Saturday, July 31, 2010

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Woot!  My Summer Meltdown Conteset is officially over!  You guys definitely made this contest way more enjoyable and I'm glad I got to spread the sno-cone love!  ^.^ 

And the winners are!........

Congratulations everyone!  I had a 129 total entries once everything was tabulated.  And man was that a headache.  O.O  I've already emailed all the winners and they will soon be on their way via Book Depository!  You gotta love that site.  Free shipping.  *grins*  

Thank you again for everyone who entered and spread the word!  I won't be having another contest until my birthday, but I WILL be participating in Blogfest this September!  You know that cover re-design contest I won?  Well the hundred dollars is FINALLY heading my way.  And guess what I will be putting that money towards?  Oh yes.  Books.  And more books.  And a few gift cards.  Maybe t-shirts.  It hasn't been fully decided yet.  Lol.  Thanks again everyone!  You guys rock!  XP

Friday, July 30, 2010

Blog Tour Stop! Pack of Lies by Vanessa Vaughn

I have the immense pleasure to be apart of the Pack of Lies Blog Tour!  Pack of Lies was my first M/M novel and I am officially hooked to the genre.  To check out my review click HERE!  And in honor of this months celebratory tour, Vanessa agreed to do an interview!

Me: Tell us a bit about yourself!
Vanessa: I began my writing career by publishing erotic short stories in my spare time. I am so happy to finally have the chance now to devote myself to writing and to do what I truly love! My debut novel Pack Of Lies just released, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! This is an erotic M/M werewolf novel that is very intense and very hot! It is the first book in a new series.

Me: I know you have two dogs. What breeds are they? 
Vanessa: A Maltese named Sebastian (who is a little white fluff ball) and a huge black Great Dane named Belladonna. They look like complete opposites, but they are both the most calm, lovable, wonderful dogs you'll ever meet!

Me: When did you know you wanted to write as a career?
Vanessa: As soon as I submitted my first story and got my acceptance letter, I was hooked. Seeing my words in print was amazing! The first short story I wrote was accepted to the Best Women's Erotica series, and it quickly continued from there.

Me: What did you love to read as a kid/teenager? 
Vanessa: I grew up loving gothic classics by greats like Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker, and I was also a rabid fan of classic black and white horror films. I was always an awkward goth little kid growing up. In middle school, Wednesday Addams was my idol.

Me: Do you have a special place you go to to write? 
Vanessa: Anywhere with my laptop in front of me and my two dogs sleeping at my feet.
Pack of Lies was turned into a movie, who would be your dream picks for Jack and Marcus?

Me: If
Vanessa: Marcus is the strong silent type, trying to act tough to mask his vulnerabilities. He is a tall muscular man with blonde hair. I would love to cast Daniel Craig in Marcus' role! He would be absolutely perfect!
The character Jack is a little younger and more carefree. He has dark hair and drop-dead-gorgeous looks. I think someone like Jonathan Rhys Meyers would be incredible.

Me: What attracted you to writing erotica vs. another genre?
Vanessa: I always love stories full of drama and sexual tension. Even when there is no explicit sex in a book, I'm imagining it and filling in the blanks myself. (laughs) I think the erotica genre is a natural fit for me.

Me: I really adored Marcus's character.  He has to maintain the image of an Alpha, yet hides the fact that he is gay.  He is really one of a kind in terms of character types.  Was his perspective difficult to write? 
Vanessa: Marcus was the most difficult character to write, definitely. He is trying so hard to be swaggering and tough and strong, but he's full of turmoil inside. It was hard to make the hero part of such a vicious pack but still likeable and easy to love.

Me: At the beginning of the story, Jack doesn't think of himself as gay.  Did he honestly not know his sexual preference or did Marcus just convert him?  Lol.
Vanessa: That's a difficult question. I tend to see sexuality as very fluid, but I'm probably just projecting because I'm bisexual myself. I think in this story it was a combination of a lot of things that drew Jack to Marcus. Jack might not have been attracted to any other men, but Marcus' bite bound them together in a powerful inescapable way. Jack also realized that this handsome man was the only one out there he could trust, and their relationship grew from there.
Vanessa: I like the idea of there being something special about a person that pulls them into the paranormal world, that drives them to be different. I like the idea of it not being the right place for everyone. You have to on some level not feel comfortable in human society to really be able to adjust to life with the wolves. It has to call to you.
Me: The idea that you already had to have an inner animal to become a werewolf if bitten is very unique.  What gave you the idea?

Me: It is hinted at that there are other shifter packs to be feared in the book.  Will we get to meet these other packs in the sequel? 
Vanessa: Yes, indeed. In fact, I'm finishing up the sequel right now.
Me: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be? 
Vanessa: I would want to be a werewolf, mostly because that would mean I could find a hot Alpha of my very own!
Don’t get me wrong. I love vampires as much as the next girl. Vampires are elegant and beautiful. Their haunting stares make us forget ourselves and give in completely to our darkest desires.
But sometimes we want a man who is a little more raw, and that is where werewolves come in.
Werewolves are controlled by a powerful urge to mate, just as vampires are controlled by a powerful urge for blood. But while the vampire’s urge is symbolic of sex, the werewolf’s urge is sex itself. What the werewolves feel is primal and savage. It is unstoppable.
Where vampires are elegant and pale and sensual, werewolves are all hard muscle and brute force. Both are the ultimate bad boys. Both make us to do kinky twisted things we never thought we would. Both can bite us savagely and make us part of their world. Both can even go too far and kill us. But only the werewolf is truly transformed by his hunger. Only the werewolf loses all control and utterly forgets himself. That complete loss of control is what sets werewolves apart. For the werewolf, absolutely everything is permitted and nothing is held back. What he wants, he takes.
If that isn’t a recipe for hot sex, I don’t know what is!!!

Me: Tea or coffee?
Vanessa: I love sitting outside on a hot summer day in my bare feet with a tall icy glass of sweet tea
Vanessa: Impossible to choose! I love writing and then reading the finished product. It gives me an amazing sense of accomplishment.

Me: Flowers or chocolate?  Vanessa: Flowers. But I l prefer planting them instead of cutting them.

Me: Reading or writing?

Me: Crossword puzzles or sudoku?
Vanessa: Um...Guitar Hero? (Me: Lmao) 

Me: Comedy or Horror?
Vanessa: I love dark comedies--movies that are deliciously twisted like Secretary, Election, Brazil, The Young Poisoner's Handbook, and Dr. Strangelove.

