Monday, March 29, 2010

Sea Blue People, Win Mystery Books - Week 2


Sea launches in approximately 8 weeks and Heidi R. Kling is having an awesome contest on her blog to celebrate! She is giving away a book a week until Sea is released and they are 2010 Spring Release books! WHOOP!!

Go HERE to check it out!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wicked Bunny 100 Followers Contest!

This scary Easter bunny knocked on my door the yesterday and said I was SLACKING because I haven't had my 100 Followers contest yet! So as with a few threats mentioning fangs and rotten eggs, I decided to go ahead and post it!  I hit my awesome follower milestone last week so I wanted to thank all my loyal fellow wickeds with a book giveaway from my personal stash.  For every additional 50 followers I hit I will throw in another book and another winner!

Here are the books in the giveaway:

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz

The Secret Year ARC by Jennifer Hubbard

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

The Anatomy of Wings ARC by Karen Foxlee

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by  Charity Tahmaseb

The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger

Numbers ARC by Rachel Ward

Okay, now to the rules of my little contest.

Bunny rule # 1 - Gotta be a follower (if you aren't you can follow me with Google Friend Connect on the right of my page).

Bunny rule #2 - Because the bunny took all my money and left rotten eggs, this contest will be US and Canada only, sorry.

Bunny rule #3 - There will be 2 winners, each gets to pick 2 books! If I hit 150 followers before the contest is over, I will add another winner to pick 1 book and so on for each additional set of 50.

Bunny rule #4 - You must fill out the form below to get entered in the contest, comments are appreciated but they won't get you entered.  You can get extra entries by tweeting, posting a blog, posting on your sidebar, adding me to your blog roll, add my button to your blog and referrals.

Bunny rule #5 - Contest ends at 9 pm CST on 4/16/2010.

Good luck and thanks for being such great followers! Make sure and follow the rules because I KNOW you don't want the wicked bunny on your front step!

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Review: Perchance to Dream (ARC) by Lisa Mantchev

Author: Lisa Mantchev
Hardcover: 384 pages
Published: May 25, 2010
Reading Level: YA
My rating: 4 out of 5 wicked stars

Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

The stuff that dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other—full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too—that readers won’t want to put down, even after the curtain has closed. 

My thoughts...
Perchance to Dream gave me quite a wild ride! The creativity of the author is just amazing and keeps you guessing because you just never know where Bertie will take you next...or what she will write in her book!  I enjoyed this book more than the first one because there was more dynamic between Bertie and Ariel (go bad boys!) and the introduction of new and interesting characters.  

The characters are endearing, Bertie with her witty, save-the-world attitude, Ariel with his air of mystery but still loving towards Bertie, Nate with his loyal, loving devotion...and we cannot forget the faeries that love sweets more anything else.  The drama and action is non-stop taking you from the theater on an adventure to save Nate and meeting some very interesting people on the being Bertie's long-lost father.

This series is unlike any book I have ever read...the way in which it was written and the dramatic flair of the characters makes it quite memorable.  I will say, this book will not be for everyone, but if you are looking for something different, pick up the first in the series, Eyes Like Stars and give it a chance.  Once you get into this style of writing I think you will enjoy this series!

Thank you Traveling ARC Tours for making this book available for review before it is published!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review: Angel Star (ARC) by Jennifer Murgia

Angel Star

Title: Angel Star
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Paperback: 256 pages
Published: May 18, 2010
Reading Level: YA
My copy: ARC from Around the World Tours
My rating: 5 out of 5 wicked stars

Blurb (via Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.

My thoughts:

Angel Star was in one word...amazing!  I have to say this book makes me believe that angels are the new vampires.  The characters are rich with personality and the drama is nail-biting.  There are parts that are heart-wrenching and others when your heart sings with happiness for the characters.

Our main character, Teagan McNeel, is the quiet girl that always gets picked on in school by the mean-girls.  She has her one best friend since childhood, Claire, that makes being at school tolerable until in walks the hottest guy ever, Garreth.  For some reason unknown to Teagan, Garreth only has eyes for her.  As they spend time together, Teagan learns more about Garreth and his connection to the terrifying dreams she has been having all her life.  She learns about Hadrian and how he is a fallen angel wanting to cause havoc for humans and angels alike.

As light and dark forces start to collide and Teagan figures out she has powers she never knew about, she also is told that she is only person that can save her friends and her angel.  This book had me biting my nails, rubbing the goosebumps on my arms and feeling my heart break at times so I don't want to give too much away to you.  I didn't want to put it down, I had to know how it ended, and while the ending wasn't wrapped up neatly, it was set up perfectly for the sequel, Lemniscate.  This book is a roller coaster of emotions but well worth the journey!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review: Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: Deadly Little Secret (A Touch Novel)
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published: December 2008
Hardcover: 288 pages
Reading Level: YA
My copy: Rec'd on trade from
My rating: 4 out of 5 wicked stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...
Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.
From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this books and it was a pretty quick book to read.  The main character, Camelia, is a likable and very inquisitive girl. When she is saved from being hit by a car by a strange, cute guy (Ben) that shows up later at her high school and goes out of his way to avoid her, she wants to know what is going on.  The side characters and Camelia's best friends, Kimmie and Wes, were pretty funny.  Kimmie always has something witty to say about everything, I enjoyed her character.

With Ben and Camelia's relationship, at first I reminded me of Twilight how the guy avoids the girl, the girl is always trying to figure out why he is doing this, and come to find out, girl affects guy in a way he is not totally comfortable with.  This didn't necessarily take away from the story for me, but it was similar and I thought I should point it out.  I did find this book eerie in many ways with Camelia's stalker sneaking into her house and leaving things for her to find.  Pretty creepy, I couldnt put the book down until I found out who was doing all this crazy stalker stuff, there were quite a few suspects!

Deadly Little Secrets in the first in the series, followed by Deadly Little Lies which was released November 2009.  With the cliffhanger ending of Deadly Little Secrets, I am glad I had Deadly Little Lies to pick up and start reading!  According to the author's website, the 3rd in the series Deadly Little Game will be released Fall 2010.

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