1. Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman - Review

    Circle of Silence

    Book II in  the WiHi  world, can be read as Standalone!
    Genre: YA Contemporary Romance, Mystery
    Publication: July 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
    copy received from publisher
    Get your own: Amazon | Book Depository
    synopsis from Goodreads
    Rating:

    THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS It’s my turn to run a “Campus News” crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.

    A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets-until a student lands in the hospital under “strange” circumstances.

    I “will” blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt…or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is “not” important to this story.)

    But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watch “Campus News” at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.

    "This addicting, thrilling mystery hits upon many of our worst fears."-"Booklist "on "dancergirl

    Carol M. Tanzman has an awesome way to mix, mystery with genuine, real characters, romance, friendship and some classic coming-of-age topics! Oh and let’s drool a little about this awesome cover!!!!!!!

    Dangerous Secret Society and some kids determined to figure out the truth!

    The plot in Circle of Silence was thrilling and mysterious, greatly created and easy to get sucked in very fast. There is this Secret Society and what first starts with simply pranks, soon those pranks turn into something a little more sinister. Valerie, part of the school’s Campus News is determined to figure out who is behind this!
    While the story mainly is told in first person from Val’s POV, there are always small part thrown in the voice of the Leader of the secret society. So we get glimpses into the weird and sick mind of this mysterious person! This added a great level of mystery and suspense which I welcomed very much!

    Valerie - fearless smart and focused heroine!

    One of the first things that came to my mind while reading was that I genuinely loved Valerie’s voice and her character! She was determined she knows exactly what she wants and she goes and get it instead of just dreaming about is like other kids her age! Valerie wants to be a Journalist and she’s driven, smart and focused! I actually admired her, although she sometimes went a little overboard.  Valerie was great heroine!!!!

    Terrific Cast of Characters and even a little cute Romance!

    But, I did not only love Valerie - the other kids part of Valerie’s Team are just as awesome! We have the best friend, who supports Val wherever she can! Also worth to mention is Jagger - Val’s Ex who suddenly joins the Campus Team. Val is truly annoyed since everyone seems to like him and she’s still not over their break up. Their relationship was adorable - with Valerie still heartbroken and we try to find out together why Jagger suddenly reaches out to her again… Being a big fan of romance I was happy the story got a little romance.
    The only complain was that a few revelations were a little too predictable. I saw the last big twist and also Val’s and Jagger problems were easy to see. Still, I totally enjoyed this book and was turning pages very fast!

    Bewitched Rating

    Bottom Line

    Circle of Silence shines with a smart, driven and genuinely awesome heroine! The mystery was thrilling, frightening and keep the reader on edge while waiting for the final show down! Readers who love a strong heroine and enjoy a good mystery  will like this book!


      

    Additional Notes

    Carol M. Tanzman published her Debut dancergirl last year and Circle of Silence plays at the same school. But, each books can be read as a Standalone! Personally, I think Circle of Silence was even stronger than dancergirl!

    How do you like your heroines? What features should your perfect heroine have?
    Much Love,
  2. Waiting on Wednesday {63} - Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

     

    Welcome to my favorite Feature:

    "Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

     

    Death and the Girl Next Door

    Book I in the  Darklight  series

    Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
    Expected  Publication: October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
    Pre-order  amazon (eBook, paperback) | Book Depository

    From the author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right—a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors.

    Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

    High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

    Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones’s first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

    "Unique, witty, and touching—I LOVED THIS BOOK!" —P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Night Series

    I haven’t read Darynda Jones adult books, but I heard amazing things! When I read this synopsis I was instantly sold!

    Dark Mysterious stranger? Tough and Sexy? I am so sold my friends!!!!!!

    Cannot wait to read it!

    So, tell me about your WoW!

    Much Love,
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - Review

    Throne of Glass

    Book I in the Throne of Glass series
    Genre; YA, Fantasy
    publication: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
    copy received from publisher via NetGalley
    Get your own: amazon | Book Depository
    Synopsis from goodreads
    Rating:
    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
    This was an phenomenal read with the most amazing heroine ever! Epic Fantasy as its finest! And Epic is the best word to describe this book of wonderment”

    You love kick ass heroines!! Then meet Celaena

    Celaena is an assassin who lost her parents at the age of 8 and was trained to be the world most famous assassin. But, she’s much more than a cruel killer. Celaena is beautiful, smart , she loves to read and plays music - even more, despite what her upbringing would suggest she loves to be a woman. She knows she’s beautiful and is not playing the ugly duck, nor does she needs a man to tell her so. I loved everything about Celaena - she was kick ass strong, yet there is a vulnerable side on her. In the end, she’s still a girl although the most feared assassin ever seen. She loves to wear beautiful gowns and loves the looks she get from the men surrounding her. Sarah J. Maas did an outstanding job creating this perfect to goodness heroine!