Thanks so much for your time Vanessa!  I loved talking with ya!  Be on the lookout for Pack of Lies!  You don't want to miss this steamy thrill ride!  And make sure to check out the other blogs on the tour.  Full list below!

Here is the current Blog Tour schedule:
July 2 - Strange Candy Reviews
July 3 - Obsidian Bookshelf
July 4 - Stuff Of Myth and Men
July 8 - Leilani Loves Books
July 10 - Paranormal Haven
July 11 - Not Really Southern Vamp Chick
July 12 - Marilyn's Room
July 14 - The Book Vixen
July 16 - Kristina Wright
July 17 - Larissa's Bookish Life
July 18 - Prurient Interests
July 22 - What Book Is That?
July 23 – Parajunkee
July 25 - Lusty Literati
July 30 – Can’t Find A Bookmark
July 31 - Addicted To Romance
Aug 1 - Leontine's Book Realm

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reminders/Contest pimpage

So this post is just kind of a mass collective of random bits of information.  First up at bat....

Eleni is having yet another EPIC giveaway!  Eleni you are way too nice to us.  Truly. *bows down to your awesomeness*  There are some awesome titles here folks!  My mouth went slack jawed at just the mere mention of these great books!  I have a feeling 2011 will be a fantastic year for new and unique YA books so be on the look out!  To enter go HERE

Just a quick reminder here guys. One day left to enter The Summer-Meltdown Contest and to vote for your favorite hottie/book!  Well now that I think about it... it closes Friday.  So I guess it is technically one day left... kind of.... What kind of weird countdown is that?!  Stupid poll.  Whatever.  It closes Friday.  O.O

And really that was kind of it...Lolz.  Hopefully there will be two reviews coming up soon.  ^.^  Then again.. considering I close three days in a row maybe not... *crosses fingers*  Plus Band Camp is next week!!! WOOT!  Yes I am a band geek and I'm proud of it!  XP  I greatly enjoyed scaring the frosh today.  *evil laughter*  Oh they are so sweet and innocent. I can't wait to corrupt them. 

So I guess I do have one more thing to add.  Since NO ONE gave me ANY ideas for what you guys want for Blogfest prizes I just came up with them myself.  You are guys are so helpful.  Really.  I'm trying to stick to a $100 dollar budget.  So far prizes include lots of book pre-orders (since I lack any ARC's) some swag and some gift cards.  Sound good?  Maybe a few t-shirts thrown in there.  Those Hunger Games shirts look epic!!!  Give me some feed back here peeps! Pretty please? 

That's all folks! 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Review: Dark Flame

Synopsis: At the start of this mesmerizing new installment of the Immortals series, Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick in order to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she’s bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless—there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of this terrible curse before Damen or the twins can discover what she’s done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper and deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including Damen.

   ***May contain mild spoilers***

My Review:  I received this book thanks to Traveling ARC Tours!  Thanks so much guys!  I own the first three books (they were a birthday present) and to be honest I didn't much like them.  Evermore was okay, kind of your typical YA book. Complete with the introverted MC, mysterious hawt new guy, token gay and goth friend, and of course a love that has lasted through the centuries.  Action figures not included.   *insert eyeroll here*  While it wasn't a vampire novel, it might as well been.  Immortals vs vampires?  Like really... not much of a difference. While I didn't much enjoy the first three books I figured "Hey, I can't just completely give up on these books... right?"  So I practically finished the whole thing last night.  Trust me.  It wasn't because it was gripping or anything.  I just wanted to be finished with it.  

Ever drives me insane.  Well frankly, since probably Blue Moon, Ever has driven me insane.  Not much changed.  She's still making god awful decisions and f-ing everything up.  She refuses to ask for help and of course when she does, it's from the wrong people.  She's quick to assume and judge and should be smacked for her idiocracy.  I don't think I've ever wanted to strangle a MC before.  That's how bad it is.  Damen makes me want to gag as well.  He is just oh so forgiving.  No matter what Ever does, he doesn't even get mad!  That is not a normal response!  That isn't being understanding or empathetic.  That is being blind and in denial.  Some may find that touching or whatever but it seriously makes me cringe.  I would rather have him scream and rage then that stupid understanding "I'll love you no matter what" crap.  Personally I think I dislike Damen even more than Ever.  Strange I know.  How could I possibly dislike the hawt love interest right?  Well I'll tell  you why.  Not only is he a stereotypical love interest i.e. the gorgeous sparkling eyes, the hot bod, the bad boy biker boots, sleek shiny hair, and seems to be madly in love with Ever, but he has no depth whatsoever.  He's stalked her for four hundred years?  And every time he finds her, she dies?  I think that's a sign buddy.  You are NOT meant to be.  Plus he always interrupts Ever and Jude's past lives.  Like really?  You don't think Ever and Jude kept ending up together in their past lives for a reason, only to have Damen butt in and captivate Ever once again?  That is so not playing fair.  And probably the most annoying of all.  He has no flaws.  His narcissistic and egocentric past is NOT A FLAW.  I am sorry.  It is just not.  His whole karma kick and trying to make amends for his past doesn't help matters either.  He's just not a believable character.  I don't believe in him as a person at all.  I know absolutely NO ONE who would be anywhere near him.  And frankly I wouldn't WANT to.  No one is that perfect and amazing.  It's inhuman and creepy.  

Despite my frustration with Ever she did eventually get better.  After all my raging about Damen being unbelievable, I find Ever VERY real.  She has so many self-doubts, mess ups, and pretty much just F's up her life so much that I can't help but imagine her as a real person.  In the end I gained some respect for her.  Thank goodness.  If she had stayed static I would have given up on these books for good.  She finally admits her mistakes and accepts help.  She stops trying to blackmail or force Roman into giving her the antidote and tries to understand him as a person.  I have to really commend her on that.  It's probably the smartest thing she has ever done in these books.  There is yet hope!  

