Posts By: Bonnie

Bonnie

Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Super Amazing Giveaway over @ Literary Exploration

January 18, 2012 Bonnie Uncategorized 0 Comments


Grand Prize Winner:
A mystery box of books and swag!
UPDATE: Upon reaching 900 followers I announced ONE item that will be in the box – A SIGNED copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi!!!
UPDATE: When I reached 950 followers I announced another item that will be in the box – A SIGNED copy of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi!!!

2nd Place Winner:
UPDATE: I managed to reach 1,000 followers so thank you so much to everyone, and hello new followers!!! Because of this, someone else will win a little something! It won’t be a big mystery box like the grand prize winner, but it will be some swag and maybe a couple books! YOU SHALL SEE 🙂

If I manage to get to 1,000 followers I will add another winner!!! 
Please make sure to read through my giveaway policy on the policies page before entering, and remember this giveaway is US ONLY if you have someone in the US who is willing to accept the box for you, and then mail it to you that is fine too!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and sign up to be eligible!!

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W…W…W… Wednesdays (3)

January 18, 2012 Bonnie Wednesday Posts 0 Comments


W…W…W… Wednesdays is hosted by Should be Reading. Each week 3 questions are answered: 
  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m reading two books!

Hounded is the first in an extremely original series. I’m only about 1/3 of the way through it so far but already I’m really enjoying it!

I’m reading All’s Fair in Vanities War as a part of a blog tour I’m currently on. Very interesting mix of Celtic mythology and fairy tales. I’m currently giving away two ebook copies of this! Giveaway ends 1/23/2012. Click here to enter!






What did you recently finish reading?

I finished up all that was left of the Kate Daniels series. Am super bummed now that I have to wait till February 2013 (or at least until August when we get another short story). This is definitely going down as one of my favorite UF series, ever.

I took a short break from UF and picking up the new contemporary YA book Love & Leftovers. Read my review here.

I also started a new Urban Fantasy series by Kelly Gay, The Better Part of Darkness. I really enjoyed this and I will definitely be picking up the next books soon.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Oh decisions, decisions. You know, I’m not sure! 

One that I’m for sure on though is Shadow Walker by Allyson James. I just found out that her fourth book in this series is coming out in February and I want to make sure I’m ready for that one. I really enjoyed the first two in this series but didn’t pick this one up until recently so perfect timing!


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Waiting on Wednesday (3)

January 18, 2012 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by. Today’s post is ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ which is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re super excited about.


I just found out about this one a few days ago so I had to share it.


Title: Nightwalker (Stormwalker #4)
Author: Allyson James
Expected Release Date: February 2012 (no exact date given)


Goodreads Summary:
When someone comes to slay Janet Begay’s resident Nightwalker, Ansel, Janet and Mick find themselves embroiled in another round of trouble. Book 4 of the Stormwalker series.


This is a really great series and I can’t wait for this next installment. If you haven’t heard about this series, it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re into Urban Fantasy. The first book is Stormwalker.


What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.

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Book Review – The Pleasure of Your Kiss (Burke Brothers #1) by Teresa Medeiros

January 17, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 1 Comment

I received this book free from Book Tour, the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – The Pleasure of Your Kiss (Burke Brothers #1) by Teresa MedeirosThe Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros
Series: Burke Brothers #1
Published by Pocket Star on December 27, 2011
Pages: 528
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Tour, the Publisher
Amazon
Goodreads

Also by this author: Nobody's Darling

five-stars

Ashton Burke is a legendary adventurer who has spent the past ten years roaming the globe to forget the girl he left behind. His devil-may-care life is interrupted when he's hired to rescue his brother's kidnapped fiancée from a sultan's harem. Too late, he discovers she is none other than Clarinda Cardew, the very same girl who made off with his jaded heart a decade ago.

The last thing Clarinda wants is to be trapped in a palace of sensual delights with the man whose irresistible kisses still haunt her sleepless nights. Although he vows he is only doing his job, Clarinda quickly realizes that allowing Ashton to rescue her may put her yearning heart in even greater peril. In a journey that takes them from the delicious intrigues of a sultan's court to the glittering ballrooms of London, Ashton and Clarinda resume the steps of their dangerous dance only to discover the most seductive pleasure of all may be love itself.

I read this a few weeks back but I decided to take some time to sort my thoughts so that this may actually make some sense rather than having me come across as some crazed silly lunatic fan-girl.

The Storyline
Clarinda and Ashton were childhood friends but as the years progressed, so did their feelings for each other. One night, Ashton sets out to leave his home and Clarinda behind but she catches him in a nearby meadow and the feelings that they had kept restrained for so long were finally let loose.

’…the spark of animosity between them had finally flared into something so combustible it had threatened to incinerate them both.’