    Fantastic World Building - enough to tease and not too much to be overbearing..

    The world building was another aspect that made this story simply perfect! I loved the descriptions of the world and it was easy to imagine this fantastic world before our eyes. The world is ruled by a cruel king who banished all magic out of the world and conquered every continent and land out there. He’s vicious and not above killing everything that stands in his way. There is a hind of magic coming along, which makes me even more excited to see what is yet to learn about this world!

    Let’s talk about the boys! Oh the boys!

    There is the Prince Dorian - and despite what you would expect with a cruel father like his, he’s amazingly awesome! Smart and wonderful he clearly has a heart and a soul. It’s easy to fall in love with him. Very easy! Choal - the Captain of the Guard is a another player for Celaena’s heart, yet he’s a brooding character not easy to fall for - but he makes Celaena stronger. I loved him just as much! It will be hard to decide on a team just yet, which is a unique situation since I’m very easy to pick teams!

    Action, Fights, Mystery and Romance!

    The plot was absolutely great, I loved the combination of fight, action and the mystery behind the murders. But even more, there lingers the promise of magic and it’s on Celaena to discover if there is really and truly still magic in the world and if the Fae truly disappeared completely! This promise of more, of magic and Fae made the story even more perfect - it was not yet overly pronounced but we are certain that there is more to come, more to discover and more secrets to be revealed! And I am excited to follow this path together with Celaena!

    Bewitched Rating

    Bottom Line

    This was epic fantasy - thrilling, gripping and beautiful. With mysteries to be discovered and a promise of more epicness to come! I loved every second I spend with Celaena and I can’t wait to step back into her live and follow whatever journey lays ahead of her !I’m amazed and In love!
       

    Additional Info

    There is a set of eNovella’s availabe which all play before the happening in Throne of Glass. In total there are 4 short stories which lead to Throne of Glass. The minute I finished Throne of Glass I got those Novella’s. I wanted to know more about this girl and her past, and upbringing! Those stories are perfect for just this! However, I have to say that the Caelena we meet in these Novella’s is slightly different. I little more spoiled and careless. But her development to the woman we meet in Throne of Glass totally made sense to me!

       

    The first 3 are out already and the last one is going to be released in July they say… there is no date available yet.

    Trailer

    Last but not least. I want to share this awesome trailer with you guys!!!!

    Do you like Fantasy? Kick ass heroines? Plan to read this one?

    Much Love,

  4. The All Male Giveaway Hop!

    It’S JULY!! Which means, we finally kick of the All Male Giveaway Review Challenge with a Giveaway Hop!!!

    The All Male Review Challenge!

    Th Review Challenge will start tomorrow and there will be 3 amazing Prize Packs to win, plus each of the hosting Blogs will have special Mini-Challenges and Giveaways, so … to be short:

    it will be tons of fun! 

    July 1st: GIVEAWAY HOP
    July 2nd: Welcome/Review Link up post
    July 3rd: Interview with author Katie McGarry and giveaway of Pushing the Limits hosted by The Unread Reader
    July 9th: Male authors roundtable and signed books giveaway hosted by Danny of Bewitched Bookworms *
    July 16th: Lish McBride guest post and giveaway of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer hosted by Melissa of  Books and Things
    July 23rd: Interview with author Veronica Rossi and giveaway of Under the Never Sky hosted by Jenny of Supernatural Snark
    July 30th: Interview with author Mike Mullin and giveaway of Ashfall hosted by Jen of In the Closet with a Bibliophile
    August 3rd: Announcement of Grand Prize Winners

    Note: I am extremely happy to host a discussion panel with 4 amazing male authors: 

    • Dan Wells Author of Partials - YA Dystopian 
    • Jeff Hirsch Author of Magisterium - YA Fantsay (Dystopian?) 
    • Robison Wells  Author of Variant - YA Mystery (SciFi) 
    • Tom Pollock Author of City’s Son - YA Fantasy

    But now onto the Giveaway!