And before I start ranting again (sorry about that) I'll briefly kind of go over some other characters.  Haven was annoying as hell.  I don't think I've ever truly liked her as a character and find her quite the nuisance.  Jude was awesome as always.  I was severely annoyed with him at the end though.  I think that's because it's his fault I was denied an ending to this story.  :/  And Roman.  Oh Roman.  Sorry dude.  Just, I'm sorry.  That's pretty much all I have to say on the matter.  Why do I always sympathize with the "evil" guy?  Well mostly because they are never "evil" to begin with. I sympathized more with Roman than any other character in these books and I was truly sad with the ending he got.  So sad.  :(  

So while I may not adore these books and I have many issues with them, I still have minor hope for the next one.  Who knows, things may get better.  Ever doesn't seem to be the idiot that she was anymore.  That's a start at least.  If you like these books... well sorry if I insulted them a bit.  Okay... a lot.   I honestly don't know what came over me.  I'm usually good at maintaining a slightly impartial and fair judgment.  My annoyance and frustration got the better of me I'm afraid.  So if you truly love these books, then I guess in a way you have good news.  If I dislike these books and still think there is yet hope then you'll probably love it.  Haha.  I'm still crossing my fingers that this series will be saved for me.  I truly want to like them, but until I see some major changes that likely isn't going to happen.  I have hope though!  Small as it is.  XD

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Witch

Synopsis:  Mirei's extraordinary magic makes her the most powerful witch alive. By some she is hailed as a miracle, while others proclaim her to be an evil abomination...and vow to destroy those who champion her.
Now the different factions of witches engage in a bloody war, with magic, treachery, and murder. But both sides may be fighting for nothing. For the power that the rebel witches fear, the magic that Mirei alone possesses, is killing her. 


My Review: Heed the warning!  Obviously since this is the sequel there will be major spoilers for the first book, Warrior.  So if you ever plan on reading these books I advise you to read at your own peril.  

So I'm excited to say that I have converted to being an absolute lover of these books.  If you read my review of Warrior then you know the major aspect of the novel holding me back from loving it, was the lack of tension and action.  Witch certainly made up for it!  Oh my god!  Here's a progression of my thoughts as I read:  Well that's problematic- That is NOT good- Oh crap!-AH! NO!- Not again!-Oh shit!- OH SHIT!- *insert screams of horror here*  Okay so I'm a bit melodramatic, can ya blame me?  I literally had to shove my face into a pillow to keep from cursing outrageously loud towards the end.  I read half the book in one sitting, which was approximately 3 hours.  I wouldn't have stopped if I hadn't have had to go to work!  

Mirei, previously known as Miryo and Mirage, is the most powerful witch in the world.  After her two halves rejoined she now can access the mysterious magic of the Void, something no other witch can claim.  With her discovery of Void magic she causes many witches to start questioning their traditions and practices.  If Mirei was able to become one again and join with her doppelganger, which is supposed to be the antithesis of magic, then why had tradition dictated that doppelgangers must be killed?   The Witch's traditions and ideas are in upheaval, but not everyone is so accepting of Mirei and her new way.  There are factions of witches who view Mirei as an abomination, unholy in the Goddess's light.  They shun the Warrior, one of the five aspects of the Goddess, and vow to eliminate  Mirei from this world.  Mirei discovers that the Warrior, previously thought of only as an afterthought to the Goddess, is associated with the Void.  The doppelgangers are the distilled essence of the Warrior, and therefore rejoining with them is the only way for the witches to become truly whole.  

When Shimi, the Air Prime, leaves Starfall, stating that she will not return while the "abomination" still lives, tension builds.  The witches are now split.  Some believe in Mirei's new way, and some stick firmly by their life long traditions.  Shimi plans to go after the other doppelgangers who had been hidden away and kidnap their witch counterparts in order to kill them.  When Arinei, the Fire Prime, joins with Shimi things go from bad to worse.  The witches now have a war brewing.  While Mirei tracks down the doppelgangers that are at the Hunter schools, it is discovered that Eclipse has disappeared.  He has been captured by Shimi and her followers.  He is forced into a Blood Oath to hunt and kill Mirei, but would rather die than kill his dearest friend.  Vowed into silence to not reveal he is under a Blood Oath or his mission or the identity of his captors, he manages to let the witches know what has happened to him.  He set's himself to finding the rebel witches base of operations and tracking them so he can kill Shimi.  The Blood Oath is slowly killing him, since he refuses to even look for Mirei but he never gives up.  As you can well imagine I was greatly upset by this turn of events.  I really, REALLY like Eclipse.  He is probably my second favorite character!  He's strong and stealthy, (like a ninja :P ) calm, intelligent, loyal, and will sacrifice his own life to keep Mirei safe.  Plus he has blonde hair and blue eyes.  He is very dreamy in my head.  And oh guess what?! He has a sword!  Complete knock out just because of that.  XD Okay I'm done being a fan-girl, back to the review!

The story was just as excellently crafted as the first one.  Brennan has wicked skillz for writing amazing twisted plots that the reader NEVER sees coming.  I was constantly guessing throughout the entire novel.  Between trying to figure out all the new implications to the witches traditions, the mystery of the Void, why Mirei's new powers are having negative effects on her, worrying about Eclipse, and trying to guess what the rebel faction of witches would do next I was left in complete awe.  Utterly fantastic.  What else can I say?  I about cried when I got to the Epilogue because it was almost over.  I was severely depressed.  Mainly because I know that that was truly the end.  This isn't a trilogy no matter how much I want it to be.  Plus I felt that Eclipse's and Mirei's relationship was totally left horribly open.  Granted it was left open and it was indicated that it was going to go further, but still.  I have this insatiable craving for something steamy to happen between the two.  Wish not granted.  :(  Oh well, that's what my imagination is for.  Lol.  Oh and one more thing.  How genius are the two covers?  Warrior looks like it should be titled Witch, and Witch looks like it should be titled Warrior!  Brilliant move for the publishers.  Not only does it hint at the duality of Mirage and Miryo but it also has undertones of the Warrior aspect of the Goddess and her role in becoming a full witch.  Genius I say! 

If you're looking for a beautifully crafted, unique, and intense story then these books are a MUST! 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review: Warrior

Synopsis: When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives? Mirage, a bounty hunter, lives by her wits and lethal fighting skills. She always gets her mark. But her new mission will take her into the shadowy world of witches, where her strength may not be a match against powerful magic. Miryo is a witch who has just failed her initiation test. She now knows that there is someone in the world who looks like her, who is her: Mirage. To control her powers and become a full witch, Miryo has only one choice: to hunt the hunter and destroy her. 

