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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1)


Title: The Burning Sky
Author: Sherry Thomas
Series: The Elemental Trilogy, #1
Age Group: young adult
Format: paperback
Pages: 449
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: public library
IT ALL BEGAN WITH A RUINED ELIXIR AND A BOLT OF LIGHTNING.
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation--or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission--and her life.
The Burning Sky--the first book in the Elemental Trilogy--is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.
 I have two major obsession when it comes to books: angels, and anything dealing with controlling the elements. The Burning Sky deals with the latter, and I couldn't help but fall in love with this book.

Due to major amounts of school work, I have not been reading. But, it's spring break, I stopped by the library on my way home, and just said what the hell to homework and picked up a stack of books. Thank the heavens I picked up The Burning Sky. The book is not without flaws, but it is enjoyable.

Iolanthe is the "greatest elemental mage of her generation". Even though that is continuously stated throughout the book, I couldn't help but not believe it. Most of the time, Titus was saving her arse. I just wanted her to throw lightning at everyone and be a badass. But no, she kept tripping up. I'm big on strong female main characters, so this was hard to get past. The one consolation was that she's pretty witty and smart, but even that was lost after she fell in love. But oh well, maybe she'll get better in the second book.

Secondly, the male main interest is Titus. I get that he's a prince and gets to be all stuck-up, but I couldn't help but not like him. I get it. But, could you be a bit more humble? Even though Iolanthe is supposed to be the strongest, most of the time it felt like Titus is stronger.

I know it sounds like I'm complaining a lot about the character. Just read the book, please. It is worthwhile and a great read. The magical system was really interesting, and the politics are intriguing, too. You won't be wasting your time.

My Rating:

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I'm Back!! (hopefully this time for good)

Hello everyone!

If you check the day of my last post, it was on August 18, 2013. That was a long time ago. Pretty much all of last year I was on and off on my blog. There were a lot of personal problems going on in my family. But, I think everything is going to get better from now on.

On current new, I got a puppy. Maybe one day I'll post a picture. My original charger with a USB cord broke, and my replacement doesn't let me connect my phone to my computer. So it's going to be a little more complicated. Anyways, my puppy is a maltese/poodle mix. She's five weeks old and white with some light brown spots. She's such a cutie.

Since August, that's about all that's been going on with my life. I'm a junior in high school now, so things are getting complicated. Lots of homework (comes with the territory of PAP and AP classes).

Usually, I post goals of me reading about 100 books or more every year. This year, I'm going to keep it simple. 50 books in a year. About 4 books a month. 1 book a week. Considering I read like 10 books in the whole year, I think this is a good pace for me to get back into the habit of reading and reviewing.

If anyone out there is still reading my blog, thank you for sticking with me. I promise to try my hardest to keep this blog up and running. I made this blog a little bit longer than two years ago. I don't plan on giving up on it so easily.

My book tours are up and running, so if you're an author, and need a tour, just click on the link at the top of my blog.

I picked up Marked by P.C. Cast and Slumber by Samantha Young. Let's see how it goes.

I think that's about it. I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Years. Let me know in the comments how you spent it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Touching Evil Book Tour Schedule


The Touching Evil Book Tour begins August 19 and ends. August 24. Two prizes will be given away. Links to the posts will be updated daily when the tour begins.


Title: Touching Evil
Author: Amber Garr
Release Date: November 5, 2012
Description:
Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiance is murdered. Her book illustrating career has limited her social contact and nightmares have trapped her in the past. When a police acquaintance enlists her help with a difficult case, Leila is surprisingly thankful to have a purpose. Not only will this help to keep her mind focused, but she will be able to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant that are frequently dismissed by skeptics. Leila and Detective Garrick Pearson delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while fighting their own growing attraction to each other.
Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.
About the Author:
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner and the author of The Syrenka Series and The Leila Marx Novels. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

Giveaways:
  • 1 ebook copy and swag (U.S. only)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 ebook copy (International)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Participating Blogs:

August 19


August 20



August 21


August 22

August 23

August 24

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Book Tour Sign-up: Touching Evil by Amber Garr

Hello, everyone!

Incandescent Enchantments is hosting a 10 tour stop for Touching Evil by Amber Garr. This tour will run from August 19-24, 2013. If you would like to participate in the book tour, please click on the link below to fill out the form. Email me (celisewinters@gmail.com) if you have any questions.


Title: Touching Evil
Author: Amber Garr
Release Date: November 5, 2012
Age Group: adult fiction
Description:
Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiance is murdered. Her book illustrating career has limited her social contact and nightmares have trapped her in the past. When a police acquaintance enlists her help with a difficult case, Leila is surprisingly thankful to have a purpose. Not only will this help to keep her mind focused, but she will be able to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant that are frequently dismissed by skeptics. Leila and Detective Garrick Pearson delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while fighting their own growing attraction to each other.
Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Book Blast




by Laura Howard


Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.








What some reviewers are saying:


“This book is so amazing! It’s one of those that speaks so vividly in your mind that you can’t help but get lost in!”


“5 Stars and a fantastically beautiful read. I definitely recommend to all who love fantasy, romance, or are just looking for a book to escape into for a while.”


“Enter another type of world you never knew existed but secretly wished it did. I can’t wait for book 2! Keep em coming out like pure gold Laura


The Forgotten Ones Book Blast Schedule


The Forgotten Ones Book Blast by Laura Howard will be on July 16, 2013. Participating blogs are listed below.

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Release Date: April 28, 2013
Age Group: young adult
Summary:
Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.
When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.


About the Author:
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.



Participating Blogs:
Loup Dargent (missing)
Lift You Up (missing)
The Bearded Scribe (missing)
Richard Reads (missing)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Airborne (Airborne Saga #1)


Title: Airborne
Author: Constance Sharper
Series: Airborne Saga
Age Group: young adult
Format: ebook
Pages: 318
Release Date: March 28, 2011
A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Avery knew she had a knack for attracting trouble, but even she is shocked when a six-foot-something harpie shows up on her doorstep. Coping with the existence of a mythological race? Okay. Unwittingly finding herself in the middle of a vicious harpie conflict? A little less okay. Having to rely on an arrogant harpie boy who gets under her skin? Now that is something Avery isn't sure she can handle. 
The concept of being able to fly has always fascinated me. I used to daydream that I had large white wings, sometimes I would see one black and white wing. Over time, as I began reading more and more, I practically obsessed over angels. Even now, angels are my favorite section of paranormal fiction (that and vampires).

But, today, I discovered a new sort of mythological creature. A harpie. Avery, our main character, describes them as having immense wings, about ten feet wide. Up until now, I'd never really paid attention to this part of Greek mythology. Ms. Sharper did an amazing job of presenting these mysterious creatures.

I could clearly picture the harpies. For example, Mason, Avery's personal self-proclaimed protector. He was described as being six feet seven (about). At first I saw him as this wiry, awkward looking guy. The fact that he wore a trench coat did not help. But later on, Avery describes him as muscular, so I now I have this mental image of this geeky looking guy with abs. It was difficult, to say the least. Aside from his baffling appearance, he was a protective, sweet guy.

Avery tends to follow the cliche of being clumsy. Besides that, I liked her personality. I'd imagine it would be difficult adjusting to this whole new world. Not to mention your new form of transportation switching to being flown like a rag doll. She managed to keep her complaining in check, and for that I respect Avery.

This is definitely a series I while be finishing one day.

My Rating:

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