Sunday, July 31, 2011

Welcom to the Winners Circle: Forever Epic Edition!

Alrighty guys you now what time it is....

It's the time where another giveaway must come to and end...

And we tell ya who won the fantastical epicness, that is the Forever Prize Packs!!!

But first we would like to take one last minute to say goodbye to The Wolves Of Mercy Falls.

*Greta & Darkfallen both sniffles*

*fights over the box of tissues*

Good-bye Wolves of Mercy Falls!!
Sam, Grace, Beck, Paul, Urlik, Rachel, Olivia, Isobel, Cole, John, Jack (yes even Jack)....
We will truly miss you with all our heart, and will dream every night that Ms. Maggie will give us a novella here and there in the future...

*sighs & collapses on each other*

With that being said we would also like to leave you with one last thing before we announce the winners.

For those of you who spent the Waiting On Forever week with us you know we had songs for both Shiver & Linger.

Well now it is time for Forever to get a little music love. And since Sam & Grace have their role, and Cole & Isobel have theirs, it is only right that they BOTH get their own song.

Here is Greta's Pick for Sam & Grace...

And here is Darkfallen's pick for Cole & Isobel...

And now on to the winners!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!! Its been a howl of a good time!!

And Darkfallen got the chance to meet the awesome Maggie this week...wanna see pics and videos?
Click HERE!!

Until Next Time...

Darkfallen meets Maggie Steifvator! Wanna see?

Ok so its' no secret that us girls here at Paranormal Wastelands LOVE...

LOVE... some Maggie!
Welps I am soooooo super stoked that I got to meet her this week and I can tell you she is even more awesome in person!
A little something you should know about me....when I am around famous people I get so nervous I've been known to lose my lunch.
It's not rational, this I know. I mean they are just people for GAWDS sake....but still
Try telling my nerves that;)
So I am very happy to report that I met Maggie, and I didn't puke on her!
Although I was literally shaking like a leaf. So much so Maggie tried to tell me she was actually her evil twin sister in attempt to calm me didn't work.

But I thought I would share some video footage of the event as well as some pics!
So even thought you couldn't make will feel like you were there.

See I love ya'll so much I just can't let you miss this stuff ;)
WARNING: The videos you are about to watch may cause uncontrollable laughter. I suggest you proceed with cation, and preferably, for the health of your comp and you, without food or drink in your mouth. We would hate to make you choke, or spray you poor computer with a mouthful of orange soda *winks*
This is where Maggie learns that Linger made it on the New York Times best seller list!

(sorry you have to follow the link, blogger is rebelling against video uploads apparently...I've tried it every way possible.)

This is the story of when Maggie visits Zultan the Wolf man, a guy in Hungary that trains wolfs for movies. Please not that we learned that Maggie was basically thrown in a pen with over 20 wolves, and 3 different packs, unto which at one point 1 wolf won the privilege to sit next to her and stick his tongue in her mouth....she doesn't recommend the tongue part. GRITTY

And lastly this is what Maggie has to say about Cole St. Clair, as well as a little of the Q&A session. The end about bagpipes his hilarious!

And now for some pics of the event and A VERY VERY shaking in her converse Darkfallen...
Yep that's right...two copies of Scorpio Races were right within my reach. However I am sad to report I didn't win it:(

And this is our bag-o-goodies for Maggie

Here Maggie opens her goodies and even models the hat Greta made for her:)
And YES I WAS SHAKING SOOOOO BAD!! This is the part where Maggie tried to convince me she wasn't actually Maggie Steifvator in effort to stop my trembling...

 To my suprise she was parked only 2 spots from me!!

 So yes I took my pic with her car too!

