Tuesday, January 31

Guest Review: Intuition & Intangible (Intangible #0.5 & #1)

Intuition (Intangible #0.5)
J. Meyers
Reviewed by Lolita

Publication Date: November 3, 2011
Date Read: January 29, 2012
Source: Review Copy from Author
Format: eBook

From Goodreads:
Intuition: A Bonus INTANGIBLE Short Story

Luke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. His is a curse—he can see the future but he can’t do anything about it.

On a hike up the mountain, Luke has a vision unlike any other—one that leaves him terrified. Knowing that it will come true—and that he must do everything in his power to stop it—leaves his own future uncertain.

Don't miss the first book in the series, INTANGIBLE, on sale January 2012.


This is a short story or prequel before the first book. We get to know the two twins Luke and Sera. They both have unusual gifts, Luke can See visions of the future and Sera can heal people. The twins make a walk in the mountain and we get to see both their gifts in action. We get a sense of how close they are and who they are. The story ends when Luke realises that his last vision is a bad one involving Sera, but he never has been able to stop his visions from happening.

It is a nice prequel and we get to know both of them but it is so short that you still don't get a real sense of the book. It did make me curious about the first book and I will definitely be reading it. It sounds like an original story and I love original stories. I think it is a nice story to read before the first book, because we already get to know the two main characters a bit.

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Intangible (Intangible #1)
J. Meyers
Reviewed by Lolita

Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Date Read: January 29, 2012
Source: Review Copy from Author
Format: eBook

From Goodreads:
Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.


I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. I was a bit surprised by how much I ended up liking this book. Intangible is a very original and intriguing story. The story is about the twins Sera and Luke, they both have special powers. Sera can heal people and Luke can see the future. The book starts when Luke get's a vision of Sera dying and his visions are never wrong. Contrary to what the blurb suggests these is more to the book that just Luke trying to prevent his vision from happening. Many things are happening and we are introduced to a very interesting world with many interesting characters. I am not going to spoil anything about the storyline, because I liked the surprise. The book was very different from what I expected.

The story is really good, it kept my attention and when I was not reading the book I kept thinking about it. I wanted to know what would happen and I just wanted to keep reading. This book certainly has that keep-reading feel. There were some parts that were a bit slow but I really liked the story. It was original and intriguing.

The characters were really great. I had the feeling I really got to know them. Especially Sera, I really liked her and we get to know many of her feelings and ever what her hobbies are. I really liked her. On the contrary I would've liked a bit more information about Luke. Where the short story is told from his perspective, this is mostly told from Sera's perspective.
This brings me to another point, this story is told from multiple perspectives. I always like is when stories are told from multiple perspectives, because we get to know more characters and why they act a certain way. It gives the story more depth and I really liked it. Every character has his secrets, but die to the multiple perspectives the reader does get a sense of who everyone is and why they act like they do. I think the characters are certainly one of the strong points of the book and I really liked getting to know them all. The main point of the multiple perspectives is that at the beginning it always takes some getting used to.

There were only some minor points that bothered me about the story. I found some of the action quite strange. There are some battles, but I found that some people just won a bit too easy and this wasn't believable. Also I think it was strange that when one of the characters holds a knife for the first time she is immediately able to deal damage with it, I think fighting is something you must learn and the first time you use a weapon it isn't that easy. I also found the ending a bit strange, I expected more of it. More I wont say because I don't want to spoil the anything. There are many questions left unanswered by this book, but I am sure we get most of those answers in the next book.

To Conclude:
I really liked this book. The story was great and I just wanted to keep reading. I also really like the characters and the multiple perspectives which gave us an idea of who everyone was. There were some small minor details I didn't like but overall this was a great books and I really want to read the next book.

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Monday, January 30

Review: Hide and Seek (Games of Zeus #1)

Hide and Seek (Games of Zeus #1)
Aimee Laine

Published By: J Taylor Publishing
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Date Read: January 29, 2012
Genre: Adult - Mythology
Source: ARC from J. Taylor Publishing
Format: eBook
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12784862-hide-seek
From Goodreads:
Lie, cheat or steal, no one can catch Tripp Fox. Except one woman.

Lexi Shepherd’s knack for finding whatever is asked of her isn’t sheer luck. It’s a gift from the Greek god Zeus.

That Lexi doesn’t use her ability to search for “Mr. Right” comes from one of many personal rules she has set for herself. Number one is not to let fate dictate her future.

Falling in love with Tripp breaks all the others.

Despite her principles, Lexi’s unable to stay away from the bad boy, and she finds herself toeing the grey line of the law for him.

Zeus, though, didn’t give Lexi and Tripp their talents to make their relationship a simple, easy alliance. He designed it to be exactly the opposite. Impossible. Always.

