Part of the Christmas in July, in December Challenge (hosted by Wall-to-wall Books) is to have a giveaway for a Christmas book. I decided to giveaway the below books. They are all used copies and you can see that the top two have some creasing, but other than that they are in good condition.
Caitlyn, a telepath, lives in a world where all paranormal talents are illegal. She is on the run from government ParaTroopers. When Caitlyn falls for Alex, a Normal, and discovers dangerous renegade Paranormals, she must choose between staying in hiding to protect herself or taking a stand to save the world
I read Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (see my review here) and loved it so I can't wait to get my hands on Hunted! Based on the cover alone you know it will be a gripping tale!
Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...
I am a big fan of Maria V. Snyder so I'm looking foward to this one!! I have it preordered and I'm hoping **fingers crossed** to get it soon!
There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
I saw this book onBuried in Booksblog. I'm not usually into historical or steampunk books, but this book sounds interesting. It is also based in Philadelphia which is a bonus for me since I live in Pennsylvania! Is it July yet?!
My first 2012 challenge is a Rainbow Book Cover Challenge. I know a lot of people have done this one as a monthly challenge but I don’t read enough books for that so I’m going to do it over a year. Link up and grab my button if you would like to join me.
This is a ‘create your own’ challenge. You can decide which colors to include in your challenge, here are some ideas to get you started…
Red, magenta, pink, orange, peach, yellow, green, aqua, teal, blue, indigo, violet, white, and black
Some may be difficult, but I’m going to try for all of them.
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Tiffany over at Fantasy Reads is hosting a 52 book challenge for 2012. I’m participating but I’m going to tweak this challenge a little. I want 26 to 35 of those books to be ones I currently own…well ones that I own as of the end of 2011 since I’m getting some books for Christmas! This challenge could be tough with my twist!
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And last but not least, I want to do a Series Finisher Challenge. I started a lot of series in 2011 so I would like to finish 10 of those. Some of them only have two or three books released (so far) in the series so my goal is to be current with them. Here is a list of already released books that I’m thinking of reading for the challenge (I already own the bolded books), but the list may change if I decide to work on other series…
A Stroke of Magic (Magic #2) by Tracy Madison
A Breath of Magic (Magic #3) by Tracy Madison
By Magic Alone (Magic #4) by Tracy Madison
Dark and Hollow Places (Forest of Hands & Teeth #3) by Carrie Ryan
Caressed by Night (Rules of Darkness #2) by Amanda J. Greene
Werewolves Rule (Rule #2) by K.C. Blake
Outside In (Inside #2) by Maria V. Snyder
The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors #3) by Ashlyn Chase
Desires of the Dead (Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting
The Last Echo (Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting
My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers #3) by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) by Rachel Vincent
If I Die (Soul Screamers #) by Rachel Vincent
Bad Behavior (CONduct Series #2) by Jennifer Lane
Siren Song (Blood Singer #2) by Cat Adams
Demon Song (Blood Singer #3) by Cat Adams
Claimed (Blood Lust #2/Preternaturals #1) by Zoe Winters
Mated (Blood Lust #3/Preternaturals #1) by Zoe Winters
Save My Soul (Preternaturals #2) by Zoe Winters
Betrayal (Haunting Emma #2) by Lee Nichols
Surrender (Haunting Emma #3) by Lee Nichols
My Favorite Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy #2) by Annette Blair
The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Accidental Witch Trilogy #3) by Annette Blair
Chick with a Charm (Babes on Brooms #2) by Vicki Lewis Thompson
I was very ambitious with my challenges this year. Here’s how I managed with each of them.
A-Z Title Challenge– The challenge was to read books that started with every letter of the alphabet. I did great with this in the first half of the year but dropped the ball in the second half.
