Feature & Follow – Lets be a bit of awesome together!

Feature & Follow – Lets be a bit of awesome together!

Welcome to the Feature & Follow


Increase Blog FollowersThe Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work?

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to WordPress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don’t have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed. All features are chosen randomly to be the feature. They are not chosen by content or name.

 

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Our Feature this week:

Pabkins @ NotYetRead


1. When did you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging Since 2011 – goodness me it’s really been that long already? And I’m not clocking out anytime soon either! Originally I was a arts & crafts blogger until I stumbled upon the book blogging community and I’ve been completely sucked in ever since. I still like to draw/paint and often it’s inspired by the books I read. (check out my art feature!) I even drew the little robots you see around my blog. It seems like each year that goes by I get more and more serious about book blogging. My husband and I call it my professional hobby.

2. What is your favorite part of book blogging?

Meeting new ravenous readers such as myself. I used to feel like quite the oddball out until I started meeting other book bloggers that read and talk about books just as much as I do. I now count some of them among my best friends. *lavishes oodles of love upon my SFF folks*

3. What type of books do you mainly blog about?

Fantasy and Science Fiction are my bread and butter. I ask you really – why would I want to read about real life when I’m living it? Give me something crazy and fantastical any day! I read both Adult and YA books to help keep me sane. Books targeting both of those audiences scratches an itch I have and I wouldn’t want to go without either. I wish more YA book lovers would try out some adult SFF books because if they love YA SFF they would seriously eat up the adult stuff as well.

4. What are your favorite books?

That is totally a loaded question! Do you want to be here all day? Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors. As for specific titles here are a few: LOVE MINUS EIGHTY by Will McIntosh, WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop, The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and THE SCHOOL OF GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani.

5. What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

All of the amazing reader friends that I have made – because no one gets me quite like other people who have that same insane love of reading. And of course getting to have one on one interaction with authors. They are my freaking rock stars and me their personal paparazzi. *click click, shutter snap & fade back into the bushes*

 

 

This weeks Question:

Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?

I’ve never been one for Spring Break, just because a group of drunk people isn’t my thing. But, I like visiting beaches, so I think I’ll go to Cabo and maybe rent a bungalow on the beach.

Parajunkee, Urban Fantasy, Blogger TipsNew Feature! Next weeks question will be a question.

Have any pets? Tell us or show us!

 

 

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    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
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#Review – The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

#Review – The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

#Review – The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden


Published by fortheARTofit Publishing on 2013-10-01
Size: 428
Format: eARC
Amazon :: More Info ::
PJV Rating: 4.5 Stars
After the Storm of the Century rips apart New Orleans, Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return to the city following the mandatory evacuation. Adele wants nothing more than for life to return to normal, but with the silent city resembling a mold-infested war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal will have to be redefined. The Storm has passed, but as the flood waters recede, the body count continues to rise - Mother Nature couldn't drain the joie de vivre from New Orleans, but someone or something is draining life from its residents. Amidst the mayhem, strange events - too unnatural even for New Orleans - lead Adele to an attic where she accidentally opens a Pandora's box - one that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she unleashes threatens not only her life but everyone she knows. Caught suddenly in a hurricane of eighteenth-century myths and monsters, Adele must quickly untangle a web of magic and follow the threads back to the source. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has a secret, and where keeping them can be a matter of life and death - unless, that is, you're immortal.

PJV Quickie: THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden is a novel that is first and foremost about the legends and lore of New Orleans, everything else is secondary, the City is the most important character in the novel. Only a city like New Orleans, whose history is filled with stories of magic and mystery, can carry a novel like this one. When you pick up the book and read the blurb and you see that it’s set in New Orleans everything about the plot seems just a little more conceivable. Think of this book as the YA equivalent of Royal Street. When you read the blurb, even though it doesn’t explicitly say the word vampire, you’re left pretty sure that there are vampires, thanks to the sentence “Someone or something is draining life from its residents,” really in a paranormal story your only options are vampires and succubi when you see that phrase. BUT! This isn’t a vampire story! Not like you’re used to, sure there are vampires, but they’re not the primary feature!! If you’re in the mood for a vampire novel that’s more of a witch novel then check this book out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has earned itself a spot on my favourites shelf!

