Monday, April 23, 2012

Super Awesome Blogoversary Giveaway

I have some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is that we'll be taking our annual month off in May and the rest of April so we won't be around posting until the end of the month :(  but don't worry because we will return.

The good news is that we are leaving you with this super wicked awesome blogoversary giveaway.  We actually hit the 3 year mark on the 31st of March and it took us a month to figure out what we wanted to do.  This is going to be a huge(ish) giveaway.

So what are we giving away? Well, Rebecca is paying for one book pack and I am paying for the other so we are going to have 2 winners.  Here is what you can choose to win:

The Ghost Prize Pack:

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens
Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

The Middle Grade Pack:

Urban Fantasy Pack:

YA Pack:

Mystery Prize Pack:

Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

High Fantasy Prize Pack:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Scar Night by Alan Campbell

*We may be persuaded to swap the series books for another book in the series if you so desire :)*

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Title: Blindsighted

Author: Karin Slaughter

Published: Arrow, 2003

Pages: 416

Series: Book 1, Grant County

Summary: The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it’s only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer’s brutality starts to become clear.

Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver -- Sara’s ex-husband -- is in charge of the investigation, and when a second victim is found, crucified, only a few days later, he has to face the fact that Sibyl’s murder wasn’t a single personal attack: They’re dealing with a sadistic rapist turned killer who is terrorizing rural Grant County.
Jeffrey isn’t alone in his search. Lena Adams -- the county’s sole female detective -- wants to see justice done since her sister was the first victim. Sara, too, cannot escape the terror. A secret from her past could hold the key to finding the killer -- unless he finds her first.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Blindsighted isn’t really a book for the faint-hearted.  Some of the scenes are more on the graphic side so if you’re a squeamish person then you might not enjoy Blindsighted so much.  It also talks a lot about rape which for some people is a very sensitive issue that they don’t like to talk about.

Usually when I finish a book I like to write the review for it straight away after I’ve finished it but with Blindsighted I left it a few days because I was quite undecided about how I felt about the book.

On the one hand it was a mystery and I really like mysteries, I like guessing whodunit and finding out if I’m right in the end and if I guessed the motive correctly.  I am happy to say that I did guess who had done it and so I liked that part.

But at the same time I felt like it was kind of boring.  I just felt like it took a really long time to get into the story and when it did things progressed really slowly.

Some of the character interactions were kind of tedious and I winced whenever Sara and Jeffry interacted because it was so painful.

The last few chapters of the book went flying by though; it was a really good conclusion and tie-up.  So I really enjoyed the last part of the book.

I’m going to say that I thought that Blindsighted was alright overall.  I’m still on the fence about whether I want to continue the series at this point as there are so many more thriller books of this type that I could read instead.

Source: Library

Friday, April 20, 2012

Free Download Friday (11)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.

This week for free is Bloody Little Secrets by Karly Kirkpatrick.

17-year-old Vicky Hernandez has a big problem. She's dead. Or not quite. After discovering she's been turned into a vampire, she tries to settle into a quiet suburb of Chicago and return to a normal life. If only she could stop wanting to bite her boyfriend. Not to mention she is dying to find out who turned her, and why. She doesn't have to wait long before they come to her.  (Taken from Goodreads)

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friendly Fire by Lynn Seresin

Title: Friendly Fire

Author: Lynn Seresin

Published: 2012

Pages: 341

Series: Book 2, Thin Air

Summary: Though their love remains strong, the pressure of constant danger has taken its toll on Alice and Daniel’s relationship. Paralda’s assassins continue their murder spree in New York City, targeting girls who resemble Alice in an effort to fulfill the air king’s deadly directive. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, the couple must also fiercely guard the secret of Alice’s emergent powers and true identity from everyone--including their closest friends--to protect her safety.

Enter Ash and Terrance: two former elementals, each with their own set of reasons for transmuting to the human plane. For Ash, the material realm represents freedom and the possibility of fulfilling a forbidden wish. Terrance has only one aim in the mortal world: to win Alice’s heart. And it seems he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goal.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to read this book or not but I remembered how much I loved my favourite character Dante and so I decided to read this one.

