the last hepers (humans) will be chased down and glutted upon—will be determined by lottery, Gene has no reason to believe he will be one of the chosen few. But when his number is called and he is whisked away to be trained in the hunting of humans every careful step in his daily routine of hiding begins to fall apart. Without the tools he uses to make himself into a passable vampire it's only a matter of time before the bloodsuckers realize the Hunt has come early. This Hunt is about something more for Gene, while he's always fought to stay alive perhaps there's more to living than just surviving. For what truly seperates the vampires from the hepers is the one thing Gene must find... his humanity.


I've waited for this book for years. I knew that someday an author would be bold enough to attempt the flipped version of every vampire novel for teens out there. To make the human hide amongst the blood thirsty horde! Now, I love vampire fiction whether they're the good guys, the bad guys, or something in between, but I've never found one that had me this lip-chewed-to-ribbons tense from start to finish. Imagine the fearful intensity of 30 Days of Night mixed into a solid Young Adult horror tale on the scale of Jordan Dane or Anya Parrish and you get a fair idea of what you're in for.

THE HUNT is complex and at times details about how the world has come to a point where humans are almost extinct just aren't there. It might frustrate some readers because it requires a certain amount of suspending disbelief. I found I was able to work past most of the questions I was having because too much detail would have taken away from the desperation and focus of Gene's situation. The not knowing was a key element in strengthening the plot.

UK Cover
The vampires are very different from humans both physically and mentally and yet in some ways very much the same. Fukuda does a fantastic job of blending weird actions into the vampire behavior, such as wrist scratching instead of laughing, that really make the reader's skin crawl. As the hunters train for the Hunt a careful detatchment becomes evident between Gene and the last remaining humans. He's been alone too long, been amongst the monsters so long he's lost touch with what it means to be human. It's freaky and an interesting dilemna that will have readers on the edge of their seats as the action-packed climax of the story comes to a head. I found it a struggle to put the book down because I had to know how it ended.

Though on the intense and somewhat scary side this is a clean title for those who would object to crude language and more than kissing. I've been trying to get my 12-year-old to read it but he's not a vampire fiction fan so I'm not having a lot of luck. It is quite violent and may be too frightening for young readers though, I'd say just use your best judgement if your child is on the sensitive side about blood and guts. As an adult reader I loved this! It's a great change of pace from all the romantic vampire fiction I read and had a somewhat dystopian feel that might appeal to those who like horror and last-man-on-Earth type stories. Overall, I cannot express how impressed I am with this story, a well executed and fresh addition to the YA vampire fiction fad.




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Weekend Reading [02/24-02/26] :: The 3 R's


[insert lots of coughing, sneezing, and general gross sickness related noise here]

It is the curse of motherhood. A sick child. It never fails. If my son gets sick it's like flipping a coin. Either everyone else gets it or no one gets it. This time everyone but the hubs has it. Last week I was on a roll with my reading and reviewing, feeling so accomplished. Then Friday I had volunteering and a social thing. By the time I got to bed it was early Saturday morning and when I woke up later in the morning I was down with the fever, sore throat, and cough. On my spa-date with my MIL no less!

I've been down miserably sick since and having to take care of the tot and everyday life—we even post-poned the hubs' birthday celebration 'cause I was too sick to do anything—and just haven't had any energy. I'm feeling a bit less fatigued today (Thursday) so hopefully I'll be getting RL stuff aught up. You should see my house... no wait... it's good you can't see my house! ;) I've been keeping up the laundry and dishes but the floors are in a bad way and the bathrooms are looking hairy. Funny how when you read fiction the heroines somehow never seem to have to deal with cleaning the hero's whiskers out of the bathroom sink or sweeping up all the mud he tracks in when he's been out werewolfing in the woods. We had a hellacious rain-hail-blizzard yesterday... it was literally sunny and then did those three things in order within an hour. Then hailed again at about 11:30 PM.

Of course, the tot now has the sickies. She's never actually been sick before. A touch of runny nose last month but she's always sooo healthy. I feel so bad for her, she says 'Mom-muh, I sick.' but she's such a cheerful thing you'd never know it save for when she's coughing or the pluggy nose talk comes through. I'm guessing next week the hubs will have it. We spent most of yesterday snuggling on the couch while she watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (thank goodness Amazon had a $6 off sale on the DVDs and I have Prime shipping) and I read Summoning the Night. Which is a MUST READ if you aren't already in the loop. Seriously, it rocked my socks. I can't wait to see where the next book takes us!