With their separation, Lexi expects Tripp to forfeit love in favor of destiny. He, on the other hand, intends to beat Zeus at his own game. With a plan in place, Tripp challenges Lexi to take the one action no one else can.

Find him.

The question isn’t can she ... but will she?


Wow! I don't even know what to say. I have never read anything by Aimee Laine before this book and I have to say I am now a fan. This book completely blew me away. I could not put it down and I ended up reading the whole book in 1 day.

Lexi has a god-given gift. She can find anything just by thinking of it or looking at a picture. It's not any god-given gift, it's from Zeus. She has high morals and she won't use her gift for personal use. Then she meets Tripp. Tripp also has a gift from Zeus, he is Lexi's complete opposite. He's the bad boy while she is the good girl but when they meet sparks fly. Literally! Will they be able to put aside their differences and fight for their relationship? Even if it means fighting the Gods?

I absolutely love books about mythology. I really love them but most mythology books I have come across have all been YA so when I heard about this I couldn't wait to read it. I have to say this is one of the best mythology books I have ever read. It completely blew me away and I could not stop reading.
Aimee's amazing writing style completely sucked me in from the first page and I was completely hooked. I loved every moment of this book and when I had to do something else all I wanted was to go back to my kindle and read some more.

Lexi is such a fantastic character, I really loved her and I loved seeing the struggle she went through in this book. She had to struggle between her feelings and her morals and I loved seeing her journey throughout the book and how she worked through everything.
Tripp, oh Tripp. When I first finished this book, if I had wrote my review then it would have just been, Tripp...... HOT! Yummy! He is definitely all of these things. He is the perfect book boyfriend and every girl will fall head-over-heels in love with him. I know I did. He is the bad boy and really what girl can't resist a bad boy? But then the more you read the more you see his softer side, he's sweet and romantic and Aimee mixed the loving guy and bad boy perfectly. I just love Tripp and I wish he were real! I know... I say that about every fictional guy, but really? I want them to be real.

I genuinely loved this storyline that Aimee has come up with and I cannot wait to read more of this series and see where Tripp and Lexi's relationship goes from her. To me this book had the perfect ending and I would be perfectly happy if this was a stand-alone novel but I am so excited to read the rest of the series.

I just want to say a huge thank you to J. Taylor Publishing for letting me review this book. It was fantastic and I know I will read it again and again and never get bored of it. It's not possible to get bored of Tripp.



Sunday, January 29

Review: Half Black Soul (Alexa Montgomery Saga #2)

Half Black Soul (Alexa Montgomery #2)
H.D Gordon

Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Date Read: January 28, 2012
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Review Copy from Author
Format: eBook
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13162861-half-black-soul

From Goodreads:
In the past few weeks Alexa Montgomery has had her entire world flipped upside down. She's gone from living a semi-normal teenage life to a life full of vampires and werewolves who all expect her to deliver them from the control of an evil dictator.

Alexa is the last of her kind; a Sun Warrior, and now she has left the safety of Two Rivers to search for her mother, but she's left her sister behind to do so, and Nelly is the one person that she was told that she must always protect. Kayden, a vampire who is Alexa's other half, has followed her on her journey. But, secrets are about to come out, relationships will break and danger lies just up ahead. Will Alexa be able to get through all of this and make it out alive? And, will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?


*Spoilers from Blood Warrior in this review. If you haven't read Book 1 you may not want to read this review.

*Squeel they used part of my review for the blurb =D

Wow! This book was definitely not what I expected at all. I really loved the first book in the series, Blood Warrior and HD blew me away with her writing and her story in that but Blood Warrior is nothing compared to this book. It is a million times better and there's so many twists and turns I was shocked at the things happening.

Alexa has left the safety of Two Rivers to go find her mother. Along with her is Kayden, her other half, the Libra to her Warrior and he will do whatever it takes to protect her. But by going on her quest, Alexa has left behind her sister. The one person she was told to always protect. Secrets will come out, relationships will break and danger lies just ahead. Will Alexa be able to face all that she does and come out of it alive? And will she be able to protect Nelly from danger when she is so far away?

I absolutely loved this book. There were lots of twists and turns and most of the way through it I was shocked by the secrets that came out. I really loved that we say a different side to Nelly. Book 1 was told from Alexa's point of view but this book was told from two points of view, Alexa and Nelly. I really loved that we had these two points of view as we really saw a different side to Nelly. The perception I got from book 1 is that Alexa has this dark side to her character and she really struggles with it throughout this book. But what I didn't really expect was for us to see a darker side of Nelly. Nelly and Alexa have always been so different and come across as one being incredibly strong and will stop at nothing to protect the people they love while the other was seen as more gentle and loving. In Half Black Soul we really see that they are more similar than first thought. Nelly is just as strong and while we always knew Alexa would do anything to protect Nelly even kill for her we see that Nelly feels the same way about Alexa.
You really see a different side to not just Nelly but all of the characters. Jackson really took a backseat in this book but that doesn't mean he is less important to the story. I was shocked to find out some of the secrets in this book and it's fair to say that after this book none of the character's relationships will ever be the same again.