Challenge = Incomplete
A – Awakened (House of Night #8) by P.C. Cast
B – By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
C – Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs
D – The Dead Girls’ Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine
E – Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel
F – Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate
G – Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine
H – How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1) by Molly Harper
I – Inside Out (Inside Out #1) by Maria V. Snyder
K – The Kitchen Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy #1) by Annette Blair
L – Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon
M – Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
N – Nocturne by Syrie James
P – Portal (Portal Chronicles #1) by Imogen Rose
R – Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
S – Strange Neighbors (Strange Neighbors #1) by Ashlyn Chase
T – The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
V – Vampires Rule (Rule #1) by K.C. Blake
W – The Werewolf Upstairs (Strange Neighbors #2) by Ashlyn Chase
New to You Series Challenge – The challenge was to start 10 new series. I ended up crushing this challenge and started 27 new series.
Challenge = Complete
1. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs
2. Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate
3. Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine
4. Portal (Portal Chronicles #1) by Imogen Rose
5. Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel
6. Inside Out (Inside Out #1) by Maria V. Snyder
7. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks
8. The Werewolf Upstairs (Strange Neighbors #2) by Ashlyn Chase
9. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1) by Molly Harper
10. The Kitchen Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy #1) by Annette Blair
11. The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting
12. A Taste of Magic (Magic #1) by Tracy Madison
13. Witches of Santa Anna
14. Caressed By Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1) by Amanda J. Greene
15. Kept (Blood Lust #1) by Zoe Winters Novella
16. Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
17. Vampires Rule (Rule #1) by K.C. Blake
18. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan
19. My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent
20. Blood Song (Blood Singer #1) by Cat Adams
21. Darkness & Light (Holloway Pack #1) by J.A. Belfield
22. Blood Drive by Traci Houston
23. Deception (Haunting Emma 1) by Lee Nichols
24. Blonde With a Wand (Babes on Brooms 1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson
25. Bound By Blood (The Garner Witch #1) by PA Lupton
26. Therian (The Bloody Crescent #1) by Roxanne Kade
27. With Good Behavior (The CONduct Series #1) by Jennifer Lane
That is a lot of unfinished series, so I’m sure you can guess what one of my 2012 challenges will be!
New to You Author Challenge – The challenge was to read books by 25 authors that I’ve never read before. I hit this one out of the park by reading 50 new authors.
Challenge = Complete
1. Patricia Briggs
2. Lauren Kate
3. Rachel Caine
4. Julie Anne Peters
5. Imogen Rose
6. Alyson Noel
7. Claire Cook
8. Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
9. Syrie James
10. Rosy Thornton
11. Kerrelyn Sparks
12. Ashlyn Chase
13. Molly Harper
14. Annette Blair
15. Heather Davis
16. Kimberly Derting
17. Dave Conifer
18. Vicki Lewis Thompson
19. Toni Leland
20. Samantha Jillian Bayarr
21. Tracy Madison
22. Laura Barnholdt
23. Amanda J. Greene
24. Samantha Sotto
25. Zoe Winters
26. Karen Marie Moning
27. K.C. Blake
28. Carrie Ryan
29. T. Lynne Tolles
30. Patti Berg
31. Donna Alward
32. Traci Houston
33. Jennifer Echoles
34. Patricia McCormick
36. Cat Adams
37. Ashley Lynn Willis
38. Teresa Medeiros
39. Cheryl Rainfield
40. Rachel Vincent
41. Paige Toon
42. Lee Nichols
43. Heather Helper
44. Janet Evanovich
45. Jennifer Lane
46. Roxanne Kade
47. PA Lupton
48. Linda Cunningham
49. Sabrina James
50. Robin McKinley
Overall 2011 Book Challenge – This one is a little tricky, I originally challenged myself to read 83 books in 2011. At around book #40 I realized this wasn’t going to happen so I adjusted my challenge to 50 books.
