Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top Cuddles of 2012 Giveaway Hop

In honor of our favorite reads of 2012, the fabulous team at Cuddlebuggery is hosting the Top Cuddles of 2012 giveaway hop. I think I broke up with more books this year than I did last year, but there were some gems I managed to dig up and I'm here to give you the chance to win them.

The giveaway is international to any country The Book Depository ships to. If the winner is from the US, the prize will be shipped from Amazon. There will be one winner for each book. You must be thirteen or older. Make sure to check the linky below and visit all the fantastic blogs participating in the hop. Good luck!

My top two favorite reads of the year are Angelfall by Susan Ee and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Recommendation...Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My thoughts~ Assassin nuns? What? Well let me tell you, these are not your grandma's nuns. These are knife wielding, warrior nuns that serve Death himself.

Hands down my favorite book of the year. Seriously, if you have not read Grave Mercy stop whatever you are doing and get your grubby little mitts on this book. See someone reading it? Grab it and run like the wind. Then lock yourself away and do not emerge till you have finished. (Okay, do not really steal it from an unsuspecting reader. They would probably hunt you down and chew off one of your limbs.)

But seriously, I fear I cannot bring justice to this book. Robin LaFevers is extremely talented.. Her writing is superb and every character makes and impact. Ismae is smart, strong, independent and extremely likable. It was very refreshing reading a character that empowers woman like Ismae does. She puts her work above herself and does not compromise things by running off after some guy and putting the whole mission in jeopardy. There are times when issues are set before Ismae that cause her to question things, but she stays the course and does not act with out reason.

And oh how I love Duval, let me count the ways. There is romance and Duval is one of the yummiest I've read this year. (I have to admit something though. I may be partial to Duval because he is one of the few male leads I've read that is not a teenager. So I didn't feel all cougarish for liking him as much as I did. Okay, TMI...moving on.) I'd say the romance is perfectly balanced with the plot. It is never shoved down our throat, but is present enough to keep things interesting.

Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or not, this story is a must read. It is based on an actual historical event with a flare of fantasy weaved throughout. From the plot to the setting this intriguing story makes an impact.I received Grave Mercy from Net Galley last spring and did not read it till now. I loved it so much I bought the hard back, put it on my favorites shelf and bought a copy for friend.

Robin stated on her blog that she spent seven years working on this story. Her dedication and perseverance shows on every page. Grave Mercy is book one in His Fair Assassin trilogy, but stands alone as a complete story. Book two follows along the same time line but we will get to follow Sybella, Ismae's sister nun and friend.

One of my favorite lines~
The thinly veiled venom of her false concern still bubbles through me, as vicious as any poison.
~location 2043

Monday, December 17, 2012

Cover Reveal...The Dracian Legacy

I am very excited to be a part of Priya Kanaparti's cover reveal for her upcoming release, Dracian Legacy. It is YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance, all my favorite things, and book one in the trilogy. Check it out, it sounds like it will be a great read and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. It will be available Feb. 14th. You can enter to win a free e-book of Dracian Legacy, The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout or The Significance Series by Shelly Crane, the stories that inspired The Dracian Legacy, below.


Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.
Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.
Things prove to be difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by forces that are beyond her control, including the leader of the Telalians.
With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.

Isn't it beautiful? Of course it is. The designer for the cover is: Regina Wamba at

Priya Kanaparti was born in India, grew up in Detroit, and is now living in Boise, ID. She attended Wayne State University for her undergrad degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology, and University of Phoenix for her Masters in Business Administration. Priya works as a project manager in software field during the day and lives in the world of her characters during the nights and weekends. She had found the love for reading and writing early this year, when she stayed home with her year old and needed something to occupy those 'downtime' hours.
She loves playing tennis on a good summer day and chess during the cold winters, but reading and writing has become a year round hobby.
She lives in Boise with her husband, son and a Yorkie. Dracian Legacy is her debut novel.

Priya can be found all over the web~

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Friday, December 14, 2012

(Mini) Movie Review...The Hobbit

Oh Mr. Tolkien how I love you.

I must tell the truth, I did not like reading The Hobbit. But before you drag out the tar and feathers hear me out. I think Tolkien is the king of fantasy. I love every story he has created. Just not on paper.

This movie is superb. The cinematography is breath taking. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan this movie is a must. We all know LOTR is fantasy but The Hobbit takes it to a new level. It just seems more magical. There are no humans, we get to see several new creatures and a few of our old favorites are sprinkled through out.

Some might say it could be a tad shorter, but I was fully immersed into the story and drank up every second of it. I think the best way to explain it is this. You know how you see movies in the theater, then you see the extended version on DVD with all the extra scenes built right in? Well that is what The Hobbit is like. All the extra, really cool scenes are right there for us in the theater to enlighten and richen the experience.

So grab the kiddies, con the parents or just go by yourself if you have to. The Hobbit is defiantly worth the price of admission. I am going to see it again.

Friday, December 7, 2012

My Name Is Kriston, and I Judge Books By Their Cover

I admit it, I am easily influence by clever advertising, snappy tag lines and visually appealing book covers. Now I'm not all shallow, I do picks books based on intriguing summers and recommendations, but sometimes I just plain buy a book because I love the covers and want them on my shelf.

