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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tempting Tuesdays in January: A Some Girls Bite Read-Along!

Sign up here: Supernatural Snark's Tempting Tuesdays: A Some Girl's Bite Read-Along



    Here is a book everyone from here to Timbuktu (an actual place, did you know that?), has been telling me to read. I get so busy with other books, it pains me to see other go on the back burner. Well it is time I take this for a spin. I just bought my copy today at Books-A-Million, used my 50% off coupon (this book was $15). So I got a great book and saved some money, it was a good day. Also at the end of this, there will be a guest post by the author Chloe Neill along with a grand prize giveaway. So you better head over there now because this is so worth it.


Courtesy of Supernatural Snark:


TEMPTING TUESDAYS

If you take a twenty-seven year-old grad-student-turned-vampire with a penchant for sarcasm, add it to the drama of being turned without permission, then factor in an arrogant but absurdly attractive Master vampire who's unused to having his buttons pushed, what do you get? Well, I'll tell you. You get Chloe Neill's Some Girls Bite, the first book in her hugely entertaining Chicagoland Vampires series!

The lovely Tina at Tina's Book Reviews, Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight, Missie at The Unread Reader, and I are going to be hosting a read-along for Some Girls Bite starting January 3rd and running every Tuesday through January 31st, and we cannot tell you how excited we would be if you guys would join us! For those of you who are unfamiliar with how a read-along works, fear not, it's really easy. Sign up using the below linky (we'd love it if you could grab a button and do a short post announcing your participation to help spread the word), buy or borrow a copy of Some Girls Bite, and take a look at the questions for chapters 1-4 listed at the bottom of this post. Those five questions will be discussed here on Supernatural Snark to kick off the event on January 3rd. Simply put a post together wherein you answer the questions and then come here to link up your answers so that everyone participating can hop around, read, and comment like a giant virtual book club. Fun right? Right ;-)

Below is the schedule for the event so you can follow along. The second five discussion questions will be posted on Tina's blog on the 3rd so you'll have plenty of time to answer the questions before we all post again on the 10th.

January 3rd - Chapters 1-4 (Jenny at Supernatural Snark)
January 10th - Chapters 5-8 (Tina at Tina's Book Reviews)
January 17th - Chapters 9-12 (Rummanah at Books in the Spotlight)
January 24th - Chapters 13-15 + epilogue (Missie at The Unread Reader)
January 31st - Special guest post by Chloe Neill and our grand prize giveaway!

Everyone who signs up for the read-along and participates each week will be entered in our grand prize giveaway, with the winner announced on each of our blogs on the 31st. The prize pack (pictured below) includes a Sentinel 04 t-shirt, a copy of the second book in the series Friday Night Bites, and a copy of Chloe's newest release in her young adult series Charmfall. In addition to the grand prize winner, two additional winners will also receive copies of Charmfall.

International participants: The giveaway is open to you as well (as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country), though we will be substituting the t-shirt and Charmfall for the next 2 books in the Chicagoland Vampires series after Friday Night Bites, so you will receive Friday Night Bites, Twice Bitten, and Hard Bitten.



If you're not familiar with this series, it's an adult urban fantasy series, but I beg all of you wonderful readers who typically stick to young adult fiction exclusively not to write this one off. It's ripe with romantic tension (think Rose and Dimitri in Vampire Academy) and has loads of humor, and I honestly cannot recommend it enough! Have I convinced you yet? No? You need more? Well, it just so happens that Ethan Sullivan (Master of Cadogan House) has been one of my past book boyfriends, so I leave you with the below image as my final attempt to get you on board (you can see the full post and read some snippets HERE):



SOME GIRLS BITE
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker-and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the Master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war-and there will be blood.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR CHAPTERS 1-4
1. Let’s say tomorrow a “vampire manifesto” as Merit calls it runs in newspapers across the country announcing their existence. How do you think you would react? If you were hesitant to believe initially, what would it take to convince you they were real?

2. Since being turned into a vampire means complete removal from your former life and a new job serving your House in some capacity, what do you think you would miss most about the life you live now?


3. What are your first impressions of Merit and how she’s handling all the changes in her life?


4. When you first read the description of Ethan, what actor/model/person you know pops into your head as the perfect embodiment of him? Feel free to include pictures ;-)


5. Do you think Merit’s anger at Ethan himself, not the situation, is justified?

Book Chick City's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012!

Details and sign up here: BCC's Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012

     Like the 100+ Books in a Year, this might also be a challenge for me. I do love Mystery & Suspense, but UF and PNR take up the bulk of my reading time. But I have every intention of working on that this year. I know I need expand my horizons and this will help me with that. I will start on Level 1 (12 books). Hopefully I can get further, but we will see if I can make it to 24 books, I hope so. Anyone UF fans expanding their horizons as well? Let me know.



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Book Chick City's Speculative Romance Challenge 2012!

