Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’m Excited to Read in 2012

January 24, 2012 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 2 Comments

Top Ten Books I’m Excited to Read in 2012 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is a freebie week which means I can pick any top ten I want to do… or do a top ten that’s already been done that I missed out on. I’ve decided to my Top Ten on the books I’m anticipating the most this year (even though we’re already a few weeks into it!) I had trouble narrowing it down to 10, but here they are… in no particular order of course!

1. Chloe Neill – Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)
Expected publication: August 7th 2012

2. Mira Grant – Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3)
Expected publication: June 7th 2012

3. Justin Cronin – The Twelve (The Passage, #2) 
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 (No cover yet)

4. Mike Mullin – Ashen Winter (Ashfall, #2) 
Expected publication: October 8th 2012 (No cover yet)

5. Deborah Harkness – Shadow of the Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) 
Expected publication: July 10th 2012


6. Diana Gabaldon – Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander, #8)
No expected publication, just by the end of 2012. No cover released either.
Expected publication: January 31st 2012

8. Holly Black – Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3)
Expected publication: April 3rd 2012

Expected publication: February 14th 2012

10. Karen Marie Moning – Iced (Fever World, #1)
Expected publication: October 30th 2012. No cover released yet
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All’s Fair in Vanities War: Giveaway Winners!

January 23, 2012 Bonnie Uncategorized 1 Comment


Maja C. and Sara K. 
are the winners of 
All’s Fair in Vanities War by Elizabeth Marx.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to enter the contest!!
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Follow Friday (5)

January 20, 2012 Bonnie Follow Friday 0 Comments

Parajunkee and Alison Can Read host ‘Follow Friday’ which helps everyone get their blog out there for others to love. This is only my third Follow Friday but it’s slowly becoming a weekly ritual. If you want your blog to get more follower love, head on over to their websites to find out more about it!

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Q: ‘What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get your hands on any particular book?’
A: You know, I can’t think of a single instance where I did anything particular crazy to get my hands on a book. Despite the fact that I am a seriously obsessed book addict, I still manage to be pretty patient when it comes to actually getting the book. I may be excited to read one in particular, but there are still plenty of good ones to keep me company until that happens.


Thanks everyone! Leave me your link and I’ll be sure and view your post.

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Book Review – Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

January 19, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 7 Comments

Book Review – Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin HearneHounded by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Published by Orbit on May 3, 2011
Pages: 320
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Amazon
Goodreads

Also by this author: Hammered, A Plague of Giants

four-stars

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

Atticus is a 21 centuries old red-headed Irishmen but he only looks 21 years old living in Tempe, Arizona. He’s the last of the Druids and has been in hiding to keep Aenghus Óg, a Celtic god, from finding him. Unfortunately he’s been discovered and he’s coming for him… but this time he decides not to run. He’s sick of hiding, sick of running, and he’s ready to fight.

It’s always nice to find a new Urban Fantasy series that is a refreshing change from your typical vampires and werewolves. Don’t get me wrong, I love those books too but it’s nice to mix it up a bit or storylines end up blending together for me. On top of the refreshing change, this story was surprisingly free of all things I abhor about your typical fiction these days: love triangles and cliffhangers.

I felt that this was an extremely well written story full of snarky lines that I love so much. The relationship between Atticus and Oberon (his wolfhound) was borderline adorable. They were more on a friend level than owner/pet; considering that they were able to speak to each other with their minds probably had something to do with it. I also enjoyed how the gods and goddesses speech was entirely different than mere mortals and how formal and full of thought they seemed to give each line.

“He came out of a building called ‘Crussh,’ holding one of these potions. Are you familiar with the building, Druid?”
“I believe that is a smoothie bar in England.”
“Quite right. So after I killed him and stowed his body next to the doe, I sampled his smoothie concoction in the parking lot and found it to be quite delicious.”
See, sentences like that are why I nurture a healthy fear of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

The only issue I had was keeping up with the vast amounts of information on Celtic mythology. This wasn’t exactly an issue per say, just a personal problem I had as I’m not familiar with it at all. I felt that the author still did an awesome job at sufficiently explaining all the intricate details for those of us who, like me, are just unfamiliar.

I will definitely be reading the other books in this series; I have no doubt they’ll be just as enjoyable.

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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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