    I choose a few books for you to choose from, The giveaway is international as long as BookDepository ships to you…

    It’s a mix of Male authors and male POV’s and I hope there is something among the books you would love to read!

    Please enter via the Rafflecopter Widget:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Here are the hop rules:

    • The book(s) you choose to giveaway must be YOUNG ADULT and either be written by a male author or feature a male protagonist as the main character.
    • Stories with alternating POVs are acceptable as long as one of the main characters is male.
    • The hop will run from July 1st-7th.

    Much Love,

    And here are all the participants of the Giveaway! Now, go and take your chance to win some amazing books

  5. My Friday Love {63} - All Male Review Challenge - Reading Suggestions!

    Happy Friday Welcome to our Friday Feature!

    My Friday Love is a weekly meme, where we want to share what we loved during this past week. Each week we will ask a question about what you loved in this week. (This meme can easily combined with any other Friday meme, we don’t mind;) 

    You might have noticed the awesome Review Challenge starting soon:

    So in light of this awesometastic event, I have some Reading Recomendations for you! Of course, my list is by FAR not complete!

    My Friday Love is…

    The All Male Review Challenge!

    So I deiced to put together a list of suggestions for you - ranging from free books, to great deals, to normal deals but still just awesome:))

    Male POV & Authors - eBook Deals free - $2.99

     

    Male POV’s from my list of awesome!

    Male Authors

    Featured at Bewitched Bookworms

    Jeff Hirsch - male author, male POV | Dan Wells - male author, female POV | Robinson Wells male author, male POV | Tom Pollock - male author, female and male POV ( ready for pre-oder)

    (Note, as an amazon affiliate all money goes into giveaways, web hosting and web design of the Bewitched Bookworms! Thanks for your support!) 

    Woot!! So if you want to join the Challenge, maybe here are some suggestions!

    I am so excited for this challenge!

    Happy male Reading  and let me know what you are planing to read! 

    Much Friday Love,




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  6. Waiting on Wednesday {62} - Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

     

    Welcome to my favorite Feature:

    "Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

     

    Days of Blood and Starlight

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book II in the series

    Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy | Paranormal
    Expected publication: November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown & Company
    Pre-order  amazon (eBook, Hardcover, audio) | Book Depository
    Danny’s Review and Pushy’s Review  
    Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
    Holy Freaking Prettiness!!!! 

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a “must read” by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it “a breath-catching romantic fantasy.

    I am soooo freaking in love with this cover.. Gosh it’s beautiful!

    I remember, that Daughters of Smoke and Bone was one of the first books I read last year from BEA, and I remember being amazed by this awesomeness! I cannot wait for November!!

    *sigh*

    … after talking to Pushy forever about this book she finally read it and just reviewed it today!

    She also looooved it:

    Much Love,
  7. In My Mailbox - Danny’s Edition

    Happy Sunday my friends and welcome to:

    Weekly meme from The Story Siren. The idea is to post the books you got this week,whether you bought them, got them as a gift,from the library, or received them to review.

    For Review -

    eCopies via NetGalley and Edelweiss. Thanks to HarperCollins. HarlequinTEEN, Kensington, Macmillan and TwistLibrary! 

       

     

    Some amazing contemporary cuteness!! Can’t wait to read them !
      
    Two Thriller and Mysteries and then a Dystopian with the most gorgeous cover ever! Defiance looks awesome!
      
    eCopies of Crewel and Eve & Adam, both Dystopian and… SPARK second book in the Storm series!! I died when I saw it was available on NetGalley!!!!

    Books Bought

     
    I couldn’t resist all those amazing reviews of Shadow and Bone!!! And. I read such a cute review from What A Boy Wants that I got it right away! Such a cute story!

    Audiobooks

       

    Some exciting audiobooks right??? I always wanted to read Cinder and .. I needed to read Golden Lily asap so I went for the audio this time. Also in preparation of the All Male Challenge I finally got Partials!

    Woot!!!!!! Exciting hu???
    Love my mailbox!
    Let me know what you have in your mailbox!!
    Much Love,
  8. Discussed! by Danny - Monetize a blog

    Happy Saturday! Topics for these discussion posts come to me out of the blue.Today I would like to talk about a slightly controversial topic! So be prepared!

    I want to talk about monetizing your blog.