Details and sign up here: BCC's Speculative Romance Challenge 2012

    Everyone knows this is my favorite sort of romance. I love my demons, vampires, werewolves and anything else that goes bump in the night. So this will definitely be a blast for me. Since a lot of Urban Fantasy books crossover to the Paranormal Romance genre, this will be easy for me (I hope). So I will aim for Four Archangels (level 4), that is 24 books. Hopefully I can conquer this one as well. Can't wait. What do you guys think? Any books that I must add to the list?



My List:
24. Love's Prophecy (The Prophecy Series #1) by Brenda Dyer
25. The Unexpected Return (Elatia #2) by Jessica E. Subject
26. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
27. Moonlight by Katie Salidas
28. My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the Von Trapp Family Vampires by Alan Goldsher
29. I Kissed A Dog (Werewolves of the West #1) by Carol Van Atta
30. Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels
31. Satin Sheets in Space (1Night Stand Series) by Jessica E. Subject
32. Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen
33. Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn's Daughter #1) by Jamie Quaid
34. The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa
35. Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White
36. Heritage Avenged (Enchanted Bookstore Legend #2) by Marsha A. Moore 

Book Chick City's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012!

Details and sign up here: BCC's 100+ Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012

    My life is crazy as hell and although I think I was close to reading 100 books this, I doubt it. This will also be part of my New Year's Revolution; more reading, less tweeting. Twitter pretty much takes up most of my reading time, which I love because due to Twitter, I find awesome books. But maybe I should try reading all day, go on Twitter and see what I missed, then get back to reading. I think this will help a lot more than just staying on Twitter all day LOL! Seriously though, my wishlist has about 700 books right now and that doesn't even include the amount of books I have downloaded from Amazon and haven't read yet. So I have every intention of kicking this challenge in the ass and it is going to like it. Who is with me?!



My List:
51. The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) by Tiffany Reisz
52. The Unexpected Return (Elatia #2) by Jessica E. Subject 
53. A Crash Course On the Anatomy of Robots by Kent Evans
54. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
55. Back to Bataan by Jerome Charyn
56. The Angel (The Original Sinners #2) by Tiffany Reisz
57. Moonlight by Katie Salidas
58. Primal by D.A. Serra
59. Phoenix by A. J. Scudiere
60. My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the Von Trapp Family Vampires by Alan Goldsher  
61. Night of the Chupacabra (The Chupacabra #1) by Michael Hebler 
62. I Kissed A Dog (Werewolves of the West #1) by Carol Van Atta 
63. Sudden Breakaway (1Night Stand Series) by Jessica E. Subject
64. Once (Ask Me Anything, Not Love) by Mian Mohsin Zia
65. Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels
66. First To Find (Caching Out #1) by Morgan C. Talbot
67. Time Out (Foolish Games #2) by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
68. Satin Sheets in Space (1Night Stand Series) by Jessica E. Subject
69. Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen
70. Victim Of Shame: Why Me, God? by Mian Mohsin Zia
71. A Demon Lies Within by Tony Hubbard
72. Seven Day Loan (or The Gift) (The Original Sinners #0.5) by Tiffany Reisz
73. Perfect Skill by Robert Andrew Mayher
74. Cargon, Honour and Privilege by Kimberly Gould
75. The Immortal Highlander (Highlander #6) by Karen M. Moning
76. Invincible (Chronicles of Nick #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
77. Boyfriend From Hell (Saturn's Daughter #1) by Jamie Quaid
78. The Strange Loyalist by Mian Mohsin Zia 
79. The Sins of Mother Superior Two (The Histories of the Sisters of the Order of Chastity #1) by Juliet Baranne
80. Taking the Highway by M. H. Mead  
81. The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa 
82. Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White 
83. Heritage Avenged (Enchanted Bookstore Legend #2) by Marsha A. Moore
84. Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
85. Blood Law (Blood Moon Rising Trilogy #1) by Karin Tabke
86. Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changeling #3) by Nalini Singh
87. Shadowflame (Shadow World #2) by Dianne Sylvan
88. Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian
89. The Demoness of Waking Dreams (The Company of Angels #2) by Stephanie Chong
90. A Hunger So Wild (Renegade Angels #2) by Sylvia Day
91. Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones
92. Beyond the Night (Envy Chronicles #1) by Joss Ware
93. Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne
94. Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer
95. Desire Unchained (Demonica #2) by Larissa Ione
96. Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling #4) by Nalini Singh
97. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Book Chick City's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012!

Details and sign up here: BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012

    I absolutely loved doing this challenge last year. I doubled the initial requirement of 24 books, which was easy given this is my favorite genre. So I know I will aim for level 2 which is 48 books for 2012. Hopefully I can do it again, if not 24 is just fine, but I will be working my ass off on this. So if this is your sort of thing, sign up today. Actually you can sign up anytime, as long as you reach the amount. If you are joining, would love to hear how you will tackle this. Love finding some UF fans.


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Book Chick City's Zombie Challenge 2012!!!