It’s rather unfortunate to say but I didn’t particularly enjoy this one.  I struggled to finish the book and I’m kind of glad I was travelling on a bus all day because it meant I could force myself to read the book.  I finished it and I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t.

The story has this really unique and interesting concept and I think that’s great.  It’s about elementals who choose to become human and this isn’t something I’ve read a lot about so the idea seems to be really fresh and exciting.

However, the characters annoyed me in this.  Daniel acted like such a jerk and Alice was just a huge pushover.  Dante was hardly in it and he just didn’t feel the same in this one.  Then there is new character Terrance who just really irked me.

I also found it really hard to get into the story as well.  It was pages of not much happening and it just slowed the story right down.

Sadly, I just couldn’t get into this book.  Lately, I’ve been getting tired of novels with love triangles and bitchy girls who want to steal the main characters man.  I seem to have outgrown them and unfortunately for Friendly Fire it had both these things and I just couldn’t get into it and probably won’t pick up the next book in the series.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On My Wishlist (16)

So I am incredibly obsessed with Goodreads and I will surf the books on Goodreads for hours and I have found some really awesome looking books on there of late and I have added a truckload to my wishlist of books to buy so I figured why not share my findings because I am all for showing other people books that look simply amazing.  This week on my wishlist is:

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Things get turned upside down for sophomore Lorelei MacAlister when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that she has been slated to die. It’s simply her time. And Death has been sent to do the deed. But when he touches her, when he peers into her eyes and reaches into her heart, he realizes she is more than what he was led to believe, and he disobeys his orders. He brings her back from the brink of death when he was supposed to push her into it. Because of this, he gets trapped on this plane. And that’s when all hell breaks loose. Literally.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Death and the Girl Next Door will be published 2nd October 2012 by St. Martin's Press

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Guest Post with Lynn Seresin

The Inspiration and Ideas behind Friendly Fire

FRIENDLY FIRE picks up about a year after THIN AIR leaves off. As the book opens, Alice
and Daniel have endured the stress of living with constant danger throughout their first year as
a couple. Transmuted assassins dispatched by Paralda, the king of the airy region, are on a killing
spree, targeting girls that physically resemble Alice in the hopes of eventually destroying her,
thereby completing their mission. Alice has no idea how many killers are pursuing her. She only
knows they will not stop until they are certain she is dead.

I was particularly interested in exploring the effect this situation would have on Alice’s
and Daniel’s relationship. In THIN AIR, they are portrayed as the perfect couple—hopelessly
in love, and unable to keep their hands off each other. In short, they’re in the “honeymoon”
phase of couplehood. As for the dangers they face, they regard these more as a test of their true
devotion than a potentially lethal threat. A test they’re certain they’ll pass with flying colors.

But all honeymoons must come to an end, even seemingly perfect ones like Alice’s and

Fortunately, I’ve never had to live my life looking over my shoulder (and I sincerely hope
you never have to, either). But I’d imagine the continual anxiety of living with real danger could
have a corrosive effect on even the most robust relationship. It would be only human for Daniel
to occasionally resent Alice for bringing so much baggage to the table. After all, if it wasn’t for
her, he’d be living a normal, wonderfully uneventful life. I could also see Alice feeling a bit stifled
at times by Daniel’s protectiveness. No longer perfect in each other’s eyes, each might begin to
detect flaws in the other’s personality. Daniel starts to perceive Alice as being needlessly na├»ve
and impressionable. Alice, in turn, begins to view Daniel as controlling and rigid. There’s trouble
in paradise…

Enter Terrance and Ash, two strangers who intrude on Alice’s and Daniel’s already-
strained union. Ash is needy, self-destructive, and prone to dramatic gestures. Oh, and she’s
totally fixated on Alice. Terrance is handsome, charming, innately sophisticated, attentive—and
totally fixated on Alice, too. Poor Alice feels drawn to both of these individuals because they are transmuted elementals like she is. She also feels a misplaced sense of responsibility for each of them, even though the choices they made were entirely their own. It’s no wonder Daniel feels
excluded and, at times, even exploited as Alice struggles to accommodate the sizeable demands on her attention. And the result is…well, I’ll let you read the book for yourself to find out!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Title: Beauty Queens

