Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review - Chantress, by Amy Butler Greenfield

13721337Title: Chantress 
Series: Chantress Trilogy #1 
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 7, 2013 
Source: Simon Pulse
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.

“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion...

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

Many years ago, I was a two genre reader. Thrillers and Horror. Until the day that my mother brought home a thick fantasy novel that one of her clients had read and wanted to share with me. The main female character in the novel was a 'Chantress' type, and her songs were powerful weapons of destruction. I was enthralled, and moved on to read Fantasy, after Fantasy.  Though I can't even remember the title anymore (I still remember the cover), or the writer, that story has stuck with me for years.

'Chantress', though an enjoyable YA Fantasy, did not do the same for me. In fact, it isn't even very memorable months after having read it.  The plotline was predictable, though the characters were very interesting. 

It did not take me long to get through it, but it was missing that special something that I was hoping for when I read the synopsis, and I was reminded of that mysterious fantasy novel from so long ago. Maybe approaching this novel with that comparison in mind was my mistake.

 As a Young Adult Fantasy, this novel delivered.  The writing skill is excellent in submerging you seamlessly into this storyline. There is young romance, enough action and political intrigue to fulfill reader's expectations and get you excited for the next in the series. 

Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author.
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.

Author Links: Goodreads/Website/Twitter

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September's Random Read Review - Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

5152478Title: Wintergirls 
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
 Release Date: February 23, 2010 
Publisher: Penguin USA  
Source: Library 
Purchase: Amazon  / The Book Depository

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Blitz & Giveaway! - Kinetic by S.K. Anthony 

Genetically altered and full of piss and vinegar? My favorite kind of heroine! 

And check out the cover! Gorgeous!

Check out this novel by S.K. Anthony below. There is also a tour wide Giveaway at the end of the post, so don't forget to enter!
Title: Kinetic
Series: The Luminaries Book 1
Author: S.K. Anthony
Release Date: September 2013 

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

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Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.

A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything…

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

My favorite part of Giveaways is to announce a winner!

Congratulations to Heather N. for winning a paperback copy of Changeling, by Philippa Gregory.


Email has gone out and book will be shipped soon. Hope you enjoy it Heather!

We have another giveaway coming very soon so stay tuned!

Be sure to check out our giveaway page for current tour giveaways that are still running.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway - Atone, by Jessica Grey 

Atone: A Fairytale. That was all I needed, to know I wanted to be on this Xpresso Book Tour. Fairytale sucker over here!!! Read on for my review, and a giveaway to win it at the end of the post.
Title: Atone: a fairytale 
Series: A Fairy Tale Trilogy 32
Author: Jessica Grey
Release Date: June 30, 2013
Source:  Author 
Genre: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon/B&N

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Becca Ward knows that magic is real…

Two years ago not only had she and her best friend Alex found a real-life Sleeping Beauty in the middle of Los Angeles, they also discovered that they were powerful in their own right. They’ve managed to keep both their fae powers and their friend Lilia’s identity as a medieval princess a secret and live a normal life. Now their normalcy is threatened by the return of their former advisor at the Gem and Mineral Museum—and Becca’s least favorite person, Nicholas Hunt.

…and she’s about to find out that more than one fairy tale is true.

Nicholas has been obsessed with proving Lilia’s identity and the existence of magic. While working on an archeology dig he discovered an ancient fae artifact—a mirror that is imbued with a powerful protection spell that twists his obsession, and his body, until he is more beast than man. In order to protect her friends, Becca is forced to help him, and she is surprised to find that in spite of his outward appearance, Nicholas is no longer the beast she remembers. Will she let herself be the beauty that breaks the curse, or will she let her prejudice against him stop her from discovering true love?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Review - Hidden Beneath, by Lauryn April

Title: Hidden Beneath
Series: Into the Deep # 2
Author: Lauryn April
Release Date: August 9, 2013
Source:  Author
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Just when Ivy Daniels thought her life was going exactly how she wanted it, a surprise visitor arrives to shake up her world. Two years after an accident left Ivy with the ability to read minds she’s finally put her past behind her. Now, the summer after her senior year of high school Ivy is looking forward to going away to college and enjoying the rest of her vacation with her best friend Charlie and boyfriend Aden. The life altering events of her junior year of high school that made her realize things aren’t always as they appear have been pushed to the back of Ivy’s mind, and so has the memory of the one person who helped her though them – that is until he shows up on her door step a month before she leaves for L.A. asking for her help.

