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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cursed by Fire Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Cursed by Fire
Series: Blood and Magic #1
Author: Danielle Annett
Designer: Mae I Design
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Release Date: January 2015

Book Description:
It has been six years since the Awakening and
peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and
shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the
ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her
life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out
that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe
than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on
his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost
her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an
unexpected fight for her life.





Danielle Annett is a reader, writer,
photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay
area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood &
Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends
her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories
out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her
attention.

You can learn more about Danielle on her
website at
http://www.danielleannett.blogspot.com or follow on on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanielleAnnett and on twitter @Danielle_Annett



 
“Mike you and I both know that that isn’t going to happen so why don’t you just tell me what fur ball they’re going to saddle me with.” I said as I collected my stack of papers and organized them into a semi-neat pile.
Mike noisily cleared his voice, “Uh hey Ari…”
“God I hope that whoever it is that he isn’t a complete moron. If I’m going to be stuck with a pack partner, the least they can do is send me someone competent.” Mike noisily cleared his throat again.
“What?” I asked, looking up from my desk.
I was greeted by a tall man standing just inside the office, casually leaning against the doorframe. He had tousled brown hair and steely grey colored eyes. High cheekbones and a strong jaw formed his masculine face and a hint of stubble dusted his jaw line, not enough to appear unkempt but just enough to give a roguish impression. Dressed in black jeans, a black T, and a black leather jacket, he oozed tall, dark and handsome with deadly intent.
“That would be this fur ball right here.” He said, an arrogant grin lifting the corner of his mouth. I let my head fall to the surface of my desk, then for good measure I gently knocked my forehead on its smooth surface, one, two, three times. Dammit I couldn't believe I had just called him a freaking fur ball! I could feel my cheeks warm in embarrassment and did my best to hide it.
“You all done with the show?” He asked as I lifted my head from the desk. I glared at him for good measure and then allowed my head to connect with the desk’s surface once more before sitting up. rubbing the slight sting away “Yea, I’m done.” I told him. Well, at least this wouldn’t be as bad as I had thought. James was the only shifter that I actually personally knew and was one of the few individuals I considered a friend. I met James about six months ago at a shifter bar downtown, though at the time I didn’t actually know that it was a shifter bar.
A group of coyotes had decided I was easy prey and were giving me a pretty hard time. James had intervened before things got out of hand which basically meant that he stopped me from wiping the floor with their coyote asses and burning the entire building to ash.  It was probably a good thing that he had stepped in but I remember being furious with him at the time, I had really wanted to give those bastards a piece of my mind and show them that I wasn’t just some naive little girl. That was back when I was still cocky over my abilities. Things had changed since then and the thought was sobering. Now being a pyrokinetic was something I had to hide and honestly, that just plain sucked.
“So, you’re my partner?”
James nodded, his face going serious, “Yea I’m you’re partner, ready to do something reckless?”
I smiled at that, James knew me all to well.
“Absolutely.”
Grabbing my messenger bag I followed James out of the office, aware of Mike’s unapproving gaze on my every step.



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Friday, June 27, 2014

Why I Haven't Blogged and Other News


You may have noticed that I haven't posted since the beginning May. Unfortunately, I have been extremely busy because of life and haven't had time to write reviews. However, you can sometimes find me, and some other better writers at Bibliodaze. I'll probably be posting there most of the time now, since I like the Wordpress system much more than the Blogger one, possibly because I'm a lazy person and don't feel like searching up codes that I can't remember when there are some right in front of me. I'll still occasionally post on The Reading Obsession, but most of my reviews will now be on Bibliodaze.
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Feature & Follow: Persuasion

This is a blog hop, a way to find and follow new blogs.
Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
Unfortunately, this isn't a question that's easily figured out from the title. The question today is:

Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?

The answer is yes. Many times. Especially with my neighbor, who I finally got into reading after bribing and threatening her to read Angelfall by Susan Ee. She was completely addicted after reading the first chapter or so, and kept reading more YA afterwards. And now, whenever I want her to do anything for me, I bring up Angelfall.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tease by Sophie Jordan Trailer Reveal

http://hcussc105/content/isbn/small/7/9780062279897.jpgTEASE by Sophie Jordan
Book 2 of The Ivy Chronicles
On-sale 5/27/2014
ISBN: 9780062279897 | e-ISBN: 9780062279903


A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hook-ups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

·         Never let them see the real you.
·         Never fall in love.
·         Always leave them begging for more.

Then comes Shaw. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed-he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy dark-eyed bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rulebook. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control. A guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson, who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more . . .

Sophie Jordan is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books include historical romances and the Firelight series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-television shows. She lives in Houston.



In case I somehow messed that Youtube video embed thing up, this is the link: http://youtu.be/p4Li7ixyAHM 
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

{Revamped Review} Half-Blood By: Jennifer Armentrout

Originally: Five Stars
Now: Three-ish Stars

 The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.


