Friday, May 31, 2013

Feature Friday: Disney's Planes New Trailer #Disney

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Planes



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

#BookReview: Enchanted Hearts by Belinda Boring #ReleaseDayDiva

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Enchanted Hearts
Title: Enchanted Hearts
Series: Enchanted Series, Book 1
Author: Belinda Boring
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Description: How do you choose between mere moments and a lifetime? Aithne was raised on fairytales, spending hours daydreaming about meeting one of the elusive Fae. Little did she know, hidden in the shadows, a Fae Prince stood watching. All it took was one glance and Hadrian became enchanted, unable to stay away. Revealing his presence, Aithne's life was forever changed as her childhood fantasies of magic became a reality. With each encounter, Aithne fell deeper in love and even though she knew Hadrian couldn't offer her the future she craved, it was enough. That was until William, the local blacksmith's son and friend, stepped forward. Wearing his own heart on his sleeve, and eager to claim Aithne as his wife, there was nothing William wouldn't do for the girl he loved. Even if it meant risking it all at the Midsummer Night's festival.

Review: I am a huge fan of Belinda Boring, and this book is just another reason why. I literally read it in about six hours. I find her imagery amazing and she has a way to invoke the feelings of the characters in the reader. It's what I call fully immersive.

The story is about a love triangle between Aithne, William, and Hadrian. Aithne and William are both humans who grew up together and have been in love with each other without actually knowing it. Hadrian is a Fae Prince who is completely enthralled with Aithne. When they meet, Aithne falls instantly in love with him. He is the embodiment of her childhood fantasies. When she discovers that he is in love with her as well, she thinks her dreams have come true, that he will whisk her away to the Fae Realm to be his for all eternity. However, she soon learns that she could never live with the Fae. It's a realm of magic and only magical beings can survive there. Things only get crazier when she learns about William's affections toward her. She is torn between her childhood fantasies and a man that can give her the home and family she only just realized that she wanted. You will NOT be disappointed with this story!

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon 1 Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

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Theatrical Thursday: Dreamworks Pictures Presents Delivery Man

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

#BookExcerpt: Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet #PromoBookTours

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Title: Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet
Series:
Author: Joshua Silverman
Publisher: Enchanted Forest Press
Description: Buried beneath the Egyptian sands lies a relic from a society whose knowledge has been lost to Earth for over 5,000 years. It lies in wait for the boy who will use it to save a distant world. On that world, a slave girl who is more than she appears waits for a destiny she cannot imagine. But when an ancient foes rises from the ashes, they will be brought together by forces that neither understands. Follow Leoros, a 13 year-old boy who dreams of being like the heroes in the comic books he reads, as he fights to unlock the secrets of the universe. Go with Atlantia, a 14 year-old girl whose mysterious powers grow stronger as she discovers her destiny. When the darkness comes, do you stand and fight or do you run and hide? An enemy with the power of dark magic - A mentor assassinated - Betrayal by an ally - A fight for the future - A final sacrifice. Will you join them? Or will you join the darkness? DO YOU DARE?

Excerpt: Leoros has been waiting for hours. In that time, the old man hasn’t moved.

He sits there like a Greek statute. Leoros abruptly stands in frustration, tired of waiting.

“I can’t wait forever. No offense, but you look like you’ve been here your whole life. I didn’t come here for enlightenment; I came here to help save Thoth, to save Atlantia. That’s all that matters to me.”

The old man looks at him. “Oh, I don’t doubt that, Leoros. But you must realize that saving Thoth is meaningless, despite what matters most to you.

The only thing that truly matters is your connection with the universe and its spiritual elements. Until you can understand that, you can’t save anything.”

Leoros scowls incredulously, his brows arched in anger. He grunts in frustration, angered he’s not able to make the old man comprehend the gravity of the situation.

“You don’t understand. I was dying,” Leoros says emphatically. He pounds the marble bench with his fist for emphasis. “If I don’t stop Osiris, he’ll kill everyone. He’ll kill Atlantia.”

The old man shrugs his shoulders. “Everyone dies eventually.”

Leoros scoffs, then walks around the perimeter of the room. His eyes find twelve crystal doors surrounding him. He’s been sitting here for hours.

In that time, he never paid attention to them. Perhaps the doors have to do with what is going on here, perhaps they are the key to this whole mess. He wonders if the spirits enter the chamber through these twelve archways.

Feeling the old man’s watchful eyes on the back of his head, he approaches one of the doors. He feels the icy coolness of the crystal. It glimmers, reflecting and refracting the light and colors of the room.