    Before I go on, please let’s be respectful towards each other. 

    When I started blogging I refused to think about monetizing the blog. If this discussion would have been 2 years before, I would have had a strong argument against having ads on my blog, or having affiliate programs. But, I am now in a different place. The Bookworms grew and I especially grew with this blog, I became more invested not only in the content of the blog, but I spend also a ridiculous amount of time with design and prettiness of the posts and the blog itself!

    The change to WordPress was the beginning. I wanted a more professional way of blogging, I wanted to be able to be more individual. But of course, with WordPress comes hosting…

    Then, there are giveaways! I guess you know that we have a fair number of giveaways running on the blog! Some are sponsored by publishers or authors for which I am super grateful, but there are also lots of giveaways we sponsor ourselves. And, that we get a book for free from a publisher doesn’t mean it’s free to ship it out. Needless to say, Pushy spends tons of money on shipping costs.

    Don’t get me wrong!

    This is not a whining post about how much money I spend for a hobby I love. Nope, no whining - just the truth and honestly? I happily & gladly spend every cent that goes into the Bookworms. Needless to say, it’s my very own decision how much to put into blogging.

    However, wouldn’t it be nice to get tiny amount back? And I say: yes it would be nice! I don’t expect to actually earn money, it would be just nice to get a few cents back from what I put into this blog.. In the end, every cent would go back into the blog, or in giveaways. So, this is when I decided it’s time to look into monetizing options.

    And… This Danny girl here is picky!

    1. Advertisement needs to be Book specific! Yep, I do not want to have random Google ads sitting on my sidebar. I know that this works for other sites, but not for me. I want all advertisement to have something to do with Books! In the end, The Bewitched Bookworms are a Book Blog for a reason right?
    2. Adds need to look good! I am a design nerd, I happily admit, that this was something very important to me.
    3. I want to decide exactly what is advertised on my sidebar!

    Programs I joined and try out!

    So, here is what I ended up deciding and which program I ended up joining!

    amazon Affiliates:

    I buy nearly all of my books on amazon and I linked to them before. So it was an easy decision to join this program. Plus they have this cute carousel widget which I love looking at. :-)

    Does it work for me?

    Yes, because it’s easy to use and I love the style! Do I get real value out of it? Nope. Last month I “made” $0.43. I know, I was also pretty amazed by this awful lot of money…  ;)

    Audible Affiliates:

    I looooove audible! I have a platinum membership and I still need more credits. Audible is my one and only source of audiobooks. Plus, I love to share awesome audiobooks which is why I love to do audio giveaways! I was happy when audible introduced the gift option. Woot!

    Does it work for me?

    Yes and No. Yes, because they have cute Buttons and great deals for new memberships so I have this Button on my sidebar. No, because liking back to a particular audiobook in a review is too much afford, so I don’t do it!

    Book Depository:

    Whenever we do a book giveaway we end up buying it from The Book Depository. Also, since they ship worldwide we can make those giveaways international. Since we use them for giveaways on the blog, I decided to join their program

    Does it work for me?

    No idea, I just joined the program a week ago. But, the Buttons look nice and the linking part is easy! So I have a good feeling!

    Blog Ads:

    They contacted me a few month ago to see if I’d like to join and after reflection I decided to give it a shot! I saw them around on a few blogs I read, and the ads looked really nice.

    Does it work for me?

    YES - this program is actually the best. You are selling actual ad space and you are not just an affiliate. The big difference, you get paid for the time the ad appears on your blog and it’s not based on sales from your site. Also, you can choose which ad to approve and if it’s an add you do not want to have on your blog, you just decline. Full control! Which is something I truly wanted! Moreover, you can modify the add and change a few things to make get it fitting to your layout!

    *sigh* now onto the difficult part and I would like to raise one question: 

    Does this make me a bad book reviewer? Does this make me less of a blogger?

    I think I heard the argument before. We do not get paid for our reviews! Nope, writing reviews should be based on our personal opinion and not tainted by the money you get. With joining Affiliate programs or selling ad space I do not think my value as a blogger drops, nor do I think it does on other blogs.

    Also, those programs do not affect my personal opinion in any way. Why would they?

    It is something completely else to actually get paid for reviews. And this is still ok for me as long as it is mentioned somewhere. Like Kirkus - they sell their reviewing service together with their name.

