Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review and Giveaway! Redeemed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Redeemed (House of Night Series #12) by P.C. and Kristin Cast
YA Fantasy/Parnormal
Rating: 5 Stars

In REDEEMED, Zoey and her friends face the ultimate battle with evil, which will determine the fate of the world, both human and vampyre. Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals as a Dark Goddess, and she is loose on Tulsa, OK and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

My thoughts:
I remember the day I picked up the first House of Night novel. It was just after it first released and I had never heard of it. I was still in high school at the time and my new English class really wanted to get us back into reading so we were required to read a certain amount of books and write papers about them. To get us back into reading my teacher set up a field trip to bring us to the local Barnes & Noble to pick out books that the school will buy for us, or if they don’t want to then she would personally cover it. I ventured back to my fantasy and paranormal section and I came across Marked. I didn’t grab it at first because I want to weigh my options but eventually I went back and I grabbed it. That was the only book I got that day. The minute I started reading it I could not put it down. It was a new take on vampyres and it was amazing.
Eventually I bought more books in the series. I wanted to share my love for this series I created the first ever House of Night Facebook page, which is still growing. That page opened so many doors for me. I worked freelance for St. Martin’s and I have met so many amazing people. It also made me realize I wanted to be a writer. It made me rethink my whole life and I ended back in school for a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University. In one year I will be graduating and hopefully have an amazing career in writing.
This series changed my entire life and I will never forget that. P.C. and Kristin Cast are my idols. I owe them so much and they don’t even know it. Someday I hope to meet them and tell them. Their tour never brings them to Wisconsin so I have never gotten the chance. I am thrilled and sad to write my last review for their series. It’s not over yet because soon there will be a movie series and even more to talk about. For now, we will stick with this review.
When we last left the House of Night Zoey Redbird has made some mistakes and believes that she is now a murderer. As the audience we know this not to be true. Neferet killed those men and many others. She has ousted herself to the world as the evil person she is.
I have waited seven years for this finale and I can say that I was not disappointed. I don’t want to give any spoilers so I’m going to try be as giving as I can without giving out any important pieces. This novel is the perfect ending to such a long series. A story that took twelve books to share it with us and to me it was well worth it.
In the beginning the story was about Zoey but as the series continued the story grew into more than that. We started jumping into someone else’s head and eventually each character had their own story to tell and I think P.C. and Kristin Cast did it beautifully. They all had their flaws but they were well rounded and had their part in main focus of the story. Of course, Aphrodite is the one who grew the most out of all of them. In the beginning she was the enemy but became a major part of the Nerd Herd’s circle.
There is so much more at play in this novel. We have Old Magick was that was introduced a few books ago but we also have a much darker Neferet. It has been a very violent journey for Zoey but this one is different from the rest. This novel is dark and full of death, definitely a lot more detail and horror. It’s like the series grew up with us growing darker and darker with each book.
To finish this review I have to say again how much I enjoyed this series. It was a wonderful journey and it could not have ended any better. The Casts created this entire new world and didn’t hold back. They gave us many extra books to make the experience even better, like the Fledgling Handbook 101 and all of the novellas. This book, like all of the others, pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go until the very last “The End” was read. It’s sad to see such a beautiful series end but at the same time it was joyous. I will never regret picking up Marked and I will never regret sticking with this series until the very end.

Along with this review, I have been given the opportunity to a House of Night Goddess Gift Giveaway. P.C. and Kristin Cast has partnered with companies like Sinful Colors, 21 Drops, Jamberry, Baby Blue Designs and For Strange Women to put together what they are calling “Goddess Gifts.” You now have an opportunity to win one of these amazing gifts! Fill out the form below with your name and e-mail (to notify the winner only) and you will be entered to win. Contest ends a week from today on Wednesday, November 5th, winner will be contacted on Thursday.

Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Characters: 5/5

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I received a copy of this novel by Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. for my honest review.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3) by Kristen Day Release Day Blitz!

Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3) by Kristen Day


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The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in whatwe are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Release Day Blitz for Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan and Slam by Tash McAdam!

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press.  All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at

In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes ... the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there's nothing Serena won't do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn't succeed, they'll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.
Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Two Face by Melissa Pearl Release Day!


RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2014

Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees...but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn't help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great...until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can't buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric's favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth...and who is being two-faced.



Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

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