Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: Renegade by Cambria Hebert

Wowie, wow, wow.... holy cow!!!!!
Y'all (yes, I've gone native--Yankee in KY) know how I love cover reveals
and today I've got something even more special than the run-of-the-mill cover reveal....
It's the reveal of the final book in the 
Heven & Hell series!!!!
And I'm soooo dying to read this guy (May 3rd can't come soon enough)!!!

So without further ado, allow me to reveal
...Book Four...

So whatcha think????
Amazing huh?
I love the work of Regina of Mae I Design!  She just oozes talent!!!

Wanna know more about Renegade???
Here's the blurb.....

The conclusion to the Heven and Hell series.

I’ve been beautiful. I’ve been ugly. I’ve died. I’ve been brought back. I’ve had abilities awakened within me. My strength has been tested. My beliefs have been tested.
Yet I stand.
What’s next when you’ve pretty much experienced it all?
The end.
Sam and I are picking up the pieces. We’re trying to come to terms with all we’ve lost. And as much as I would like to hide my head, ignore the reality I live every day, there is no forgetting.
Riley is in hell—I’m still not sure of his agenda. My mother’s past haunts me. And Kimber… Kimber is being herself. Cole sneaks glances at Gemma and she returns them when she thinks I don’t see.
But I do.
When Beelzebub escapes he brings his war to places I never thought he would. Earth. Maine. Home. Now everyone and everything is at risk. This has become bigger than my circle of friends. This has become bigger than me. I have to finish this. I have to find a way to stop him, to finish this war.

I just pray we will all be left standing in the end.

Chill bumps!!!!!
Okay, May 3rd hurry on up, so we can get our grubby hands on this yumminess!!!

Want more?
Here's the trailer...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Release Day Review: Cambria Hebert's Beneath


Where I came from everything is perfect. Everything is beautiful and predictable. Life isn’t measured by days, but by infinite joy that never ends.


But it did.


When I fell in love with a man who was perfectly imperfect. 


The price for forbidden affection was steep and my beautiful white wings withered and died around me. 


I was fallen. I am fallen.


Years have passed, and I’ve learned the true meaning of time. I’ve learned to build a wall around myself and exist alone. Yet, when he looks at me… the heart beneath my armor trembles.


But I must remember.


I must remember that I might not have anything left to lose, but he certainly does. And risking him is something I won’t do. So I lock my feelings where they belong.

Beneath.

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/PNR (sweet)
Publisher Type: Indie Gal
My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:
This is a between-the-novels short story (60ish pages) giving us insight into one of the more mysterious characters, Gemma.  Immediately we hit the trademark Hebert descriptions.  She's just so amazingly gifted in making her readers truly experience her books!  This is what she opens with:

"The water here was cold.  It rushed through and around my fingers with eagerness, like it was flowing somewhere important and couldn't be interrupted.  The sound it made as it rolled over rocks and against the uneven bank was almost rhythmical, so beautiful that everything else around it grew quiet to leave more room for the song it was singing."

Once the story got going, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't like it.  I was distracted trying to figure the era.  From the other books, I got the impression Gemma's experience with Callum happened long, long ago (she is an angel afterall), but Callum is wearing jeans and a t-shirt and riding a motorcycle.  I was also confused about why she gave chase to the dark stranger at the beginning, when she states that's not her gig.  There was just a bit of lack of clarity in her job responsibilities.  Despite these hiccups, the story really grabbed me as I continued reading.  The story of Callum, the depth of their feelings for one another, Gemma's heartbreak, the amazing connection and even-deeper feelings for Cole.  I was left breathless.  What a love story!!!  I'm really looking forward to the rest of the Heven & Hell story and am so glad to have gotten this peek into Gemma's mind!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Sophie Davis' Talented

This book is currently FREE 

Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!





When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves... Talia herself.

Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.

She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.

If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.


Genre: NA (or Dark YA) Dystopian/Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:

This book is just so freakin' cool!!!  Just go now and pick up your own copy .... but then come back so we can chat!!!

I absolutely love the creativity of the Talented world and the plot has such great twists and turns!!!!  There's tons of suspense, great characters with much yummy chemistry!  I will warn you that this book takes some time to really take off.  Honestly, the first 20% had me worried.  Dystopian novels do have a great deal of world building needed, but combine that with too much "telling, not showing," and you're off to a slow start.  but once this book picks up, man, it's tough to put down!  By the end of the book, your jaw is dropped and you're stuck with one word ... "wow!"  Now that ending is indeed a huge (but not completely inconclusive) cliff hanger, so you may just wanna go ahead and grab the next two books in the series while you're at it, cuz the end just left me begging for more.