Half Black Soul is really so different than Blood Warrior and it explores much darker themes than the first one. It was brilliant and the first book seems insignificant compared to this one.
If you haven't read Blood Warrior this is not a series to be missed and I would suggest this series to anyone who loves YA Paranormal Romance.
Throughout reading this book This Song kept coming into my head and I really think it's the perfect song for this book and I think it really portrays the things going on this book perfectly.
I genuinely loved this book and I cannot wait for the next book. I really think this series is going to just get better and better. HD has definitely surpassed herself with this book and I cannot wait to read the next one in this series.
Phenomenal!



Friday, January 27

Review: Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)

Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: October 31, 2011
Date Read: January 27, 2012
Genre: Adult - Urban Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Allison and Busby Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 473
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11396864-working-stiff

From Goodreads:
Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn't the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment--until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated--literally, and with extreme prejudice.

Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem--pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She'd better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave--a real working stiff. She'd be better off dead...


I really don't know where to start with this review. Working Stiff is definitely not what I expected it to be and most of the way through the book I couldn't decide whether this was a good thing or a bad thing.

Bryn thinks getting a job at Fairview Mortuary will be a positive thing on her life. The job is stable and it has a decent wage. What she doesn't count on is there being a big secret behind the Mortuary and she finds herself smack down in the middle of it which could be dangerous for her. Her bosses are using a drug to revive the dead, will she be able to stop them without risking her own life.

I have to say that this is in no way anything like Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series. If you are coming into this book with her Morganville series in mind prepare to be a little disappointed. This book is in no way bad and by the end I enjoyed it but I was quite disappointed with this book. Rachel Caine is a fantastic Paranormal author so when I heard about her 'zombie' series coming out I couldn't wait to read it. I thought there would be a supernatural twist on zombies. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was actually quite disappointed to find that in this book there is a very scientific explanation for it. Don't get me wrong I like books where the author has done the background research and finds a real-life way to explain it. I absolutely adored "Feed" by Mira Grant and that is a very scientific take on the zombie novels but it is definitely not what I was expecting from Rachel Caine.

I found this book very slow going to start with and it did take me quite a while to get through it and I found myself plodding through it just to get through it. However the more I read the more I started to really enjoy it. The storyline for this book is superb and it's a really brilliant idea. I think my negative feelings toward this book are more because of what I call "First Book Syndrome" rather than the actual book. In a lot of series I find that the first book is setting the basis for the rest of the series and I don't enjoy it as much. However when I have read further on in the series I end up really loving them.

As much as I struggled with the book to start with, I did end up enjoying it and most of that is to do with the characters. I always love Rachel's characters and this is no exception. I loved Bryn. The things she has to face in this book I don't think anyone could deal with as well as Bryn does. She is so strong and there were things in this book that shocked and disgusted me but at the same time I could not stop reading. I really loved watching the characters relationships develop and I loved seeing a hint of romance blossoming at the end. I really loved Patrick. At times he's ruthless and I wanted to hate him but I always saw that softer side to him. Him doing what had to be done but not really liking it. I loved that Bryn brought out the real him and saw a side to him that nobody else saw. I just really love all of Rachel's characters and having a cute dog called Mr. French in there helped too. What can I say? I'm a sucker for dogs with cute puppy eyes.

I will definitely be reading more of this series when it is out and I think it will just get better and better. The beginning of the book was slow but the events and action towards the end of the book definitely made up for it.
I think it's a great storyline and a promising start to a original and interesting series. I can't wait to see what happens and how Bryn and Patrick's relationship evolves from here.

*Thank You to Allison & Busby Publishers for sending me Working Stiff for review.



Tuesday, January 24

Dusty Reads (#1)


Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by xpressoreads.
This is where we feature a book that has been sitting unread for a while.
I finally decided to join in Dusty Reads because let's be honest I have hundreds of books that have been sat there unread for a loooooooooooong time.









From Goodreads:
Meet Susannah Simon: she's a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a ghost-hunter...oh, and she's also dead-over-heels for Jesse - the sexiest spook ever! But can this girl get her ghost? In "Grave Doubts", Suze has to contend with fellow ghost-hunter, Paul Slater, who gives her a deadly ultimatum. Unless she dates him, he'll send Jesse into the afterlife - for good. Paul may be totally hot, but Susannah Simon will not be bossed around. Let the games begin...In "Heaven Sent", all Suze's dreams have come true - she's finally dating the most gorgeous ghost of all time, Jesse! But when her creepy admirer threatens to travel back in time and stop Jesse from dying, Suze is distraught. Will her new boyfriend choose life or love?