So, this is something new I'm trying out on The Reading Obsession. I'm going to update some of my earlier reviews of books. Sometimes, like now, my ratings might change. But other times, they might stay the same. 

This was one of my first reviews on this blog, and I remember I completely adored this. A year and a half later, I think I've become more cynical and judgemental towards books. 

After finishing Half-Blood for the second time, my first thought was:



I don't get it. I freaked out over this book for months on end after finishing it and now, I couldn't care less. There were some really great things about this, but, overall, it was just boring. 


The setting of Half-Blood is the Covenant, a school to train Half-bloods to fight the daimons. Basically, it's the exact same thing as Vampire Academy but with Greek mythology instead of vampires. Now, I read Half- Blood before Vampire Academy, so I didn't know about this. But after reading this book for the second time, I realized exactly how similar this is.

The best thing about Half-Blood were definitely the characters. They actually seemed 3D. Alex is no Mary Sue. She knew how to take care of herself, but she wasnt too perfect at it either.   Alex is everything you could ask for a main character- smart, fascinating, and witty. Id have to admit, the recklessness and sarcasm was what I first liked about her.  

I've read all five books of this series, and the Alex of this book isn't my favorite, but she's a good character in the first book.

Unfortunately, this book has one of my least favorite things in it- a love triangle. Even worse, it's a Twilight love triangle. You know, one of those where you know who the main character is going to end up with.

I've always enjoyed Greek mythology, but I’m usually disappointed when a book is based off of it. This book was not the case. Jennifer Armentrout created a novel which most readers would enjoy.
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{Cover Reveal} The Witch With No Name

I have the cover of The Witch With No Name by Kim Harrison revealed today:

THE WITCH WITH NO NAME by Kim Harrison
On-sale 9/9/2014 | ISBN:  9780061957956

The triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series!

Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods and The Hollows Insider. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery YA series.

Pre-Order Links:
·         Barnes & Noble:
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout Excerpt

Don't Look Back RDL BannerI am extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!




BUY LINKS:



don't look back

EXCERPT:

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or

friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.

Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,

wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as

sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.

Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t

wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of

my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I

stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.

Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails

were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my

chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale

flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to

remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of

my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly

scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S

DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on

his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a

deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high

school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said

gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the

motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer

about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing

out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his

question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.

And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my

arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the

Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police

cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and

wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could

everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?



ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK




Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



Links:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads

DON’T LOOK BACK Goodreads
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Liebster Award and Its Origins

The awesome Yuan, from Obsessive Compulsive Reader has nominated me for the Liebster Award. This may or may not have completely inflated my ego even more. The sad thing was, I had no idea what it was, or who started it, or anything about it. For all I knew, it could have been an insult to me and my blogging ways.

The farthest back I think I found was a blog in 2003 or sometime close to that, but the post made no sense. Then, I found the Bird of Paradise blog, and this seems to be the oldest post about this. This post was written in 2010, and the rules have changed a lot since four entire years ago.

The rules were you had to pick three to five blogs with less than 3,000 readers. Go on their blog, congratulate them, and have them continue the chain reaction.

Now, the rules are to list 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions asked by the blog who nominated you, ask 11 new questions, then pick nine bloggers with less than 200 followers.

So, eleven facts about me that you might or might not know:

1) I am human.
Wow. Right? You would have never guessed this from reading.
2) I play the piano.
I started when I was three-ish and have kept playing ever since.
3) I know four languages.
English (fluently), Thai (decently), Mandarin Chinese (ish), and Spanish (horribly)
4) I blog about books.
You never would have guessed, wouldn't you? Me? Like books? Impossible!
5) If I despise a book, I'll read the entire thing.
This is extremely strange, but I just have to know how bad a book can get. And then I get angrier and more annoyed, but I won't stop. It's strange.
6) I'm really bad at this.
I'm sure I have a lot of interesting facts somewhere. But whenever someone asks me for a certain amount, I freeze up and I can't finish. Evidence- right now.
7) I have a dog.
The answer is no, he's not a guard dog. He's an actual (ish) dog. A shih tzu, if that counts as one.
8) I both hate and love romance books.
 If the romance is good, I'll like it. If it takes up the entire novel and there is no plot whatsoever, I get bored and mentally throw it across the room.
9) I hate generic messages or comments.
Yes. I understand that you don't have hours to type up a seventy paragraph email addressed to me and learn every minute detail about me. However, maybe you could actually learn my name before telling me to read and review your book? An email that says "Hi reader! You should read my book!" is not going to get me to read it. 
10) I love crime novels, but I can't write reviews for them.
I'm always terrified that I'll end up accidentally posting the killer in a summary, or someone will read between the lines and figure out who it is before ever reading the book. I keep trying to change this- in fact, I have twenty drafts of different crime books- but this refuses to happen.
11) I have run out of facts about myself.
That's considered a fact, isn't it? That I don't have any facts left? If it's not, I'm making it one.