Here are a few of the books that I have bought strictly based on the cover alone.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordian. So of course I read all the Percy Jackson books and was kind of tired of them by the end. But when I saw the mechanical dragon with three new demigods I was interested.

What appealed to me the most? The colors. I love the teal.

Did it live up to the cover love? Yes. But this book alone. I loved the new demigods and new story line. So what a huge disappointment it was for book two, to be about Percy. What? His story is over. Lets give the new kids a chance. But no such luck. I recently broke up with The Mark of Athena. There are just to many characters to care about now. We have the old ones, minus Grover, and now five new ones. And where's Jason's point of view? I get all hooked on new characters just to have them over shadowed by the same ol Percy.

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr. What appealed to me the most? The creepy cabin in the woods and the mysterious girl in the puffy dress.

Did it live up to the cover love? Yes and no. The writing is of course is beautiful. But, this book is an anthology of previous published short stories by Melissa Marr that they rounded up and stuck in one book. There are a couple original works, but a good portion are related to the Wicked Lovely series.

Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins. I do not know why this cover appealed to me, but it did. I use to visit my beloved Borders every single week and I was always drawn to this book.

Did it live up to the cover love? Not at all. I did not like Mocking Jay one bit. I found it depressing and the characters unrecognizable. But I am very thankful for Mocking Jay. Because when I bought it I bought the whole series and without it I would not have read The Hunger Games, which happens to be one of my all time favorite reads.

I have three more to share, but I fear one of them may also make it into a Book Break Up post. I have my fingers crossed that we can work things out.

Please tell me I am not the only person that has done this? Are there any books on your shelf that you bought just because of the cover? I would love to hear about them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Blast...The Immortal Circus

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you a show unlike any you've seen before.

Within the walls of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, you'll be amazed by acts of tragic romance, seductive magic, and maybe even a little murder.

After all, loves, nothing is what it seems under this big top. Not even your innocent little heroine, Vivienne.

Released every two weeks through the Kindle Serials program, we'll be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, right up to the breathtaking conclusion that will have you begging for more. But don't worry, loves—you'll delight in the anticipation.

I personally guarantee it.

Follow our spectacle across four blogs representing the two Faerie Courts. There will be exclusive interviews and artwork, backstage reviews and more from the author, A.R. Kahler—and trust me when I say, he knows the circus well. Pick a side, promote the show, and compete for your chance to win a spectacular prize of circus goods.

And my eternal love, of course.

Trust me when I say, when the final curtain falls, no one and no thing will ever be the same. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The show's just beginning.

Are you ready to run away forever?


Ringleader, Fashionista, and Queen of the Winter Court

Choose Your Court...



Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can't quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

The show's just beginning.


About A.R. Kahler

Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus. Alex didn't just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

In the past six years he's toured and trained across America and Europe. He's performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He's constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He's a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS is his first New Adult novel, and is being released exclusively through the Amazon Kindle e-Serials program by 47North. It will be available in print and audio when the episodes are complete.

MARTYR the first book in his post-apocalyptic fantasy, will be published by Spencer Hill Press in October 2014

Find him: TWITTER as @ARKahler, TWITTER as @ImmortalCircus, WEBSITE

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway...There Comes A Prophet

Welcome to the There Come A Prophet blog tour, hosted by CBB Book Promotions. I am super excited to be kicking it off today with Read, Write, Sleep, Eat! After you leave here head over there to read the guest post. Also, make sure you enter the giveaway below and check out the list of all the amazing blogs on the tour.

Book Blurb~
Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?
A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.
Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.
If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:
“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”
My thoughts~ I will be the first to admit I always want to classify books and stick them in specific categories. I must say that is a little difficult with this book because it covers such a broad range of interests, but I will help narrow it down. There Comes A Prophet is a little fantasy, sci-fi with a dash of dystopian thrown in. David Litwack  seamlessly weaves the three genera's together to create an intriguing and entertaining story.

When I started reading I really had know idea what direction it was going to take, but the unique world instantly grabbed me and lured me in. I really enjoyed reading the tale of these three life long friends and lengths they go to keeping each other safe.  It quickly moves into the meat of the plot and clips along and a good pace.

As far as the writing goes David Litwack gives some of the best examples of "showing" I've read. We are rarely, if ever, "told" how something looks or how someone feels. The rich descriptions are full of detail that gives clear images of every person and scene.

I recommend the read.

Author Bio:

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. There Comes a Prophet is his first novel in this new stage of life.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Twitter: @DavidLitwack
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Make sure to visit all the fabulous blogs in the tour for more chances to win!

Words Escape Me - Review
Read, Write, Sleep, Eat! - Review and Guest Post



Fiction Fervor - Review


Comfort Books - Interview
 Ensconced in YA - Review and Interview

Supernatural Snark - Excerpt



Jean Book Nerd - Review and Guest Post 

The Book Babe - Top Ten Songs 
Nawanda Files - Interview 

Steampunkery and Book Reviews - Review and Teaser Quotes



Indie Book Blog - Guest Post

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