I bought this book when it first came out in August 2010. I had read the first two bind-ups in this series and really liked them and I couldn't wait for this one to find out how the series ended. It's still sat unread on my shelf 2 years later. I really can't wait to read this and find out how it ends but since I read the first 2 bind-ups 2 years ago chances are I will re-read them before I read this. Hopefully I will read it this year.

Monday, January 23

It's Monday What Are You Reading (#19)


It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey

*Click on Book Covers to add on Goodreads

Currently Reading!


Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) by Rachel Caine (For Review)

Finished!





Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout (ARC)
Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum
Shift (The Protector #2) by M.R Merrick (ARC For Review)

Up Next!





Hide & Seek (Games of Zeus #1) by Aimee Laine (For Review)
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

What are you reading this week?
~Kayleigh~

Sunday, January 22

In My Mailbox (#29)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren

*I was going to do a IMM video this week but I have been sick so if I get any books next week I'll do a video combining the books.


Books Bought:

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Books Gifted:

Divergent by Veronica Roth*
Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Unemployed by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Unappreciated by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Unreturnable by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Unpopular by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Uneasy by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Unworthy by Mary Janice Davidson**
Undead and Unwelcome by Mary Janice Davidson**

*Thank you Harper Collins UK!
**Thank You Mist @ Bookaholics Book Club!

Kindle Books for Review!



What did you get in your mailbox?

Friday, January 20

Airel-Arson-Pyxis Blog Tour


Hey everyone and welcome to my stop on the Airel-Arson-Pyxis Blog Tour

First of all you want to know about the books touring right?
Of course you do! That is after all why we are here.

Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White
Buy It: Amazon US / Amazon UK

Airel is a story about an angel who falls so deeply in love with a woman that he chooses to fall from heaven to be with her. She gives birth to a daughter in Arabia, 1250BC. The girl is pursued ferociously, relentlessly by an enemy in the deepest darkness. In present day Boise, Idaho is just a girl: Airel. She's just your average high school student... who turns out to be anything but average. It's because of who she is, because of her ancestry, because of her lineage. Past and present crash in on each other in the final pages of what has been twisted comes dangerously unraveled.



Arson by Estevan Vega
Buy It: Amazon US / Amazon UK

Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl - who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin - moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face him consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster.


Pyxis by K.C Neal
Buy It: Amazon US / Amazon UK

Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad's cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Things take a strange turn when she uses her late grandmother's food dyes for a bake sale, and her customers suddenly find her irresistibly alluring. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in it's path. Pursued by shadowy figures and a crazy woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family's history, she learns she is destined to protect this world - and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.


I have only read one of these books which is Pyxis. Check out my review HERE!

Giveaway!

Today is your chance to win an e-copy of one of the fabulous books above.
For the stop its.......
*Drumroll Please*

Airel!

For your chance to win a e-copy of this book just leave a comment with your email address in a comment. Don't forget to let me know what you think of the blog tour!

*For this blog tour there is also a big giveaway going on, for U.S only. If you like in the US you could be in with a chance to win a kindle. Yes, you heard me correctly. A Kindle.
To enter please see the Kindle Giveaway HERE!

The giveaway isn't all we have for you either, I have a special guest post from the author of Airel himself, Aaron Patterson. Let's give him a big warm welcome to K-Books for the day!


AIREL. KEEPING IT REAL.
by Aaron Patterson 
I read a lot of books and the one thing that annoys me is how the hero seems to always do the right thing or once they make a decision they stick with it. If you are like me and a human, we do things we know we shouldn’t and make a plan only to break it or change our minds.
I didn’t want Airel to be like this and some people get it and some do not. But she is real, she tends to do something stupid knowing full well it is the wrong thing but she just can’t help herself. I like this about her and sometimes it is frustrating to watch her walk into a dumb situation but it makes her more real.
I like her the way she is, faults and all… to me that is what makes her so darn adorkable!

EXCERPT:

There, standing two feet from me, was Michael Alexander. My heart jumped and — I swear — it stopped. Now he was right in front of me, with a slight smile on his face. He had the most gorgeous crystal blue eyes I had ever seen in my life. I didn’t know how I kept from fainting.

Kim stepped into the middle of all of us, cutting in between us. Some other jock guy I hadn’t noticed was standing next to Michael. “Hi, I’m Kim… you new to town? How do you like it here?” I groaned, hiding my face behind my locker door, secretly peeking out, wondering what I did to deserve this. Kim and her big fat mouth.