Look at the wolfy she drew for like 2.5 seconds! This women is gifted, no other word for it;)

Welps that was my amazing night!
Hope you enjoyed:)


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vampire Shift by Tim O'Rourke: Review

Vampire Shift
By Tim O'Rourke
Published June 6th 2011
Pick up your copy today at Amazon Today!!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

When twenty-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations and missing persons, with her unique ability of 'seeing', Kiera soon realises her life is in danger. But when Kiera falls in love with Police officer Luke Bishop, not only is her mind and her heart opened to a terrifying new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings. In a race against time to unearth the truth, Kiera must discover the identity of who or what is behind the gruesome deaths on the 'Vampire Shift'.

Book one in the Kiera Hudson Trilogy.

Darkfallen's squeefilled thoughts:

Let me start by saying that when I first read the synopsis for Vampire Shift I was a little leery.
 I mean it's talking about police work, crime scenes, murder investigations, the main chic is a cop...

To say that my Urban Fantasy radar was going off is a bit of an understatement.

More like there was a four alarm siren in my head, bleeding my brain through my ears, screaming..

 Don't do this to yourself!! You don't like Urban Fantasy/CSI type books!
I gave it a go anyways...
and it was...
Ok so this is NOT another one of those UR genre books.
Nope you don't find yourself sucked into a world of boring police paperwork, trying to solve a murder, while the big bad heroine chic runs around kicking butt, and saving the world.

 Don't ask me why but those kinds of book tend to bore me half to death...
Chinese water torture might even be more preferable in those cases.
In fact this "big bad chic" gets her butt handed to her on more than one occasion;)

Again don't ask me why that makes me happy...but it does. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it makes me feel better knowing that she gets her butt kicked by vamps just like I would ;)

Vampire Shift will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping your Kindle.
 No emotions are left behind here.
 Tim O'Rourke makes sure to paint a picture that will not only make you swoon for his characters, but leave you utterly TERRIFIED of the dark. Jumping every time the cats start stampeding through the house in the middle of the night. Even for the not-at-all-religious wishing you had a bottle of holy water & a crucifix to sleep with.
 Maybe even praying for one;)

Keira's character is well done and fleshed out.
 YES she has a tough girl facade.
 YES she is basically a mess with a death wish at times.
 But it works for her. I love that she is all snark and attitude slaps in the face, even after she finds out that she is up against things of nightmares, that can very well kill you.
 I laughed out loud on more then one occasion at her comments while she was seconds from having teeth sank into her. The best way for me to describe her is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Which would explain why I love Keira...because I mean who doesn't love Buffy?

There are parts throughout the book that you might think to yourself,
 "Wow that was random. Why did I need to know that?"

PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE I assure that Mr. O'Rourke doesn't just go throwing random, unnecessary thoughts of filler in there. Every last detail comes back around full circle. Taking you on twists and turns you never could have pictured. Taking the most insignificant, barely there characters, and turning them into OMG moments. Do yourself a favor. Stray away from the usual Paranormal Romance and jump into this dangerous world, where the humans are reminded that vampires are not friends.
 Where vampires are reminded that they are monsters, a creation of all things evil and chill inducing.

That's right kids...these vampires DON'T sparkle....and I loved every minute they tried to scare the pee out of me!

Don't forget to sleep with your flashlight....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Blog Hop Lovin'

It's that time of the week for a little bloggy blog lovin' with...
Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Jen

Every week there's a new question, and it's a great way to get to meet new bloggers!

Ok soooooo it's 4:45 am and I am on my way out the door for work, but the Hop question hasn't been posted yet over at Crazy For Books. What's a girl to do?
So welcome to my hop-non-hop ;)
I still feel like you are getting a little gipped since I have no question to ask but how about this...
Last night I went the a book signing for Forever by Maggie Steifvator, and let me tell you she was awesome! That girl has another life as a comedian..that's for sure:) Anyways you should all head over to her facebook page and ask her about the Bulgarian bag'll love it!

Alright just got home from work and the blog hop question is finally up so here it goes...