He moves back, trying to get a full picture of the symbol in detail. He counts thirteen equal circles with lines from their centers extending out to another other twelve circles. Six circles are placed in a hexagonal pattern around a central circle, with six more extending out along the same radial lines. When viewed as a whole, the picture is inspiring. Leoros can’t help but feel a spiritual presence as he gets closer to the doors, as if some divinity was touching him.

An adjacent crystal door bears a striking engraving. It looks like a flower is engraved into the door. It is engraved with multiple circles overlapping one another. The center of each circle is on the circumference of the six surrounding circles of the same diameter. He swivels to face the old man.

“What do I have to do? Pick a door? Is that it? What do the symbols mean?”

“They mean whatever you want them to mean, whatever your heart tells you that they mean. That one,” the old man indicates to the first door Leoros visited, “is called Metatron’s Cube. It is a very powerful symbol if used properly.”

“And this one,” Leoros asks, pointing the door he’s standing before.

“The Flower of Life,” the old man says with a smile.

Leoros looks back to the engraving. “The flower of life,” he whispers.

Then, to the old man, he asks, “But what do they mean?”

The old man shrugs his head. “The gods made this world in balance.

Everything has an opposite. If you look closely, that pattern is embedded in everything right down to the shell of the snail crawling along the ground.”

“So how do I open the door?” Leoros asks, as he absentmindedly reaches out, touching Metatron’s Cube. The engraving lights up red. The interior of the intricate pattern is filled by a black liquid, making the pattern protrude. In a flash, the now black engraving is lit on fire, burning the crystal door.

A sudden blast of black energy rockets from the engraving, knocking Leoros back to the old man. He slams against the marble floor, the wind knocked out of him. He takes a few minutes to reassemble what happened.

One minute the engraving of Metatron’s Cube was serene and still, embedded within the crystal door. The next, it looked as if it was filled with energy. In an instant, Leoros was thrust back twenty paces. He doesn’t understand what went wrong; he is, after all, the child of the prophecy.

He should be able to open these doors.

He rolls onto his side, uses his knee as leverage. The old man looks amused.

“What’s so funny?” Leoros gripes.

“I told you that you weren’t ready. It’s not about power,” the old man laughs.

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#BookBlast: No Brainer by A.J. Lape #PromoBookTours

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Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Two weeks before junior year, Darcy hops a plane to Orlando for a little R&R with her best friend Dylan and his family. Fresh off the heels of solving three murders in Valley, you'd think she'd sit back and enjoy the vacation capital of the world…maybe if you're a noun. Darcy Walker, however, is nothing but verb.

Before her feet hit the Orlando soil, she's meddling in the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who vanished six months earlier.

With authorities still no closer to solving the case, Darcy is shanghaied by her impulsivity and runs headlong into that proverbial burning building, convinced she can bring him home.

She travels down a road that not only follows this missing child but branches off into the corrupt and sinister world of mob activity when she tampers in a case on which Dylan's detective grandfather is working.

After a near disastrous midnight meeting in a warehouse and a date with a mechanical bull, Darcy realizes she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Add the boiling flirtationship with her best friend and the appearance of his romantic rival, and she is in over her head.

Will she survive a life of flirting with death too easily? Or will her flirtationship with Dylan become the actual death of her instead?

For a girl with a habit of finding dead bodies, No Brainer gives Darcy Walker more of the same…surprising twists and turns…and running for her life.

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About Author AJ Lape
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A. J. lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two feministic daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola. She studied English, Journalism, and Political Science at Morehead State University and left the business world when her daughters were born. Her love for suspense and a good story was spawned from watching Mystery Science Theater with her sister during childhood. That and any B movie with comedic undertones they could get their hands on.

When she’s not riding that razor-thin line between creativity and insanity, she likes to read, watch too much cable TV, or cheer like a banshee at her daughters' sporting events. She’s a huge hometown sports fan and loves to watch the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds whenever she can.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

#MiniBookTour: Enchanted Hearts by Belinda Boring #ReleaseDayDiva

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Enchanted Hearts
Enchanted Hearts by Belinda Boring


How do you choose between mere moments and a lifetime?

Aithne was raised on fairytales, spending hours daydreaming about meeting one of the elusive Fae. Little did she know, hidden in the shadows, a Fae Prince stood watching. All it took was one glance and Hadrian became enchanted, unable to stay away. Revealing his presence, Aithne's life was forever changed as her childhood fantasies of magic became a reality.

