Review + Giveaway: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian


I’m really sorry I haven’t updated my blog in quite a while, but I broke my laptop a week back and now it’s display is shattered to smithereens. Hopefully, it will be back in good condition by next week in which case I will be able to post more often. In the meantime, I’ll be using my friend’s laptop, so please go easy on me if the posts are sporadic.

So, anyway, today I bring to you a book that will appeal to all fantasy fans. Plus, there are TWO awesome giveaways. The first is blog specific and is for five ebook copies of Cobweb Bride. And the other giveaway is for paperback and hardback copies of the same.

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Release Date: July 15, 2013

Publisher: Norilana Books 

Imprint: Leda 

Trade Hardcover
(First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-112-6
ISBN-10: 1-60762-112-6

$24.95 US / 20.00 UK

Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-113-3
ISBN-10: 1-60762-113-4

$14.95 US / 12.00 UK 

Ebook (multi-format)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60762-114-0
ISBN-10: 1-60762-114-2

$5.99

Many are called…
She alone can save the world and become Death’s bride.

Cobweb Bride is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death’s ultimatum to the world.

What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary “pocket” of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill….

Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness… Her skin is cold as snow… Her eyes frozen… Her gaze, fiercely alive…

While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war… A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father … Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court…. Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living…

Look closer — through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars…

And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.

As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death’s own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North…

And everyone is trying to stop her.

Rating:

four-stars

Review:

I received a free copy of this book from Fiction Addiction Blog Tours and I’m so glad I did.

I have read many books to date but none like this. The best word I can think of to describe this book is unique. Everything about this book is unique – the story telling, the characters, the plot, everything. When I first started this book, the language seemed a little too flowery for my taste but as I delved deeper, I realized the language was just setting the tone for the book. The story is every bit as beautiful as the language in which it is written. The characters are far from flat. They jump out of the pages. They are very, very real. They are neither good, neither bad. They are gray, as are all humans. The descriptions and world building are important elements of the story as they add the necessary magical touch to the book. Plus, unlike many books that are coming out now, romance is kept on the backseat while plot develops at a slow but steady pace. If you are looking for a good fantasy book with awesome characters and close to no cliches, I would definitely recommend this book for you.

As for cons, the only thing that bothered me about this book was the pace. In some parts, I wished the story would move a little fatser but that didn’t make me lose interest in the story in any way.

Giveaway #1

Giveaway #2

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Character Interview: Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amsden


Hello again people! I’m so excited to bring you an awesome character interview from the book, Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective by Christine Amsden today. Evan Blackwood sure does sound like a character I would like to read more about. 😉

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        Print Length: 260 pages

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-275-7

eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-274-0

Publication Date: May 15, 2013

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

CHARACTER INTERVIEW: Evan Blackwood

My name is Christine Amsden, author of the new urban fantasy novel Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. This first volume in a (completed) four-part series introduces us to Cassie, the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers. Amidst mystery, romance, and family feuds, this “new adult” series shows us that there are many types of strength, and many ways to be a hero.

With me today is a more traditional hero from the novel. It is my great pleasure to welcome Evan Blackwood, a young sorcerer with a great deal of talent and potential. Plus, he’s really good looking, even if I did create him myself! 🙂

The 21-year-old Evan hails from Eagle Rock, MO, where the existence of magic is accepted, if not exactly understood. Evan, like most sorcerers in the area, is tight-lipped when it comes to what he can do and how powerful he is, but he graciously agreed to talk to me as long as I don’t try to pry into his family secrets.

Christine: Evan, thank you for being here. I understand you’ve known our heroine, Cassie, for a long time. How did you two meet?

Evan: Cassie and I met in the first grade. I had never been to school or spent much time around other kids, and I made a fool of myself. She helped me out. Took me on as a project, you could say. That’s sort of her style.

Christine: Did you know at the time that your fathers were enemies?

Evan: No. I was six, and I don’t think I was that aware of what my father did unless it had something to do with me. He told me later in the year, but by then it was way too late.

Christine: So you and Cassie have remained friends this whole time?

Evan: Sort of. Things got a little awkward after I accidentally sent  Paul Ellerson to the hospital. She never said so, but I think she was a little afraid of me after that. She was hardly alone. She got over it, but between that and some rumors that started flying around about me, we weren’t quite as close in high school as we were before.