Author: Libba Bray

Published: Scholastic Press, 2011

Pages: 396

Summary: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I had read Going Bovine by Libba Bray and I really enjoyed that one.  So when other people started talking about Beauty Queens and how it is a really great audiobook to listen to I decided to read it.  I’m really glad that I did because I thought it was great.

Beauty Queens is really funny and incredibly different to anything I’ve ever read before.  It’s different to conventional books in that it has a lot of footnotes and advertisements which I found to be really good and definitely move the story along.

I would have to say that my favourite character was Adina; I just found that I could relate to her the most.  Though in saying that, I found most of the characters to be great.  I liked that they all had their own flaws and problems and that they all had an opportunity to look at themselves and who they are.

Libba Bray does a fantastic job of narrating Beauty Queens.  I really liked that she narrated it because that way you get the book read to you as the author hopes you read it in your head.  Libba does all the voices so differently and so well, it was really impressive.

While Beauty Queens is really funny, it’s also quite deep and really gets you thinking about society and the way that females are treated and even the way that males are treated.  It was very interesting and I really enjoyed it.

Beauty Queens is definitely a good book.  If you’re a fan of satire and are looking for something a little different, then this book is definitely worth looking into.  It definitely has some good food for thought in there that I will be thinking about for days after finishing it.

Source: Library

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Title: The Restorer

Author: Amanda Stevens

Published: Mira, 2011

Pages: 376

Series: Book 1, The Graveyard Queen

Summary: Amelia Gray has always been aware of ghosts, and now she travels all over the South cleaning up forgotten or abandoned graveyards. When an enigmatic yet haunted police detective asks for her help to trap a serial killer, their growing attraction constitutes the very gravest of threats.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I had been wanting to read this book for so long and now that I have finished it, I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner.  The Restorer is so amazing!

As soon as I started the book I got sucked into the story straight away the mystery was incredibly intriguing and the ghosts were so creepy.  The book had this overall spooky feeling and even in broad daylight as I was reading this I was getting a little nervous.

The writing style is really good.  Amanda Stevens has this really poetic, descriptive writing style and I really loved it because it added so much to the atmosphere of the book.

I felt the mystery was really good.  I had my suspicions about who it was and while it was one of the people I’d guessed, it wasn’t the only person I’d been questioning.  So I thought that was awesome.

I really liked that there were some parts of the story that were left unresolved as they were set up for the series and all of those things were incredibly intriguing as well.  They’ve definitely gotten me excited for the next book.

Overall, I really loved The Restorer and think it was amazing.  I’m really glad that I have the second book already so I can delve straight into it.

Source: Purchased

Saturday, April 14, 2012

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Author: Shirley Jackson

Published: Penguin Classics, 2006

Pages: 146

Summary: Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I saw the cover of We Have Always Lived in the Castle and I thought it looked really creepy; then I heard people talking about how it was this really creepy book so I thought I’d read it because I’ve been looking to get back into reading the scary sort of books lately.

When reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle I definitely got a sense of something being not right.  It’s hard to tell if it’s the townspeople who have something wrong with them, or if it is Merricat herself or even her sister Constance.  You later find out.

The whole vibe that something was a little off made this book seem quite creepy.  It wasn’t super scary though, and by the end it lost the creepy factor.

There is a mystery aspect of the story, the mystery is who poisoned Merricat’s family.  There are some clues scattered in the story and it doesn’t make it very difficult to guess who killed Merricat’s family.  I figured it out.

Overall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is an interesting story.  It doesn’t take too long to read through and it does have some creepy elements to it.  It’s definitely worth a read if you’re looking for a book that is unique and a little disturbing.