With each encounter, Aithne fell deeper in love and even though she knew Hadrian couldn't offer her the future she craved, it was enough. That was until William, the local blacksmith's son and friend, stepped forward. Wearing his own heart on his sleeve, and eager to claim Aithne as his wife, there was nothing William wouldn't do for the girl he loved. Even if it meant risking it all at the Midsummer Night's festival.

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A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

#BookTour: Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman #PromoBookTours

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Leoros doesn't have many friends. The son of a scientist and archeologist, he is constantly on the move. But when his parents make a startling discovery in Egypt, Leoros' world is turned upside down.

Do you wish you could have the power of a god? Would you use it for good…or for evil?

When an archaeologist discovers the mythic Emerald Tablet buried beneath Egypt’s desert, her son decodes the ancient text leading him to a distant world.

On that world, a slave girl begins a journey towards a destiny she cannot imagine. But when an ancient foe rises from the ashes, they will be brought together by forces neither understands.

Leoros, who dreams of being like the heroes in the comic books, must fight to unlock the secrets of the universe to save a people he never knew existed.

Atlantia, whose bloody visions wake her in the night, senses the darkness coming.

Together they will face an enemy with the power of dark energy, lose a mentor to the assassin’s blade, and be betrayed by someone they trust. Their fight for the future is just beginning, and before it is over, a final sacrifice must be made. When the darkness comes, will they stand and fight or will they join it?

There is darkness in everyone.

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About Joshua Silverman
Joshua Silverman


Joshua Silverman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Orange County, California.

While attending California State University, Fullerton and studying Criminal Justice, Joshua was introduced to a creative writing class where he wrote a series of paranormal stories. As a child, he has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations.

Since working in the legal environment, he has combined his passion for creative writing with his love of ancient history by penning his debut novel, The Emerald Tablet, the first of seven in the Legends of Amun Ra series.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pregnancy is kicking my butt

I just wanted to post a quick note about what is happening with me. Since getting pregnant, I have been perpetually sick. I am sick all day every day. I am planning to call the doctor today about it since I am living on cottage cheese and crackers. Even water has me feeling horrible. Anyway, the main reason I am telling you is that I might not have a post every day for a while. Looking at the computer for long periods of time gives me massive headaches which lead to nausea. I apologize for the inconsistency, but I hope you understand.

#GuestPost: Dawnflight by Kim Headlee #ReleaseDayDiva

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Sgeulachd ni sinn na’s mò, Caledonian proverb
“Stories make us greater.”


Stories entertain us. Stories enlighten us. Stories challenge and frighten us. Stories take us places we have never been and show us people we have never known. Stories reinforce our beliefs; stories teach us to respect our neighbors’ beliefs. Stories remind us of the past, that we may be wary of the future. Stories reveal to us our familiar world in unfamiliar ways. Stories prompt us to grow and adapt and evolve.

Stories make us greater.


One of the greatest stories in the history of literature involves a man with a vision to unite his people against all who would strive to plunder and destroy their way of life. This man was blessed with staunch allies and cursed with bitter rivals. This man sought neither glory nor accolades, though he would win both through his battlefield victories. This man sought no bedchamber conquests, though no shortage of women would offer themselves to him. In the secret depths of his soul, this man sought only the one woman who could help him usher his vision for a united land into reality.

For centuries, literature has named this man Arthur.

For decades, I have named the woman Gyanhumara.

Their courage, their wisdom, their mistakes, their strength, and their love would forge the destiny of their world.

Their story makes us greater.

Dawnflight
Title: Dawnflight
Series: The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Kim Headlee
Publisher: Lucky Bat Books
Description: Gyanhumara “Gyan” nic Hymar is a Caledonian chieftainess by birth, a warrior and leader of warriors by training, and she is betrothed to Urien map Dumarec, a son of her clan’s deadliest enemy, by right of Arthur the Pendragon’s conquest of her people. For the sake of peace, Gyan is willing to sacrifice everything...perhaps even her very life, if her foreboding about Urien proves true.

Arthur map Uther is the bastard son of two worlds, Roman by his father and Brytoni by his mother. Denied hereditary rulership by the elders of Chieftainess Ygraine’s clan, Arthur has followed Uther’s path to become Dux Britanniarum, the Pendragon: supreme commander of the northern Brytoni army. The Caledonians, Scots, Saxons, and Angles keep him too busy to dwell upon his loneliness...most of the time.

When Gyan and Arthur meet, each recognize within the other their soul’s mate. The treaty has preserved Gyan’s ancient right to marry any man, providing he is a Brytoni nobleman—but Arthur does not qualify. And the ambitious Urien, Arthur’s greatest political rival, shall not be so easily denied. If Gyan and Arthur cannot prevent Urien from plunging the Caledonians and Brytons back into war, their love will be doomed to remain unfulfilled forever.