Ashton inevitably still leaves her behind and Clarinda is heartbroken beyond all reason. As time passes and stories of Ashton are heard at home, it becomes apparent to Clarinda that he’s not coming back for her so she becomes engaged to his brother, Max. Clarinda and her best friend Poppy set sail to meet up with Max for their wedding when their ship is boarded and the two women are captured by the Corsairs. Fearing the worst, the two end up being bought by the sultan Farouk and they are taken to his palace in the desert as his ‘guests’. Despite the fact that he is incredibly kind to both of them, they are still not allowed to leave. Max hires his brother Ashton to rescue Clarinda from the sultan not knowing the position he’s putting Ashton and Clarinda both in.

Thoughts
Teresa Medeiros books were the first romance books I ever read and inevitably got me hooked from that point on. I have yet to be disappointed by her; her books never lack in originality and are always entertaining. Considering this is a 500+ book I think that says a lot for her writing. I loved the exotic Middle East setting and that the majority of the storyline was spent there.

Her characters are always vibrant and full of life. You couldn’t help but love Ashton, even though there were times that you really wanted to hate him. It was painfully obvious how much Ashton and Clarinda cared for each other but he was a fool and left her and never returned.

’No matter how much it galled him, Clarinda belonged to his brother now. He had promised to return her to Max, and that was exactly what he was going to do. With any luck, Max would never find out what had transpired between Ash and Max’s bride-to-be in the meadow that morning.’

On top of loving the main characters, her secondary characters were just as fabulous. Poppy was definitely my favorite character and I loved not only the friendship between her and Clarinda but her infatuation with Farouk (and vice-versa!) was simply adorable.

If you enjoy romance novels, this one definitely needs to be on your list. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, and you may even shed a tear. (I know I did!) There was a sneak peek at the end of the next book in this series (yes! A series! yay!) featuring Max. I can’t wait. 😀

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Teaser Tuesday – Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

January 17, 2012 Bonnie Teaser Tuesday 5 Comments


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should be Reading! Here are the rules: 
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page (ebooks work fine!)
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser
I cheated this week and did 3 sentences. It was essential! 🙂 



“I will feast on your hearts tonight for the offense you gave me. So swears the Morrigan.” I thought it was a bit melodramatic, but one does not critique a death goddess on her oratory delivery.

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne (Kindle Locations 315-316)





Please leave me a comment with your Teaser Tuesday post or just your Teasers if you don’t have a blog. Thanks for visiting!


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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books/Series I Would Recommend to Non-Urban Fantasy Readers

January 17, 2012 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 1 Comment















Top Ten Books/Series I Would Recommend to Non-Urban Fantasy Readers 


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is ‘The Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read *fill in the blank*’. A lot of people were writing about romance books and YA books but I decided to talk about my favorite genre: Urban Fantasy. 


The following books/series are favorites of mine and would be ones I would recommend if you’re new to Urban Fantasy or just simply looking for more Urban Fantasy (In no particular order!) I’m going to skip talking about WHY I would recommend these so I don’t come off sounding like some crazed fan-girl, so instead I’ve provided direct links to the full series on Goodreads so you can read about them yourself. 🙂


1. Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels Series
2. Nicole Peeler – Jane True Series
3. Chloe Neill – Chicagoland Vampire Series
4. Diana Rowland – Kara Gillian Series
5. Darynda Jones – Charley Davidson Series
6. Karen Marie Moning – Fever Series
7. Holly Black – Curse Workers Series
8. Kelly Gay – Charlie Madigan Series
9. J.A. Saare – Rhiannon’s Law Series
10. Allyson James – Stormwalker Series

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Book Review – Identical by Ellen Hopkins

January 17, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA 0 Comments

Book Review – Identical by Ellen HopkinsIdentical by Ellen Hopkins
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on August 26th 2008
Pages: 576
Genres: Realistic YA Fiction, Verse
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Amazon
Goodreads

Also by this author: Triangles, Crank, Burned

four-stars

Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?

This is not my first Ellen Hopkins book so I know by now not to expect fluffy bunnies and happily ever after endings. I know to expect a vivid depiction of exactly how life can be and is for some… but boy oh boy, this one really takes the cake.

Identical is the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne, 16 year-old identical twins. Their father is a district court judge and their mother is currently running for Congress. On the outside their family is picture perfect… but look closely and you’ll see the cracks in their veneer. Kaeleigh has been sexually abused by her father since she was nine years old. Raeanne drinks and uses drugs heavily because she feels she’s the lesser twin that isn’t loved like Kaeleigh. Their story is a stomach turning experience.