Well, on that note dear readers I've got to get the tot to eat something and get back to the three R's: rest, rest, and reading. Just wanted to put something up early for the weekend since I've been mysteriously absent for days. You did notice I wasn't around right? :P Here's hoping this wretched illness (which everyone in this town is getting I've been told) doesn't come your way and you've got a great book or two to slaver over this weekend. Hopefully we'll all be well and I can get back to proper posting next week. TTFN! -- Rhi

2.15.2012

Review: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) by Aimee Agresti
Young Adult, Angels, Demons, Romance
hardcover $17.99 (528 pages, HARCOURT)
Ebook $9.99

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.
As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?
Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.

Author Site: aimeeagresti.com

The Long and Slow of It... (4 stars)

Found in a ditch with no memory of who she is or how she came by the ugly scars marking her back and chest, Haven Terra, has managed to make a promising future for herself. Adopted by one of the nurses who cared for her she's an excellent student, caring volunteer, but shy young woman. But her dedication pays off when she, her best friend Dante and classmate Lance, are invited to intern at a glamorous hotel in the big city.

In Chicago, under the careful tutelage of Aurelia Brown and Lucian, her second-in-command, the trio soon find that not everything is as polished and perfect as it seems. Filled with mysterious hidden tunnels and even darker secrets. For Aurelia and her companions are using the hotel as a way station while they purchase souls and the most coveted souls belong to their new interns. Will Haven's attraction to Lucian be enough to woo her to their hellish company?

If I were to boil down ILLUMINATE to it's bare bones this is an excellent story. I could honestly say I loved it. But slogging through more than four hundred agonizingly slow pages before anything particularly exciting began to happen. Suspense is always good but the build up is too slow. Lucian has no personality to speak of and I couldn't figure out why Haven would continue to be attracted to him beyond the physical handsomeness we're told he has. Most of the chapters seem to consist of Haven narrating the ins and outs of getting the hotel ready for opening but never quite giving us any bones to gnaw on.

I enjoyed Lance and Dante much more than most of what was going on. My only quibble there is that Dante felt a little stereotyped though not unlikable. In the end I wasn't wholly satisfied with the outcome, I'd have been pleased to see this as a stand-alone. There were a lot of unanswered questions, definitely more left than were answered.

While I liked ILLUMINATE enough for a four star rating I don't intend to continue the series. The storytelling just dragged far too much for me to want to invest another 500+ pages of reading time on it. If you aren't one who likes lots of action and suspense, or at the very least romantic tension, you might love this one. It has a great concept I just couldn't love the execution.



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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

2.14.2012

Review: Touch of Seduction by Rhyannon Byrd

Touch of Seduction (Primal Instinct #4) by Rhyannon Byrd
Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (354 pages, HARLEQUIN)
Ebook $7.20
Audiobook $24.95

Sold into slavery as a child to a cruel taskmaster, tiger-shifter Aiden Shrader trusts no one. Not even his own kind. Yet as a member of the Watchmen--the organization of shape-shifters who keep watch over the ancient nonhuman races--Aiden is fiercely protective of the helpless. Never more so than when he's asked to guard a little girl with witches' blood--and her beautiful human aunt. A woman who arouses all of Aiden's primal urges...urges he must resist.
To small-town schoolteacher Olivia Harcourt, the massive tigershifter with the glowing amber eyes is as much a dark mystery as the enemy stalking her. Yet Aiden is her only hope of surviving. Until their intense passion unleashes her own inner tigress with a ferocity that will make the evil Casus rue the day they messed with her family...and will take Aiden by seductive surprise.

Author Site: www.rhyannonbyrd.com

Hit so many of my dislikes I couldn't enjoy it... (1 star)

Watchmen Aiden Shrader's dark past has earned him the distrust he has for everyone. While he might not trust his fellow shifters he especially dislikes humans. But he's not one who would stand by and do nothing when someone is helpless to protect themselves, human or otherwise. Olivia Harcourt is as human as they come but she's trapped in a world of warring monsters unable to truly protect her witch-blooded niece from the ultimate evil. Even if he's not willing to truly trust her, she has to trust Aiden to help them survive.

With the Casus closing in the pair can deny the lust brewing between them only so long. With danger around every corner and the threat of death imminent their passion will reach a boiling point that neither can resist.