Michael looked at her, then around her, in my direction, and smiled. “Hey, I’m Michael Alexander.” Clearly, he was answering her politely, but not talking to her at all. I looked at him from behind my locker door and flushed.

“Michael…” Kim said, as if pondering his name for the first time. “Good to meet you! This is my friend Airel.” She pointed to me and I could see the wicked smirk on her face. I was going to kill her. Murder, kill — and then for sport — unfriend her on Facebook.

“Hi…” I trailed off. Yep. I said, "hi," and probably sounded like I had some disease — which I wasn’t ruling out just yet. Nothing cool. Nothing memorable. Just, "hi." I tried to say my name but Kim had already spilled those beans, and besides, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what my name was. I flashed back to the coffee shop, blushing even more, which made Kim giggle. From the smirk on his face, I could tell Michael was enjoying my discomfort. Boys are just evil.

“You’re Airel? I heard you got sick yesterday.” The smirk took on just the slightest hint of compassion, which nearly killed me. “You okay today?” Great, he knew I was a sicko… that meant the whole school knew. Perfect.
Aaron Patterson
Please stalk me on Twitter @Mstersmith or on Facebook.
I also have a wicked cool blog @TheWorstBookEver.blogspot.com


That's all I have for you.
Thank you Aaron for joining us on K-Books today.

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the e-book of Airel. The giveaway will run for 1 week.
If you don't want to enter the giveaway, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Have you read the books? Would you suggest them?

Thanks for joining me on this awesome blog tour

~Kayleigh~

Thursday, January 19

Review: Die For Me (Revenants #1)

Die For Me (Revenants #1)
Amy Plum

Published By: ATOM
Publication Date: May 11, 2011
Date Read: January 18, 2012
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9462812-die-for-me

From Goodreads:
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.


Wow, I don't even know what to say about this book. It was absolutely incredible. I've had Die For Me sat on my shelf since it was published and I really don't know why I didn't read it before now. I loved every moment of it and I can't wait for book 2.

After her parents are killed Kate moved to Paris with her sister to live with her family. Here she meets the gorgeous but mysterious Vincent. As she starts to fall in love with Vincent she realises that all is not as it seems and he is hiding a big secret. When all comes out will Kate let her head or her heart rule?

I loved this book, it completely drew me in right from the start and I couldn't stop reading. It's such a fantastic storyline and I absolutely adored the setting in Paris. Amy's narration completely sucked me in and I think she story-writing was absolutely superb. She had a surprise for us round every corner and it kept me reading all day long and I did not want to put the book down.
Kate is such a fantastic character. I really loved her, she is strong and vulnerable at the same time which are two very opposite traits but Amy writes her character to perfection. I felt so much for Kate, after her parents death and I love that when times got tough you could see the vulnerable side to her but saw how she was trying to stay strong for her family and I loved that.
Vincent, Oh, Vincent. I love him. He is definitely what kept me reading the book and every time there were scenes he wasn't in I was flicking through the book going when is Vincent coming back into it? He is like the perfect guy. I just wanted to reach in the book and make him real, I loved him that much. He is  so sweet and loving at the same times as being dark, mysterious and tough and protective. All the perfect qualities mixed in one perfect character.

The setting of this book was perfect, Paris. One of the most romantic cities in the world and it was the perfect setting for this book. It is the place I have always wanted to go to and I loved reading about all of the beautiful landmarks that I want to see for myself. I think this is a fantastic start to a series and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and find out what happens with Vincent and Kate.



Tuesday, January 17

Cover Reveal: Eternal

I  have an awesome cover to show you guys today and I love this cover. It's so beautiful and I canonot wait to read thiss series.
Are you ready for the awesomeness?


Isn't it beautiful? I have this series on my kindle and I seriosly can't wait to start it. It sounds amazing and Julie is a good friend of mine so I know I will love her work.
So you wanna know what it's about right?

Well I can also share with you the blurb.




An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds hearsay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.



It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.



Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.



His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.



Her mother.

It sounds great right?
I can't wait.

*Thanks to Julie for letting me be a part of this cover reveal

Monday, January 16

Half-Black Soul Blog Tour


Welcome to the first stop on the Half-Black Soul Blog Tour!

This blog tour is so celebrate the upcoming release of Half-Black Soul, the second book in the Alexa Montgomery Saga by HD Gordon.

Check out my review of book 1 Blood Warrior HERE

Book 2, Half-Black Soul is due for release January 31st and I'm going to do an exclusive cover reveal for Book 2.
Are you ready?


Isn't it beautiful? I love this cover. It's so different from Book 1 but I think it's really elegant and pretty. I was hoping to have a review for it up on this post but I know HD is still working super hard on it so hopefully I will have a review posted for you soon.