Where has Ivy’s ex-boyfriend, Brant, been, and why did he leave? Find out in this sequel to Into the Deep that will lead take you on an adventure filled with secrets, lost love, and forgiveness.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway Blog Tour Stop - Immortals, by Ednah Walters

Wow guys. Was I super excited to be part of this tour for Book 2 of this series. Because I really, really liked the first book. If you haven't checked out Runes, by Ednah Walters and you are a YA/NA Paranormal Fiction fan, you are missing out. The details for Book 1 are below, and a link to my review if you want to check that out first. Though I try not to include spoilers in my reviews, it's going to be tough not to give some details away, so read the review for Immortals with caution.

Book # 1

Title: Runes
Author: Ednah Walters
Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Source:  Netgalley/Publisher/Author
Purchase: Amazon /Barnes&Noble / Smashwords

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Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Check out my review for Runes HERE!

(Click Read More for Book # 2 details and Review!)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Trailer Reveal - Deadly Kisses, by Kerri Cuevas

We are really excited to be part of this blog tour by Xpresso Book Tours! Pretty cool trailer below, and two very exciting giveaways that you can participate in. The book itself sounds very yummy and I am excited to read this myself!

And now, from Author Kerri Cuevas:

I’m excited to share with you my new book trailer for Deadly Kisses created by Butch DeLuca Music and Artistry. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Book Trailer Artist Links

And to celebrate the upcoming publication of Deadly Darkness, book 2 in the Deadly Kisses series (WiDo Publishing, 2014), I’m having a signed book giveaway with one original piece of artwork that will be signed by the artist (there are eight pieces to choose from).
BUT that’s not all. Butch agreed to do a FREE BOOK TRAILER for one lucky person interested in having one made for them. The offer will be good for one year. Good luck and see below to enter the Rafflecopter giveaways.

Title: Deadly Kisses 
Series: Deadly Kisses #1 
Author: Kerri Cuevas
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: WiDo Publishing 
Release Date: March 5, 2013 
Purchase: Amazon

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Aiden Grant has a killer kiss.  Literally. And it’s not every reaper who gets to work with the Sixteenth President. Sure, Honest Abe likes to throw out history lessons with reaping assignments, but when you’re favored by the ancients, grim reaper life is pretty sweet for a newly dead seventeen-year-old.

Then things get messy.

Aiden is assigned to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved. When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, she is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken, even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

From Page to Reel - Twilight

I introduced this new meme a few days ago and am so excited to get it started!

I apologize in advance if this post offends anyone as that is not the intention.  

Today we are looking at one of the most popular, most discussed page to reel adaptations to this day....

Friday, September 6, 2013

From Page to Reel...New Meme!!!

Hi Bookluvrs!

I am so excited to start the new meme that Lily and I created earlier this year!!

We read a lot of other book blogs and it came to our attention that nobody has touched on this subject...and it is a subject that will never die.  Those books that we love so dearly being adapted to film.  

There seems to be a love/hate relationship when discussing books that become blockbuster hits!  

We have decided to start a meme to discuss these books and our opinions on whether or not the movie did the book justice.

Stay tuned to Bookluvrs Haven because this Sunday we will be showcasing one of the most popular, most talked about book to film adaptations....

...and i'll leave you on the edge of your seat 

See you Sunday!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review Quickies! - Wolf Dawn & OCD Love Story

Earlier this year I became a reading ninja! I digested one novel after the other, faster than I could review them. But I don't want these books to go forgotten, so I decided to do some quick reviews for the following two novels and catch up on my review list. 