“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

For me this is an easy one!
So on Monday I come home and there is a UPS note stuck to my door and it says...
"package left under mat"
I look down to see a large lump under my door mat at my first thought was...
Ummmm hello UPS man, I could have totally tripped over this!
Followed buy..
ummmm theres a lump under my mat, do I really wanna find out what it is?
I mean usually you sweep bad things under the rug right?
But oh NOES it wasn't was FANFLIPINTASTIC!
So great that Greta could hear me squeeing all the way down to Alabama ;)
which is about 8 hours from me...lolz
Wanna know what it was?
I'll give ya a hint...
There once was a school...
A badass guardian named Rose...
A hot yummy Russian named Dimitri...
A brooding bad boy vampire named Adrain....


I can't tell ya just how happy I am to be holding this puppy...I drag it everywhere with me;)
even to work...shhhhhh don't tell *winks*

So tell us...what did you get this week?!?

What have we been up to this week?

~ Darkfallen's review of Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
~ And then Darkfallen contiues on with Always A Witch: Review & GIVEAWAY!!
~ Then we sit down with tea and have a good laugh at the exspence of a pregnant lady in this weeks Teaser Tuesday:)
~ Come see what has us on pins and needles in this weeks W.o.W
~ We learn a few things about sacrifice with Darkfallen's review of A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

And while this isn't a post I still feel I need to SCREAM it from the rooftops....

Have a great weekend...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young: Review

A Need So Beautiful
By Suzanne Young
Published June 21st by Balzer & Bray
Pick up your copy today at Amazon, B&N, or your local indie!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte's destiny is to be Forgotten...

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny--no matter how dark the consequences.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

This book is truly a different spin on the supernatural. I almost wanna say it's a different spin on angels...but to be honest I'm not sure it is.

In fact I think it is something else entirely...The Forgotten.

What would you do if you found out that you were....quite one?

Charlotte's character is great. I love her voice. I loved the fact that like any teenager these days, she is completely head over heals in love with her boyfriend, and they express it in the most physical of ways. NO there is not graphic details. This is YA after all. But Ms. Young doesn't play the naive writer. Writing about high school kids that don't have sex, because face it people MOST high school ARE. And Ms. Young isn't expecting her readers to be naive and buy into the whole we have been together for 2 years and still haven't had sex

Another great thing is that this doesn't follow the normal YA pattern of boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy & girl fall in love at first sight, then pull away, only to end up together in the end. Nope it was refreshing to come into Charlotte & Harlin's relationship after it was already established. But I felt so sorry for these two.

I have to admit in the beginning, while the writing was good, I wasn't seeing what all the hype was about. And then, next thing I know, there are tears rolling down my face and I'm like "Hey when did I start caring this much? How are you making me cry?" And that is what I think makes this a great book. It's the sneak attack. One minute you are just kinda idling by and then BAM! It's got you.

The whole concept of the Forgotten. Their sole purpose to bring light into peoples lives. Saving them...mostly from themselves. Saving their the price of yours? Knowing with each person you save the more you fade away, until you are completely forgotten, until you are nothing. It's heart breaking...truly.

Leaves you wondering if you were ever really anything to begin with. This story takes "self-sacrifice" to a new level.

So I'll ask you again...what is you found out that you were nothing?

Would you give up and accept it?

Or would you fight?        


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we just can't wait to get our sticky fingers on.

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 23rd 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood

We here at Paranormal Wastelands are super mondo excited about this book.

Greta: Go ahead *covers ears
Darkfallen: You sure?
Greta: What?
Darkfallen: I said are you sure?!!!
Greta: What? *uncovers ears
Greta: Ahhh, I told you to wait till my ears were covered!!

Oh snapples!!! Are you guys ready for this? Are you jumping up and down like a vampire cheerleader ready to sink her teeth into the quarterback? Cuz girly girls the wait is almost up!!

And to that we cheer

Must have NOWS!

We needs it!!
We wants it!!
We can't lives without it!!

Now that you've heard what our CAN'T WAIT book is... What's yours? Drop us a comment so we can find out what has you on pins and needles.