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6. May 20th Book Boyfriend Reviews
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Whipped Wednesday: Linguine Alfredo #GERD #WeightWatchers #Recipe

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Linguine Alfredo


A classic dish that has been made weight watcher friendly. I have to say that I did not make it exactly like the recipe I found, so I will give you the recipe that I actually made. The original recipe called for linguine, but didn't say if it should be flour, wheat, or something else. I decided to make it with Ronzoni Garden Delight Fettuccine (partly because I couldn't find whole wheat linguine). It was a very yummy dish. The way I made it, it was 10 PointsPlus per serving and it makes 4 servings.

Ingredients


Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
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Review: Here are the questions I ask myself after having ate something with the answers relating to this recipe. I hope no one gets offended by these, but when thinking about your GERD, these are valid concerns.

  1. Did it keep me awake at night?
  2. Did I wake up in the morning with a gas bubble or diarrhea?
  3. Was I nauseous or have an upset stomach in the morning?
  4. Did I burp it up all the next day or have heartburn?

With these answers in mind I would say that this is a pretty good GERD-Friendly Weight Watchers Recipe. I would rate it a 2 out of 5 on the "It's Gonna Kill Me" Scale.

Monday, May 20, 2013

#Giveaway: Blood and Sacrifice Giveaway Event #ReleaseDayDiva


Bronwyn left everything behind when she left with Ronan. She became what he needed her to be and forgot the rest. Too bad the past won't stay in the past.


Rider bursts back into her life uninvited, and is not the man she remembers. There is an edge to him that was not there before. Bronwyn is torn by guilt over what he has become and anger at being blamed for it.


When Ronan ended his maker’s life, he inherited a line of vampires and a whole set of problems to go along with it. Bronwyn must decide if their love is worth it, worth the killing, and the constant disruption of their lives.


Is love enough? Can Bronwyn find herself again and strike a balance between who she wants to be and who Ronan needs her to be? Or will she lose herself all over again?








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About the author:

Jessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she's down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the "someday" section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.
Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one son and hope to add to the family in the near future.
Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

#BookReview: Love and Blood by Jessica Gibson

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Love and Blood
Title: Love and Blood
Series: Blood Ties, Book 1
Author: Jessica Gibson
Publisher: Jessica Gibson
Description: Bronwyn Fitzgibbons was young and reckless. It was easy for Ronan to steal her human life and make her a vampire. She ran, but she never forgot him--or how he made her feel.

Rider saved Bronwyn from the new life she loathed and the new self she detested. His love restored her sanity.

Now Ronan is back to claim her. She struggles like hell against him, but she cannot deny the overwhelming power of her maker. Will Bronwyn surrender to the one who could possess her utterly? Or can she find the strength to choose the one who loves her as she is?

Review: I have read several books by Jessica Gibson at this point. Normally I would rate her books at least a 4 out of 5, but I really felt like I was missing a lot of information in this one. Of course, I totally forgot that while this is book one in the series, she did go back to write a prequel. Probably if I had read that one first, I might not feel the way I do about this one. I just felt like I needed more history about why Bronwyn was running from Ronan through this book and why she was with Rider. All three of them are vampires. Ronan is Bronwyn's sire. She had been completely in love with him until one day she met Rider and ran away with him. That's pretty much all you know until this story starts fifteen years later. This book is all about Bronwyn trying to decide between Rider and Ronan, two men she is completely in love with but she finds herself sharing her bed with both of them (not at the same exact time). She picks one man. She tells the other to leave, but he refuses. His constant vigilance gives her reason to believe that maybe he really does love her.

In the midst of her trying to pick one man, her friend Carly, a werewolf, ends up needing help with her own male problems. Bronwyn and Rider end up coming to the aid of a group of werewolves as the pack fights among themselves in a dominance/justice battle. This part of the story really felt like it could have been fleshed out into another book. I guess it just seemed a little out of place even if it's result is what determined the decision that Bronwyn ultimately would make.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon 1 Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

#BookBlast: Spring's Surprise by Cynthia Gail #PromoBookTours

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Sara Michaels is single again. And she’s celebrating her thirtieth birthday with a complete spa makeover and a day of boutique shopping with her two best friends. After a ten-month battle for freedom, a long weekend in Nashville, Tennessee is just what she needs to erase the memories of a broken heart.

Jack Tanner is the soon-to-be new partner at Chester & Dorsey Development Firm. Jack’s love life has been on the back burner for years as he’s built a successful career. But the moment he meets Sara, he takes a hard look at his life and his priorities.