Review:
This book starts off slow. REALLY, REALLY SLOW. Some interesting things happen, but they don’t seem connected to anything or appear to be going anywhere because the narrator generally brushes them off and moves onto something more mundane. I get why she does this, she’s trying to bring back normalcy to her life, but it makes for a slow read. If you stick with it though and keep pushing through you will be supremely rewarded because it gets VERY GOOD and once it starts getting good it gets better and better very quickly to the point where, by about the middle of the second part it was pretty much impossible to put down. The further you get into it, the more all of those little things at the beginning in the slow parts come back to you and just make you ask yourself “How did I not notice that!?” or “Jeeeeeeeesus that makes so much sense now!”

Now for the positives and negatives. Positives, the plot is absolutely wonderful, very fresh. The entire story feels like it’s not something I’ve ever really seen before, not as a whole anyway. It gives off a very YA Lost Girl sort of vibe for those of you familiar with that show. I like the narrator too, early on she feels like she’s going to be a pretentious brat, but you get past that very quickly and see that she’s a strong, independent girl who cares a lot, even if sometimes what she cares about makes her priorities seem skewed in the eyes of other characters. Speaking of other characters, I can only think of one character I didn’t like and luckily she was only a minor periphery character and she was completely gone by the middle of the book. Wait come to think of it she was replaced by Dixie and I didn’t like Dixie either, but she was also a periphery character of middling consequence so that doesn’t really matter. I would have like Isaac and Desiree to have more character development, but given that we’re in a first person narrator scenario that’s impossible. Biggest positive though to me is the ending, Arden has created the perfect hook to lead into a sequel.

On to the negatives, first and foremost the romances were more than a little contrived I think, I mean pretty much every male character had at the very least a passing interest in the narrator, Adele, at one point she was in a love quadrangle. A QUADRANGLE. Love triangles are complicated enough, they do not need the addition of another person. I enjoy a good love triangle as much as anyone else, I grew up a fan of Archie comics so that’s kind of a given. That being said I do not enjoy forced love triangles and the one in this novel seemed forced to me. Seriously, the novel would have been able to do exactly the same thing without Nicco, it would have been just as good! In fact! If Gabe had been subbed into the role of Nicco whole thing would have been even more interesting!! Especially once you got to all the reveals! Another negative is all the loose ends, but I suppose most of the loose ends can be chalked up to hope that this novel will become part of a series. I, like Isaac, want to know about the other heirs! Also you know what would have been really cool? To include hand written, script-y snippets of the french diary that Adele spends a good portion of the novel translating, I love when books throw in neat little things like that!

Overall it is a good, fun read, it’s not your ordinary teen romance story. Fingers crossed for a series :D

Read this book if:

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  • You like exploring the legends and lore of a familiar place.
  • You enjoy urban fantasy novels.
  • You’s ever even been remotely fascinated by New Orleans.
  • You find elemental magic interesting.
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  • You prefer a novel featuring vampires to actually focus on vampires.
  • You don’t like unnecessary love triangles. (Or ya know, quadrangles s’all I’m saying…)
  • You prefer a fast paced story.
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Ren

4.5 Stars

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa


Published by Harlequin on 2014-05-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Size: 304
Format: Hardcover
Amazon :: Kobo :: More Info :: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

PJV Rating: 4 Stars
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.  MONSTER Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.Includes an exclusive excerpt from the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON.

PJV Quickie: I have to preface this review by stating that this book was one of the hardest books to read! But, not because of any issues with writing or plot. No, just because Kagawa brought me down paths in this book that I didn’t want to go on. She’s evil, I say! That, being said, I thought it was a great end to a series, even if it did torment me through the entirety of the book. If you haven’t picked up Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series yet…well, what I’m thinking is rather rude, so I won’t write it down…

Review: Allison Sekemoto, Jackal and Kanin are on the hunt for the monster Sarren and he is leaving surprises at every turn. Corpses are strewn along their path in a horrific and macabre game. Sarren is toying with the trio and his biggest game, the three of them have no clue about the rules. Through this entire ordeal Allison has to deal with her building hunger, her grief and the temptation to let her own monster take over. And when she finally faces one of her biggest fears…things come glaring into perspective.

To review this title properly I would give away too many spoilers. So, I’m going to try and keep this as vague as possible. Let me just reiterate my quickie. Julie Kagawa left us with one hell of a cliff hangar in THE ETERNITY CURE (Book 2) and she doesn’t make things easy at the start of this novel. You go through a good bit of time not knowing about plot threads, until things finally come to a head during a battle royale…and then the thread closures are not like I had planned them in my head. The evilness of authors…chalk it up to her thinking outside the box!! Egads!