My Review: When I first picked this book up off the shelf I knew I just had to have it.  I mean, look at that cover!  It just screams, "Buy me!" And so of course I obliged the voices in my head and bought it and it's sequel.  I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should have listened to the voices in my head.  There was many aspects of this novel that I absolutely loved, and just a few that fell flat.  

I love the premise for the story.  Doppelganger's?  How cool is that?!  It's like having an evil twin, except well it's not evil.  Lol. Some of my favorite character's to read about are witches and assassins.  Having them both together just made me squeal with joy.  Brennan did an incredible job of creating this world.  It was well thought out and felt real to me.  Cultures, speech patterns, and different religions were well developed and it was enjoyable reading through them.  Though I have to say I was horribly confused with all the titles of respect for the witches.  It was like suddenly being transported to Japan where they tack on sama, kun, and chan to everyone's name.  Except the witches system of titles is infinitely more complex!  A little bit further into the book I realized that you could identify what Ray a witch was by her title and her position within that Ray.  Honestly I just kind of ignored them.  Way too much information for my brain to make sense of.  O.O I was really glad that the world was so interesting to read about.  The book would have been a major snore if the world was lackluster.  I still found myself wanting to know more about the Goddess and her five Aspects though.  I'm not a religious person, but I always find myself intrigued by new takes on religion.  I thought all the different ways to worship the Goddess were fascinating as well.  You have your traditional Priests and Priestesses, then the Witches, and then Avannan Dancers.  The Dancers express their worship through dance, which I thought was insanely cool.  

I really liked Mirage's character. Lame name I know, but it's a Hunter thing.   Her best friend is named Eclipse.  Just roll with it.  She was tough, smart, sarcastic, and kickass.  I love my strong feminine heroines and Mirage definitely fits the bill.  With red hair and the fact that she started training as a Hunter later than normal, everyone has been out to prove her a failure.  Mirage fights her way to become a respected Hunter and beats down the whispers of her being a Witch or Cousin. And I mean that literally.  Calling her a Witch is ill advised.  What I really found unique about Mirage's character was that she was a Dancer before she went to become a Hunter.  You often think of hired assassins not really having any affiliations with religions.  Mirage is a religious person, although not very zealous about it.  She worships in the only way that truly makes sense to her, dancing.  Her character was complex and she shattered the killer stereotype that Hunter's are.  

Miryo by contrast was far less interesting to me.  I don't know why I didn't really take to her, but every time I was reading about the witch I was wishing I was reading about Mirage.  Miryo has a kind heart, is determined, and is a really nice person.  I guess the fact that she never really questioned her up-bringing at all kind of bugged me.  I'm the type of person who asks "Why?" about everything.  Miryo just wasn't that kind of person.  She just accepted her life and what the Primes told her to do without question.  Oh I need to go kill my other half to regain control of my magic?  Okay.  *headdesk*  She didn't even question why! Or how her doppelganger survived anyway!  Plus she referred to her doppelganger as an 'it' which ticked me off.  Mirage is a person, hello?!  

The two's role in the story were very different.  Mirage and Eclipse were hired by the witches to investigate an assassination of another witch.  Meanwhile, Miryo is on the hunt for her double.  Once again, Mirage's story captivated me wholeheartedly.  I have to give Brennan major props on how well crafted her plot was.  It intrigued me and had me guessing throughout the whole book and I never even came close to guessing what was really going on.  Usually I'm really good at that.  I was completely lost to what any of it could mean until Mirage or Eclipse figured something out.  That's how well written the plot was.  The one major problem I had with the book, and probably the reason that I cannot say that I absolutely love this book is the lack of tension.  There was so many opportunities for something exciting or unexpected to happen.  Miryo is walking down a creepy alley, she's advised not to do so, she does it anyway, and..........nothing.  It felt like Brennan kept setting up scenes for something exciting or unexpected to happen and she just didn't deliver!  Every time a point came in the story that could have been intense and full of action, it just kind of traipsed along and was boring as hell. The lack of unexpected twists and turns in the story really disappointed me.  I was expecting a fantastic story of mystery, deception, and action.  It was severely lacking in the action.  Don't get me wrong.  The book was brilliant, but it just lacked that extra spark to make it amazing.  

I'm hoping that the action and tension will pick up in the sequel.  Which is sitting by my bed just waiting to be read.  :P  Oh and there better be some romance too!  Dear lord!  The potential tension between Mirage and Eclipse was just killing me inside!  So their year-mates, they trained together and have been best friends for how many years.  Who cares?!  Eclipse is freakin awesome and clearly cares about Mirage! They better end up together or I will be supremely Pissed. Off.  Well... onto the sequel! 

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm back!

So I know I told y'all that I would be gone for pretty much two weeks.  Well the funny thing about detassling is that it's outdoors.  Apparently 97+ degree weather plus 80% humidity does not agree with me.  Every day I worked I ended up getting heat exhaustion, i.e. getting goosebumps when it was almost 100 degrees out, feeling light headed, horrible headaches, and my stomach doing flip flops.  To say the least I had enough after the fourth day.  I'm kind of glad that I quit, but at the same time... ALL THAT MONEY!  Just gone.  Out of my grasp.  So sad.  Then again I'm glad I will not be getting any further blisters, heat rashes, burns, and sunburns.  Just gah.  I fail to see how the first four days of this year could be worse than all previous three  years combined  *shakes head*  So ya.  I'M BACK!  And I won't be going anywhere soon.  ^.^

I'm kind of shocked that I'm still getting entries for The Sno-Cone Summer Meltdown Contest.  Keep it coming peeps!  And people are actually voting on the poll!  *gasp*  Maybe I'm just easily pleased.  And 180+ followers!  Wow guys!  I am sure feeling the love!  Thanks so much! 

So there's really not much to this post besides that.  :/ Just one more thing.  I'm going to be participating in Blogfest and I wanted some input on what books everyone would love to have as prizes.  Your thoughts?  Ideas other than books?  I'm hoping to have a wide range of prizes so any new ideas would be much appreciated!  But seriously, tell me what you want!  :P

Woops!  One more thing!  It's once again time to decide what BBA (Book Bloggers Anonymous) will be reading for the month of August!   Unfortunately I never got the chance to read Mind Games (it's still sitting on my computer waiting to be read...)  so I am even more excited for August's book.  It's Chas's turn to host this month so go visit her blog Lovin' and Livin' Life in the 808 and vote for which book we read!  Psst!  Please vote for Dark Oracle!  I REALLY want to read it!  Plus I already bought it.  XD  Please, please, please, go vote!  Please and thank you!  ^.^ 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

My mother and I went on a bit of a movie binge today.  I think we got five movies... we're on our 4th currently. Though I'm not really watching it, since I'm on here writing this movie review.  :P Truthfully the only reason I picked this movie up was because I know the book is an international best-seller.  I know what you're thinking.  Books that have been made into movies = epic fail.  Now I haven't read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet, but I can definitely assure you that the movie does not suck.

