Review: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire, ARC

Format Read: ARC – PaperbackNumber of Pages: 377 pagesRelease Date: March 2, 2010 (Tomorrow!)Publisher: DAWFormats Available: PaperbackPurchasing Info: Good Reads, Book Depository, Author’s Website

*Book 2 in the Toby Daye Series: Spoilers may be present if you have not read Book 1 – which I highly recommend!*

Back Cover Text:
October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood.
Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, …

The Sexy Book Lover: My Wishlist & Giveaway!

Hey All.   

Welcome to another installment of The Sexy Lover’s reading Wishlist! 

My Reading Wishlist:
Every two weeks I put together a list of new releases and some not so new releases that I want to read and ask you for recommendations from your wishlists.
Some of the wishlist posts will include giveaways…like there is today! 
Make sure to be here when I post “My Wishlist” because you never know what books you may get a chance to win.

First up is: 

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet

Description from Goodreads

Everything is about to change. The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For 15 year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated …

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25 Feb 2010

Blood Vice and the Sexy Lover’s Wishlist Winners!

Please accept our apologies for the delay in announcing the winners for the Keith Melton, Blood Vice Giveaway and for Veronica’s (The Sexy Lover) Wishlist Giveaway. We have a good excuse…our RSS feed was down and we weren’t receiving responses from winners because they weren’t receiving the posts telling them they had won. We didn’t realize the RSS feed wasn’t working and ended up drawing new winner, then lo and behold we find out that the RSS isn’t working. So we held off on announcing these winners until the issue could be resolved. Which it was last night! Woo-Hoo!!!

Now that we know the winners will find out they have won, it’s time to tell them who they are!

The winner of Blood Vice by Keith Melton (E-Book) is Joder!!!


The winner of the Sexy Lover’s Wishlist Giveaway is 
She will be receiving a …

Interview: Author, Shannon Baker with Giveaway!

Today, we are excited to have debut novelist, Shannon Baker here to discuss her mystery/thriller, Ashes of the Red Heifer. She is also generously offering one copy of the book as a giveaway to one of our readers!

As soon as I heard this book was coming out I contacted the author and said “I need to read this book and would love the opportunity to review it!” A few months later I had the book in my hand and although I am only about halfway through it I can honestly say that it was worth the wait. Within the first few pages the action and mystery start and so far haven’t stopped – the pacing is ideal for the content. Larissa (The Crazy Book Lover) and I will be doing a duel-review/discussion of Ashes of the Red Heifer …

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24 Feb 2010

RSS feed issues! No. 2

As you may have noticed we haven’t had a working feed for a bit over a week now. We discovered that the problem is connected to our feedburner account so we decided to just switch back to the normal feed.

The new feed url is:

To receive our updates please change the feed url in your reader of choice.Google Dashboard should find the new feed automatically (if not please contact us).

The problems with our Google Friend Connect are unfortunately still not resolved. So if you wondered why we have no followers or why you can’t follow us, be assured that we are working on this problem. We still have no idea why this widget isn’t working correctly and we would be open to bribes in book form for anyone who can fix that for us. As you can see …

All YA Love: Interview with Debut Author, Mara Purnhagen

Today, I’m excited to share with you an interview with Mara Purnhagen, author of Tagged. Her debut novel is set for release next week on March 1st through Harlequin, be sure to check it out!

BLI: Graffiti is not a common topic seen in books, where did the idea for this book come from?

Mara: When I wrote Tagged in 2007, I had just discovered the work of Banksy, a British graffiti artist. I highly recommend checking out his web site as well as his book, Wall and Piece.

BLI: I love the colorful cover! It shows graffiti with 2 ‘normal’ kids just hanging out yet when I think of graffiti, rough looking kids come to mind. What does this tell us about the book?

Mara: Thanks! I love the colors, too, and I hope the cover conveys that the main characters are very average kids.

BLI: Gorilla’s are found spray painted around …

Review: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins

Format Read: Hardcover

Number of Pages: 391

Release Date: September 1st, 2009

Publisher: Scholastic

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Book, eBook

Purchasing Info: Suzanne Collins WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonBarnes&Noble

Book Blurb:

“Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.“

*Might contain minor spoilers if you haven’t read The Hunger Games!

My Thoughts:

Catching Fire starts off a couple months after the events in The Hunger Games and we learn what happened in this period through flashbacks. 

Katniss won the games and now needs …

Randomly Booked: My Book Hero

The book Green Rider by Kristen Britain is a wonderful book full of action and adventures. After finishing this book – which is book one in the series – I realized that I had found a new friend and even a hero. Karigan G’ladheon is the main character and she was given a message by a dying Green Rider – the Kings messenger service – and she has to take it to the king.

Karigan is a character who is brave and will do anything she is promises. She goes through alot of very serious dangers and overcomes them learning from every experience. Karigan is a fighter who learns alot about battles and the kings messenger service on her journey to pass along the message she has for the king.

The song I am choosing for Karigan and her …

All YA Love: Guest Post by Alexandra Diaz

It is our pleasure to have with us today Alexandra Diaz, author of Of All Stupid Things which was released in December. Alexandra shares with us how growing up and being home-schooled shows up in her writing. Thanks so much Alexandra, take it away…

“How Home-Schooling Inspired My Writing”

(photo credit: Owen Benson)

My schooling was quite unconventional compared to my friends. While my friends rode off to first grade in a yellow school bus, I went to a Montessori school where they didn’t know what grades (neither years nor marks) meant. In high school when kids stayed up late to study for tests, I was up all night with a goat in labor. In many ways I envied the “normal” childhood of others and wanted very much to be a part of it. Or at least the idealized part of …

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Format Read: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 374
Release Date: September 13th, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Book, eBook

Purchasing Info: Suzanne Collins WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonBarnes&Noble

Book Blurb:

“In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.”

My Thoughts:

The Hunger Games gives us a look in a possible future of the society and world we live in today. We follow Katniss about a century after environmental catastrophes have changed the face of North America and the former United States is now Panem, a nation divided into 12 districts and a Capitol.

Katniss lives in district 12 and has been taking care of her mother and little sister since her …

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