Tag Archive | Vampires

Review: Dying for an Invitation

Title: Dying for an Invitation

Author: Theresa Braun

Date of Publication: December 26th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Dacie returns to Romania where she’s ready to coax her invisible childhood playmate to reveal himself to her. Tension and passion fire up between them. Dacie’s mother spouts cautionary advice regarding the supernatural; however, Dacie shirks the warning as nonsense born from local legends. A lost letter lands in Dacie’s hands, suggesting the powers of the undead might have a grip on the family lineage. When her mother dies, so do the answers. And, Dacie needs the comfort of her unseen companion more than ever…

My Review:

Probably the best short story I’ve ever read. I’m hard to please when it comes to short stories. But this… this was so good!

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For a short story, Dacie was super well developed. We learn about her as a child, we learn about her past, and we learn about something she secretly wants. There’s a mystery companion who Dacie has known since she was a child, and the question is, does she give into that temptation or turn it down?

The ending was perfect yet I still want to know more. I want more answers and I want a sequel! This story was bloody brilliant and Braun is definitely my top short story author! Loved it!

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Who’s your favorite supernatural/paranormal character?

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Review: Kingdom of Ashes

Title: Kingdom of Ashes

Author: Elena May

Date of Publication: October 30th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Myra never witnessed the Nightfall. She has only heard stories from the eldest among them; tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard—a technological innovation that controls the weather. Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.

Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food. After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling. They must rally and succeed—and soon—or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lost.

When Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires’ palace. With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents. Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors. Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia.

My Review:

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I don’t read a lot of vampire books unless they sound really good. This one was an interesting read because it was a dystopian set future with vampires. The beginning had my attention right away with this particular human group that does not go outside, with the exception of when a few go out to do a mission. The world is dying in most parts, and with the sun not out, vamps have control of it all.

The term WeatherWizard was odd, I felt it should have been called something different, but I can ignore the strange terminology. The lead character, Myra, I did like. There were times where she was kind of scatter brained. Like you have all this stuff going on in the world, but you are more concerned with writing while out on a mission???? Who would do that?

Once the vamps come into play, things get interesting. There were some slow parts and there was pretty much no romance, but I was intrigued where the story was headed when I was reading. The Prince is a character that I want to know more about! If you like dystopian or vampire books, you should check this one out.

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What is your favorite vampire or dystopian book?

Cashmere: Review + Giveaway

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About the Book:

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Title: CASHMERE

Author: Temple West

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Publisher: In Medias Res Publications

Pages: 460

Find it:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:

This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

My Review:

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I have been waiting for almost two years for this book, and I was jumping for joy to read an ARC! Lucian is still missing! My little, cute, crazy vampire!

My favorite part in Cashmere is the bond between Caitlin and Adrian. There isn’t the bickering and arguing that can get out of control and annoying. These two cool cats are a team, and a nerdy awesome team at that! The romance was soooooo good!

The action and vampire stuff is in the background for a while, but Caitlin begins to have these strange episodes that happen at night when she is asleep. As time goes on, the dreams get stranger as she tries to figure out what is going on.

Just like in book one, Caitlin is still all about designing and there is a lot of that going on when she goes away for the summer. It gave me major Project Runway vibes!

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Things start to really pick up towards the end, and my head is still spinning from what the heck just happened? Seriously? Can book three just come out this year because I have to knowwwwwwwww what happens next!

Also, if you haven’t read the first book Velvet yet, then definitely check it out!

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About Temple West:

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Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will received signed copies of Velvet and Cashmere, International.  Temple is supplying the giveaway and her rules are here.  Giveaway ends 2/22/17.

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Tour Schedule:

February 7 — The Book Hookup — Character Interview

February 8 — Literary Dust — Review

February 9 — DanaSquare — Quirky Q&A

February 10 — BookCatPin — Book Excerpt / Quotes

February 11 —  The Book Academy — Video Interview

February 12 — And Then There Were Books — Review

February 13 — Zara’s Scribblings — Excerpt

February 14 — A Page With a View — Interview

February 15 — Crossroads Reviews — Review

February 16 —  Adventures of a  Book Junkie — Interview

February 17 — Bumblebee Books — Spotlight

February 18 — Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile — Book Excerpt / Quotes

February 19 — A Perfection Called Books — Quirky Q&A

February 20 — A Leisure Moment — Quirky Q&A

February 21 — Living Within Fiction — Interview

 

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Have you read the first book, Velvet?

Motion Picture Monday: Book to Movie

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What book or series would you want to be turned into a film?

 

Title: Blood of Eden series, Book 1: The Immortal Rules, Book 2: The Eternity Cure, and Book 3: The Forever Song

Author: Julie Kagawa

I haven’t found a whole lot of movies that have been turned from a book into a movie especially in the YA field that I have really loved.  There are a lot of other books I would like turned into movies, but I feel like the film industry wouldn’t get it right.

I feel like The Immortal Rules would do really well on screen especially if they would take it down a darker path and try not to focus the whole movie on the romance.  Yes there is a romance, and it is absolutely perfect, but there are way more to these books.  These are vampire books that were done right and weren’t cheesy at all.

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Also the main character Allison Sekemoto is Asian, so can we also keep it that way?  Since Hollywood has been casting white actresses in Asian roles.

Goodreads Summary:

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

 

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What book about you guys?  Which book or series would you want to be on the big screen?