I was kind of annoyed at first when I discovered that the entire movie was in Swedish.  Then again I guess the French previews should have been a big clue... I quickly got over the subtitles.  While I don't mind subtitles, I find that they rather detract from the movie when you have to constantly READ what everyone's saying instead of being able to watch the movie.  Like I said, I got over it.  I went into the movie only having a vague sense of what the story was.  It really drew me in almost immediately.  I really liked Mikael's character.  I always admire a reporter with good instincts and a moral sense of right.  Do such reporters exist in the real world?  Well that's open to debate, but I like my good fictional characters.  ^.^   While waiting to serve his time in prison for libel against a business tycoon, he is asked to investigate a 40 year old murder case.  His investigation to find out the killer turns into a terrifying murder mystery of not just one girl, but five.

Meanwhile, meet Lisbeth.  A heavily tattooed, pierced, goth, brilliant hacker who is investigating Mikael for the very same people that hired him.  She believes that he was framed, and not guilty of the crime he was accused of.  She becomes intrigued by him and with a little illegal digging around on his computer hard drive, discovers the murder case he is investigating.  Besides Lisbeth's computer brilliance, she has a darker past.  She needs to have a "guardian" to keep an eye on her in order to keep herself out of a psychiatric ward.  Her new guardian is a sick twisted bastard who cuts her off from her accounts and makes her trade sexual favors for access to her bank account.  He ends up raping her, driving home the point that he is in control of her life.  Lisbeth secretly hid a camera in her bag and records the whole thing.  She exacts her own revenge and gains her freedom from him.  I really loved her character.  She was strong, defiant, smart, and above all believed in herself above all others.  She was at times introverted and never talks about her past due to a traumatic experience as a child.  Even though the full back story is never fully explained, it's hinted at in the movie.  She's not afraid to be different and is a tough biotch, and I greatly admired her strong character.

When Mikael and Lisbeth join forces to fully uncover what truly happened 40 years ago things certainly get interesting.  New leads pop up with the help of Lisbeth's new angle of looking at things, and the duo starts to dig up trouble.  As more and more clues are uncovered and the body count keeps growing things really get intense.  Things fall into place and when the true identity of the murder is revealed it's rather shocking.  I can honestly say I had no clue who the true killer was.  They had me totally fooled into believing it was someone else, only to go PSYCHE! and turn around to point at a different character.  I thought things would be nicely and neatly tied up when the killer was caught but I was I wrong.  I of course forgot the main reason for the investigation in the first place.  In the end things do wrap up, but it took a little longer than I was expecting.  The ending had me laughing at the audacity of Lisbeth.  She's a tricky little turd for sure.  It made me laugh and congratulate her on her brilliance.

I will definitely be reading the book!  (This is a trilogy right?)  I can't wait to read them!  Oh and just one more thing.  The dragon tattoo on her back was beautiful! Whoever did that amazing artwork I worship you!  That was utterly fantastic!  Here's the book cover if anyone's interested in reading it!  I guarantee I'll have this bought and added to my collection within three days.  :P 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: The Ghost and the Goth

Synopsis: After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck here in spirit form with no sign of the big, bright light coming to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser/outcast type who hates the social elite. He alone can see and hear her, but he wants nothing to do with the former mean girl of Groundsboro High. Can they get over their mutual distrust—and this weird attraction between them—to work together before Alona vanishes for good and Will is locked up for seeing things that don’t exist?

My Review:  I received an ARC copy of The Ghost and the Goth courtesy of We Love YA! Book Tours today when I went and got the mail.  A few hours later... I'm DONE!  I don't know whether I'm just mentally disturbed or if it was just that good.  Probably a bit of both.  :P  To say the least, it was a great read! 

Besides the utterly adorable and rather hysterical cover, it had a pretty awesome story.  The Ghost and the Goth was a more light-hearted approach to the issue of death that has become so prevalent in YA novels of late.  It still deals with the same heavy issues, but the writing was so much more sarcastic and witty that it really had me laughing more than anything. Alona is your traditional "perfect-popular" girl with a not so perfect home life.  It's a pretty common character type, but I didn't mind it at all.  In ways I agreed and totally despised her at times.  She's one of those characters you just love to hate, but then sympathize with because  you know deep down that you can be just as small minded and petty as she is.  Twisted sort of realization isn't it?  It's easy to think that you wouldn't be the snarky biotch of highschool if you were in her shoes, but when you face reality and your own actions... is it so true?  I always find it humbling to read about these type of characters and Alona was no exception.  I really enjoyed her character because she wasn't the typical demeaning make you hate yourself type of prep.  She had great wit and sarcasm and more than anything just spoke her mind. 

I really enjoyed Will's character as well.  What can I say?  I have a thing for dark haired, blue eyed, musically secluded, quiet guys.  It's a weakness.  Now if only he had a sword....  I can't imagine being able to see and hear the dead.  I just start thinking of The Sixth Sense and "I see dead people" and Bruce Willis and just gah.  Nightmare. M. Night Shamalan, that is like one of the two good movies you have ever directed!  I liked that Will wasn't some goth type like Alona originally thought.  His fashion sense, or rather lack there of, is a result of trying to hide from the ghosts he constantly sees and tries to ignore.  Marcy, his iPod, is his constant companion to "shut them up" and suffers because everyone thinks he's crazy.  Being diagnosed as a schizophrenic and being threatened to be locked up in some psyche ward?  Not fun.  As always he turned out to be a wonderful guy that I would love to date (even with all the black) and wish guys were that cool in real life.  Total bummer man.  Reading about all these dream guys?  Not doing my self esteem much good.  :P