So I have two more exclusive things to share with you today.
The first being an interview with HD Gordon herself.

Hi Heather, thanks for joining us on K-Books today. When did you know wanted to be a writer?


Hmm, well, I can honestly say that I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but I think it began with my love of reading. As a child, I would come home from school every night and read aloud to my mother, who would be reading her own book, but was patient enough to define certain words for me or stop to explain something when my comprehension wasn’t up to par. She introduced me to all types of books, books that were well beyond my reading level, and helped me to understand and appreciate the beauty of them. I spent a good portion of my childhood doing this with her. I became obsessed. I found myself wanted to create written work of my own, so the reading sessions turned into writing sessions. As my mother would read, I would write. I made her listen to every crappy poem and story I scribbled down. She would tell me that my words were amazing, even though I assure you that that was rather generous on her part, but her encouragement and praise made me feel special; happy, though not even those words can describe it. To this day I call her with material and make her listen to my babble. To this day she still believes in me.

Did you take personal experience and adapt it into the book?

Oh, certainly. Well, if you’re asking if I know how to kick everyone’s butt and have super hot guys falling all over me, then, no. But, I think that every story stems from some personal experience or another. When I come to a part in the book that involves pain and misery, I try to recall a time when I felt pain or misery, and the same with all emotions. As humans, we tend to believe that others don’t know or understand our battles and struggles, but they do. We may have different experiences, but we all feel when certain things happen. I try to take people back to those moments.

I personally loved Blood Warrior, where did the idea for the story come from?

First, let me say thank you! You couldn’t give me a finer compliment.
I have to tell you, I began this book because I have always been a huge paranormal lover. When I say huge, I mean that when I was into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I carved chopsticks into stakes and carried them around with me. I was never a princess or a ballerina for Halloween, I was a leprechaun or a demon. I will be honest and say that I got fed up with reading novels that I felt were written and published because the people who sell books wanted to cash in on a trend, and were compromising the genre as a result. I wanted to write a book that I would want to read; to tell a story that I wouldn’t be disappointed with. Blood Warrior was born of that.

My favourite character has to be Kayden, where was your inspiration for him?

Ah, yes, Kayden. When you write a book, you get the opportunity to build characters as you see fit. Kayden is the man I would build if God called me up to heaven and told me to have at it. I wanted him to be strong and smart, handsome and humble. I also wanted him to be able to put up with a hard-headed girl like Alexa, because we happen to share that trait. Most of all, he had to be loyal, as this is one of things I personally hold in high regard. Alexa needed someone to look out for her, whether or not she will admit it. And, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a man like Kayden looking out for them?

Alexa is such an awesome heroine and she's totally kick-ass, did you want a strong lead female character and where did you get the idea for her?

Some of Alexa’s traits I took from myself. Ironically, they are probably the weaker parts, but I felt they were essential in balancing her out. But, mostly, she is everything I wish I could be. She’s strong and loyal, and has a true sense of what is right and wrong. Throughout the story, I tried to put myself in her shoes and imagine how I would react in those situations. This is a secret, but originally, Alexa was a thirty-something year old werewolf. I got twenty thousand words into that story and decided to start over.  At twenty three years old, it was easier for me to become a character who was seventeen, rather than a character who was at a point in her life I haven’t reached yet. Also, YA has always been one of my favorite genres. At seventeen, we are still finding ourselves, and there is so much room for emotional growth. I hope that the readers will enjoy watching Alexa grow up, because she will be forced to whether she wants to or not.

In this book I love both of the guys in the love triangle which is very unusual for me, did you intend for it to be difficult for readers to pick teams?

Ha, no, that wasn’t intentional. Again, I just wanted to tell a story that I could lose myself in, and okay, having a couple hot guys chasing after my main character was appealing. I mean, come on, ladies, if you could write your own life story, wouldn’t you want that too? Jackson was built around the idea of a best-guy-friend I never had. His accent, clothing and demeanor are taken from some of the guys I grew up with in Missouri. He was one of the first characters that came to me once I got going on the book, and he stuck. I fell in love with him, as I did my other characters. Like a true first love, he just decided to stay.

Do you have any authors that really inspired you?

Oh, yes. My idol would have to be Stephen King. My all time favorite book is The Shining. The way he digs into the characters minds is an ability I hope to gain with much, much more practice. But, many other authors inspired me as well, too many to name, in fact. As a child, I was obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe. I would read his stories and poems and try to emulate his style. But, I love and respect all writers. I learn from all of them. If not for them showing me the way, I’m sure I would be lost.

What kinds of books do you usually read?