Bleh. I wanted to like this story. I'm actually fond of stories where a child is being protected by the hero or heroine whether it's one of theirs or not. That was about all I liked about this book. The heroine is annoyingly naive. The hero such a cookie-cutter bad-boy in all the wrong ways. Their sex scenes are so cliched and they talk SO MUCH through the whole thing. It was so painful to read and about as sexy as getting a sandpaper back massage. The actual plot is mostly them running from the bad guys via road trip and them talking about sex, overall it was just ugh!

The bad guys love nothing more than eating their victims... while RAPING them. *mild SPOILER alert* That alone bugged me but would have been passable if there wasn't a scene of one of them masturbating while fantasizing about it in enough detail to turn my stomach. I'm not a light-weight. I like my violence bloody and brutal, but in a romance the last thing I want to have in my head is the villain fantasizing about eating the heroine while he rapes her. It was seriously disturbing to read and ruined any chance I would read more of the series.

I'd stopped and started this book so many times before finally forcing myself to finish it I should have skipped the review but once I hit the squicky parts I felt like reviewing it was something I needed to do. I'm sure someone out there loved it and if the number of books in this series are any indication it can't be totally bad but this one just killed it for me.





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Review: Hunter's Prey by Moira Rogers

Hunter's Prey (Bloodhounds #2) by Moira Rogers
Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Werewolves, Vampires
Ebook $4.50 (SAMHAIN)
Release Date: March 6th
He can't fight his inner beast, but she can tame it.
Bloodhounds, Book 2
Ophelia retired from life as a prostitute, but her new position is even more complicated. Managing the bloodhound manor in Iron Creek is difficult and time-consuming, a job she enjoys less with each passing day. Then there’s her inconvenient attraction to Hunter. The newly turned hound seems eager to enjoy her company, but wary of anything more intimate.
Having survived the violence of his first full moon out of a cage, Hunter isn't looking forward to his first new moon. Ophelia offers to be the woman who sates his needs during the three long days of sexual fury, but he can't abide the thought of hurting her in a state of mindless lust. Especially since she longs to settle into a respectable life, and his needs are anything but respectable.
Their mutual goal is simple: avoid entanglements. It’s a solid plan, at least until a vampire drug lord and a couple of nosy Guild representatives force them to work together to defend their friends and everything they hold dear—including each other.
Warning: Contains a mostly feral, vampire-hunting hero and a tough survivor of a heroine whose retired-hooker heart is more steel than gold. Also included: dangerous frontier intrigue, fancy brothels, mad-scientist weapons and a good dose of wicked loving in an alternate Wild West.

Author Site: www.moirarogers.com



Another great Bloodhounds installment! (4 stars)

Retired prostitue, Ophelia, manages the bloodhound's manor with grace in spite of the soul-sucking nature of the job. Juggling the needs of a band of vampire hunting man-beasts is no easy feat when all she wants to do is settle down into a respectable life. Then there's Hunter, the newest bloodhound, more feral hound than man he struggles each day with the beast inside. Their mutual attraction is anything but acceptable to either. His turning was unconventional and he has yet to experience the fury of lust the new moon will bring. The last thing he wants to do is accept Ophelia's offer to be the woman who meets his needs for those three uncontrolable days of sexual fever.

When things become more complicated with drugs being pushed through Iron Creek by the vampires the pair are forced to confront not just the enemy but their feelings for one another.

Rogers has done it again! Taken one wild concept and made it work as the backdrop for a satisfying, sensual romance. The hardest part about reading this series is that I want so much more of the world revealed to me. But as romances, the storylines have to focus on the hero and heroine coming together so once again I got a sip instead of a proper gulp. Which is just going to keep me coming back for more!

I was really excited to see these characters in action and for the most part I enjoyed them. I did find Ophelia a bit less likable than I was expecting but I can't quite put my finger on why. I think there was a certain flatness to her because I wasn't feeling her motivations enough. Why was she so dead-set on a respectable life? What was so bad about her job? Neither of those felt as urgent as they were expressed to be. Yet, when she and Hunter were together it felt right. Perhaps the conflict feeling a bit forced is what I'm driving at. I honestly wasn't seeing any real reason Ophelia shouldn't want to be with Hunter.

Another enjoyable Bloodhounds novel and not to be missed by fans of Rogers! There's plenty of action both of the fighting kind and the love-making kind and just enough set-up to get you interested in the next one.


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Notes: ARC received via author.


More great titles from Moira Rogers:

Winners! My UNDEAD Valentines!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and a very Happy Valentine's Day wish goes out to you all!

Congrats goes out to Stephanie & Ricki who've already got their prizes!