As I said earlier, I was laughing throughout this whole book.  Not just the writing, but the dialogue, and just how the characters thought had me cracking up.  And of course I loved the shout out to The Matrix!  "There is no spoon," says the bald headed child.  *giggles*  Yes I'm an obsessive movie fanatic, don't judge.  Someday my skillz will come in handy I tell yee!  It was just a cute story that I really enjoyed.  I liked the fact that it took a rather serious plot line and made it up beat and easy to enjoy without getting all depressed.  I loved the ending line as well, but you'll just have to wait to read it because I'm not gonna spoil it!  ^.^  I am rather hoping for a sequel.  Though I'm unlikely to get one.  I can still hope right?  Overall, a great fun quick read that everyone will enjoy.  :) 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sno-Cone Poll! + A Side Note

I am sad to say that there will be no more sno-cones.  :( Trust me, I'm depressed.  You know how much I love them!  I've had 8 fabulous sno-cones this summer (all too few in my opinion) and will more than likely not be getting more any time soon.  I had an absolutely great time doing this contest and I hope everyone enjoyed it!  If you haven't already entered then check out the rules HERE and fill out the form HERE

So I know I said that I'd have a poll up and the top 3 books would be the 3 prizes for the 3 winners.  Well frankly I think that's a bit unfair to the winners to be subjected to the whims of others voters.  So here's the deal.  There still will be 3 winners, but they get to pick their prize from the 8 books that I did a sno-cone on.  Here's where the poll comes into play.  You can still vote for your top 3 favorite hotties or (if you haven't read the books or are a guy) the top 3 books you would like to win.  Since I have gained over 150+ followers (THANK YOU SO MUCH) I'm going to add a fourth winner!  The poll will be open until July 30th and with the poll results the 4th winner will get the most popular voted book/hottie.  Make sense?  Three winners will get to pick their prizes, the 4th winner will receive the most popular book via the poll.  Sound like fun?  ^.^  So vote, vote, vote!  And get other people to vote.  Even if they don't want to enter the contest, I don't really care cuz the poll is supposed to be fun!  The poll is over to the right if you haven't already seen it.  :P

Thanks again to everyone who has entered this contest!  If you haven't entered or you want to spread the word, do so!  The entry form will still be open until July 30th as well.  An even bigger thank you to all my new followers!  It's really rewarding to know that people read the random and slightly psychotic things I write.  XD

And now onto the sad news.  You guys probably won't be seeing much of me for the next 13 days.  Why you may ask?  One word.  Detassling.  And what pray tell is detassling?  I shall give you a definition.

detassling -noun-1.  the act of removing the tassel from the corn stalk in order to prevent self pollination and  to create hybrid crops 2. the annual summer job from hell which includes waking up at 4:30 in the morning, walking through cornfields, getting rained on, walking through mud, stepping into spider webs, dealing with mentally immature so called teenagers with horrid crude humor, getting heat exhaustion, nasty port-o-potties, and not returning home until late in the afternoon. 

I tend to use definition 2 the most.  Add onto the fact that I'll still be working at my normal job (though only like twice a week) at night these next 13 days are looking rather bleak.  My one bright spark of hope is that since we're starting detassling so late (e.g. tomorrow) that I get to miss a good chunk of it because of Leadership Camp for band.  I'm a drum major this year so I can't really miss it, therefore I get to quit detassling early.  It's a small victory.  Trust me, I'll still be counting down the days.  So  yes this is also the reason there will be no further sno-cones.  Though I'm still hoping that I have not seen the last of my delicious frozen sugary treats. 

While hopefully, The Universe willing, I won't be COMPLETELY absent these next 2 weeks I'm going to try desperately to get on here and still do book reviews.  (I have lots coming from book tours plus all the ones I just recently bought O.O) So send your prayers to the rain and sun gods to let me not get rained on and to not get heat exhaustion... again.... Adios mi amigos!  Till we meet again!  

Contests around the Blogosphere

So I have been totally MIA lately and low and behold as soon as I manage to actually get onto Blogger I see all these amazing contests!  Is this a sign?!  I think it is.  Lol.

The Bodacious Pen is having an amazing contest!   First prize get's an ARC of The Clockwork Angel plus some amazing swag!  I know I am DYING to read it and all that swag is drool worthy!  Plus second and third prize book choices are pretty amazing as well!  Head on over and check it out!  It promises to be an awesome contest!

Sophistikatied Reviews is also having an awesome giveaway!  Katie is giving away an ARC of Paranormalcy which I'm sure everyone is just dying to read (I know I am!)  I've been chasing this book around the blogosphere for what seems like ever and if anything I just want it more!  Check it out!  Plus make sure and view some of Katie's amazing fan-art.  It is utterly drool worthy. ^.^
21 Pages is having a huge ARC Giveaway!  Here’s your chance to win ARCs of CLOCKWORK ANGEL, PARANORMALCY, DELIRIUM, LINGER, FIRELIGHT, THE IVY and LINGER!(I think Linna was doubly excited for Linger... *giggles*)  It is an amazing prize pack and it's international!  Shoo shoo!  Away with you!  Go enter!
And last but not least Karie @ A Good Addiction is teaming up with Lost for Words and Pirate Penguin Reads to have an awesome Fall Release Six Title Contest!  There will be 6 different winners!  One for each of the six books! Prizes include: The Replacement, Firelight, Beautiful Darkness, Matched, Torment, and Personal Demons.  These will be finished products, not ARC's , and will be ordered through the Book Depositry.  There are some awesome titles featured, so definitely go check it out! 

And that is all!  For now... Lolz.  Good luck everyone!  I know I'm dying to read a lot of these books too! 

Review: 13 to Life

Synopsis: Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction… When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort. The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

My Review: Ugh I am a horrible person.  I know.  I've been totally AWOL.  Let's just say between very awkward tensions in my household and my recent obsession with watching Itazura Na Kiss and InuYasha,  I haven't been able to force myself to write this review!  So I am finally forcing myself to do so!  Tis a small victory on my part.  Lol.  

Going into 13 to Life I really wasn't expecting all that much.  YA paranormal has fell flat for me recently so I was none too excited to have yet another hyped up novel turn out to be just okay.  I'm very pleased to report that I LOVED this book!  I think I have officially been converted to team Werewolf.  Actually, now that I think about it, the last few books I've read have had werewolves.... Soulless, Pack of Lies, 13 to Life huh.... Wonder if that's my subconscious telling me something... 