    The Bookworms? We are a Book Review Blog -  nothing more, but also nothing less! I anyway think I get compensated by the publishers because, they are giving me free books for freaking sake!  I couldn’t be more happy than getting free books to read and talk about. Also this does not affect my personal opinion any more or any less!

    So now, by monetizing my blog, I don’t and won’t monetize my reviews and my opinions! I think this must be a clear and distinkt difference which I hope I made here on the Bookworms!

    Now, I want to hear from you! Are you  against monetizing?

    If so why? And If so, do you look differently at blogs that do this? Do you think less of them as a blogger? Just hit me with it - I would love to talk about this with you!

    If you do go into the same direction I go - which programs have you joined, which work for you and which don’t.

    Happy Discussion!

    Much Love,

     

  9. My Friday Love {62} - Summer eBook Deals - Love the free!

    Happy Friday Welcome to our Friday Feature!

    My Friday Love is a weekly meme, where we want to share what we loved during this past week. Each week we will ask a question about what you loved in this week. (This meme can easily combined with any other Friday meme, we don’t mind;) 

    In spirit of the Friday Love, go and visit the other blogs and leave some love…

    Share an awesome eBook Deal from a Book you love, or are excited to read!!! 

    My Friday Love is…

    From What I Remember …

    will be on "READ NOW" on NetGalley starting today for the entire weekend! If you still *frowns* haven’t read this book of awesome, then here’s your chance! Head over to NetGalley, grab it, get your sunglasses and read!!!!

    In case you don’t know this book yet, I reviewed it a while ago and looooved it to pieces and it also made it on my Top 2012 list!

    Oh and make sure to follow those girls on twitter. because.. they rock!

    Valerie: twitter -  Stacy: Twitter

    Thanks to NetGalley and Hyperion for making this book available for all the Reader who didn’t had a chance to read it yet! 

    And in the spirit of free and bargain eBooks, I was hunting on amazon and found some great deals of some awesome books!

    For Free:

    For $0.99

    For $1.99

    For $2.99

    (Note, as an amazon affiliate all money goes into giveaways, web hosting and web design of the Bewitched Bookworms! Thanks for your support!) 

    Tell me if you find a super bargain or awesome free books! I’d love to hear!

    Let us know! 

    Much Friday Love,




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  10. Waiting on Wednesday {61} - Trapped by Kevin Hearne - Iron Druid Chronicles

     

    Welcome to my favorite Feature:

    "Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

     

    One of Danny’s Favorite Series …

    .…I cannot get enough of Atticus! .

    Trapped

    Iron Druid Chronicles #5

    Genre: Adult, Fantasy | Paranormal
    Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group
    Pre-order this piece of awesome: amazon (eBook, Hardcover)
    OoOOo Atticus is not alone on the cover!! Dare I think….

    After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

    Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.

    A 12 year time shift? That is going to be interesting!! Love this idea and can’t wait to find out more!

    Plus.. finally Atticus is not alone anymore on the cover, Granuaile is there too! And look how pretty she looks and how protective Atticus is standing before her! She looks fierce and he looks bad ass, ready to take everyone down who messes with her!

    Dare I hope for finally a little romance between them? … I mean if her apprenticeship is over? Pleas please please, I am so ready for some romance between them!

    *sigh*

    As you might have guessed, I loooved this series and I just reviewed the series eariler this week. And because I love those books so much and because the audiobooks are phenomenal. I’m giving away 2 audiocopies!

    New to the series or old! Doesn’t matter I have a copy for everyone :)

    Much Love,
  11. The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne - Series Feature & Giveaway

    You know how it is, sometimes you are just so caught up into a series, that you are reading them (or listening to them) so fast that you have barely time to review them. Then, add the a serious tight review schedule and … there you go, you forgot to review books you absolutely loved and truly enjoyed! That’s why I bring you today a series review. (You can read this one savely, there are no spoilers in this review! Be warned, this is a big post and … there is a giveaway at the end!

    The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

    The series is scheduled for 6 books (although Kevin keeps hoping for 9) and 4 are out so far.

    First, we need a second to droll over this incredibly epically awesome cover designs! It tells you everything you need to know about this series, it’s bad-ass - awesome  - and … let’s face it, the main character /model is incredibly hot!
    (note, all images are taken from Kevin Hearne’s website)

    World Building - take every(!!) mythos and mythical creature and put them all together!

