Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Cover Scramble [165]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fandom Mashups [11]




Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.

WEREWOLVES! You've stumbled across an actual pack of werewolves. Unsure if they're friendly or deadly, you decide to investigate. Who you gonna call - to check it out with you?

1) Mercy Thompson - Mercy Thompson Series

Mercy the mechanic that shifts into a coyote would be the perfect person to help wrangle werewolves. I know it may not seem like it makes sense, but she wrangled herself an Alpha for a mate so she can get them in line. She also won her right to be his mate through challenges from other pack members. She has a way of knowing what their body language is saying, but isn't strictly tied to their rules.

2) Kate Daniels - Kate Daniels Series

Kate is much the same as above in the sense of wrangling an Alpha (while not a werewolf, still a shapeshifter). She also had to win challenges from other shifters in order to prove her rank. Believe me, she's got this.

3) Rachel Morgan - The Hollows

Rachel is well-versed with handling all supernatural creatures. As a witch, she still somehow managed to become an Alpha in a pack (in order to get cheaper insurance) and she's had to fight challenges in order to keep that right as well. Seems like a bit of a trend between these badass heroines.

4) Scarlet Benoit - The Lunar Chronicles

Just another girl that's capable of catching her an Alpha and becoming an Alpha herself. And she has the added juice of getting an alien wolf.

5) Lysandra - Throne of Glass

It's a girl's week apparently! Lysandra from the Throne of Glass series can handle any shifter thrown her way. I don't want to spoil too much here, but this girl can put the smack down on anyone that gets out of hand.

Who would be on your dream team this week?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) by Gena Showalter


Published: September 29, 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Goodreads Summary

The battle rages on.

Ali Bell and Cole Holland’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat’s death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn’t through revenge, but letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.


"The color drains from her cheeks, but she raises her chin. A defense mechanism. Good. Words can be weapons. Mine are arrows, and they just struck their intended target."


*please be aware of spoilers from previous books

The Good


As a huge fan of The White Rabbit Chronicles, I couldn't pass this one up. It's a spin-off, told from alternating POV's of Frosty and Milla. Since Milla is part of the reason that Kat, my absolute favorite character from the series, is dead...let's just say that I didn't go into this as the biggest fan of her's.

My absolute favorite part of this story is the fact that all the old characters that I love are still here. Including Kat, since she's a witness now. Witnesses are like angel ghosts that can visit and send messages and help from beyond.

It was a lot like reading one of the others. There is a big bad that they are up against along with some zombies. Different powers make themselves known and the plot ramps up when some of their regular powers no longer work. It was great to see the groups working together to get the situation solved. Showalter hasn't been afraid of killing off characters, and I love that the action has that kind of significance.

There were some new developments in Mad Zombie Party, so even though it was a spin-off, this ended up being a better conclusion for the series as a whole. We got more information that I enjoyed having to wrap things up with these characters.

The Bad


The only bad spot in this book is that Ali's character is quite sassy and fun, as well as able to make fun of herself in her own thoughts. While it was interesting to get in Frosty's and Milla's mind, I missed the character that I had gotten so close to with the rest of the stories.

The Romance


Since Milla was instrumental in the circumstances that resulted in Kat's death, Frosty and most of the others understandably hated her. Showalter had a difficult job of showing us not only her vulnerable side, but also why she should be forgiven. It was a fine dance to make the romance that blossomed between Milla and Frosty believable, but she did a wonderful job with it.

Conclusion


If you are a fan of The White Rabbit Chronicles, you should absolutely pick this up. Of course, I would not read it unless you have read the series because I don't really think it'd work as a stand-alone. I enjoyed the time with characters that I've come to love, and appreciated getting to see things wrap up here for the whole series. 

Excerpts

"Is this an intervention?" I take one of two empty seats and signal the waitress for a coffee. I'm going to need it. "No, but it probably should be," Ali says. "You look like dog crap that's baked in the sun a little too long." Her mouth has always lacked any type of filter, a problem exacerbated by her refusal to lie about anything. Two qualities guaranteed to turn every conversation into a battlefield. But that's okay. Give me blunt truth over charming flattery any day.

This is no one's fault but my own, and I won't make the same mistakes. I won't. And I'm not helpless. I can do everything in my power to create a better future. Starting now, with Frosty. I would forever hate anyone who hurt River, just as Frosty will forever hate the  people who hurt Kat. I can't ever make up such a loss to him, but I can damn sure try. And I will.

Girls. Can't live with them-the end. I mean, seriously. There are two ways to argue with them, saying yes and saying no, and neither way works.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Cover Scramble [164]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [103]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.


Favorite DADA Spell



That is without a doubt the patronus. I love how Harry was adamant about getting the spell down and Lupin really was such a great help here. Harry needed to be able to face the dementors, and determinedly set to learning the patronus charm. What's so amazing about it though is that form that comes out to shield against the dementors. It's like their version of the spirit animal that embodies the wizard's happiest thoughts. I also love that they are capable of changing as drastic changes happen in the wizard's life to cause a shift. I'd like to think mine would be a penguin or a butterfly, but I guess they don't really know until it happens. It would've been fun to see one of Dumbledore's Army guess what they thought their's would be and watch as it appeared as either that animal or a different one

What is your favorite?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish


Published: January 13, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Canada
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: paper back
Source: won - Lunar Rainbows - Thanks Kristi and Micheline!
Goodreads Summary

Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.





“I have a strict policy. No magic, no monsters, no supernatural clients. Ever.”


The Good


I was very pleasantly surprised by this gem. Alix, or Owl, is a purveyor of antiquities and as such gets on the bad side of a bunch of people. She happened across some vampires in a previous job and has to go on the run. Enter the dragon that whisks her away for a job and the story starts. Again I say, dragon. He's mostly in a human form, but that doesn't make him any less scary. Since Owl has sworn off having anything to do with the supernatural, she's not thrilled to find herself thrown smack dab in the middle of it for the rest of the story.

I was drawn to Owl. She's absolutely flawed. She's judgmental and sees what she wants to see. She's got a lot of walls built up and I'm not sure that she truly trusts anyone. Her friends in this story were some of my favorites. Nadya was both the quintessential best friend, yet she had no trouble standing up for herself when Owl is in the wrong. Rynn was charming and patient and most often the voice of reason. Captain is Owl's vampire hunting cat. Yes, he's incredibly intelligent, and yes, he is obsessed with eating vampires. He was quite fun.

My ABSOLUTE favorite thing about the story though was all the supernatural critters Charish gave us, and this is only the first one! There were vampires and incubus as well as lesser known creatures like naga. But the kicker was that there were some I hadn't heard of before, which was amazing! I loved the take on these creatures that Charish provides as well as this fresh look at magical beings I hadn't heard of yet.

The setting is a lot of fun as well. Owl jumps all over the place from her Winnebago in the beginning to a Las Vegas casino and many points around the globe like Bali and Tokyo.

The Bad


My main gripe is something that others will probably quite love. Owl is an online gamer and one of the characters in the books is someone she knows strictly through that gaming. Therefore, this gave the reader a way to meet this character. However, the game was brought into the story quite often and I became bored with these parts.

The Romance


Like I said, Owl is not the most trusting, so dating would require her to take down quite a few of those walls. She does get rather close to Rynn which was fun, he's a character that I love, but this will be a hard relationship with quite a few ups and downs. I'm interested to see where this goes.

Conclusion


Owl and the Japanese Circus is a fantastic start to this series. It's got fun, adventure, great characters, supernaturals galore, and a vampire killing cat. I will definitely be continuing with the series. Recommended.





Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Cover Scramble [163]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.