Source: Library

Friday, April 13, 2012

Free Download Friday (10)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.  This week for free is Clockwise by Elle Strauss.

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.   (Taken from Goodreads)

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Casey Barnes Eponymous by E. A. Rigg

Title: Casey Barnes Eponymous

Author: E. A. Rigg

Published: January 2012

Pages: 222

Purchase Links:

Summary: It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center stage and actually being on it.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Where to start?  How about with the fact that this book is so funny.  I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot as I read through this book.

There are so many great characters in this book.  I loved Casey, she’s hilarious, and I loved Yull.  Yull was probably my favourite character.  Leigh seemed pretty cool too.  In fact, a large majority of the characters seemed so awesome.

The storyline is similar to a lot of books out there but I feel that this one was done really well.  It had amazing characters, all characterised brilliantly, entertaining and witty dialogue and it had a few moments of sweetness to be enjoyable.

Overall, I highly recommend Casey Barnes Eponymous, it’s so good and I wish I could tell everyone to read this book.  Fans of contemporary fiction will adore this book and even if you don’t like contemporary fiction, give this one a go because it’s such a great book that I would hate for anyone to miss out on reading it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

On My Wishlist (15)

So I am incredibly obsessed with Goodreads and I will surf the books on Goodreads for hours and I have found some really awesome looking books on there of late and I have added a truckload to my wishlist of books to buy so I figured why not share my findings because I am all for showing other people books that look simply amazing.  This week on my wishlist is:

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues

There was something about Ellie... Something dangerous. Charismatic. Broken. Jake looked out for her. Sarah followed her lead. And Jess kept her distance, and kept watch. 

Now Ellie's dead, and Jake, Sarah, and Jess are left to pick up the pieces. All they have are 34 clues she left behind. 34 strips of paper hidden in a box beneath her bed. 34 secrets of a brief and painful life. 

Jake, Sarah, and Jess all feel responsible for what happened to Ellie, and all three have secrets of their own. As they begin to confront the darkest truths about themselves, they will also find out what Ellie herself had been hiding all along....

34 Pieces of You is expected to be published 4 September by Simon Pulse

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Title: The Night she Disappeared

Author: April Henry

Published: Henry Holt and Co, March 2012

Pages: 240

Purchase Links:
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Summary: Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I started reading The Night she Disappeared one night and just thought I would read one chapter before going to bed.  I ended up getting hooked and reading a lot more than that first chapter.

The Night she Disappeared is filled with lots of little tidbits such as police reports, newspaper clippings and all sorts of other fun things that allow you to follow the mystery along from multiple angles.  You also get the story from multiple perspectives which is really enjoyable as well.

I liked the main characters Gabie and Drew.  They were both really interesting and had issues of their own.  I did however feel their relationship was a little odd.  I still rooted for them as a couple though.

As far as this book goes, I feel like it had a more-ish quality where I would read a chapter and I would want to read the next one because I just had to know what was going to happen next.  Then there was the revelation, I felt this one was quite good but it was also different because you’re presented with a lot of information throughout the book.

Overall, I would say that The Night she Disappeared is a brilliant story and fans of the mystery genre will not be disappointed!

Source: NetGalley

Monday, April 9, 2012

Guest Post with E. A. Rigg

I’m starting a twitter feed with expressions you should listen to but never do until it’s too late. 


Today’s  @Toldja’s tweet:‘Manage Your Expectations.’

I’m generally a scofflaw when it comes to reading the book of the moment.  I have a day job, I write when I’m not working, and I just got married. Most pressingly, the coffee shop where I go to write has celebrity tabloid magazines you get to read for free. Any rate it’s only in the past few months that I’ve caught up on the hot YA titles from the past few year.  And of course The Hunger Games trilogy wasat the top of my list.  

I finished it ravenously and then waited for the movie, excited not only to see it but also because for once I was in sync with the popculture calendar.  I had consumed everyword of the trilogy before movie one even came out.

My husband made a stubborn point of not reading the Hunger Games books.  I, in turn, took to teasing him about it.  My response when he said he didn’t take the trash out the other night?