    The world in the Iron Druid Chronicles is enourmous and phenomenal. Kevin Haerne does not focuses on a single mythos and explores this, no, he goes beyond everything and takes every crature and mythos and put them all together! Want to meet Jesus, or an ancicent gooddess, Fairies, Vampires? You can meet all them them in this series! The variety is gigantic and simply adds tp the perfection of this series!

    Atticus - Druid that will make woman swoon and mens cheer for his bad-assery!

    The main character the series focuses on is Atticus the only Druid that is left in our world. Describing Atticus will be hard and I try to do him justice! He’s bad ass - I mean he’s the only Druid that managed to survive! He’s hott - look at the covers and don’t tell me you are not swooning over them  and the cover model is exactly how Atticus is described in the novels. He is insanely funny, but he’s also loving and caring! In short, Atticus is the perfect hero for woman to swoon over and bad ass enough for male to cheer for him! (No idea what boys do with their hero’s - buy an action figure?) Coming one more time to the swooning and drooling part, he is covered in ancient tattoos, that keep in bound to the Earth where he draws his magic from.. *faints*

    Oberon - Sidekick of perfection!

    If you would imagine one perfect sidekick you have to meet Oberon! And to be clear, Oberon is a Hound and… Atticus trained him to talk with him in his head. He.Is.Awesome! He’s the funniest sidekick ever and he will make you burst out laughing so be warned! I am promising you that you will fall in love with this dog! Plus, he’s also deeply loyal to Atticus and would do anything to protect him… gosh you gonna love this hound…

    Witty and downright hilarious

    The humor is definitely one of the best parts about this series. Be prepared for the best quotes you will ever encounter! I laughed to loud so many times - reading this series will simply make you happy! Atticus has a dry humor and he offers them freely in every situation, even the dire deadly one! Together with Oberon, he’s unbeatable!
    “Now go and stake some vamps. Especially the sparkly emo ones.” Hammered, Book 3
    “The tendency of modern American women to exclaim ‘Hiiiiiiiiiiii!’ in soprano octaves and hug each other upon sight can be disconcerting to those unfamiliar with it.” Hexed, Book 2

    “Whoa. He had ghouls on speed dial. My lawyer kicks so much ass.” Hounded, Book 1 

    Love - or the lack thereof!

    With me being me, I have to say a few words about love and romance. There is not much, there are always little small innuendo’s but there is no bog glowing romance in this series. It makes me sad, but knowing me and the fact that I still give this series a full raving review and rating should tell you how epically awesome this series is. However, looking at the cover of the upcoming book 5 “Trapped” there is a girl on the cover. Dare I to hope for romance? Anyhow, the readers knows who is the girl on the cover: It’s Granuaile the girl he meets in book 1 Hounded and who became his apprentice. There was some tension between them in book 4 Tricked which I hope will explored more! However, this is not a romance story and love in any case will only play a small part of this story. This lack however, does nothing to my utter enjoyment of these book!

    Bewitched Rating

    yep… you got that right, totally deserves the magic rating of awesome! 

    Bottom Line

    The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne rocks big time and has everything from witty dialogues,awesome storylines up to epic characters that kick ass!  The Iron Druid Chronicles is one of the best series for both male and female with Urban fantasy and supernatural elements combined in a utterly unique and refreshing way. Woman will fall for Atticus and men will admire his bad-assery - together with the incredible humor in the series, this is a must-read. Period. Each books has a mystery to solve but there is a transporting and underlying storyline that glues all the books together!

         

    Buying Info 

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    Audiobook Ramblings

    If you like Audiobooks, then you have (truly, I am nearly begging you) to listen to these audiobooks! The narrator Luke Daniels is a narration genius who did an outstanding job! He not only gave Atticus the perfect voice, but gave Oberon the best voice ever!! If he wouldn’t be already so incredible funny, Luke Daniels would do the job for him. Considering that I often listen to audio’s in public, I know get the funniest look when laughing out lout, or trying to surpress a giggle!

    Because I am so incredibly in love with this series and especially with the audiobooks I give away 2 audiocopies gifted via audible!

    The winner can choose either the first book in the series, to get you hooked! Or the last one, for the fans that didn’t have time to catch up! Enter the Rafflecopter below!

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    Much Love and I hope you will fall for this series as much as I did!

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  12. Top 10 Books 2012…so far!

    Yesterday was June 15 - which means mid of the month and mid of the year! So I decided I would to a quick Top 10 Reads of 2012  for the first half the year!

