Thursday, July 24, 2014

Covers At Random – Middle Grade Zombie

I don’t read Middle Grade books very often but I do plan to read all of the below books because…zombie animals!! Enough said.

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Series
By Mo O’hara

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish #1 Summary:

When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a batter and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers…and he’s out for revenge!

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Series on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Mo O’Hara’s Website

My Zombie Hamster
By Havelock McCreely

Matt Hunter and his buddies are looking forward to Christmas—actually, they’re looking forward to receiving the latest sword-and-fantasy video game. But Matt’s parents have other thoughts—they give him a fluffy little mammal, a hamster called Snuffles, for the holiday. And his grandmother makes it worse by giving him a hamster cage and wheel. Bu the hamster isn’t all that cute—at least not after part of its cheek and belly fall right off—without bothering it a bit! And why is it staring at Matt with black beady eyes and a lean and hungry look?

Say hello to Anti-Snuffles, the zombie hamster! Or better yet, run!

My Zombie Hamster on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

I don’t think this last cover is quiiiiiite as cute as the others but it deserves an honorable mention.

Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist at Your Service
By Daisy Whitney

Ten-year-old Ben Fox has good friends, a great dog, and a lightning-fast little sister who drives him a bit batty. The only thing in the fifth grader’s life that’s truly annoying—well, besides having to wear braces on his feet every day—is the family’s wily Siamese cat, Percy. Ben has always suspected something was off about Percy, who has never shown him or his beloved dog, Captain Sparkles, much affection. But now he’s sure something is off—Percy has raised an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard and they’re ready to take on the dog. It’ll be up to Ben to figure out how to stop the dastardly cat before the dog falls prey to the feline’s nefarious plans, especially since Percy and his newly reanimated squirrel friends are gunning for nothing less than a full-scale Animal Zombie Apocalypse—when all the dogs start to behave like cats. If only Ben could enlist his mom’s help in the undead animal war. But his mom is petrified of things that go bump in the night, so Ben’s only hope is to team up with his little sister. The battle won’t be easy though, because squirrel zombies are the most dangerous of all…

Ben Fox: Squirrel Zombie Specialist at Your Service on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Daisy Whitney's website

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July Giveaway HOP

It's Giveaway Time!!

I'm in the middle of a book purge (*Gasp* It's shocking, I know) so this giveaway has come at the perfect time. ONE winner in the US will win the below used books. I apologize but this giveaway has to be US only due to shipping prices.

Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway
Happy Holidays by Janet Daily
Let's be Jolly by Janet Daily
To Santa With Love by Janet Daily
Christmas at Timberwoods by Fern Michaels
Making Spirits Bright by Fern Michaels
The Dangers of Mistletoe by Theresa Alan
A Gift to Last by Debbie Macomber
Fairy Tale Weddings by Debbie Macomber
Small Town Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Christmas Wishes by Debbie Macomber
A Season of Angels by Debbie Macomber

Fill out the form to enter
Entries must be received by July 31st (11:59pm EST)
Giveaway is open to US residents only

Please note that these are used books and are not all in perfect condition. 
The box of books will be mailed via Media Mail. I haven't had any problems with media mail previously so I'm not worried. On the off chance that the books are lost in the mail I will not be able to replace them.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fan Art Up: Book Covers

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Fan Art Up! is a weekly feature hosted by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read. It is dedicated to showcasing our Fan Art inspired by entertainment media, whether it’s Books, Movies, Anime, Comics, etc. Or just random doodles you created not inspired by anything! Break out those dusty art supplies!

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Up until a week(ish) ago, it had been years since I picked up a pencil for anything other than writing. After seeing all of Tabitha's awesome fan art I decided to give it a go. All I ask is that you don't inspect them too closely (lol) as they're far from perfect.

I tweeted the first picture last week so if it seems familiar that's why. The second is new.  

How about you, do you have any fan art or random doodles?

If you do you can join the fun too! Check out Tabitha's post for this week here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day

The Black Hour
By Lori Rader-Day

Series: Standalone
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Seventh Street Books

**I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**

Goodreads Summary:

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmett, violence was a research topic—until a student she’d never met shot her.

He also shot himself. Now he’s dead and she’s back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can’t let go: Why?

All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She’s thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex—whom she may or may not still love—has moved on.

Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago’s violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother’s death, and his father’s disapproval. Assigned as Amelia’s teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can’t do. And meanwhile, he’s hoping she’ll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet.

Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathan stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.


The Black Hour on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Lori Raider-Day’s website

My Thoughts:

This book was rough for me and so was writing this review. I can’t even tell you how many (much longer) versions of this ran through my head. Maybe it was me ‘getting my hopes up’ or ‘having my expectations too high’ that got me into trouble. Either way, The Black Hour was…okay. Just okay.

I wanted it to dig more into sociology and the sociology of violence. I wanted the characters to have the more drive to find out whether or not the shooting was random. If it wasn’t a random shooting, I wanted the suspense of a good mystery. I wanted to love the characters…or hate them…something. Instead I’m left feeling very little towards any of them and overall a little disappointed towards the book itself.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, just because I didn’t get what I wanted from this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 5

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Hereditary by J.A. Belfield

By J.A. Belfield

Series: Holloway Pack Short Story
Release Date: August 13th 2014

Hereditary will be a free short story. It can also be read independently of the series.


The trouble with one-night stands: you never know who—or what—you’re sleeping with.

Being a parent isn’t an easy ride. Even more so for single mum Shelley Lewis.

When her thirteen year old son’s hormones kick in, she’s faced with his immense growth, insane sweat, and ridiculous hairiness, not to mention all the normal teenage issues.

Discovering her only son isn’t human on top of those is the shock of a lifetime, and Shelley knows she’s the only one to blame.

It may be too late to save her son from her mistakes, but she can still try to save Gabe from himself.

For fans of J.A. Belfield’s Holloway Pack series, Hereditary is a look back at the origins for characters met in Resonance.


J.A. BelfieldBest known for her Holloway Pack Stories, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Covers At Random – Red Queen and Perfected

Red Queen
By Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.

Except…her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility the king forcers her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard – the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Red Queen on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Victoria Aveyard’s website

By Kate Jarvik Birch

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

Perfection on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Kate Jarvik Birch’s website

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

I'm excited to be able to share the cover for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN today!

A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW!


In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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