***and don't forget to check out the fabu contesst we have going on. Make sure to enter for your chance at a Forever prize pack (ending July 28th) and a signed arc of Always a Witch (ending August 1st)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
This meme is sponsored by MizB over at Should Be Reading.
(wanna learn more about how you too can join in and play along? click here)

This weeks teaser is from....
Heartless(Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger

"Alexia had found pregnancy relatively manageable, up to a point. That point having been some three weeks ago, at which juncture her natural reserves of control gave way to sentimentality. Only yesterday she had ended breakfast sobbing over fried eggs because they had looked at her funny." page 45

Ok you can't help but laugh at that!
I laughed so hard I thought I was going to cry;)

and here is one more, just to show you how 1 well written book can make you laugh till you cry...
and be full of suspense, action, and the most serious situations!

"Alexia stuck her head out the door-side window of the carriage and yelled back, 'So? Recently, you also tried to kill me. In my experience, murder could almost be an expression of affection.' It took an enormous effort to yell, and she fell back into the carriage, moaning and clutching at her stomach. She hated to admit it, even to herself, but Alexia Maccon was afraid.
Then came the noise, an eerie blessing of a sound, one that Alexia had grown to love very much over the past year or so.
Howling." page 337

you didn't really think I could not give you a wolfy teaser did you?

Now c'mon...Tease me!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Always A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough: Review/GIVEAWAY!!

Always A Witch
By Carolyn MacCullough
Expected release date August 1st 2011
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pre-order you copy today at Amazon, B&N, or your local indie!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights.

Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

Once A Witch was a fun, light, easy peezy, great read. The characters were well built, stable, and I found myself eager to dive into the next book. Always A Witch not only held up to my expectations but exceided them!

Tamsin Greene is left to fight for her family's survival. To do this she has to travel back to 1887 and help her ancestors put an end to the Knight family once and for all. She will be faced with a terrible decision. A sacrafice so big that only she is strong enough to make the right choice. Thing is she doesn't really know what that is yet.

I loved the time travel in this book. The imagery of New York City in the 1800's was great. The streets, the smells, the sounds, the clothes, MacCullough doesn't let you miss any of it! I do have to say that I was a little mad at Tamsin for going without Gabriel. I know she only had his best interest in mind but that left me missing, or should I say pining, for him for the first half of the book. I found myself constantly "looking" around the corner hoping that he would show up, and then he did. *squeee* I couldn't have been more happy to see that she doesn't actually go it alone entirely. I also enjoyed the fact that even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, MacCullough proved me wrong. I love it when that happens lolz!

While Once a Witch is pretty light and fun, Always a Witch is much darker and gripping. I found myself flying through the pages with lighting speed, holding my breath, and even fighting back tears on more than one occasion. Maybe it's just me but it seems that is what really draws me in. While the first book made me laugh out loud and it was fun, this book took my heart on a rollercoaster ride and I loved it. I guess what I'm saying is that if a book can bring my to tears and leave me gasping for air then I have found a winner. This lady's and gentleman is that book and therefore it has earned this.....

Buy it, borrow it, rent it, steal it if you have too, but you have got to READ this book;) 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Thanks to the lovely and amazing Carolyn MacCullough we have a SIGNED Arc up for grabs!
Thats right one lucky winner will win an Arc of Always A Witch signed by Carolyn MacCullough herself!

So what do you have to do to get yous chance at this piece of awesomeness?

1.) This contest is open to US, Canada, & the UK.

2.) Also you must be a follower through GFC.

3.) Tweet or post this to Facebook for extra points!
please provide the link!

4.) To enter fill out the form HERE!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough: Review

Once A Witch
By Carolyn MacCullough
Published September 6th 2010
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pick up your copy at Amazon, B&N, or you local indie today!

Synopsis borrowed form Goodreads:

Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

Tamsin Greene has spent her whole life feeling like she don't belong. You see she comes from a long line of witch's but for some strange reason she never developed a Talent. Now at the age of seventeen Tamsin spends most of her time at a boarding school in New York. Spending as little time as possible with her family she tries to pretend that she is just "normal". Everything changes however when a mysterious man enters her familys book store. He mistakes Tamsin for her uber Talented older sister, Rowena, and Tamsin lets him believe what he wants.