Sara steps out of her comfort zone and spends an unforgettable weekend with Jack. She’s never felt so carefree. Until she realizes too late that three days can change everything

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Winter's Magic

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women he’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

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#BookReview: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

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Blood Bound
Title: Blood Bound
Series: Unbound Series, Book 1
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira; Original edition
Description: By blood, by word, by magic…

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special—a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her. Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma, and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over….

Review: It's been little while since I have read any of Rachel Vincent's books, and I have been sitting on this one for a while. I am so glad that I finally had the chance to read it. It. Is. Amazing. I loved Rachel Vincent's Shifter series and I can say that I am going to be itching to get the rest of this one as well. The story is about Liv and Cam. They are two very special Skilled people. Skilled people are people with a special skill that normal humans do not have, kind of like the movie Push. Both Cam and Liv are called Trackers because they have to ability to find people using either their name or their blood. The range that their skills work vary, but since they are typically hired while the person is still in their range, everything works out. Well Liv and Cam were in love, so much so that Cam thought they would someday be husband and wife. Then one day Liv walks out on him with no explanation at all.

The story takes place six years later. Cam has been keeping track of where Liv is and Liv has been trying to survive. The city they both live in is divided into three territories. One ruled by the gangster/criminal Jake Tower. Another ruled by the gangster/criminal Reuben Cavazos. The third is considered free, but you have to pay a lot of money to be able to remain unaffiliated. Liv has gotten herself mixed up with the Cavazos side of town, trying not to become someone she doesn't want to be. When Cam shows up on one of her jobs begging her to visit with an old friend, she knows that this is going to be nothing but bad news. She had no clue how bad it was really going to get.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon 1 Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

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Friday, May 17, 2013

#BookReview: Fall of Sky City #PromoBookTours

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Title: Fall of Sky City
Series: Book 1
Author: S.M. Blooding
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Description: In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time.

Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she destroyed Synn’s father, the leader of the strongest Great Families. She had no idea she’d be doubly blessed by capturing his son. However, before Synn can become her treasured weapon, before she can use him to bring the rest of the world to its knees, she must break him and bind his soul to hers.

She does her job with brutal brilliance. Synn’s mind is broken and his soul is seared to hers in an unbreakable bond.

That doesn’t stop him from wanting to be free. She may have broken his mind and claimed his soul, but he will find a way to destroy her.

Experience a world of ships that sail the clouds and cites buried beneath the ocean, and survive the fiery battle brought forth by those who control the forces of nature!

Review: I haven't read too many steam punk stories, but the description of this one really sparked my interest. I was not disappointed either. This is an amazing book! I don't know if it qualifies as YA, but a mature young teenager (perhaps 12 years old) could read this. I think that it would help foster a bigger imagination if they did. My only complaint is that there's going to be a second book that I now have to wait for.

The story is about Synn El'Asim. He has been groomed his entire like to become captain of an airship. He lives with his father on the ship he will someday rule, but his siblings live with their mother on a lethara city. This is because he is a product of two of the Great Families. His father is the ruler of the El'Asim and his mother is the ruler of the Ino. I would say it's easiest to understand if you think of them as tribes. They made created an alliance that resulted in their having kids. Synn's mother kept the ones that she thought would bear the mark of the Ino tribe. His father has Synn and one sister that were thought to have the mark of the El'Asim. Think of marks as hidden magic within their bodies that show up as something similar to a tattoo when they are ready for their powers. Some kids develop marks early in life and others, like Synn, develop very late. When they have their mark, they are able to control some element. Synn's father controlled lightning, while his mother controlled fire. Synn was the last child to develop his mark which you get to read all about. You will see how he has to learn to use it and live with it because his mark is one of the most powerful anyone has seen. They know this simply by how much of his body it covers which is nearly his entire body.

The entire story has elements that I can describe to you, but that really won't make sense out of context. The plot though is that Synn is captured by the ruling class and turned into Queen Nix's plaything. There are four queens, based on the tarot deck. Nix is determined to break his spirit so that he can be completely under her control. She intends to turn him into a weapon to control the world. Synn has other things in mind. You will be shocked what he has to go through to attempt to gain his freedom. You will question whether he will ever be truly free. Will Synn ever be able to be interested in women after the things he has gone through? Will Queen Nix destroy all the Great Families in order to keep her toy? Some questions will not be answered in this book, but you might have a general idea of where they are heading once you finish it. Again, this is an AMAZING story.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon 1 Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

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