Obviously my favorites are fantasy/paranormal types, but I read everything. When I say everything, I mean newspaper articles to signs to labels and everything else that holds words. I want to grow in my craft, and I feel that reading is like studying for me; only it’s studying I actually want to do. With every book I read I learn something new about writing, whether it be just a turn of phrase or a new word. I take what I like and try to make it my own. I also recognize what I don’t like and try to avoid it. If it’s written well and grabs me, I’ll read it!

And finally, do you have any advice for budding authors?

Well, I’m really a “budding author” myself, so I’m not sure what help I can be, but I suppose I do have a few things to say. First, don’t let anyone discourage you! Writing is hard enough with just you as a critic of your own work, and it is okay to disagree with people’s opinions. When the words fall onto to the page just right, you’ll know. If you’ve got a story that you love so much it makes you giddy, then I guarantee there will be others who feel the same way; you just have to find them. Also, don’t be afraid to dream big. If not, what is the point in dreaming at all?

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions and good luck with the rest of the tour.

No, no, Kay, my dear, Thank You!


Not only has Heather shared the interview with us but she has also shared an exclusive character post from Alexa on one of her childhood memories.
You know you want to read it:


Sam was our neighbor’s dog when we lived in Joplin, Missouri. We didn’t live there long. In fact, we’d moved there right after I had my tenth birthday, and we had moved on to the next town by the time I turned eleven. Our house at the time, just like most of the places my Mother chose to rent, had a good deal of open land surrounding it. We never had a dog, and Nelly, my younger sister, and I would sometimes see Sam roaming the fields behind our house, and we would bring him treats and play with him while our Mother worked odd jobs. We were home schooled almost until we reached high school, and since our Mother worked most of the day, and taught us our lessons when she got home, Nelly and I usually had the whole day to ourselves.
            We liked Sam. Nelly was especially fond of him. But, by this point in my life, my Mother’s extracurricular training, the training that many times left me in bruises, had numbed me to the essential emotions that are required to feel something like attachment to an animal. But, even looking back, I remember Sam, and even though our relationship ended the way it did, I still think of the dog fondly when I reflect on our time with him.
            We got used to seeing him. He was a sweet dog; gentle mannered and patient. Sam was a mutt, and as my experience with dogs was next to nothing, I never did know what breeds he was. But, I remember he had a salt and pepper coat, a sturdy build, and at the time, he was big enough, and I was small enough, that the top of his head stood almost to my neck. 
            It was late October when it happened. Sam stopped coming by, and after a week passed with no sign of him, Nelly became worried.
            “What do you think happened to him?” she asked me.
            I shrugged. “Maybe his owners locked him up or something.”
            “I want to go check on him,” she told me, and by the set of her jaw, I knew that she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
            We crossed the field that encased the rear of our house, with me grumbling the whole way. I wasn’t worried about the dog. Why should I be? He didn’t even belong to me. I figured he’d probably just found something better to do than hang out with two girls all day. Maybe he’d found a mate. Either way, I really wasn’t concerned.
            Well, I should have been.
             We had to pass through a small patch of trees to get to the neighbor’s yard. Nelly tripped and fell over a downed branch, scraping up her hands and knees. She didn’t cry, but even then I could that she was holding it back because she didn’t want to cry in front of me. I sat her down on a nearby log and examined her injuries.
            “You’ll be fine,” I told her, after blotting some of the blood on her palms with my shirt.
            “I know,” she said, but she sniffled as she did so.
            I put out my hand to pull her to her feet. Behind her, Sam appeared from around the trunk of a large tree. I must have squeezed Nelly’s hand a little too hard, because she spun around and saw Sam, and seemed to freeze in her spot. I was frozen as well.
            Foam bubbled from the dog’s mouth, and his lips pulled back, baring teeth that I’d never before noticed to look so sharp. His body shook with his low, hungry growls. His eyes flashed with something I recognized instantly, even back then. This dog may look like Sam, even once had been Sam, but he was no longer the sweet, gentle dog we’d spent the past few months playing with in the fields behind our house.
            “What’s wrong with him?” Nelly whispered, and the way her voice shook betrayed her fear.
            “Get behind me,” was all I said.
            Sam snapped his jaws with audible clicks. My body grew tense. Behind my back, Nelly was shaking. He moved quickly, and this was the first time in my life that I was thankful for all the “training” my Mother put me through. I shoved Nelly to the side and got my own body out of way just before Sam launched through the air, snapping his jaws where my throat had been only heartbeats earlier. A thick branch lay by my feet. I scooped it up fast, without thought. Sam spun around to face me.
            In the small moment before he attacked again, excited anticipation welled up in me. My left eye twitched, and the world seemed to slow around me. He jumped. I swung. A loud crack! ripped through the air. Sam’s body flew to the side and landed on the ground in a heap. I spotted a large rock nearby, picked it up, and moved over to the dog that I’d once considered a friend.
            Somewhere near me, Nelly said, “What are you doing? Alexa, what are you doing?”
            My voice came out too deep for any ten year old. “Putting him out of his misery,” I answered, and the thought made a crooked smile touch my lips.
            I expected Nelly to scream at me to stop, but even back then, she seemed to understand that Sam was beyond salvation. Or maybe she just understood that I was beyond it. Either way, she didn’t stop me.
             I never took my eyes from the poor animal that lay at my feet. I watched as I slammed the rock down on his head. And, though I would never admit it to Nelly, I enjoyed watching the way Sam’s body shook, and then ceased to move all together. My body shook as well, but not with anything that could be considered bad. No, I felt no remorse, no pain or regret or hurt. I felt… good.
            When I turned back to my sister, the tears that she’d been cradling had made their way down her cheeks. She looked terrified, and I remember wondering just what, or who, she was afraid of.
            She surprised me when she threw herself into my arms. “Thank you, Alexa,” she whispered, in a voice full of hiccups and shivers.
            I smiled once more, but only one side of my mouth pulled up. “What else would I have done?” I said, and even then, I knew the voice wasn’t quite mine.