Questions from Yuan

1) Favourite place(s) to read
Anywhere that's slightly quiet.
2) Bookshops vs library: which do you visit more often? Do you prefer buying or borrowing books?
Probably the library. I like owning books more, but all the bookstores in a twenty mile radius around me have closed.
3) Do you notate your books or keep them clean and pristine?
If it's on my Kindle, I'll annotate it a little. If it's not, I don't keep any messy supplies near it.
4) Who's your favourite artist/painting?
The Mona Lisa sounds like I know about art. Definitely that one. I like the... smile? Of her face? Yes. This definitely sounds legit.
5) Do you know a second language? If so, which one? If not, which one would you want to learn?
Oops. I already sort of answered this. The answer, by the way, is Thai.
6) Who's your celebrity crush?
Any author I like. Or book character I like.
7) Besides reading and blogging, what else do you like to do in your spare time?
Sleep. Eat. Attempt to play the piano like the people on TV do and hit my head against it.
8) Do you also write? If so, which genre?
No. I'm too terrified to.
9) Are you a coffee or tea person?
It depends. Do I feel like embracing my Asian side or being British? Or do I feel like embracing the stereotypical American-drinking-coffee? I have no idea. Whatever's available, I guess.
10) When you are having a bad day, what do you do to destress?
Read books that make me go, "AWWWW!" at the end from its cuteness.
11) If you suddenly received a monetary windfall (say $1000), what would you do with it?
Please. What would anyone do with it? Spend 9/10s of it on various books and put the rest in my bank.

Now, time for questions from me. I'm as bad doing this as I am answering them or coming up with facts.

1) What are your favorite genres?
2) Which fictional world would you most like to live in?
3) Why did you decide to blog?
4) What's your favorite food?
5) What is your least favorite part about blogging?
6) What is you favorite part about blogging?
7) How long does it take for you to write a post?
8) How do you feel about book release dates being pushed back?
9) What is you favorite part of the day?
10) What are some of your favorite and least favorite books turned into movies?
11) If you could go anywhere in this world, where would you go?


Nominated Blogs:
I don't like the number nine, for some reason, since it's too close to ten. But I already have over ten questions and answers, so I'm going to go with the more original rules and nominate 3 blogs. Also, I'm changing the rules to less than 500 followers, because I feel like using random powers that I like to think I gained by being nominated for this award.

1) Corrie the Book Crazed Girl
2) Michelle @ Book Hangovers Blabs Books
3) Wonderous Reviews

Congrats!
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Nine Things That Confuse/ Annoy Me

Today, while calmly reflecting over life because I am a very peaceful person, I decided that there are some things in the world that don't make sense. For this post, I chose nine of them. Why only nine? Because of Karen Marie Moning's series, of course.

1) Orange
It's some people's favorite color, but I'm so confused why. I mean, it's orange. The only thing that should be orange is an orange. Otherwise, it's just strange.
2) People Who Don't Like Books
 Okay, I can understand people who don't have time to read books. And I can understand people who don't love them. But if you hate them? And then proceed to tell everyone around you why they have no life because they always read? That's just low.
3) People Who Incorrectly Use Grammar or Spelling Just to Sound Cool
I know who you are. You were in my Honors Literature class in high school. You aced that course. And now, when I glance at your Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or whatever, I see this abomination of the English Language. Speaking of which...
4) The English Language
I don't care if you are an English Major or an author. But you have to admit- English is strange. There are all these rules, but then they're like twenty billion exceptions to the rule. Or they're eight different ways you can phrase one sentence, but only one for another. There are times when I wonder how English is the known language for everything because it's so difficult!
5) Double Standards
 No explanation needed. They just don't make any sense.
6) Twitter
So, I'm supposed to put all my thoughts in 140 characters? I use more than that every single time I do anything. 
7)  Why Some e-Books Are As Expensive As Hardbacks
This has got to be one of the strangest things ever. I mean, hardback books have to go through the process of the cover, the cover sleeve, and all the pages. e-Books just need to be able to be read. And yet, these books are as expensive as their hardback counterparts.
8) Selfies
A few selfies on any profile are to be expected. I find no point in them, unless they're about books, but I've accepted it.  However, if your entire social media profile is completely contaminated with selfies, I'm never going to follow you, no matter how amazing you might actually be.
9) The Goodreads Interface
I swear, Goodreads has more bugs than a spy owns. You send a message, it sometimes takes hours for it to show up. You search for a book, and it just doesn't show up. Sometimes your feed doesn't show what your friends are doing and you have to click on every individual profile just to be able to stalk see what they do.
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