    And I decided to include books I read this year, which means some of them were published last year but I just got now to read them, also some are books that will come out soon, but were way too awesome not to mention them now! I looked through all the 5 star reviews on goodreads and took the 10 I loved the most, so …

    *drum rolls*

    here they are, my  Top 10

    10

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

    love this new cover so so sooo much!!!!! It’s epic! 

    Quote from my Review:

    This was a phenomenal book that totally left me speechless with how much I adored it. The writing is so amazingly beautiful and so incredibly full of emotions I had tears in my eyes nearly throughout. I felt everything Juliette felt. Adam is the swoon-worthy boy that makes the story well-rounded and simply perfect!

    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

    Quote from my Review

    Dark and thrilling with incredible real and hauntingly beautiful characters! The Immortal Rules is the perfect preface into a new exciting series full of kick ass characters you are going to care and cheer for and that has a gripping story which leaves you graving for more! It sucks you in and won’t let you go until you read the very last page! Julie Kagawa is a Rockstar in the YA Paranormal World and The Immortal Rules is epic awesomeness for sure!

    Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

    Review to come…

    But, I loved this book so much and reminded me of my favorite TV show : Friday Night Lights! I loved Jordan and the romance was cute and hot and absolutely full of butterflies! Staling Parker is the next book from Miranda Kenneally and it is as awesome if not better. (Was a tough decision between those two books…) 

    From What I Remember… by Stacy KramerValerie Thomas

    Quote from my Review

    Smashing, Cute and Sexy. From What I Remember… is a excitingly  beautiful story with love, self-discovery and a thrilling set of characters. If you look for a lovely coming of age novel, that will touch your heart, make you laugh and cry – then you most definitely should pick this one up. This book is movie material, explosive and romantic!

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Review to come ..

    Quote from my Review on goodreads: 

    This was epic fantasy - thrilling, gripping and beautiful. With mysteries to be discovered and a promise of more epicness to come! I loved every second I spend with Celaena and I can’t wait to step back into her live and follow whatever journey lays ahead of her!

    I’m amazed and In love!

    Storm  Brigid Kemmerer

    Quote from my Review

    Storm by Brigd Kremmer is a phenomenal kick off in a new paranormal series that has everything we all love in this genre.  Brilliant cast of characters, explosive fast paced story – twists that keep you on edge and not one, but 4 hot boys! Clearly, be ready to fall for those boys!

    Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

    Quote from my Review

    Elizabeth Norris created with Unraveling a thrilling tale that is full of intrigue, suspense, drama, heartbreak and sweet love, perfected with beautiful and wonderful characters that will need a place in your heart! Unraveling took my by surprise, I loved every second I spend between those pages and that I spend with Janelle, Ben and Jared. It was full of twists and turns, I didn’t see coming and twists that broke my heart! Don’t miss out on this unique and fresh YA story with a wonderful mix of genres!

    Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

    Review to come…

    Quote from my Mini-view from goodreads

    This was a phenomenal debut! It was raw intensive, emotional, heartbreakingly sad and beautiful at the same time. This is the story of two characters that lived through something horrible and together they find a way back to life and to hope. I was sobbing a few times throughout the book. It was touching, emotionally raw and it left me wishing those two will finally find peace.

    Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

    Quote from my Review

    Of Poseidon was epic and a pure wonderment! Anna Banks created a tale that was heart-melting, mysterious funny and just fanfreakingtastic! The characters were amazing with a heroine who was smart cute and snarky and Galen the boy who stole Emma’s heart but will also steal yours! Of Poseidon will get a place on my special-awesomeness shelf of epic tales and I hope it will get a place on yours!

    Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

    Quote from my Review

    Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins is a highly seductive read, with intense and memorable characters which will suck you into their tale and occupy your mind even after finishing the last page.  Anna is an adorable heroine perfect for a tale of good and evil and Kaidan is her perfect counterpart who will enter your dreams and won’t let you go!  *dies of this epicness* 

    That’s my list of awesome! And … just looking at these books and reading my reviews again remembered me how much I love these books and yes, I would totally (like right now) read them again! I am super excited to see what else is to come for this year.. It has to be really really good to top my list right now!

    There are tons of books I’m looking forward to so let’s see what epicness hides behind those pages!