Details and sign up here: BCC's Zombie Challenge 2012

    2012 is just a few days a way, what better way than to do some reading challenges. I love zombies, so this is so up my alley. Thanks to Book Chick City, I have the chance to explore plenty of our flesh-eating friends. So I will be tracking my progress here. I think I will do Two Chomps (12 books), want to make room for other challenges as well. f you are also participating, leave a comment about your progress or about any zombies that you highly recommend. 


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Friday, December 23, 2011

Book Trailer: Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

Thanks so much to Zeitghost Media, they have an amazing new trailer for you, Amanda Hocking's Switched. This is set to release January 3rd and this book has been getting rave reviews (was free for a while on Amazon). Now there are only 25 copies available for a giveaway, so I hope I am one of the 25 chosen to give you guys a copy of this awesome book. But until then, check out these awesome trailers.


U.S. Trailer



U.K Trailer


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Blurb from Zeitghost Media

About the "Trylle" Series and "Switched":

From Amanda Hocking, million-copy bestselling author and internet sensation comes the Trylle series… it all begins with Switched, available everywhere 1.3.12.  As a special gift to readers, Switched contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

The Trylle series continues with Torn, on-sale 2.28.12, and concludes on 4.24.12 with Ascend.

SWITCHED… at birth:
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.
Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her.  Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.  But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth:  Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.   
Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening.  And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Movie News: Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" will be a movie!

I pray this is the movie poster, it is gorgeous!


Source from Spill

'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' is the first book in a planned trilogy and tells the story of a young art student sent on bizarre missions around the world by her father to collect human teeth. It turns out that she is an important component of an ancient conflict between devils and angels and ends up engaging in a forbidden romance with a warrior angel. No word yet on when casting and/or shooting may begin.


   The YA novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone is going to be made into a film (book placed on hold at the library as we speak). And, of course, once people see the phrase "Young Adult book turned novel", people instantly go into Twilight mode (you see, it has ruined everything). So people are already bashing the idea of this which makes me laugh because they aren't booklovers. Why not actually read the book before you throw it out the window? I know Twilight has scarred a lot of us, but please people, give it a chance. Most of the films we see have been made from books, so I find the criticism unfair coming from people who don't read. But I do understand the fear, I just hope Universal Studios are smart enough to not make this a Twilight-esque. At least the lead heroine doesn't suffer from Bella Swan syndrome, so it at least has that going for it. Overall, I am excited. I have heard amazing things about this and read reviews for it. Sounds like a winner to me. Definitely keeping my eyes on this one.

Movie Review: Puss in Boots (2011)


Synopsis from IMDB

Years before meeting Shrek and Donkey, the adorable but tricky Puss in Boots must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive. While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws, who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty. Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss' doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans. Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant's castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss' name.



    Puss in Boots is a great prequel showing us what made Puss, well…Puss (Antonio Banderas). We learn he lived life as the little guy, but showed that his size was nothing and that he can get whatever he wants. His one and only friend, Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) has a knack for stealing and they wanted to get magic beans. But when Puss stops being a thief and turns into the town’s hero, their friendship is torn apart. Humpty than ruins Puss’s reputation as town hero and Puss is forced to leave his village. Now Humpty’s lifelong dream of finding the magic beans that could lead to the goose that hatches golden eggs, Puss decides to help him to clear his name, but still doesn’t think he can trust Humpty.

    Wow, I had such a blast with this movie. One thing I loved that they did in this film was that this was solely Puss’s story. Shrek, Donkey and any of the other characters we have grown to love don’t make any cameos in this movie and I was glad they did that. I like them all, but it is time Puss got his own spotlight. And it shined rather brightly. It was his film and no one else’s. Given that Puss has been my favorite since Shrek 2 (the best of the franchise) and this film made me love Puss even more.

    I love that they used Humpty in this film. It was a very interesting take on his story. Very creative. I love the story and the mystery of whether or not Humpty will betray his only friend or not. I loved the “love” story between Puss and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), even as animated characters, there was plenty of chemistry between them. They were adorable together; Kitty is Puss’s match and more. Actually the chemistry between all the characters was staggering. Dreamworks did a great job with the casting here. Another thing I liked that Dreamworks did again was the pop culture references. There wasn’t as many of them this time around (good call), but there were enough that you would recognize from Youtube, that really made me laugh and were very cute.

    A little problem I had, well not much of a problem for me, but for kids. I had this same issue when Shrek first came out (they were subliminal about it), but there were jokes that I don’t think were 100% appropriate for kids. There was even a Puss going on forever about how much of an amazing lover he was and I don’t know if that was needed in a kids’ movie. I mean it is still a good family film, but there will be jokes adults will laugh at instead of the kids because we get it. Maybe it was just me, I don’t know.

   Overall, this movie was loads of fun. It was funny for an hour and got pretty dramatic near the end and it worked well. There were a few things that weren’t the most original, things you have seen in many other animated movies, but this movie still stands on its own two feet. If you are like me and you were disappointed by Shrek 3 and Shrek 4 (especially 3), this film is a great spinoff and really doesn’t feel like a Shrek movie. Really good film, very entertaining and looked quite amazing. Definitely worth the ticket price.
  
  
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