Gotta love the ability to gift a Kindle book straight to a giveaway winner. Makes for great holiday ones especially. Didn't win? Well stick around because I have several upcoming giveaways in the works and many visiting authors planned who might just have giveaways for you too. ;)

2.13.2012

It's Monday, Get Your TV On!

So go ahead and check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes. You know you need someone to dish to and I do too!

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.

Monday:
 
Wednesday:
 
Thursday:
Friday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

2.12.2012

Upcoming Event: Lucky-in-Love Week


I have a great line-up of authors ready to visit RhiReading in March for a week of fun tales of luck and love. There will be several giveaways too! I hope you'll mark your calendars and drop by to get to know these lovely authors who I'm so fond of. A big thanks to the wonderful authors who are sharing these great tales with us!

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Giveaway from Meljean Brook

2.10.2012

Weekend Reading [02/10-02/12] :: Killer TBR Piles & The Usual Randomness


Last week I talked a bit about fears/phobias and was surprised to find I wasn't alone. Not that I'm glad we experience these things but it's comforting knowing there're some lovely folks who understand my struggle.

This week I'm just miserable with something I caught from who-knows-where. My eyes hurt. My throat hurts. My skin is crawling. It's almost like I have a touch of the flu but I actually had a flu shot so I shouldn't have caught it. :( I've been falling asleep much earlier than I normally do even though I never get to sleep as early as I should.

This weekend I am all about getting some grocery shopping done. It's amazing what you'll force your family to eat when you have nothing that goes together and you're trying to stretch what you've got until payday. If I can get to feeling well I've got to work on the taxes. It's a rotten bit of work I dread every year but you gotta do what you gotta do.

I'm making some progress on my TBR for review pile but then BAM! I started putting together an event and found out about some exciting upcoming titles I've been offered review copies of. How could I ever say no? It's a good feeling to have an author trust in your ability to give a fair and honest review.

Anywho, next month from March 11th through the 17th I'm hosting Lucky-in-Love Week. I'm very excited since it'll be the first time I've put together something like this and it's a step toward the October event I hope I'll be able to put together. If I can handle one week, hopefully I can handle something bigger later in the year. Make sure you mark your calendars because I have already confirmed authors for four of the seven days and there will be GIVEAWAYS!

This weekend I'm starting The Hunt which I was really psyched to have landed an ARC of thanks to Amazon Vine. Did I mention Vine is why my TBR pile is in such dire straights right now? They upped our % of reviews that have to be completed so some of these older books that I lost interest in now HAVE to get reviewed. Ah well. I may also start another adult title or romance. I'm in the mood for some steamy romance with Valentine's Day right around the corner but alas most of my Vine TBR is YA. Wish me luck whittling it down and figuring it out.

What kind of books have you been in the mood for lately? Seen any exciting upcoming titles you can't wait to get your hands on? Want to Be My UNDEAD Valentine? Have I mentioned I have the awesomest followers? ♥♥♥ -- Rhi

2.09.2012

My Book Boyfriend Giveaway Winner!



Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! I hope if you didn't win you'll still give Brystion a chance to woo you in the near future. ;)

And without further ado... congrats to Denise Z.!



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2.08.2012

Be My UNDEAD Valentine Giveaway! [Ends 02/13]



Next to Halloween, Valentine's Day it's my favorite holiday. I've never understood the bitterness people have for the holiday. Maybe since I've never thought of it as an exclusively romantic-love holiday?

In elementary school I obsessed over carefully writing each classmate's name, which version of the cards I was giving they should get, and hand selected which conversation heart was going into each little envelope. If you were my crush or my 'boyfriend' you were going to end up with about five of the KISS ME ones while everyone else was getting only three and none that said KISS ME. Is it seriously messed up that I'm thinking back on elementary school and realizing I had 2 boyfriends at the same time in the third grade? Ooooh I was such a bad girl... weirder yet... they were best friends and I don't remember them caring that they were both my boyfriends. Of course once I moved away the following year it all went downhill and I never had the same fun with it but I've ever remained an optimist when it comes to the big hearts day routine.

This year the hubs let me buy my own Valentine's Day gift. As much as I loved the surprise bouquet of—ZOMG-too-expensive—flowers last year I had something kind of specific in mind this year. Something that will last longer anyway. So I get to surprise him with his gift AND mine. He has no idea what 'he got me' other than that it's jewelry.