    Did you do a list of your Top 2012 book so far? Please leave a link in the comments so that I can check them out, I’d love to see your list!!

    Let me know about your favorite books!!!

    Wanna hear it!

    Much Love,

  13. Transcendence by C.J. Omololu

    Transcendence

    First in a series
    Genre: YA, Paranormal, Mythology
    Published June 5th 2012 by Walker & Company
    copy received from publisher
    Get your own: amazon | B&N | BookDepository
    format: Hardvover, eBook
    Synopsis from goodreads
    Rating:
    When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.
    As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.
    Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?
    The first thing that grabbed my attention here was the setting! US Girl going to London the idea of reincarnation is fascinating! The synopsis is utterly gripping and perfectly written to grab my attention!

    Glimpses of a Previous Life?

    Truly, who doesn’t think that the idea of having lived before isn’t extremely fascinating and gives room for a phenomenal romance? The concept in Transcendence is very unqique as there are few people that are actually aware of their previous lifes which is an interesting idea. Imagine meeting a 17 year old boy who has lived already countless of previous lives and processes the knowledge of so many lifetimes? Seems like a very wise young boy… However, not all know about the other lifes right away, some just “become” Akhet meaning they have to learn painfully that they have lived before and get glimpses of past lives which of course leaves them utterly confused at first …

    Cole - a new Akhet

    Cole is a pretty normal, not excitingly outstanding girl who is one of those that learn rather late that she has actually lived before. She get’s glimpses of her previous lifes which leaves her utterly confusing, being afraid she looses her mind. It’s when she meets Griffon she begins to understand…. As mentioned before, Cole was rather plain and truth to be told she had sometimes a pretty annoying attitude. I couldn’t fall for her completely and connecting with her was rather hard to accomplish…

    Griffon - the boy who lived .. before

    Griffon was a very interesting character, especially when we learn about his past. And although the concept of old souls in your bodies is nothing new (take all supernatural creatures here… ) it was harder to grasp here. It felt weird that he would fall for such a young girl with no experience of this world whatsoever. Maybe that was the appeal? The Romance was sweet but the butterflies were missing. However, Griffon was very likely my most favo character apart from Cole’s best friend who was fan freakingtastic!! ;)

    An old Grudge and a Mystery

    One part of the story was a mystery Cole had to solve together with Griffon’s help. This was a nice addition to the learning process of Cole’s new role in the world and I enjoyed this part quote a bit!

    Bewitched Rating

    Bottom Line

    Transcendence was a quick read with a deeply fascinating concept or reincarnation. The mythology was intriguing and left enough room to wish for more. However, Cole as a main character didn’t excite me too much and the romance lacked the necessary sparks. Despite the problems I had with the story, it was still a  enjoyable read!
     
    Tell me, would you like to know you have lived before? Even processing all the knowledge from the previous lifes? Or would you rather not know ?
    Much Love,
  14. Waiting on Wednesday {60) - The Dark Light by Sara Walsh

     

    Welcome to my favorite Feature:

    "Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

     

    Holy Freaking Hottness!!!!!!

    .…this looks like a hot and sexy piece of YA ….

    The Dark Light

    Genre: YA Paranormal
    Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Simon Pulse
    Pre-order this piece of awesome: amazon (eBook, Hardcover)
    I want this cover in big.. on my wall!!! 

    Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

    That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get intense Sol—or the brilliant tattoo on his back—out of her mind.

    Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything she once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was—and neither is she.

    I’m being straight honest here, the minute I saw the cover I knew I would need to read this book. Don’t care about the synopsis. This book promises hot YA and … ink. I love Tattoos and I assume that this guy there in the cover is totally hot! *sigh*

    So, what about you my friends? Show me what you are waiting for!
    Much Love,
  15. Indie Author Giveaway Hop - Featuring JL Bryan’s Songs of Magic Series!

    Indie Author Giveaway Hop

    June 13th to 19th

    Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A WriterKrazy Book Lady

    Featuring books by Indie & Small Press Authors

    And I have the pleasure to host a Giveaway of the 4 books in JL Bryan’s Songs of Magic Series!

    And.. JL Bryan generously offered all 4 books to 1 lucky winner!!!

    Woot! I know, he’s awesome!

    Heather read them and totally adores this series!

    Fairy Metal Thunder  - Fairy Metal Blues - Character Interview (totally awesome)

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    Have fun hoping and GOOD Luck! 

    Much Love, 

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