Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate


★★★★★

Let me start of by saying I love Fallen (Fallen #1)'s book cover AND the main character's name, Luce.  Everything about this book is a welcomed surprise (including the fact that this is a quick read despite it 452 pages).


Of course, there's a whole host of other characters who round this story and each and every turn out nicely.  The intriguing thing about Fallen (Fallen #1) is the fact that you don't know who Luce can trust.  In the end, I'm left to feel like the color white instantaneously turned black and vice versa.  Those I trusted were working against Luce and those I didn't trust were in her corner.

Without giving anything away, Fallen (Fallen #1) does a great job of setting the reader up for Torment (Fallen #2), which I'm reading now and enjoying enough to finish the series.  Review to follow.

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3.77 of 5 stars
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5) byJulie Kagawa

Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5) by



This novella is more about Ash and Puck's relationship than anything.  Making it all the more special is the fact that it is told by Puck and his point of view.  Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5) gave us a glimpse into Puck's mind and made him even more endearing. 

With this book, we were able to see the battle between Leanansidhe and Queen Titania while enjoying the latest adventure for the Prince and Goodfellow.  Actually, King Oberon's absence and jealousy gives us some insight to him as well.

By way of a short story, this is great fix for those desperate for more of the Iron Fey series and  . 


Friday, April 20, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - 4/20, An Interesting Topic

This week the sponsors of the YA Indie Carnival are supposed to share excerpts about marijuana.  Interestingly enough, I had no idea what 4/20 meant, which led me to research the subject.  For those as ignorant as me about casual drug use, I'm including the information from Wikipedia:  April 20 has evolved into a acounterculture holidy, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.

Now, I don't have even one excerpt which is remotely related to pot.  However, I do have a passage where Dr. Allison La Crosse walks in on a fellow physician who has just overdosed on IV drugs.  Unfortunately, there is nothing fun, funny, or amusing about this scene.  I'm a nurse at heart and have seen too many people's lives ruined by drugs for me to pretend they are anything but soul sucking.

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Expecting one thing and finding another, I stood paralyzed in place, staring open-mouth toward an unconscious Suri.  She was slouched down in one of the two straight-backed chairs with a tourniquet applied to her arm and an empty, needled syringe hanging limp from her arm vein.  Violet red blood bubbled like a brook from around the needle.  It streamed over the side of her arm and dripped onto her expensive white pants – more intensely defiling them with every second passing.

“Oh my God,” I exclaimed, rushing toward her. 

She was breathing, but it was so shallow and labored that it was not conducive to living.  Without assistance from her and almost simultaneously, I released the tourniquet, pulled the syringe out of her arm, and grabbed for gauze and tape.  I used one hand to stem-the-tide of blood.  Ferocious, I used the other (along with my mouth) to rip at the tape which would be used to keep pressure on the hemorrhaging site.  Once the wound was stabilized, I lowered her limp body, as slow and gentle as she could afford, to the ground.  I had to minimize her risk for additional injuries after I left in search of help. 

Dashing into the hall, I found Brody.  At the sight of me hysterical and covered in Suri’s blood, his face went as white as the cotton balls I had just knocked to the floor. 

“I need help,” I yelled and rushed back into the room.

There, I found, in just a few seconds, Suri - severely misshapen and contorted - had stopped breathing and had begun seizing.  Her arms were drawn up tight and awkward into her body.  Her fists were curled into her chest and directed toward her elbows.  Her toes were pointed straighter than a ballerina performing a pirouette, and with head cracking force, her body rigidly convulsed.  As a final shock, her eyes were nothing more than white marbles. 

The horrific scene left me dazed and confused until I realized Brody was shaking me and shouting, “Get the crash cart now!”

I ran out of the room, down the hall, and toward the cart.  All the while, I was barking, “CODE BLUE ROOM 7!” 

Carolyn and Linda had an instantaneous shot of adrenaline with my call for help.  They were out of their seats, helping me roll the cart into the room.  There, we found Brody clutching the used blood-covered syringe in one hand while holding the empty vial of medicine up to the light with the other.

Without glancing our way and stripped of the control he’d shown during Trevor’s accident, he shouted orders.  “I need Narcan, now!” 

The volatility of his demand made all of us to jump.


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1.Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
7.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 8.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
9.Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series10.Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
11.Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey12.M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping
13.Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler14.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
15.Melissa Pearl, Author of The Time Spirit Trilogy16.Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga
17.Courtney Cole Writes18.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
19.Ella James20.Maureen Murrish
21.Valerie Sloan


Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by






My one and only complaint - and God knows I hate to complain about a phenomenal book - is the absence of my favorite heroine, Meghan, throughout the majority of the book.  I understand the reason AND the importance, but I missed her like I would miss a dear friend whose house I was visiting while she was away for the weekend.  







Friday, April 13, 2012

Witch Hunt Blog Tour Giveaway

Today, I'm honored to be the host of the Witch Hunt Blog Tour for K.C. Blake, author of the newly released Witch Hunt.  K.C. and I participate in a YA Indie Author Club weekly post about diverse topics.  Her perspective on our topics is always unique and enjoyable.  Following K.C.'s lead, I'm doing a different type of interview.  I thought it would be fun to get to know the real K.C. by posting a snapshot of her desk and allowing K.C. to describe the significance of her most treasured items. 

One lucky person (who posts a comment and email address) will win a copy of Witch Hunt.  ENJOY!
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Summary of Witch Hunt (click on title or the cover to buy on Amazon):

A magical game of Hide n Seek begins.  Find the missing player and win.  The game resets; everyone forgets and starts to play it again.

Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since her mother died. As a reporter for the school paper, she believes in hard facts. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a fellow student’s home are all on her to-do list. So when she hears the mysterious group known as the It-Squad are about to start playing a secretive game, she wants to know more. She’s especially interested in the group’s gorgeous leader, Dylan Winchester.

With her boy-crazy best friend at her side, Starr is going to discover that not only are witches real, they need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps their lives.

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 About the Items on K.C. Blake's Writing Desk:

Author K. C. Blake's Working, Writing, and Musing Space....

➊ That is my cat Blanca. She's always on my desk, getting into stuff and keeping me from working.

➋ I have my Harlequin book covers in frames above the desk on the wall.

➌  There are words BELIEVE and WISH. I got them at Christmas and keep them out all year because BELIEVE, WISH, and DREAM are words I live by, but I couldn't find one that had Dream on it.

➍  There is my computer of course and tons of notebooks where I do my plotting, bios, etc.

➎  There is a giant pencil in front of my CD collection. My aunt gave that to me after I got published.

➏ A Writer's Digest cup has pencils and pens in it. My bff gave it to me when I was 17 and dreaming of being a writer.

➐  To the far right against the wall is my bulletin board where I use index cares to plot my books.



 

  

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by










Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by