ANYWAY, moving on.  I absolutely loved Jess's character.  She's snarky, sarcastic, funny, and overall someone I could be BFF's with.  I really enjoyed the non-typical take to Jess's role in the story.  I am so sick and tired of DID characters who constantly need to be saved or are hopelessly in love after like a minute.  *rolls eyes*  Jess was really a breath of fresh air.  She lives on a horse ranch and spends her mornings mucking out stalls and training horses.  She also used to competitively shoot hand guns. Is it just me or is that totally bad ass?  She's a tough farm girl who doesn't take crap from anyone. Upon first meeting Pietr (Peter) she did not immediately fall head over heels in love for his dark hair, blue eyes, or hot bod. Wait, what?  Yes you read correctly.  I did a small victory dance when Jess actually DISLIKED Pietr the first time she met him.  He was distant, uninterested, and acted bored the entire time she was trying to show him the school.  She didn't think it was him being mysterious, or him secretly falling in love with her, but just thought him to be an asshole.  Do you see why I love this book?  The characters felt like real people, not contrived or Mary Sue's, but actual real people with flaws.  Shocking, no?  

Don't worry, there is plenty of love for Pietr as well.  :)  Even though he started out a bit of an asshole I really grew to adore him.  Being forced to go to school with a police escort?  I wouldn't be in that great of a mood either.  Despite being absolutely gorgeous: deep chocolate brown hair, sapphire eyes, and a pretty nice bod,  he is actually a really great person.  With Jess constantly saying that he points out the obvious he makes a big joke out of it, purposefully pointing out obvious things.  It's all rather hilarious.  Plus whenever he slipped back to his Russian accent I just drooled.  I have a thing for guys with accents okay?!  It is just so freakin adorable and sexy.  Can't help myself.  Plus I thought his older brother Max was just as hot.  A bit of a sleeze, but an adorable sleeze at that.  

I really liked the romance in this as well.  It wasn't love at first sight, stalker obsession, or just plain lust.  It honestly felt like real teenage romance.  Ya know, kissing behind the bleachers and in the barn.  There were no declarations of undying love or anything cheesy like that.  They were attracted to each other mutually, even though it took Jess a while to admit it.  They make each other laugh and connect on a personal level.  They also connect more on an emotional level because they have both lost a parent/s.  I admit, it is the typical new boy in school hottie scenario, but it was done so well that I didn't mind.  Though the little awkward love triangle just made me want to smash my head into a wall.  Long story short, Jess's best friend who hasn't been happy in a very long time has a crush on Pietr and Jess pushes Pietr's initial interest away to make her friend happy.  It's the classic "I'm trying to be a good friend" scenario and I wanted to rip my hair out.  What was even more frustrating was that once Jess admitted her feelings for Pietr, Pietr didn't break it off with her friend because Jess didn't want her to get hurt.  It's just this awkward mess of leading people on, and secretly tip toeing around each other.  *headdesk*  That was my one problem with this book.  I guess it created romantic tension or whatever but honestly I didn't feel like it was needed.  

One of the many things I loved about this novel was the writing.  It was just done sooo well and had so many funny thoughts or bits of dialogue I was laughing and crying into my pillow to avoid waking my mother.  The Monty Python reference had me crying!  That stupid bunny.  *giggles insanely*  There is also a Wizard of Oz reference in the most awkward situation that was so well done that I just had to give it props in my review.  Utterly hilarious.  I really enjoyed all the musical references as well.  Any book that mentions Queen, Duran Duran, and other epic 80's artists has automatically won me over.  And the fact that Jess actually KNEW who those bands were just made me want to scream for joy.  I feel like I'm the only teenager in the world who actually listens to 80's music sometimes.  *shakes head*  

So after reading my very long ramble of a review you're probably tired of reading this.  Sorry but there's more.  The ending just KILLED me!  Everything was coming together and I was waiting for a nice revelation or just SOMETHING and bam!  THE END!  I think I sat there, mouth agape in utter shock.  I literally wanted to throw the flippin book at my wall.  I didn't.  But I really, really, REALLY wanted to just out of sheer frustration.  It has got to be the WORST cliff hanger and inconclusive ending, I have EVER read in my life!    It was literally that bad!  But at the same time, I guess that just shows how much I loved this book that I was seriously pissed off that there wasn't more.  I am dying for the sequel!  It cannot come soon enough!  Fair warning to all who have yet to read this.  You'll love it, but then you'll turn around and hate it for making you fall in love with it because the sequels not out yet.  :( 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review: Wings

Synopsis: Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.  In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

My Review: So I finished this a couple days ago.  Well actually... it was last week.  Hehe.  For some reason I just could not force myself to sit down and write this review.  Now however I have some time on my hands before I have to go to work.  So Nikki recommended this for me to read because she knows how much I love faeries.  Thanks Nikki!  

What struck me as the most unique aspect of this novel was that the Fae were plants.  In most faerie lore the fey are always associated with nature, but in Wings they literally are nature.  When a flower starts growing out of Laurel's back she can no longer deny that she is very different from everyone else.  I loved how Pike made every aspect of Laurel's appearance, habits,and personality reflect her being a  plant.  She eats only fruits and vegetables and drinks Sprite, which provide nutrients for Laurel and of course sugar water. Her cells look like a plants, not a mammals and she can even absorb carbon dioxide through her skin.  It was a very unique twist on the fey that I absolutely loved.  In a way it makes absolute sense.  I even liked the concept of Winter, Autumn, Summer, and Spring faeries.  Even though the hierarchy for power left me a bit confused.  I have no idea why Winter fey would be on top of the power pyramid.  *shrugs*  Though that does kind of make me grin.  I was born in December after all.  :P 

While the premise of the story was very unique nothing else really stood out to me as amazing worthy.  Laurel was okay, but I didn't really feel that great of a connection with her.  I really liked David a lot though.  He was smart, funny, and protective.  What more could you want in a guy?  He always stood by Laurel no matter what, even at his own risk.  Oh and just one thing.  I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES!  Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE!  I am so sick of them!  *rips hair out*  I didn't even like Tamani so it wasn't even that intriguing of a love triangle!  He was so instantly possessive of her it was ridiculous! And Laurel! Just gah!  *headdesk*  Did I mention I hate love triangles?! 