14058714Title: Wolf Dawn
Series: Forsaken Worlds #1
Author: Susan Cartwright
Publisher: Hotspur
Release Date: October 26, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon

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Ashton Chayton was born with a powerful gift, a unique inhuman ability. Orphaned, raised by the Red Wolves of Opan, captured and enslaved - he is now free and on the run. Unfortunately everybody wants Ashton. Admiral Jones will torture him to get the secret of his power. Lady Lindha feels he is "The One" as named in Temple prophecy. The influential Lord Andros just wants him dead.

Ashton only wants two things: revenge, and the Lady Lindha. If you had unique powers, wouldn't you use them to get what you want?

Science Fiction is not my forte. Yet the synopsis of this novel intrigued me. It felt more fantasy and I am definitely a fan of that.

This novel had so many amazing elements.  The genocide of a race with amazing abilities, Ashton's harrowing escape with his mother from their planet, and a villain that I couldn't even describe as remotely human due to his utter depravity should have enchanted me and kept me glued.

For the first third of the novel, it sure did. But it took me a longer time than usual to get through this novel. I had to put it down for a while and then get back to it so I could see how this story progressed.  It wasn't because it wasn't an exciting story, or written well. I just don't think I picked the right time to read it, as I didn't feel like I was in the right mood for it. I would actually read this a second time, when it's the right time.

13326677Title: OCD Love Story
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Simon Pulse 

Release Date: July 23, 2013 
Source: Publisher
 Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository
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When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart.

It was an interesting story about two likeable but troubled characters that just wanted to belong in a world where their ways of coping were not the 'norm'.  Bea's obsessive OCD behavior was heartbreaking, though to her, it was just how she got through the day. Bea was certainly unique, as most of these characters and their stories were, if slightly disturbing to me. I just simply can't imagine being a prisoner to my own mind and the psychological need to do certain things in order to function.

Another YA plotline that I could not ignore, even though my reading list was near impossible the month I read this. I couldn't resist it, and for what it's worth... It was a really fast read. 

Yet..... it didn't really wow me, nor was it very memorable to me. Though I don't doubt that many YA fans will fall in love with OCD Love Story.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Giveaway - Changeling (Order of Darkness #1), by Philippa Gregory (US & Canada Only)

It's back to school time, and I am not exempted. I will be starting a couple of courses again this week. It's going to be a busy few months for me, but not to worry. Lots of reviews and content will continue to roll out on this blog. 

But with back to school, I like to declutter a little bit, just to feel more organized. I won't have too much time on my hands, so this clean sweep makes me feel a little better.

I took the chance to go through some ARCs and book copies received and thought to share some of these copies with you guys so keep checking back for more giveaways.

Last year I was lucky enough to win a copy of 'Changeling', by Philippa Gregory. Read it; enjoyed the adventure and would like to pass that on to a lucky reader. This book has even traveled! It was my reading choice for a short trip to the Bahamas in February of this year.  Enter below for a chance to grab it for your own bookshelf!



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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Random Reads - September Pick!

Random Reads is hosted by I'm Loving Books, and for a reader that has a list that is way too long, this meme is perfect. It helps me to pick out a novel in the list that may be sitting there forgotten for a long while.

This meme is pretty simple. The idea is to pick one random book (or more if you are ambitious) out of your Goodreads To-Read list (using to read within the month.
My August Random Read was The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards, which, once again, I barely finished in time for an end of the month review, which you can read here.  It took me a little longer than usual to get through it, because it was a slower paced, deeper novel, which I anticipated, but enjoyable nonetheless. 

So what's in store for September?


Book Blurb:
“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Looks like I have another deep, intense read ahead of me! And I am looking forward to the story this book holds. Not to mention, one more off the TBR list. 

If you are participating in the meme, definitely leave your link and September Pick in the comments. 

Happy reading everyone!



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