But all of this got me thinking about something else from last Valentine's Day... getting to be a beta reader for the short story VALENTINE'S DAY OF THE UNDEAD. I was super excited to see what fellow Megan Berry fans would think. This year I decided to ask my readers to be my Valentines and giveaway 2 copies!

As of today you can get the first book in the series in bargain paperback for about the same price as a latte. It's one of my favorite of favorite YA books. So if you haven't read it yet I highly suggest you buy it before entering the giveaway because VALENTINE'S DAY OF THE UNDEAD really does need to follow it's two predecessors. In fact... I'll give you EXTRA ENTRIES for buying the first two books using the links here:





The rafflecopter form has the details ...and if you can't figure out how to send your receipt without your address showing... don't worry I'm not going to save or use your info. I'll delete it as soon as I confirm your purchase for the extra entries.

You can earn even more extra entries if you purchase or pre-order another Stacey Jay title during the giveaway period using these links:

Romeo Redeemed (Pre-Order)
Blood on the Bayou (Pre-Order)

Review: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Young Adult, Historical, Romance
Hardcover $17.99 (304 pages, WALKER CHILDREN'S)
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.
Author Site: www.acgaughen.com

Rough Narrative for a Great Reimagining (4 stars)

There have always been reimaginings of the classic Robin Hood tale. It's themes have great appeal and will continue to do so for as long as people are telling stories. When I was little, and growing up in poverty, it was one of my favorites for obvious reasons. But I never wanted to be Marian, I always wanted to be one of the thieves hiding within Sherwood, fighting alongside The Hood. Why couldn't one of them be a girl? It is this thought that drives this imaginative retelling and appealed to me as a reader.

Though only Robin and his band of 'merry men' know that the infamous Will Scarlet is actually a young woman, her true identity—and the past that lead her to joining Rob's cause—remain shrouded in mystery. Confronted with the Sheriff's new guest, Theif Taker Lord Gisbourne, SCARLET must evaluate her position and the danger she's placing her friends in. For Gisbourne is part of her past and the secrets she keeps could mean the undoing of all the hard work they've put into aiding the people of Nottingham.

I really enjoyed the storyline of SCARLET so let me get the 'bad part' out of the way first. First person narratives are not my favorite but if the character has a great voice that makes them memorable I usually like them. In the case of SCARLET, Gaughen took a big risk. She gave her protagonist a wretched 'accent'. I'm not good with reading accents so from the first page to the last the bad English really grated my nerves. It was miserably distracting, especially once I had figured out the truth about Scarlet. It didn't make sense that she was narrating the story with the awful grammar of the 'common' people. It certainly lends a flavor to it but I know I won't be the only reader who loathes it. It doesn't help that she's the only character who seems to use it, not even the people of Nottingham speak in the same manner so I was honestly a bit baffled why it was necessary.

As to the actual retelling of the classic tale... I really enjoyed it. There's palpable chemistry between the characters and though it was easy to guess Scarlet's past it was fun getting to the big reveal none-the-less. This version of Robin is exceptionally likable but not very original. I enjoyed this tortured but not overly brooding Rob, especially as his friendship with Scarlet becomes obvious attraction. Though I wouldn't call this a romance there is definitely a thread of it here. Rounding out the cast of characters John and Much were great too. I loved John's confidence and flirtaciousness and Much's determination in spite of his limitation.

I wouldn't quite call this a girl-power retelling of Robin Hood but I loved the idea and the execution of it. While not without some flaws—I felt like sometimes Scarlet was a little too good at certain things—it's a great twist on a classic and well worth the read for fans of The Hood. Not a big fan? If you enjoy strong female protagonists in historical fiction you may still enjoy it.



Other Reviews:
Jillian -always aspiring on Goodreads
The Cozy Reading Corner


Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

More strong YA female protagonists:

2.06.2012

It's Monday, Get Your TV On! [02/06-02/12]

It's a packed week on TV guys. I've got to do some baking or something so I have snacks for my TV time. ;) I'm actually a big sucker for popcorn but it's sooo messy I hate making it and microwave popcorn is just gross. What's your fave TV time snack?

The big news this week: TWD is baaaack and ready to nom your flesh again! *happy dance*

Check my notes for each show for more thoughts on last week's epis and more...

So go ahead and check out this week's schedule, watch the previews, and discuss last week's episodes. You know you need someone to dish to and I do too!

Please be aware that if you're behind there may be unmarked SPOILERS in the comments.

Monday:
 
Wednesday:
 
Thursday:
Friday:
Sunday:


(all synopsises courtesy of TVguide.com or the show's site)

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