Cover Art:
What an incredibly awesome cover.  I wanted to read Talented from the cover alone.  It's got "kick a$$ heroine" written all over it!!!  Though I will complain that our mc has majorly curly hair and the cover model does not (pet peeve of mine).  The next two books in the series have fabulous covers as well (and book 2 gives us some of that wild curl)..... lookie!



Free Book Spotlight: Michelle Bellon's Rogue Alliance


I'm super excited to share with you about Rogue Alliance
It sounds A-MAZ-ING (just read the excerpt!!!!)!!!
I've got mine already loaded onto my Kindle....
now it's your turn :)

This Weekend Only, 
Rogue Alliance by Michelle Bellon is Free!!!

5 Star Rated Adult Crime Suspense with Paranormal Elements!!

Get it on Amazon FREE  this weekend only!

Blurb:
Trying to escape a horrific past, Shyla has immersed herself in life as a tough, sassy cop in the bustle of LA. When the case of a lifetime takes her back to her hometown of Redding , she is thrown into a world of organised crime, deceit, and bitter reminders of her childhood.

As Shyla’s path crosses that of Brennan, an unwitting and troubled sidekick to the ringleader she’s intent on taking down, she is forced to re-evaluate everything she believes about herself, her job, and what she knows about right and wrong.

Can she face the demons of her upbringing and learn to trust again? Her life will depend on it.

Praise:
“Bellon gives a whole new twist to the vampire story!”…”This book was fantastic…I could not put it down…”

Excerpt:
He faded in and out of consciousness. Sound, light, and movement blended together until he couldn’t tell one from the next. Coherent thought was impossible; fragments of ideas filtered in then slipped through the sieve of his mind. He was weak, dehydrated, and starving.

The one consistent concept he was able to grasp was his name. Brennan Miles. The name he had given himself. Simple, strong, normal; all qualities that he longed for. He no longer remembered his real name, just as he no longer remembered anything before he’d come to the institute.

The few who had ever met him took one look at his stocky build, and thought he looked plenty strong. He could see it in the way they looked at him with a mix of awe and fear. But he wasn’t strong in the way that he wanted to be. At the moment, he wasn’t even physically strong. They’d kept food and his supplements from him for over seventy-six hours - the longest period to date. Water was the only offering and even that had been the bare minimum. They wanted to see how powerful his need would be when triggered.

He had seen how intense his need could be and what it could drive him to do. All those other times, though, he had been in prime condition - healthy and agile. In his current state, he doubted he would be able to lift his head, much less give in to the power of his unnatural instinct. The doctor would be disappointed.

Serves him right, he thought.

Brennan heard the swish of the door open and close. His acute sense of smell instantly recognized the scent of Doctor Shinto and that of a stranger. Repulsion and hate flowed through his veins. The voices of his visitors drifted in and out. They spoke about him as if he weren’t there. He was just an object, an experiment. He wanted to lash out and crush the doctor. He wanted to give in to his need here and now, but with his ankles shackled and his wrists bound, he would do no such thing. Even if he had been unrestrained, he doubted that he could stand up, let alone end Doctor Shinto’s unconscionable life in his current condition. Instead, he let his head loll against the back of his chair and listened to the conversation at hand.

“Don’t get too close, Mr. Champlain. He can smell us. I don’t want him to be tempted.”

“Tempted, huh?” Champlain said, “he’s restrained and looks to be half dead. What threat could he be?”

Dr. Shinto spoke methodically. “He’s been without supplement or food for over 3 days. He’s had only 50ccs of water daily. He is extremely weak and dangerously dehydrated and will go into hypovolemic shock if he doesn’t get what he needs very soon.”

His voice was devoid of concern. The only inflection was a breathless excitement revealing the delight he took in his work.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cover Reveal with Giveaways: The Dragon Carnivale by Heidi Garrett

So I'm super excited to share with you a cover reveal for 
book 3 of the Queen of the Realm of Faerie series!!!!
AND
the generous and wonderful author, Heidi Garrett
has some super sweet goodies for us as well! YAY!!!

But before I get too far ahead of myself, let me tell you about the first two books....


In the heart of the Enchanted World, a defiant young half-faerie struggles to free herself from the shadow of her father’s dark ambitions…
Dark visions haunt the half-faerie Melia, but try as she might, she can't chase away the images of destruction linked to her father's obsession with Umbra--the mortal ash accumulating in the Void. Looking for a way to put an end to the visions, she visits the Illustrator and receives a strange mark meant to bring her help. Before it arrives, a tragic accident occurs and a family's dark legacy unravels.

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series is inspired by the 15th century French fairy tale, Melusine.