There was a lot of gasping and then putting the book down – I’m telling you, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever read! I just couldn’t do it – I couldn’t face what was going on in the novel! Yes, I know! I’m a total whiner…but it was too hard! The more I read, the more distraught I became, until I just couldn’t function. I think my husband took my Kindle away from me at that point. He hid it somewhere – and it is all Julie Kagawa’s fault. Luckily, I have a few eReaders…

Can you tell this novel made me an emotional train wreck? Yes, it did. The conclusion to this series was not how I had envisioned, white clouds and fluffy bunnies, but it was one hell of a ride. One ridiculous, traumatic, emotional and angsty ride. Damn.

I did take issue to some things in the novel, there were points when the underlying message of Monster vs. Humanity was driven home way too much. One of the characters got introspective at one point, that whole – I’ve experienced a Trauma, so I must react in a moody and self-destructive way, until finally I see the light because of _________.  While, real types of reactions, these tend to drive me crazy in books. I was also so distraught at one point that I wanted Allison and Jackal to get it on…it was a fleeting moment of insanity brought on by a certain characters suicidal tendencies….I got over it. But, yes, I’m scared mentally because of this series.

Join my crazy…read the books. FTW Vampire Dystopian angst!

Recommendations: You must read the first two books for this to make any sort of sense. You gotta love you some apocalypse fiction too…it’s a gritty nasty world of blood and guts and violence. Mature teens recommended. Just because there is a lot of bitey bitey, ripping throats, marauding bikers…that sort of thing.

 The Immortal Rules & The Eternity Cure

Julie Kagaway, Blood of Eden Series

 

Giveaway

  • 1 winner will get a complete set of Julie Kagawa’s books, including The Iron Fey Saga and The Blood of Eden Saga!
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About Julie Kagawa

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Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.

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4 Stars

#Review Tangled by Emma Chase

#Review Tangled by Emma Chase

#Review Tangled by Emma Chase

Tangled by Emma Chase


Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-01-14
Narrator: Sebastian York
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Size: 256
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Amazon :: Kobo :: More Info ::
PJV Rating: 4 Stars
When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangledDrew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.

PJV Quickie: A fun and sexy book! Hello, Emma Chase, it’s nice to meet you, I love your book. More importantly I have a crush on your characters…

Review:

TANGLED by Emma Chase is a sexy contemporary about Drew Evans, a rich, arrogant, Alpha male that you don’t know whether to kiss  or slap. I love these types of heroes! But, the even better part of this book – it is in his POV and it starts with him being a big old Hot Mess. A huge hot mess to be exact. So, the first thing you feel for Drew is pity. He says he has the flu, he won’t let his family in, or his maid…he insists he has the flu.

But, he doesn’t have the flu.

His problem is Katherine Brooks. The woman that can match Drew with every pace…she was hired by his father and a side-effect of her employment, is that she has thrown Drew’s world upside down. He’s not the golden boy anymore, his good looks aren’t working out like they usually do and now he’s forced to try really hard at his job, which usually came naturally to him. As he battles it out with Katherine, in every aspect, Drew suddenly comes to realize that his fascination with Katherine isn’t just competitive. The problem, Katherine isn’t going down easily. Not professionally and not with love.

The fresh point of view from the spoiled, rich boys perspective makes this book. Drew’s voice is hilarious, his thoughts are sexy and frustrating and fun. It was great being in his head and I want more! The romance also progressed perfectly, there was no submitting by the heroine to the will of the alpha male…it was a joint effort. Making this a refreshing new take on romance.

The narration was handle by Sebastian York and wow, what a voice. I wanted to curl up in his voice and make little audiobook babies with him…so perfect narration and a great take on romance, makes for a yummy romantic audiobook. Don’t miss out on this one.

Recommendations:

Fans of sexy romance should really enjoy! This is an adult read and the sex is hot hot, so be prepared for sexy-time, nothing over the top though. If you like Sylvia Day and Abbi Glines you should really like Emma Chase.

 

4 Stars

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre #Review

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre #Review

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre #Review

Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Series: Innocence #1

Published by Harlequin, HQN on February 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Love & Romance, Romance
Size: 300
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Amazon :: More Info ::
PJV Rating: 2 Stars
"I'm not sure what you have been told about me, but I'm not nearly as bad as they make me out to be." His deliciously deep voice carried a little bit of ego.