I’m not sure I would have actually finished this if I didn’t have faith in Ellen Hopkins to pull off one whopper of a story, and sure enough she did. The ending blew my mind and almost had me wanting to sit down and read it again because every notion or preconception I had was way off the mark. Brutal story but so incredibly well done it was shocking.

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Book Review – Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

January 17, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA 0 Comments

Book Review – Love and Leftovers by Sarah TregayLove and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 3, 2012
Pages: 453
Genres: Realistic YA Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Amazon
Goodreads


two-half-stars

My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love.

(If only it were that easy.

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer—from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She’s left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this “summer vacation” has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you’ve watched your parents’ affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you’ve lost it?

Love & Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

Love & Leftovers is about Marcie, a soon to be 16 year-old girl who has recently been uprooted from her home in Idaho after her parents have split up. Her father left her mother for a younger man and it’s left Marie and her mother devastated. Her mother, suffering from severe depression, takes off for their summer home in New Hampshire. Originally thinking this is only temporary; Marie starts to realize that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

This book dealt with several issues: broken homes, cheating, depression, and finding love. The story was well written but I was left feeling underwhelmed by the story itself as I felt it lacked distinction… up until the last page I kept waiting for something more to happen. Unfortunately that just didn’t happen.

I had an issue with Marcie’s ‘fear’ that the boyfriend she left behind in Idaho just might be gay and that’s why he never tried to sleep with her. I understand that that ‘issue’ broke up her family so it may be credible for her to think that could happen to her again, but it never crossed her mind that she’s 15 and maybe he was just being a decent guy? Maybe my grown-up mature self has difficulty grasping this ‘possibility’ but it just seemed far-fetched.

“But I’m worried that if Linus is gay like my father, I’ll become depressed like my mother.”

I’ve been looking forward to this story for a while, but much like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight I was also left feeling underwhelmed. Yes, there were several great lines and there were some cute moments where I found myself smiling, but overall it just didn’t hit the mark for me. I loved that it was written in verse; however, being a huge fan of verse I’ve found that not all stories can be written this way and achieve what it was originally meant to.

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All’s Fair in Vanities War: ebook Giveaway!

January 16, 2012 Bonnie Uncategorized 7 Comments

As a part of the All’s Fair in Vanities War, I’m giving you guys a chance to win an ebook copy of All’s Fair in Vanities War, the new book by Elizabeth Marx!


Be sure and check out the other Tour Dates on this tour for more chances to win! 

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  • Contest ends January 23rd
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All’s Fair in Vanities War: Giveaway!

January 15, 2012 Bonnie Uncategorized 0 Comments



‘The All’s Fair in Vanities War’ blog tour kicks off today, hosted by Missy’s Reads & Reviews!

Salem’s always held sinister secrets. No one understands this better than a sixteen-year-old girl who dies on Halloween night and is reborn a Seer. 

The Seer can’t imagine anything worse than being an invisible teenager with enormous black wings. Until she finds out she’s been sacrificed to watch over Locke’s new flame. 

Locke Cavanaugh is a Druid, and part of the Order, a clandestine organization entrusted with keeping its members cloaked in the Ordinary world. Physically scarred from the accident that took his girlfriends life, Locke is searching for the OtherWorldly magic that damaged him, because only those without blemish can rule the Order. And once at the helm of the Order he has every intention of finding those responsible for her death. 

On the West Coast, Keleigh Flaherty witnesses her parents’ murder by beasts that should only exist in nightmares. She is whisked off to the safety of Salem, where she learns how potent and dangerous her concealed Vate talents are. Keleigh wants to be Ordinary, but when her mother reaches out from the OtherWorld, and implores her to find a forgotten relic she’ll have to use all her ExtraOrdinary powers to locate it. 

As Locke and Keleigh join forces, they unravel the Order’s involvement in the witch hysteria and murmurs of a Celtic prophecy. While Locke’s affection for Keleigh blooms, The Seer is torn between her duty to protect Keleigh, and her desire to stop Locke from making the ultimate sacrifice in order to earn Keleigh’s love . . . 

But if they don’t find the witches bottle before the 
ShiningOnes do, someone stalking Keleigh from the shadows will take her instead and plunge all worlds into chaos.


Title: All’s Fair in Vanities War
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Series: The Seer’s Seven Deadly Fairy Tales, Book 1
Format: Kindle Edition
Release Date: October 24, 2011


Giveaway!
Yes, I’ll be giving away a copy (maybe two if you’re lucky) of this book sometime in the next two weeks so be sure to keep an eye out!


There is also a Grand Prize available where you have the chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! All you have to do is “like” the Seer’s Facebook page and post your favorite line from All’s Fair in Vanities War. (Yes, that does mean you need to read the book!)


My tour stop date is January 29th so be sure to come back and visit!

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