The half-faerie Melia wants to save her sister from a false marriage, and their world from a dark power. But her sister is determined to pursue their father's damning legacy, and the cost of denying true love will be apocalyptic.


Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
Purchase Links: 
Add it: Goodreads TBR




And now the cover for book three (and my favorite cover by far!!!),
 The Dragon Carnivale.....





Release Date: June 18, 2013

Energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the halfbloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them, and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.

Ooooooo!!!  Aaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!!
Really cool, huh???

Let me introduce our author.....

Heidi Garrett is the author of The Queen of the Realm of Faerie series. Her personal message to all her readers is:

Once upon a time, you lived in an enchanted world, too…

There is magic in all our lives; sometimes we need to look with different eyes to see it.

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie includes many strong female characters within an intricate fantasy land. It is also a fairy tale fantasy.

The first book, Nandana’s Mark, is one of those free ebooks; the second book, The Flower of Isbelline, is now available; and the third book, The Dragon Carnivale, will be released in June 2013.

Heidi's hope is that when you read her books, you will rediscover the enchantment in your own life. 

She currently resides in Eastern Washington State with her husband and their two cats. So far, she loves the snow. Being from the South, she finds it very magical. 

Learn more about Heidi and enjoy her stream-of-consciousness reading journal, Eating Magic, at: www.heidigwrites.blogspot.com

If you want to say Hello, give her a shout out on Twitter: www.twitter.com/heidigwrites

She is now on Facebook: www.facebook.com/heidigwrites.

So onto the giveaway portion of today's festivities.....
There's two great giveaways:
First, there is a Release-Tour-Wide giveaway for a $25 American Express Gift Card
AND
Second, just here, you can enter to win the first two books (in e-format) and this very cool bracelet pictured to the right.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review: River's Recruit by Charlotte Abel

 
Jonathan McKnight lost everything in Afghanistan. His left hand, his identical twin and his self-respect. He searches for redemption during a solo backpacking trip into the remote Sawatch Mountains of Colorado and discovers a secret tribe of shifters.

River, the beautiful young shifter that rescues Jonathan from certain death, wants to recruit him. He is equally determined to rescue her from her cult-like society — even if he has to kidnap her.

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy/PNR (sweet)
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:

River's Recruit is an incredibly engaging read.  Make sure you clear your schedule before picking this one up!  The story just flows so smoothly; you are immediately drawn in and there's just not a single place where your attention is not magnetized to it!  

The world-building is so very spot on!  Abel develop's River's world with so much detail and depth but without ever boring the reader with any sort of information dump.  River and Jonathon are great main characters.  You like them without any reserve; cheering them on as they overcome their personal tragedies (and though serious, the drama never becomes overbearing).  But where the real character gems lie is with the supporting cast.  I loved River's adoptive family!!!  There's just so much to this book in both story and character!

My one and only complaint, and it's a big one, is the ending.  It's not so much of a cliff hanger as a "to be continued" with little conflict resolution to be had.  I was downright angry when I realized no more story was to be had (granted a 2nd late night of reading may have made me a bit grumpy).  I'm okay with cliff hangers when the main conflict of the book has a reasonable resolution, but we are totally left hanging.  If there'd been a few more chapters, maybe coming to where "Look to the East in your darkest hour for a humble man to to rise to power" comes to pass (yup, no spoilers here).

Regardless of my wish for a more conclusive conclusion, I really enjoyed this read and CANNOT wait to find out what happens next!  


Cover Art:

I'd give this cover a B.  It has great imagery; I love River here!  Her pose adds mystery and movement to the piece.  Where the cover falls a bit short for me is the type face.  The white doesn't quite pop enough, especially with the series title.  It just needs an extra oomph.

Buy it:

You can purchase River's Recruit on Amazon.

I also loved Charlotte's YA Fantasy book, Enchanment (see my review here).
Stop by her Amazon page to purchase more of her great work!

And don't forget to add some of those fab books to your Goodreads TBR.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blog Tour Stop with Giveaway: Aimee Laine's Silent Echoes


It's blog tour time!  Woo Hoo!!!  I love the chance to be a part of the tour of a great book!
Especially when it's for one of my very favorite authors, Aimee Laine!
AND there's even a chance to for you to win your very own e-copy of Silent Echoes!!!!

And I did indeed love, love, love Silent Echoes!!!!  See my review here.

So let's jump right in.....



Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher Type:  Small Print/Indie

Add it to your Goodreads TBR here.



Our author, Aimee Laine, has prepared an awesome guest post for us
and it includes my very favorite game, Clue ....