One things leads to another and as the lie builds and finally unravels, so does a family secret. Will Tamsin be able to forgive her family? If so, will she be able to save them?

Once the thread is pulled it can be impossible to stop. Tamsin's once tight knit family may be left with nothing more than a ball of yarn. Unless Tamsin can stop the Knight....

This book was a fun and fast read. There is a great deal of fun magic strewn throughout, mixed with a little drama of course. I loved how "upfront" Gabriel was from the beginiing. You know exactly what he is thinking and feeling. It was refreshing to hear him actually talking like the teenage boy that he is. Tamsin was easy to connect with and I heart her snarky side. She will make you laugh one minute and then hate the next. Especially when it comes to her sister Ro.

If you are looking for a fast, fun, light read then you are in the right place. I am soooo ready to jump right into the next in this series, Always A Witch.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Unlovable by Shannon Gammon

by Shannon Gammon
Published January 19th 2011 by Wordpainting Unlimited
Pick up you copy today at Amazon!!

Synopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

Seventeen year-old Maggie Brown is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with her jutting bones and her dark-ringed eyes. She’s struggling with her growing feelings for the new guy at school, Seth Prescott, and fears he is just another person who will let her down, like everyone in her life has done thus far.
Seth Prescott is an undercover cop assigned to Port Fare High, and despite his job, he’s developed strong feelings for Maggie. Seth’s working tirelessly to flush out the sadistic heroin peddlers that have invaded the small town of Port Fare, New York, while Maggie fights to stay alive as the search turns deadly.
Seth and Maggie’s romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak and self-discovery as their world is about to change forever.

Darkfallen's thoughts:

My thoughts on this book...well...

Ok here is the deal. The story is good.

Like first draft good.

Like omg-this is going to be amazing good.
 And with the help of some beta work this book could be great! Unfortunately there are things that need fixing. Like your general typo, wrong word placement, page duplication (which caused me to have de ja vu, and start wondering how it all sounded so familiar. Like am I clairvoyant? lolz) Just fixing that stuff alone I would give this book 4 stars.

There were also parts I felt could be fleshed out some, and others I thought should be cut. And in the hands of the right editor I am sure they would have.

 But this is the writer in me saying these things.

Lets give the naive Reader in me a chance to speak shall we?! Lolz

This story is twisted heartbreak wrapped in a newspaper because we can't afford wrapping paper present.

 I loved it.

 I didn't want to put it down. Yes there were times when phases or wording would make me cringe. Like here for example..

""I cried so much during the service the skin around my eyes cracked and bled. " This just doesn't make sense to this even medically possible?

Then there is the fact that they kept referring to the guy wearing a "DISK in his ear. Ok bare with me here...but I'm a lover of all things pierced and it is NOT called a DISK. They can be called either GAUGES (not really the proper name but I'd be cool with it), or PLUGS.
 Don't ask why this bothered me so much but it just did;)

Back to the good though...Mags character is broken, abused, brilliance! I couldn't help but tear up at how this poor girl lives. I mean people spread rumors that she is anorexic because of how skinny she is when the truth is far worse...that her mother spends all their money an booze so the poor girl is starving to death.


 I love her and wanted to tuck her under my arm, tell it was going to be okay, move her in with me, and feed her all the cheeseburgers she could eat.

Then there is Seth and how he is by far the sweetest man I think I've ever met.

And folks.....guess what?

This YA novel didn't follow the standard "Love at first sight" rule!!
 Nope nope the love here was very much worked for and earned which makes it that much better!!

Overall I would say...Read It.       