 “No silver parachutesfor you tonight.” 

“Honey, I have not read The Hunger Games.”

“Then your name goes in again.”

Blame it on the cold I cannot shake or last week being onein which I had to sit down with the parents of all 165 of my students, whatever the reason, I was pumped to see The Hunger Games with the zeal of a child about to be let loose in Disneyland.

Breakfast conversation two days before movie day began with the following line:

“48 hours until the reaping. Have you laid out your Sunday finest?”

Needless to say, there was a great deal of, err, one-sided hype for this film in our household.  But the reviews were stellar and the trailer looked amazing.  I knew this movie would live up to its potential and that my husband, as well as the four friends we dragged along, would love it.  And that then my man would finally cede and read the books.

On movie night we got to the theater an hour early, staked out seats for our crew, bought popcorn and sat through twenty minutes of previews.  The film began.  And that was when life veered off from the carefully laid plan. 

I didn’t like the movie. Yes it was a faithful adaptation of the book.  But it felt slow in parts, namely the second act, which is traditionally when films gain speed.  It was almost as if the screenwriters were too accurate in adapting it.  For there’s a different beat system in movies than there is in books.  Reversals are meant to happen at a fairly prescribed set of intervals.  This does not happen in all movies, of course.  But when movies, especially action-adventures, veer off the figuratively and literally beaten path viewers notice it, even if it is in ways they don’t realize.  Did you look at your watch during The Hunger Games?  

My husband was nice enough not to say something afterwards along the lines of “Less interested in The Hunger Games than ever.”  He even did me the courtesy of asking what happens in books two and three.  I demurred at first but then, before I could bear to hear him add, “Because you know I won’t be reading them,” I broke down and told him. 

At any rate, sports fans, there ‘tis, my first edition of @Toldja.  Manage Your Expectations.  Or just take the high road and read the book.

Thanks a bunch!  Be sure to stick around for my review of Casey Barnes Eponymous by E. A. Rigg coming soon!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

White Cat by Holly Black

Title: White Cat

Author: Holly Black

Published: Margaret K. McElderry, 2010

Pages: 310

Series: Book 1, The Curse Workers

Summary:  Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago. 

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I really liked White Cat.  For a while I wasn’t sure if I was going to read this book or not because I had heard a lot of mixed things about it.  However, I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to read White Cat because it was very good.

I liked the whole premise of White Cat, about how people have to wear gloves so that nobody who is a worker can work curses on people by touching them with their bare hands.  I found it really interesting the different kinds of curses that people could have.  For example, there are people who can give people either bad or good luck.

I also really liked the mystery in the book.  It definitely kept me hooked.  I wanted to know all the details about what had happened and what was happening to Cassell.  I just really got wrapped up in the story.

I really liked Cassell too, I thought he was interesting and as far as main characters go he was a little different from the usual ones.  I liked the supporting cast too.

I enjoyed the ending of White Cat.  It tied everything up rather nicely and also left an opening for the next book in the series.

Overall, I was incredibly surprised by Black Cat and in a good way.  I was expecting to think this was an average read but I really loved it.  It has definitely made me interested in seeking out the rest of the series.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

100 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family

Title: 100 Puzzle Quizzes

Author: The Grabarchuk Family

Published: June 2011

Description: This is Volume 1 of the Top Rated Puzzlebook series. In this brand-new puzzle collection you will find 100 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more. Be sure to check Puzzlebook: 101 Puzzle Quizzes and Puzzlebook: 102 Puzzle Quizzes for more!

Hot News
Over 300 000 downloads for the Puzzlebook series! Discover why thousands of Kindle users are addicted to Puzzlebooks.

All puzzle quizzes are original creations by the Grabarchuk Family and delivered exclusively for Kindle. 

You can interactively answer and check a puzzle quiz by clicking the respective answer button. Only the correct answer leads to the solution page. 

The collection is specially created for all kinds of solvers - beginners, skillful, and expert alike. The puzzles are arranged so that you start with the easy (*) puzzles and progress to the hard (*****) puzzles. 