Challege = Readjusted & completed
1. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs
2. Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs
3. Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate
4. Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine
5. The Dead Girls’ Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine
6. By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
7. Portal (Portal Chronicles #1) by Imogen Rose
8. Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel
9. Inside Out (Inside Out #1) by Maria V. Snyder
10. Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
11. Awakened (House of Night #8) by P.C. Cast
12. Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
13. Nocturne by Syrie James
14. The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
15. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake #1) by Kerrelyn Sparks
16. The Werewolf Upstairs (Strange Neighbors #2) by Ashlyn Chase
17. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1) by Molly Harper
18. The First Patient by Michael Palmer
19. The Kitchen Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy #1) by Annette Blair
20. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
21. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
22. Strange Neighbors (Strange Neighbors #1) by Ashlyn Chase
23. The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #2)by Molly Harper
24. Wrecker by Dave Conifer
25. A Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson
26. Deadly Heritage by Toni Leland
27. The Apothecary by Samantha Jillian Bayarr
28. A Taste of Magic (Magic #1) by Tracy Madison
29. Witches of Santa Anna Novella Series by Laura Barnholdt (there are 9 novellas but they are quite short so I'm counting them as one book towards my goal)
30. Caressed By Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1) by Amanda J. Greene
31. Kept (Blood Lust #1) by Zoe Winters Novella
32. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
33. Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning
34. Vampires Rule (Rule #1) by K.C. Blake
35. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan
36. Somber Island by T. Lynne Tolles
37. Wife for a Day by Patti Berg
38. Soulless by Gail Carriger
39. Honeymoon with the Rancher by Donna Alward
40. Blood Drive By Traci Houston
41. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echoles
42. Blood Song by Cat Adams
43. Cut by Patricia McCormick
44. Darkness & Light by J.A. Belfield
45. Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon
46. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
47. Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
48. The Dead Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #2) by Carrie Ryan
49. The Calling by Ashley Lynn Willis
50. My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent
51. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper
52. Deception (Haunting Emma 1) by Lee Nichols
53. Blonde With a Wand (Babes on Brooms 1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson
54. Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich
55. Bound By Blood (The Garner Witch #1) by PA Lupton
56. Therian (The Bloody Crescent #1) by Roxanne Kade
57. With Good Behavior (the CONduct heroes #1) by Jennifer Lane 58. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
59. Small Town Girl by Linda Cunningham
60. Secret Santa by Sabrina James
61. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (this one is a reread)
When Lauren Smith begrudgingly returns to the small Vermont town where she grew up to arrange for the sale of her late grandmother's old farmhouse, she has everything she's always worked for. Lauren drives a Mercedes. She's engaged to one of the most powerful businessmen in the country and wears a three carat diamond ring to prove it. She lives in a penthouse on Central Park West. Yes, Lauren has everything she considers important. She is smugly prepared for any eventuality in dealing with these country people so Lauren isn't surprised when the hot water isn't working at the old house. No problem. She simply looks in the phone book and calls the local plumber.
The moment Caleb Cochran steps through the old screen door to fix the hot water, the glittery facade that masquerades as Lauren's life begins to crumble around her. Though she tries hard to deny their mutual, magnetic attraction, Lauren is finally forced to reevaluate her focus and come face to face with her true self. “Small Town Girl” is a story of emotional maturation and the recognition and triumph of true love even in the face of repeated denial and awkward timing.
The book summary is a good description of the book. Lauren is very vocal about being ashamed of her hippy parents. Because of that she has always dreamed of a future in the city and full of glitz and glam. Her fiancé has given her all of this. She thinks she has the perfect life and fights for that life even when faced with her past...and the yummy Caleb. Which path will Lauren choose? And will she regret it?
Caleb is a small town boy and proud of it. Although he is instantaly attracted to Lauren he doesn't appreciate the way she puts down his lifestyle. Sparks fly between the two but will it go any further than that? There's also the not so small issue of the flashy diamond on her finger.
I was into the story and found myself wanting yell at some of the characters and shake some sense into them! This was an easyand fun read and I enjoyed it.
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Noell, a hopeless romantic, just knows that her gifts have to be from her senior crush! And geeky Froggy thinks the game is the perfect way to get super-popular Celia to fall for him...except she thinks his gifts are from Jake, the school's resident bad boy, and starts to crush on him! Romantic mishaps abound, but all is revealed the night of the Winter Dance, where there's more than one surprise waiting under the mistletoe.