I'm sure you are exactly as bad as they make you out to be….

Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he's a playboy who's bedded half the city—including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive.

Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren't warned away from Brad at every turn, she'd know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is a man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence. But before she knows it, the incorrigible charmer has her under his spell. His deviant tastes plunge her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration…but her heart may not survive the fall.
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PJV Quickie: I was pretty excited to get Blindfolded Innocence for review, but quickly found myself frustrated with the progression of the relationship and plot.  

Review: 
Julia Campbell is a young law student who has just broken off her wedding engagement and moved into a new apartment. She’s got a fresh start and a new job as an intern in a very prestigious law firm.  The partner she is working for is a hard worker who demands long hours, and has warned her off the partner at the other end of the building,where the hours are shorter and it seems like they’re partying every week.  A chance encounter with the ‘Playboy Partner’ puts Julia on his radar, and she might put up a good front but in reality she’s intrigued with this sexy, mysterious man.  Being with him could ruin her future career prospects, more importantly, it could also ruin her heart.

Brad DeLuca is the city’s most successful Divorce Attorney.  He’s also a notorious playboy who’s been known to sleep with his clients and interns.  Once he sees young, fresh-faced Julia, he knows he’s got to have her.  He’s been warned about dating the interns, and this one is not his usual type; he knows he’s got to tread lightly if it’s not going to blow up in his face when it’s over. And it will be over eventually – Brad DeLuca doesn’t do relationships.

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When I saw the blurb for Blindfolded Innocence, I knew this would be a book I would enjoy – a sexy lawyer, a young intern, and ‘deviant tastes’?  Yes please.  As it turns out though, that’s not exactly what was delivered.

The story moved slowly.  There was a lot of set-up at the beginning, and some characters introduced and then ignored only to be pulled out as a plot device when the heroine needed someone to talk to about her problems.  While there was some sexual chemistry between them, Brad’s ‘deviant’ issue that kept him apart from her wasn’t revealed until almost the end of the book, and had nothing to do with his previous behavior at the strip club.  That strip club scene was disappointing in more ways than one: I felt let down by his actions, and the actions themselves were pretty vanilla, definitely not deviant and had noting to do with what he later stated were his ‘needs’.  I never saw romantic chemistry between these two, and that was disappointing.  Neither character grew out of their selfish personalities and honestly they kind of deserved each other:  they were both hard to like; Julia likes to tease guys almost to the brink of sex for an ego boost – it makes her feel confident, and Brad is happy as long as his d!ck is happy.

The end of the book (notice I did not say the end of the story) was certainly erotic, but there were several loose ends and a set up for a stalker. And while I kind of want to know what happens next, this is exactly the type of book I despise – it’s going to to be stretched across three books when it could probably be condensed into one or two.  I don’t think I’ll ever find out what happens next though, unless they carry them at my local library (doubtful), because I didn’t like the Blindfolded Innocence enough to want to spend money from my hard-earned ‘book budget’ on the next two books.

Recommendations: 
Fans of Boss/Employee stories, sexy weekends in Vegas, May/December relationships, and books set in a Law office may enjoy Blindfolded Innocence.

Other books you might like with a “lawyer” set-up:

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2 Stars

The Fool’s Challenge Day 11 – This is the end! Favorite series & books.

The Fool’s Challenge Day 11 – This is the end! Favorite series & books.

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April Fool's Challenge

 

OMG is this the end? It is! Le sigh.

The end means it is time to share my series that I am a “Fool” for! Hang on….

Day 11: Which series are you a fool for? That you can reread over and over again and will always buy the next book, no matter how mental the author goes – or how strange the characters become?

 

Time to spill your series love…

In no particular order – here is the awesome…

Tomorrow, When the War Bega... by

The Warlord Wants Forever (... by


Harry Potter and the Sorcer... by

The Hitchhiker's Guide to t... by


Ender's Game (The Ender Qui... by

Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac... by


Twilight (Twilight, #1) by

The Hunger Games (The Hunge... by


Halfway to the Grave (Night... by

Darkfever (Fever, #1) by


Bitten (Women of the Otherw... by

Poison Study (Study, #1) by


Rendezvous with Rama (Rama,... by

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson... by


And some stand-alone books that I love to reread…

 

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by

 

Contact

Contact by

 

Strangers

Strangers by

 

Earth

 

Earth by


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