Stop back buy Monday, July 25th for an interview with Seth Prescott and your chance to win your own copy of Unlovable!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crafting a Herion:Guest Post by Toni Lo Tempio

Crafting a Heroine
Guest Post by Author Toni LoTempio
Hi, I’m Toni LoTempio, author of the paranormal romantic suspense novels

Today I thought I’d speak about crafting a heroine.

What goes into that, some of you might wonder?
Well, I’m not particularly fond of the old Harlequin stereotype, the maiden in distress rescued by the handsome hunk hero.
You mean you don't like this guy?

Darkfallen: I think I just puked a little...
Greta: No way dude! That chick is really into him touching her shoulders. Cuz look at that thigh action she's giving herself. She's all like 'YEAH BABY! Rub my shoulders and I'll show you where the Nair goes.

Probably because I like mysteries and grew up weaned on Nancy Drew.
I like my heroines to have a bit of spunk
(no, can that – a LOT of spunk)
and a backbone – although they do get a bit mushy when their Prince comes along LOL

you mean like this...

or maybe more like this...
Greta: Ummmm why is Darkfallen diving into her girl porn folder? I see what you're doing!!
Darkfallen: I wanna be her when I grow up!

In No Rest for the Wicca, Morgan Hawkes is a “ghost whisperer” meaning she can talk to spirits who haven’t yet departed this plane. She also has a lot of voodoo knowledge thanks to her father, some of which didn’t serve her in good stead when she was a Homicide detective – so now she’ a bit leery of trusting her abilities. Her guilt over her partner’s death has also made her a bit –crotchety, shall we say?
And then enter Cole St. John. This Inheritor Vampire knows just what buttons to push on her to get a response,and to let her open up and expose her feelings. Yes, by the end of the book they’re madly in love (of course) but it was a journey for them to get to that point.
Ditto Raven Grace, the heroine of RAVEN’S KISS. A college senior, she had high expectations of a career in law enforcement, until a demon’s bite turned her into a Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery – an organization who keeps the peace between humanity and errant Others – Raven’s motivated by a need for revenge on the demon who turned her. However, unknown to her, the demon had a hidden agenda, which she finds out when she makes the leap into parallel time – and meets up with a fiery, redheaded Scotsman who’s just as stubborn and opinionated as she is.

Instant love?

But eventually the two of them get together – because in the end, they’re good for each other – and isn’t that what it’s all about, really?
When I wrote the outline for these two strong women , I confess, I put a bit of myself into them – after all, they are my creations, how could I not?
Although I would hope I might not be as snarky or defensive as Raven or Morgan seem to appear sometimes, they both do have one thing in common: underneath their gruff exteriors beats a heart of gold – someone who would go that extra mile for someone they truly loved.

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my characters, and I hope you’ll read Raven and Wicca and also feel free to stop by my website: or my (andRocco’s) blog: to find out more about coming events!

Wanna see what Darkfallen had to say about Raven's Kiss?
Check out her review HERE!

And we wanna give Toni a BIG thank you for stopping by to hang out with us today!!

Hope you all enjoyed her....we know we did;)

Until next time...

Her Fearful Symmetry

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Published: 2009
Synopsis from Goodreads

Like its predecessor, The Time Traveler's Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry has a plot both vividly original and yet evocative of time-etched genres; in this case, the neo-gothic. The story involves Julia and Valentina, seemingly typical American teens who have inherited their aunt's London flat. The apartment, as it happens, sits beside Highgate Cemetery, a shadowy burial place that possesses a presence of its own. To this strange mix, Niffenegger adds a medley of neighbors with whole battalions of obsessions and other disorders. The plot is engulfing, the characters unforgettable.

"Nightmare on Elm Street" gave us Freddy Kruger.

"Friday the 13th" gave us Jason.

"Halloween" gave us Michael Myers then Rob Zombie got a hold of it and really made it a blood bath.

But nothing in this world is as terrifying as what this book has brought us. I can honestly not come up with anything more terrifying and horrific as ... da da da..... The Little Kitten of DEATH!!! muhahahahhahahahas!!