Silent Echoes is a "Games of Zeus" novel but it's not a traditional mythological conundrum. No, as the author, I’ve taken quite the liberties in creating a situation Zeus could have use to mess with we puny humans.

So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here at Known to Read has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of Clue!

How could Zeus use Clue upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly innocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways ... or rather, let me show you.

According to WikiHowClue is a popular board game originally produced by Parker Brothers. The object of the game is to solve a murder. Who did it? With what weapon? In which room?

There are specific weapons, including the dagger, lead piping, revolver, rope, candlestick and spanner and specific places, including the ballroom, conservatory, study, lounge, dining room and kitchen. Guessing the ‘whodunnit’ is the key to the win. You guess wrong and you’re out. Guess right and you win!

Before we get to the ultimate Clue romance ... let me tell you a little about Silent Echoes.

For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed. 

Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.

As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.

Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.

Something else tells her to run away.

Fast. 

As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul.

Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.


And now ...

Clue

What would Zeus do? Well the game is for 3-5, but in a romance, the key plot line is between two people. Or, well, maybe three. So, Zeus would pit two people against each other, taking turns gaining clues to arrive at the answer behind ‘Who did it?’. During the course of their investigation (i.e. clue gathering) these two players, this guy and girl, will fall in love. They’d have to. That’s what a romance writer does. :)


But rather than winning by guessing right, the winner would reveal that the murderer is in fact his or her opponent! 


Say it ain’t so! But yes, that’s the Zeus way. 


One of those two would be the one pointed to. Obviously, this is going to imply neither can win. If you were in love with the person, would you reveal it? Or would you lie? If you did have to reveal it, if you have no choice whatsoever, would you still be able to love the person? If you knew deep down in your heart that they were the murderer? Or if you thought they weren’t and there was another answer, what might it be?


Now I’m all about the happily ever after, so no matter what Zeus would do to these two players, I’d find a way around it.


How I’d do that would have to be in the story itself—something to read perhaps in the future?


And there you have it. What do you think? Is Clue a possible Game of Zeus?



Get to know Aimee Laine, super writer, better.....

Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She's married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she's produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.

With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there's absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn't need a calculator to add two numbers, either ... but she does.


Other ways to get to know our gal....



Here's your chance to win your very own copy of Silent Echoes (in e-book form).....

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Release Day Review: Aimee Laine's SILENT ECHOES



For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed.

Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.

As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.

Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.

Something else tells her to run away.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher Type: Small Print/Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This is the type of book you simply can't get out of your mind.  As you read it, you're glued to your Kindle; when you're not reading, you're thinking about what's been happening.  It's crazy suspenseful and  it makes you want to scream (in a good way, of course) "What's really going on here, Aimee??!!??"  Beyond all of this incredible suspense and mystery is a truly beautiful love story.  The development of Taylor's and Ian's relationship is perfectly paced.  Though they have that supernatural pull, their feelings have a natural progression.  The characters and story are just so well written that you're left, jaw dropped, saying, "Wow, just wow."

Cover Art:
This is such a stunning cover!  It very much reflects the story within with it's moments-before-the-storm, feel-the-electricity-in-the-air, suspense-filled atmosphere.  Then there's the mysterious face in the clouds; hmmmm, who could that be???  

Buy Your Copy:
Stop by J. Taylor Publishing to purchase you a copy....
Book 2, Silent Echoes

Come back by Wednesday for my
Silent Echoes blog tour stop with giveaway!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tour Stop: S. M. Pace's Shadow of the Wolf


Tour Time!!!  YAY!!!!
I'm super excited to be a part of this one; I had almost passed it up,
but I'm soooo glad I didn't miss out!
What an incredible and wonderful surprise Shadow of the Wolf turned out to be!!!!
I can't wait to tell you all about it!  This is a must read for all YA Fantasy fans!

So let's get started....



Toby has always felt like an outcast in his village, but he thought winning a game at the Summer Fair was the answer to making friends. The local boys disagreed and literally threw Toby to the wolves. Stranded in enemy territory with a broken leg, he’s offered two options by the resident werewolves; death or permanent exile from his race.

Although Toby longs to return to his family, he chooses to live. But the werewolf children torment him just like the boys and girls back home. When he fights back and discovers he can wield magic, a crime in his old kingdom, he realizes he’s safer with the werewolves than he ever was amongst his own kind. He even finds happiness and acceptance, until his real sister contacts him with her own forbidden magic.

Fearing for her safety, Toby must decide where his loyalties lie; with the family he grew up with or the werewolves who took him in when his own people discarded him?