Enjoy it in Color Too!
The book is created in full-color. Enjoy a colorful experience playing it on Kindle Fire or in a Kindle app on iOS, Android, PC, Mac, etc.
   (Taken from Amazon)

Thoughts: As someone who loves puzzles I was pretty excited to read through this interactive puzzle book and give every puzzle a go.

The book starts off with really clear instructions on what to do and it tells you how to navigate through the interactions on all current kindle types.  I thought this was really handy and really good.

I liked how the puzzles start off easy and work their way up to being quite challenging.  The first few I had no troubles with but by the end of the book I was taking a while to figure out the answer.

The way this is interactive is that you tell it which one you think is the answer and if you get it right you get the solution and information about it.  If you get it wrong you get told it’s wrong and there is a link back to the question so you can try again.

Overall, I would say that 100 Puzzle Quizzes is really fun.  If you like visual puzzles then you may enjoy this one!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Free Download Friday (9)

Free Download Friday is a new feature where we give you links to download some free novellas.  Sometimes, they'll be novels or short stories as well.  This week we have Night Marchers by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckles.

“NEVER, EVER lock eyes with a Night Marcher!” Everyone in Hawaii has heard this warning, except for seventeen-year-old Emma Townsend that is. For most Hawaiians know that looking into the eyes of Night Marcher can strike a curse that will end in death or eternal servitude. 

Even though her father, who is a paranormal investigator, solely raised Emma, she has little experience in the realm of the supernatural. When she is forced to move with her father to Hawaii, only months before her graduation, Emma finds that her world as she knows it, is shaken when she starts seeing the unexplainable: fire balls in the distance, beating drums in the middle of nowhere and strangers who vanish into thin air. Then one day when she has a run in with a procession of Night Marchers, ancient Hawaiian spirits wandering from their burial grounds to their locations of battles past, Emma has no choice but to believe that the unbelievable does exist. 
Now Emma must go on the run with the help of a mysterious stranger, as they seek out how to free Emma from the curse of a Night Marcher, who will stop at nothing to get her soul.  (Taken from Goodreads)

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Bite's Tale by Veronica Blade

Title: A Bite's Tale

Author: Veronica Blade

Published: Crush Publishing Ink, January 2012

Pages: 155

Summary: A Cinderella who spends her nights as a wolf. A prince with a taste for blood. 

Seventeen year old Cydney struggles against her werewolf nature, trying to keep everyone around her safe. No way will she risk exposing the beast at the prince’s ball, no matter how her two cousins try to persuade her. Even as she attempts to get on with her life, Cydney can’t forget the boy she loved three summers ago — or what she did to him after losing control. 
Turned into a vampire to save his life, the prince refuses to live up to his royal duties. He just wants to find the girl he loved and lost...the werewolf girl who bit him. But his father, the king, commands him to attend a ball where he must choose a wife. Can he find his Cinderella before he's forced to marry another? He doesn’t even have her real name, much less a glass slipper.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I am always a sucker for fairytale retellings and A Bite’s Tale was no exception.  A Bite’s Tale is a Cinderella retelling.  It was really good and had a unique spin on it in two ways.

One, “Cinderella” is a werewolf and the Prince is a vampire.  This was quite well done and I thought it was pretty awesome how that melded into the story and how the vampires and werewolves interacted with each other in the story.

Two, the step-sisters are not at all wicked.  They were so lovely that I would have loved to have spent time with them.

There were a couple of other unique little twists that were really awesome but I don’t want to give them away as that would give away a large majority of the plot and well, not many people appreciate that for sure.

The story itself was highly entertaining and it’s quite short and easy to read so you just fly through the pages.  Fans of fairytale retellings will absolutely adore this book.

Overall, I thought A Bite’s Tale was a pleasant read and I enjoyed sitting down for a few hours and reading it.  The book had a little bit of an addictive quality to it as I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.  I would highly recommend this one as it is rather enjoyable.