Well I don't know about you but I had to read it with my hands over my eyes looking through my fingers. Everyone knows I'm a dog-lover. That's horrific but it does show a lot of Alexa's great qualities, her strength to do what needs to be done and her fierce protectiveness of Nelly.

***********Information for the Rest of the Tour***************

Join us on the rest of the Half-Black Soul tour.....

January 17th - Shieka @ Doctor's Notes
January 18th - Cecelia @ Cecelia Robert's Written Word
January 19th - Tana @ Tana Rae Reads
January 20th - Vanya @ YA Story Teller

January 23rd - Karla @ Book Addict
January 24th - Tt @ Never Ending Stories
January 25th - Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales
January 26th - Erica @ Ink Spots and Roses
January 27th - Lissa @ The Book Nut Reviews

January 30th - Taneesha @ A Diary of a Book Addict
January 31st - HD Gordon

*If you stop by all of the blogs and leave a comment you will be entered to win a paperback copy of Blood Warrior.

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Sunday, January 15

In My Mailbox (#28)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by the Story Siren.




Books Bought:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking
Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer
Wither (Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Witch in Winter (Winter Trilogy #1) by Ruth Warburton
Fated (Fated #1) by Sarah Alderson

Review Books:

India Dark by Kirsty Murray*

Books Gifted:

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray**
The Hunt (Dark Touch #2) by Amy Meridith**
The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa***
The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa***
The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa***

Books Loaned:

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L Armentrout***

Thanks To:

*Templar Publishing
**Lindsey @ Lindsey's Bookshelf
***Donna @ Book Passion for Life

Tuesday, January 10

Cover Reveal: Shift (The Protector #2)

Hey guys
So I have an epic cover reveal for you today.
This time for Shift, the second book in the Protector series by the wonderful MR Merrick. The first book was Exiled. See my review HERE!

Okay so here you are not only an EPIC cover reveal but the blurb to go with it. So here you go



*Drumroll Please*










Isn't it beautiful? I love this cover, it's so beautiful.





I know, I know you're thinking so what's it about? Well hang on I'm getting there, I'm getting there.


First I just have to tell everyone that they NEED to read this series it's so amazing and I genuinely loved every moment of it.


Well.............


What are you waiting for go buy it! NOW!


No? Need more persuasion?????


Okay here's the blurb for Book 2.

*Please Note that Blurb may contain spoilers if you haven't read Exiled. Read on at your own risk!








Devastated by the loss of his mother, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else–a monster threatening to tear her apart.






As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world.


Well you want to read this series now, right?!?!?!
Shift is due for release February 2012 but I am one of the extremely lucky few getting an ARC for the blog tour so make sure you drop by for my review soon. I'm super excited. I loved the first book.



Monday, January 9

Cover Reveal: Untouched

So last week I shared with you all the amazing beautiful cover of the second Denezen novel, Toxic by Jus Accardo.
Well now I can reveal the cover of the novella that goes between Touch and Toxic.
It's called Untouched and there is no blurb as of yet but wow I love the cover.

You ready?
*Drumroll Please*


Isn't it beautiful Untouched (Denenzen #1.5) is due for release February 2012


It's Monday What Are You Reading (#18)


It's Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.
I haven't done a It's Monday post in a few weeks so here are the books I read over Christmas and New Year.

Currently Reading!


Die For Me (Revenents #1) by Amy Plum

Finished!




Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erksine
Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White
Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White
Life Eternal (Dead Beautiful #2) by Yvonne Woon
Bumped (Bumped #1) by Megan McCafferty


Up Next!





Working Stiff (Revivalist #1) by Rachel Caine
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

What are you reading this week?