Christine: Are you talking about the rumors that you cast love spells?

Evan: (Glares) Yes. Those rumors.

Christine: Sorry. Sore spot. I assume they weren’t true?

Evan: Do you have any other question?

Christine: Where have you been for the past three years? After high school, you kind of fell off the map.

Evan: Magical apprenticeship. Henry Wolf took me on.

Christine: Henry Wolf? Isn’t he a little crazy? Lives in a cabin in the woods with no running water or electricity?

Evan: He’s brilliant. He just thinks modern gizmos interfere with magic.

Christine: Is that true?

Evan: The first thing I’m going to do when I finish my apprenticeship is buy a cell phone. Then watch movies, starting with the Star Wars trilogy. The original trilogy, not the prequels.

Christine: Why do you like Star Wars so much?

Evan: It’s a great fantasy. Good on one side. Evil on the other. I wish the real world was so easy to figure out.

Christine: Is there anything in particular you’re trying to figure out?

Evan: Lost of things. But mostly, I worry because of the way my father and Cassie’s father hate one another. They both think they’re right and the other is wrong. I suppose I should side with my family and I do, but I wish I didn’t have to pick a side at all.

Christine: Because you’re in love with Cassie?

Evan: I didn’t say that.

Christine: No, of course not. So, what are your future plans? After you watch Star Wars, that is?

Evan: I want to do some good in the world. I’ve got a few ideas, but nothing concrete yet. There are a few things I need to work out first.

Christine: And those few things are…?

Evan: Private.

Christine: I see. And I will leave you to that privacy, but first I have one last question. Is there any advice you would be willing to give us about how to deal with sorcerers?

Evan: Don’t.

Christine: What if we can’t avoid it?

Evan: (Pauses) Ivy. Plant some ivy to protect your home. And don’t leave any blood lying around.

Christine: Those sound like good tips. Thank you for sharing your secrets.

Evan: They aren’t secrets. You can learn some basic magical self-protection on the Internet. Although there’s a lot of crazy stuff, too.

Christine: Any way to know the difference?

Evan: For the average person? Not really. But the average person probably isn’t going to be in danger. It’s far worse if you have a tiny bit of talent you don’t know what to do with.

Christine: That sounds like something we should talk about when the next book comes out. I hope we’ll see you back then.

Evan: Wait. What happens in the next book?

Christine: Don’t worry about it. You’ve got to survive the first book first.

Evan: My grandmother is a seer, you know.

Christine: I know. I created her, too. But there are so many possible futures, I don’t know how much she’ll be able to help you. I did rewrite the series several times, after all.

Evan: (Glares again) I got to go. Master Wolf is calling me.

Christine: Well then, you’d better go. Thank you so much for being here with me today.

Evan: You aren’t going to hurt Cassie, are you?

Christine: Henry Wolf is calling you.

Evan: All right, but for the record, we’re not done.

Christine: Absolutely not.

How did you like Evan guys? He sounds amazing, doesn’t he? And I have to say this book certainly piques my interest because Urban Fantasy is, like, one of my favorite genres. Hope you had a good time reading about Cassie and Evan. Until next time then! 😀

Book Review: Suite Dubai (Arriving) by Callista Fox


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Against all odds, Rachel, an unemployed college grad, lands a job at a new 5 star hotel in faraway Dubai and finds herself caught between a boss who seems to loathe her and the young, handsome owner of the hotel – Prince Khalid Al Zari. Thousands of miles from home and in a culture she doesn’t understand, she tries to convince her coworkers, and herself, that she deserves her new position, that she can throw a grand opening for a King.

Suite Dubai is both an epic love story and a story about finding out who you are and how you make a place for yourself in the world.

Rating:

Review:

This review will be a short one because, well, this book is a pretty short one. I mean, there are only three chapters. I guess it is more like an intro to a story and that the author would publish more chapters later. So, anyway, this book was surprisingly good. I mean, the writing was very vivid and the storyline is pretty intriguing too. The only complaint I had was that I found the main character, Rachel to be a bit whiny. I mean, she is twenty three years old and she doesn’t have a job. She applies to a lot of places, but gets rejected mostly. She finally gets a job at a posh hotel in Dubai (not by herself, I might add, but by the recommendation of a sheik). And she doesn’t seem grateful at all. She whines that she didn’t make a good first impression on her superiors even though it seemed to me that all was not bad. Then she whines about being in a strange country where everything is strange. Of course, it is going to be strange in Dubai because it is a different freaking culture! Then she whines that the owner of the hotel, who is a Prince incidentally, didn’t smile back at her when she smiled at him. I mean, he must have other important, I don’t know, “princely” things to do, right? But, no, Rachel seems pretty self-involved about the whole thing. BUT. The book was well-written and I found myself wanting to read the subsequent chapters. If you can ignore the whininess of the main character (and I found that it was not that hard a task because the whininess only makes it presence rarely), I can definitely say you will enjoy the book. I hope in the next few chapters, we get to see Rachel evolve as a character and maybe I would love to know more about the other characters too – Samantha, the Prince, Hamid, Kritika etc.

Book Review: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram


The Avery Shaw Experiment

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Rating:

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Review:

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Have I suddenly got too picky with books? If this was me a couple of years ago, I would have totally loved this book. I mean, it has all the elements I usually like in a book – a superhot guy, an imperfect girl and steamy romance. So, why am I not gung-ho about this book like I want to be?

Okay, I’ll be fair. The premise of this book is refreshing. It’s fun. It is in the format of a series of journal entries written by Avery and Grayson as part of their science project which they are doing for a science fair. It was different and I liked it when I started reading it. But as I went deeper, I didn’t. This is my second Kelly Oram book and I have to say that I liked the other one so much more. I think the problem I had was that the book was predictable. I knew what was going to happen at least twenty pages away. Also, Oram’s characters seem to be a bit obsessed with looks and popularity. I mean, they are important too, but I didn’t like that Oram made it seem like the answer to all high school problems is popularity. I had the same problem with the other Oram book that I read too, V Is For Virgin. And then, there is Avery. I know she has social anxiety and all that (oops, is that a spoiler), but still, all her blushing and hiding behind her hands got to be a bit too much for me. What wouldn’t I give to read a book with a strong female lead, who doesn’t turn into mush the minute a gorgeous guy looks her in the eye? And, Grayson. Um… Grayson was hot. Yes, definitely. But he was a little too cocky and sure of himself. He is just so sure that Avery will fall for him like he did for her. In the end, he does get a little insecure about their relationship, but it seemed as if his insecurity was added as a last minute thought to make it look like Grayson was not perfect after all. I just would have liked to see him grow as a character. Like how Mr. Darcy does in the end of Pride and Prejudice (Sorry, I just had to put it in there. I am a complete P&P junkie. J)

That said, there were some enjoyable moments in this book too. The shower scene was touching and sexy at the same time (strange combo, I know). I liked Aiden’s character and Owen’s too. Avery and Grayson’s family were great. The book was just the right amount of sappy. Avery and Grayson had chemistry so hot that it literally smoked the pages. The execution of the whole story was smooth and without a hitch, but like I said, predictable. Maybe my brain has been so oversaturated with YA books that I can’t like a book now unless it is really, really original. Is that such a huge thing to ask?

(I’ve changed my review format, in case you noticed. My busy college schedule hardly gives me time to write reviews, so I’ve cut down on the pros and cons. 🙂 )

Book Blitz: Full Throttle by Chelsea Camaron


Daddy's GirlsThis is a book blitz about Full Throttle, a bonus book from the Daddy’s Girls series. The blurb sounds so exciting, guys!

Full Throttle Kindle CoverBook Information:

Release Date: June 21, 2013

Book Synopsis:

High school sweethearts manage to make it through college into the working world still together and going strong.  From the start of their relationship Jake has made very clear his apprehension to marriage.  Kenna understood going into this nine years ago that with Jake there would never be a ring or white dress.

Now seeing their friends so eager to make such a serious commitment in their own relationships a crack begins to form in Jake and Kenna’s once solid foundation.

Will Kenna ever open up and share her dreams with Jake?  Can Jake overcome his childhood issues?  Is Kenna willing to accept things just as they are forever?  Will her desire for a more serious commitment make her change her feelings for her one love?  Is Jake enough alone or does Kenna demand more than he can give? Can they move forward full throttle into their future together?

Author Info

Chelsea Camaron has a love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles.  She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children. She was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina and her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing with a few projects currently in the works.

You can click on the link below to go to the Amazon page of the first book in the series, Restore My Heart:

Restore My Heart by Chelsea Camaron