Yes folks!! You heard right.... The little Kitten of Death is the most evil of all kittens. He's insanely cute, cuddly, playful.... and then he dies.

But it was a good death. You see... the story all centers around these twin girls who win a one way death ticket to London when their aunty kicks the bucket.

What does that have to do with dead kittens? Well, not much... until aunty KILLS the kitten in cold blood!! Muhahahahahas!!

Ok ... ok... It wasn't COLD blood. It was more like Aunty the friendly ghost was just mucking around with the Little Kitten of Death's soul, kitten got pissed, ran off in ghost form, and the warm fuzzball became as still as roadkill.

(BTW... we can all blame Leila for this colorful review lolz!! She lovingly gave me this book to read then asked for a Greta-review. I think I've had a little too much fun with book reviews lately and have created a monster. Yes... let's blame her ;) It's soo much more simpler then admitting that I have a problem.)

Oks.... So, like I said... this book centers around twins... and another set of twins... and that's all the twins that I'm giving you.

The young set of twins (like I said if you were paying attention) won a free death ticket ride to London. You see.... Auntie Elspeth (seriously... why all the wacky names in books?) dropped the bucket and twins Julia and Valentina (I would never name my kid this) Poole are on the fast track to London's digestive cookie... or whatever you call them society to learn how to live it up in merry ol' England.

This kind of sounds like a bad horror movie doesn't it? Rich aunt dies.... Leaves the kids her flat..... They have to stay there for a year.... then they can either sell the apartment or what have you.... Well, maybe it sounds more like a Scooby Doo cartoon.

BUT!! It's a little racier. Well, one part is. I really think the author's hubz or significant other had a hand in one part. The young supple twins move over to hobbitland.... the one mousy one, Valentina (I would never name my kid this) falls for Auntie Dead's old flame (who lives in the flat under them) and right when she's all "I'm not ready to have sex" and stuff he feels her up while he's doing the dishes. WHAT???? With sudsy water and stuff? That's right!! So, that part while racy didn't sit well with me. First off... men don't do the dishes when they have a hot girl in the room. Second.... chicks don't want to be felt up with dishpan hands.... and last... all authors in the future should stop writing about men just petting their women's boobles in an order to soothe them. This is giving my husband the wrong idea and he keeps trying to paw at me.

Ok... what else? Oh yes.... So, Auntie Dead kicks the bucket blah blah blah, and then guess what? She's a ghost!!! So, for the first 200 pages you hear about the twins learning England and then the dishpan hand fondler works at a cemetery so you hear about that, they twins get a kitten , and there's an OCD Hoarder dude that makes crossword puzzles up above the twins. Sounds interesting, right? Ok... it was a bit but the book doesn't get really cool until page 201 when Auntie Dead learns how to communicate with the living (then kills the kitten). I was glued after that.

Martin, is the OCD guy. I also believe he is a hoarder. He was my favorite character. I wish he had more in the book. My favorite part with him was when he had a toothache and refused to leave the house to get it treated. Dishpan Fondler Guy understands that he needs a dentist so he goes to work (which is the cemetery) and picks up an undertaker who wanted to be a dentist when he grows up (ok... there's more but I don't want to explain it all and am very lazy) to remove his tooth. After paying my dental bill today I have now decided that I am only going to hire undertaker dentists to take care of all my dental needs. They only ask to be paid in tea.

There's some OMGs at the end and even though this review is full of spoiler bunnies I don't want to ruin the whole thing for you. There's also an Awwww so that should make you happy since all I seem to want to talk about is dead kittens.

It's a really nice book. I recommend you read it with someone though. That would make it more fun :)

It's a nice book about death, ghosts, and dead kittens ;)

2 dead kitty paws way way up!!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1)

Title: The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1)
Author: Shana Abé
Published: 2006
Synopsis from Goodreads

For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....

Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a “runner” who’s fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra´kon, it’s Kit’s duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman.

Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the dra´kon. But she didn’t expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe’s most valuable jewel–the Langford Diamond–as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling–half dra´kon, half mortal–and an outcast in both worlds. She’d always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she’d once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?

From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the dra´kon, Rue knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she’s made the kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot resist....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.

Written almost like a ballad

This lyrical love song will leave you breathless with it's whimsical descriptions of Old London and the dragons that used to claim the sky.

I couldn't put it down. I should have read this ages ago. If you enjoyed "Firelight" and want something more adult then you should really check this book out. Trust me, you'll love it.

I adored how this book was mainly narrative and not loaded with dialogue. I think that really made it read more like a fairytale which really really worked well.

I am so pleased that there was hardly any cussing. That was fab. I can't stand it when books throw in rowdy words just to make their characters seem rough and tough.

As for the characters. I adored each one but couldn't stand the way they dressed. Don't get me wrong... powdered wigs might be fab to some people but I don't want my broodys in stockings and buckles... I rather have them in plaid ;)

Loved this book! and can't wait to read the next one!!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we just can't wait to get our sticky fingers on.

Title: Night Walker (The Night Series #1)
Author: Lisa Kessler
Release Date: August 2nd 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads:

He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...

Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She’s haunted by dreams of her own death...

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.

They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries...

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.

We here at Paranormal Wastelands are super mondo excited about this book.

Cuz first off HELLO, COVER BOY!! HOLLAH!! Rawr!!
Secondly, who doesn't love a good spooky reincarnation story of searching for your true love?
And third? Books like this make us cheer

Must have NOWS!

We needs it!!
We wants it!!
We can't lives without it!!

Now that you've heard what our CAN'T WAIT book is... What's yours? Drop us a comment so we can find out what has you on pins and needles.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

Title: The Rose and the Beast:Fairy Tales Retold
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Published: 2001
Synopsis from Goodreads

With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out.

Escaping the poisoned apple, Snow frees herself from possession to find the truth of love in an unexpected place.

A club girl from L.A., awakening from a long sleep to the memories of her past, finally finds release from its curse.

And Beauty learns that Beasts can understand more than men.

Within these singular, timeless landscapes, the brutal and the magical collide, and the heroine triumphs because of the strength she finds in a pen, a paintbrush, a lover, a friend, a mother, and finally, in herself.

WOW!! I'm speechless. Not many books can do that to me. Normally I can take a really cool book and make fun of it but not this book. This one just blew me away.

The Rose and the Beast is exactly what the title says. The author takes 9 fairy tales and retells them. She put her own twist on them.

My three favorites were Charm, Bones, and Ice.


The reason I loved these stories so much is because there was a bit of rock-n- roll in them. They brought up past memories in this thirty-something that I was only able to dream about in my youth. Memories of wanting to crowd surf. Wanting to find that wild boy that only I could tame. Thoughts of becoming an artist and smoking cigarettes until my fingers turned gold.

OH my dearies!! Those stories were great!! Such inspiration!! They make me want to pick up a pencil and write a world of broken girls and t-shirt flavored boys. SO perfect!! So delicious!! So forbidden, wicked, and young.

If any of you like poetry, lived in the 90s, and like modern twist on fairy tales... then this books is for you. I adore it so much that I would love to own it.

It's brilliant!! I hope everyone looks into it!!

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Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
This meme is sponsored by MizB over at Should Be Reading.
(wanna learn more about how you too can join in and play along? click here)

This weeks teaser is from....
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

So this week I just couldn't pick I'm gonna tease ya twice!

"I'm sorry," Charlotte whispers. "Don't leave me."
Without a second's hesitation, Harlin turns into me and cups my face with his hands. "I'm not leaving you, Charlotte," he says. "I'm trying to keep you."
page 193

I lift my eyes to meet his. "Charlotte doesn't exist," I say. "No one will ever remember me." And the statement in my ears is the most horrible thing I've ever heard. Because I never existed. There is no such thing as me.
page 240


Anyone have a tissue?

Now c'mon...Tease me!!