Retro Review: Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee

Format read: Paperback.
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian Utopia.
Release Date: October 5, 1999.
Number of pages: 384 pages.
Publisher: Spectra.
Formats available: Paperback.
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, IndieBound, BetterWorldBooks.

Book Blurb:

In a world dedicated to pleasure, one young rebel sets out on a forbidden quest–.

Published for the first time in a single volume, Tanith Lee’s duet of novels set in a hedonistic Utopia are as riveting and revolutionary as they were when they first appeared two decades ago.

It’s a perfect existence, a world in which no pleasure is off-limits, no risk is too dangerous, and no responsibilities can cramp your style. Not if you’re Jang: a caste of libertine teenagers in the city of Four BEE. But when you’re expected to make trouble–when you can kill yourself on a whim and return in another body, when you’re encouraged to change genders at will and experience whatever you desire–you’ve got no reason to rebel…until making love and raising hell, …

Review: The Striker’s Chance by Rebecca Crowley

Format read: ebook provided by NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Release Date: September 2, 2013
Number of pages: 149 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Formats available: ebook, audiobook
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Publisher’s Website

Landing the PR contract for North Carolina’s new soccer team could take Holly Taylor’s career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler “Killer” de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer’s image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done.

The car accident that derailed Kepler’s European career also gave him some much-needed perspective. He’s ready to give up on fame and focus on the game he loves. The last thing he needs is a headstrong brunette pushing him back into the spotlight, even if butting heads with her is …

Bookish PSA: They Are Coming For Your Books!

Be Warned Book Lovers! As we speak uptight, inbred groups of uber-conservatives are collecting fuel for their bonfires. That fuel? Your BOOKS.

Not just any books mind you. Specific books. I presume they burn better. ARM YOURSELVES!

This is why Librarians undergo mandatory martial arts training before getting their MLS. They need to defend the books from the book-burning hordes year-round. The rest of us only pay attention during Banned Books Week.

Since 1982 the Librarians have been begging for your assistance defending those books that are being banned from classrooms, blocked from store shelves, and attacked in libraries for:

Filthiness, (I concur. Books are digusting. Especially the library books in the children’s room. Sticky disease vectors.)
Deviance, (Lies? Nonconformity?)
Troubling, (What does this even mean? That the book made you think about things? The horror!)
Nudity, (Do these people even undress when they bathe?)
Profanity, (What’s the goddamn problem with a little fucking …

Review: First Surrender by Katie Reus

Format read: e-book
Series: The Seraphina: Sin City, #1
Release Date: 16 September 2013
Publisher: Courtney Milan
Length: novella
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & NobleAuthor’s Site, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes

Book Description:

He’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants…

Sierra hit it off with Hayden from the moment they met. The dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends she’s ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.

And he’s about to make his claim…

Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. He’s not good enough for her. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and convince her they’re meant to be …

New Releases: September 23-29, 2013

Title: Bound by Night (Moonbound Vampire, #1)
Author: Larissa Ione
Genre: paranormal romance
Release date: September 24, 2013 by Pocket Books

Description:

A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, …

Review: Tarnished by Karina Cooper

Format read: ebook provided by Edelweiss
Series: The St. Croix Chronicles, #1
Genre: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Number of pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Formats available: ebook, paperback, mass market paperback
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Book Depository US | Book Depository (UK) | Publisher’s Website

My name is Cherry St. Croix. Society would claim that I am a well-heeled miss with an unfortunate familial reputation. They’ve no idea of the truth of it. In my secret world, I hunt down vagrants, thieves . . . and now, a murderer. For a monster stalks London’s streets, leaving a trail of mystery and murder below the fog.

Eager for coin to fuel my infatuations, I must decide where my attentions will turn: to my daylight world, where my scientific mind sets me apart from respectable …

Sunday Cravings

Holy shit, it’s Sunday already? Where did my Saturday go?! Hell, where did my week go?

It is 28 degrees Fahrenheit as I type this, so in case there are any doubters out there….

 Which means it is clearly time to stock up on books! Before the road is closed for avalanche blasting, or the internet is down due to storms, or I have a psychotic break in the coming darkness. (Yes, the singular is correct. There is one road.) This week we’re stockpiling….

Marlene: Corroded (The St. Croix Chronicles, #3) by Karina Cooper.

My rival, a collector of bounties like myself, has murdered one of my own. In consequence, I have been removed from my house, my staff, and all who would support me. I have nowhere else to turn, so I beg asylum within the Midnight Menagerie, London’s decadent pleasure garden.

Micajah Hawke’s dominance there will …

The International Giveaways Café (107)

Good morning/afternoon/evening all and welcome back to the best place on the web to share your own bookish giveaway or to enter the ones listed here. Hope you all have great weekends, wherever you are in the world!

And, please let us know if you’ve won anything recently; the Book Lovers would love to hear! As book lovers, we’re happy to spread the word…and the love 😉 Good luck to everyone!

Here’s the fine print for entering your link:
Guidelines:
If you have a giveaway you would like to share with our other readers, the rules are simple:
1. The giveaway MUST be available to international addresses (Book Depository does count)
2. Add your link below, in the format shown. (Please use the URL for the contest post, not a general blog URL; you don’t want to make it tricky for others trying to enter)
3. Expired contests will be removed …

Around The Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Welcome to this week’s news post! And this week has been a doozy with updates from popular authors such as Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong.

 

But first up, it seems the repercussions for Orson Scott Card’s posts is ongoing with a progressive group who has launched a petition for his removal from the University of North Carolina Public Television board. His op-ed post which was received a huge backlash has made other members unhappy with his position. Whether or not his removal will happen remains to be seen.

 

Kelley Armstrong’s tv adaption of BITTEN has been picked up in the US by the  SyFy channel. The show will air in Canada and Stateside sometime next year. Kelley posted a Q&A  on some of the concerns of the adaption on her tumblr page  and stated ‘I can 100% guarantee you that the TV show will not alter one word of …

Review: Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy

Format read: ebook copy provided by the publisher for review
Series: Book #1 in the Accidental Peers series
Release Date: 15 April 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Scandalous
Number of pages: 229 pages
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Read an excerpt

Blurb:

Opposites attract… Even if he is the catch of the season, Charlotte Livingston has a low opinion of the wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn. He’s an industrialist who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of an honest living. Camryn is everything a social reformer like Charlotte detests. Besides, her loyalty belongs to another man.

Worlds Collide… Yet, as a violent machine-breakers rebellion rages across England, an undeniable attraction flares between the passionate adversaries. Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware that the spinster who has captured his heart, harbors a secret – a shocking connection to one of its leaders that …

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