Genre: YA Fantasy (a bit Dystopic, too)
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This is such a wonderfully told story!  S. M. Pace has got mad talent!!!!  She creates such an intriguing world that is mostly traditional fantasy in setting, but has a distinctive dystopic touch, too.  The plot is amazingly engaging; I could not put this book down.  There's twists, turns and total "oh no he didn't" moments.  Shocking stuff happens, big time.  It's also such a passionate story; it's beautiful and sad and has ever-so-real characters.  Each character has such complexity!  You feel so much for them.  It seems very real.  You're heart just breaks for Toby.  And yet the book never goes so deep into the dramatic as to lose a professed drama-hater such as myself.  It's so well balanced from every aspect: from the courageous main characters, to the crazy plots twists, to the every-so-subtle touch of romance.  I'm completely wow-ed and I want more!!!

Cover Art:
I almost didn't read this incredible story because the cover just didn't work for me.  It's a great drawing, but in the world of digital art, as the cover stands, it just isn't going to entice a perspective reader.  

Find Yours:
Purchase a copy of Shadow of the Wolf on Amazon.  
And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!

Sneak Peek:
They couldn’t have. The words echoed inside her head. She reached out quivering hands to brace them on a tree trunk, and squinted into the darkness of the forest. All black, with only the smallest hints of lighter gray. Toby was down there; she could sense him. Beyond the slope, just a few yards away, but it might as well have been miles.

Ora screamed, a ragged, broken sound.

Yellow eyes materialized in the darkness, like candle lights flaring to life. Starlight glinted off its sharp teeth.

It growled at her, a warning.

Ora gasped, but stiffened her legs rather than back away. "Give me my brother. Please."

The werewolf snorted, shaking its head like a dog shaking off fleas. Or perhaps giving her an answer. With another growl, it disappeared. If she followed, she wouldn't get far. Tears pricked her eyes.

Noah, that monster. He had fed Toby to the werewolves.

Chill bumps, right?!?!
So let me introduce you to our amazing writer, S. M. Pace.....

Author's Bio and Guest Post:
Stephanie Pace is an avid reader of every genre, though fantasy is her favorite. She started writing at fifteen and never looked back. She currently works as a pre-K teacher by day, and a determined self-publisher by night. When she’s not distracting herself with conlanging and world-building, she loves to do cross stitch or escape to the outdoors when the weather is nice. She lives in central Virginia with her boyfriend, and the rest of her crazy, amazingly supportive family close by.

Get to know Stephanie better on her Book Site, Blog, Twitter and Facebook.  And as an added bonus, Stephanie has shared her top 10 favorite books (and I'm LOVIN her picks!!!!):

My Top Ten Favorite Books

1. What Language Is by John McWhorter
I hope a nonfiction book is allowed on this list. As an avid conlanger from the age of twelve, I have devoured everything I can about linguistics. This book is my favorite, because the writing is so straight forward and approachable. A just plain enjoyable read.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
An intelligent heroine, who acts, not just reacts. An arrogant, but ultimately sweet hero. And in the end they both admit they’ve made mistakes, and grow as people while remaining as strong as they were in the beginning. What’s not to love?

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’m a sucker for all things Roaring Twenties. This novel brought that decade alive for me. My favorite character was Daisy, and my heart broke for her. It still does every time I re-read, though I also want to shake her. 

4. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
I was never into urban fantasy until I read this novel. Patricia Briggs made a modern day world of werewolves, vampires and fae seem utterly believable, like it could be hiding under the surface of our world right now. I love the entire Mercy series, but this will always be my favorite. 

5. Hogfather by Terri Pratchet
I’ve never laughed harder then when I’m reading Terri Pratchet. Hogfather was my first introduction to this brilliant author, and it remains my favorite of his Discworld novels. I love his take on mythology and fantasy, and the message of how important it is to believe. 

6. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
There was something wonderfully epic about this novel that captivated me. An alternate history where the Black Plague wiped out 99% of the European population, and the novel follows a handful of reincarnated spirits through multiple lives. I was awed by the amount of research this must have taken, and I loved every word of it. 

7. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
I’m glad my relationship with my mother is not this complex, but I loved being immersed in Sidda Walker’s Louisiana upbringing. Such a bittersweet story about broken dreams, and family. 

8. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
I love learning the story from the villain’s point of view, and this novel provided an even more complex, and detailed prospective than I imagined. I loved Elphaba, even though she is by far not a lovable heroine. She remains very much the Wicked Witch of the West. 

9. Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood by Holly Lisle
I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but I loved this novel. Something about Lisle’s writing pulls me in and I can’t stop reading. The fact that the story includes a pretty wicked sci-fi take on vampires doesn’t hurt. 

10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
This is the first book I remember reading by myself, and I still enjoy reading it. ‘Nuff said.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. 
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