I was on the hunt for Christmas reads at my local used book store and came across Secret Santa. I was interest by the title and cover alone. I know, I know, don't judge a book by it's cover...but it really is cute, haha. The back of the book doesn't include a description, only this...
But that didn't stop me, I scooped the book right up without reading any description. It turns out this is a Young Adult Christmas book which is not what I was expecting. I've never read a YA christmas novel but I have to say, I did enjoy this one. It is a light and fun read and it gave me some of the warm and fuzzies that you would expect from a holiday read.
Secret Santa is about a high school that decides to have the entire student body participate in a secret santa exchange. Well, as you can guess, that creates quite a bit of drama among the high schoolers. Many of them see it as a chance to express their feelings to those special crushes. As the back cover suggests it's a tangled web of gift giving. So many emotions are also caught in that web.
Will feelings be hurt, or are there holiday kisses in the future?
In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.
Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.
Bad Behavior (The CONduct Series #2)
Grant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and doing everything possible to keep his loved ones safe. With the cruising season coming to an end, he has to find another job soon or he’ll rejoin his father in prison. And he’s trying to convince his rebellious teenage nephew to stay away from their criminal relatives (you can imagine how that’s going). But worst of all, Grant’s parole officer has mandated that he attend therapy.
The only saving grace is that they’re couples sessions with his girlfriend, Sophie Taylor, a fellow parolee who’s struggling with a few issues of her own. Sophie desperately hopes her past with Grant’s brother won’t destroy her future with him. There’s a sleazy professor at work who revels in sexually harassing women in the psychology department. And her father still hates Grant.
Their psychologist has his work cut out for him.
When Grant’s ruthless father hints at a plot to get out of prison, Grant must use everything he’s learned in therapy and beyond to try to stop him. It’s a race against time -- and a race to rescue Sophie from the Mafia’s clutches once again. But this time McSailor and Bonnie refuse to play victims. This time the cuffs are coming off.
MY REVIEW OF WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR
With Good Behavior is a book about fate and romance, misfortune and the mafia. It's about two good people who get into bad situations and end up in prison. Once released they have to make the best of the hand they were dealt but it won't be easy. They cross paths but will their chance meeting bring these two together? Can two ex-cons stay out of prison long enough to restart their lives?
I enjoyed reading this book. One aspect that stood out to me is the deep connections between a lot of the characters. The relationships feel deep and real. There are touching moments, fun banter, and some action.
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I participated in Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) again in November. What's RAK you say? Well, RAK is Book Soulmates brain child. The idea of RAK is to pay it forward by randomly sending people books/ebooks from their wishlists.
There hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.
I have mixed feelings about Sunshine so I’m going to try to decipher my thoughts as much as possible without spoiling anything.
I’ll start by saying that the story line is very interesting. Sunshine is a baker at Charlie’s and is known for her creative inventions. She lives in a world where Others aka supernatural half-bloods and full bloods are acknowledged but not very welcome. Dark Others (vampires) are all evil and everyone knows that if you’re caught by the Dark Others you DO NOT come back. When Sunshine needs a few peaceful minutes she decides to drive out to the lake. She thinks she is safe, but boy is she wrong.
I like Sunshine’s character and the baking aspect was a fun addition. I also like that the author painted the vampires in a bad light. They are scary, evil, and very much unnatural ‘beings’…I like it!
Now on to some of the nitpicking. The author gives us a lot of background on how things came to be with the Others which is good, but the information was given at a bad time. There are a couple places where you know something is about to happen and then all of a sudden you’re getting the background information. In my mind, I was ready for that action to happen and I ended up glossing over the background information because I was already thinking about the coming scenes.
Sunshine is a stand-alone book but it leaves some unanswered questions. It almost feels like there should be another book. It doesn’t end on a cliff hanger but I like my endings to be tied up a little more.
Don’t let my nitpicking stop you from reading this book. I did enjoy more aspects then I mentioned, I just cannot list them without spoiling the book.