Sunday, September 30, 2012

Coming up in October on Bookluvrs Haven

Both Lily and I have been dying to start our October theme!!  We have a lot of awesomeness planned, some creepy books....great author spotlights...and even some amazing giveaways that you definitely don't want to miss out on!

Here's what we have planned for you.... 

Patrick Noel is a prisoner at Cook Penitentiary, facing a life sentence for the murder of his wife and son, a crime he didn't commit. But Patrick is also keeping evil under lock and key in a prison of his own...his body. As Patrick tries to fight the monster within, he will discover that his curse may turn out to be the world's saving grace.

"More than anything, King Richard feared the zombie outbreak. Now, they neared his palace with every passing day, in growing numbers. One thing was clear to the King: his son must marry a zombie-killer."

What happens when you take a classic fairy tale and add a few zombies to it? Cinderella goes from being a pretty-faced pushover to being the best zombie-slayer in the kingdom. But will that be enough when she's decked out in a ball gown and glass slippers?

Killers Anonymous is a fictional series of short e-stories that follow murderers, psychopaths, and serial killers on their road to recovery. In each volume, you will meet a new member of the support group as they tell their stories and share their personal struggles with the demons within.


There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...exce
pt Cassandra.




....and so much more planned for you this month!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Join Libboo and do what you do best! Buzz about Books!

Happy Saturday guys!

Both Erin and I were invited to join a pilot project for Libboo. And so far it has been really fun interacting with the folks over there.  They are in need of buzzers, so we thought to help them spread the word! 

Calling all book lovers!
Libboo is launching its pilot and wants YOU to be a buzzer.

BOSTON, MA (8/14/12) - The publishing industry is evolving, and in response, Libboo has created a community that will allow fans—or “buzzers”—to interact with and promote the authors they read and love. With the launch of its pilot program this fall, Libboo will provide buzzers with the opportunity to earn rewards like free e-books, access to exclusive content, and the ability to connect with the authors they buzz about, all by doing what they love: geeking out about books.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lily's Review of Deconstructing Infatuation, by Merce Cardus

Deconstructing INFATUATIONSometimes, whether you're single or with a significant one,
somebody appears in your life unexpectedly.
We feel the need to know who this person is,
the need to know exactly who this person is.

A story may offer different interpretations, even with several irreconcilable and contradictory meanings. As in Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta's story in Dante's Divine Comedy, this story is not about unfaithfulness either. This story is about infatuation: what burns inside of oneself when we let ourselves fall madly for someone.

Kindle Edition
Published January 10th 2012

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok (my current rating) liked it really liked it it was amazing


This review is going to be a tough one. As tough as it was to rate this novella. Why? Because I was so indecisive on how I felt about this story and how it was written.

The story itself was very interesting and entertaining. Helen seems like a simple down-to-earth girl, content with what is going on in her life... A mediocre, and not very deep relationship with a boyfriend that travels too much, and she barely sees. She shares an apartment with her friend Marleen.  When Marleen has to leave for a month, they decide to sublet Marleen's room to Tiziano, who appears to be a dashing Italian cultured type of man. They both clash at first, then suddenly their relationship changes to the romantic, and an affair begins. 

So... sure, the story is interesting.... and entertaining... but I had a real issue with how it was delivered.

The best way to describe it is... it felt awkward.  The conversations were awkwardly written. The dialogue didn't feel natural, and at times rushed. It was short novel, and I am taking it into account... but it felt superficial, and it didn't come across with the deep emotional chaos that would result from this triangle. 

I understood the message behind this story.  I can even say that I truly did enjoy the storyline itself. But this book needs a good edit to iron out the wrinkles. 

So I really did struggle with the rating, just as I am struggling with the review. I pondered, and pondered...

 And I would have to say that, for me, it was just ok. 

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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About the Author:
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Merce CardusMerce Cardus is the author of two novels, I say Who, What, and Where! and Deconstructing Infatuation. Her novels are inspirational, thought-provoking, and witty, whose themes reflect and explore the great questions of Life, constantly searching for Truth.

Earning a Master's degree in Corporate Law, she has headed her own law firm. In 2008, after a wake-up call, she began an inner journey to realize her passion, and comitted to following her heart. She's currently living her passion by working on her third novel.

To learn more, visit her at


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lily's Review of Transcend, by Christine Fonseca & a Giveaway!- SupaGurl Blog Tour Stop!

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart.

Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.

Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine line between love and madness.

Hardcover, Special Edition
Published September 18th 2012 by Compass Press 

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing


(Weary Sigh)

This book left me feeling exhausted and utterly ragged. 

First - I barely slept while trying to finish this novel. My fault... No! Christine Fonseca's fault! I just couldn't put this down!

Second - There was so much angst in this novel and I had a really hard time knowing what was truth and what wasn't...

But then, neither did our character.  Madness must be exhausting...

The book synopsis indicates this story was inspired by Phantom of the Opera. So I really wanted to read this based on that alone. I am a HUGE Phantom fan. And I have picked up a novel or two that was inspired by that classic tale before and been thrilled with each novel so far. 

This is a whole other unexpected beast though. Music is indeed a part of this story, and there are some obvious similarities, but I found this story so much darker!  And for a YA novel, I didn't think that would be possible!
Ien is a character that, even through his most vengeful moments, pulled at my heart strings. He was filled with love, and rage, and the sense for revenge because he felt betrayed by the people he loved and trusted the most.  He brought tears to my eyes. First because of how he felt when he realized his disfigurement. Then, when everything he wanted was taken away from him. Then when he found out, that what was taken away, was never his to begin with.

I spent the majority of this book crying for Ien...

This story is dark and abysmal but I am not surprised by the gushing reviews on this book so far.  I really enjoyed this novel. That voice of madness that was Ien was just so believable, I have often wondered how the author captured it so vividly. It was stunning, and so multi-layered, yet it all came together to an ending that I kind of predicted, but was shocking nonetheless only because I wanted it to be different for poor Ien.

This is my first novel by Christine Fonseca, though I have had Lacrimosa on my to read list for months. I will not delay much longer in reading another of her novels.

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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About Christine Fonseca

School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her many titles include TRANSCEND, DIES IRAE, LACRIMOSA, MEA CULPA, and in nonfiction: 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS and EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.

For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – or her blog


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