Okay rant down.  *steams silently*  So my overall thoughts on Wings is that while it was a very original take on faeries, the plot and characters just didn't leave me wanting more.  It was okay, but it didn't really grip me as something that I just had to continue reading.  Though I will probably read Spells... in hopes that it will get better story wise.  :)

Review: Beautiful Malice

Synopsis: So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?

Following a terrible tragedy that leaves her once-perfect family shattered, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity.

But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice’s contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice’s joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again.

But being friends with Alice is complicated – and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.

And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice - she doesn’t like being cast off.

My Review:  I received this book from Traveling ARC Tours, and like the horrible procrastinator I am didn't really sit down and read it until last night because I have to mail it today.  :P  I know, I know. Shame on me.  Once I got into  it a bit, I could not put it down.

At first I had a bit of a difficulty getting into the book.  Alice comes into the story so fast and with so little explanation that it left me a bit confused.  It surprised me how outwardly friendly Alice was to Katherine, even though she didn't even know her.  If some girl I barely even knew came up to me and invited me to her party and wanted to hang out with me I don't really know what I would do, but I don't think I'd just go along with it so easily.   Alice flatters Katherine with attention so much that Katherine can't help but feel liked.  She is so lonely, and so determined to make sure that she never experiences happiness that Alice is like a second wind.  Though it may seem that Alice is full of life and happy to share it, she is the epitome of being egocentric. In truth Alice only cares about one thing, and one thing only.  Herself.

I can honestly say I have never been more disgusted by any character more so than I was with Alice.  I can't rage about the things she does because it would ruin the book, but just grr!!!  Psycho biotch is an apt description.  What she puts her friends through is vile, disgusting, and just plain cruel.

Katherine was a very complex character.  She feels responsible for her sister's death and feels that she cannot be happy because it would be an insult to the life her sister lost.  It was a struggle having to read through her grief.  And even more of a struggle not being able to shake some sense into her when she falls so easily for Alice's offers of friendship.  The novel goes back and forth from Katherine's past, present, and future.  At first it was a tad confusing because there are no indicators besides the names and events that change.  After I got used to it I realized how important it was to the novel.  The time skips truly show how much Katherine has changed, for the better and worse.  You are able to clearly see how far Katherine has really come in accepting her sister's death and being able to live her life without the constant weight of guilt.

I have to say that I really connected with Katherine's character.  Not because we are similar by any means, but emotionally.  I felt her grief, her disgust, her love and ultimately her joy.  I felt everything she felt and that is truly a rare occurrence for me.    Beautiful Malice was truly an emotional roller coaster.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone.  I laughed, cried, and raged throughout the course of the story and it is probably one of the most touching books I've read.  Truly beautiful.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Pack of Lies

Synopsis: When Jack is attacked by a powerful werewolf one moonlit night, his world is forever changed. Marcus is that wolf, the strong leader of his pack, who never imagined a mere mortal could ever escape him, much less ever become one of his kind. And yet, as time passes, he can\'t deny the handsome human is slowly beginning to change. No longer the civilized architect he used to be, Jack feels a new power coalescing inside of him. He barely even recognizes himself as he becomes more sexual, more impulsive, more wild in every way. But as the bite transforms him, it also binds he and his attacker together forever. The two share a powerful unbreakable link, no matter how forcefully they may each try to deny it. Marcus is already hiding secrets from the other wolves, and his position as Alpha is threatened. Could Jack be the new ally Marcus needs to set things right, or will their desire for one another draw them away from all they know and alter the course of their lives forever?

My Review: First of all I have to say thank you to Leilani for getting me interested in this wonderful book, and a HUGE thank you to Vanessa for sending me a review copy!  I absolutely loved it!  Pack of Lies was my first M/M novel (other than Magnus/Alec fanfic because I am like the biggest fangirl ever of those two) and I have to say that I'm now hooked on this genre.  ^.^ 

I was hooked from the very first page.  It immediately pulls you into the world, a mix of pack loyalty, dominance, fear, and sex.  I really enjoyed the pack politics and rules.  Marcus is the Alpha of the pack, though his position in power is very precarious and he risks losing his position if the rest of the pack ever found out about his sexual preference.  

Jack is almost a complete opposite to Marcus.  While Marcus is ruled by the wild life of a werewolf, full of danger and unbridled passion, Jack is an architect happy to put on a happy face for clients and live a normal life.  His life is structured, normal, and boring, that is until one fateful full moon.  Jack and Marcus's paths cross and neither of them are left unaffected by the other.  Drawn together by their connection, everything in both of their lives is about to change.  

Pack of Lies had the perfect blend of plot and romance.  I hate it when there is just wall to wall sex scenes that leave no room for the plot (as my dear faux Canadian friend once put it ) so I was ecstatic that Pack of Lies had such a balance.  If the synopsis doesn't promise a great love story then just look at the cover!  *melts*  Oh deary... *fans self*  I literally devoured this in one night.  I kid you not.  I received it, I started reading it in-between watching episodes of InuYasha, and finished it that very night.  It was THAT good.  I just couldn't put it down.  The romance was wonderfully done I must say.  It wasn't all lust and desire, but the relationship actually had a foundation!  I know, I know.  I rant about the lack of foundations in romantic relationships all the time, but that just shows how much I truly enjoyed this novel.  Marcus is used to being the Alpha, is always dominant, and everyone always submits to him without question.  When the bond between Marcus and Jack only strengthens, he discovers that having an equal in a romantic relationship is the best thing to have happened to him. 

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book.  If you're a fan of M/M this is a MUST!  Thank you to Vanessa once again for letting me review your book!  I really enjoyed it!  ^.^  To learn more about this wonderful book there is a blog tour going on all of July!  Below is the schedule and links to all the blogs participating as well as an awesome book trailer! 

Here is the current Blog Tour schedule
July 2 - Strange Candy Reviews
July 3 - Obsidian Bookshelf
July 4 - Stuff Of Myth and Men
July 8 - Leilani Loves Books
July 10 - Paranormal Haven
July 11 - Not Really Southern Vamp Chick
July 12 - Marilyn's Room
July 14 - The Book Vixen
July 16 - Kristina Wright
July 17 - Larissa's Bookish Life
July 18 - Prurient Interests
July 22 - What Book Is That?
July 23 – Parajunkee
July 25 - Lusty Literati
July 30 – Can’t Find A Bookmark
July 31 - Addicted To Romance
Aug 1 - Leontine's Book Realm