Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday (19)

Top 10 Tuesdays
Topic: Top Ten Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books
This meme is created by The Broke and the Bookish, anyone can participle telling about their top 10 topic items are.

1. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
This world is amazing, not just the cultures Jacqueline has created, but the gods as well and Elua's precept "Love as Thou Wilt"

2. Middle Earth
I don't really have to say more

3. Oz
Another no brainer

 4. Dark Dynasties by Kendra Leigh Castle
Come on, I want a man that purrs! 

5 Harry Potter
I want to be a wizard, hands down. Forget being a lame muggle, I want to weird plants or creatures living in my garden.

6. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
3 separated parallel worlds, our world without magic, the in-between with little magic and the magical realm with lots of magic. 

7. Theatre Illumanita Trilogy by Lisa Mantchev
This world is crazy cool, anything and everything could be possible when written by Bertie

8. Eon by Alison Goodman
This world has dragons, it just sounds amazing.

9. Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
Another epic world with dragons

10. Atlantis Series by Gena Showalter
All the mythological creatures are here, yes I want to be there and get myself a sexy dragon shifter.

What are your favorite worlds/settings?


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bookography #45

Bookography is a fun new way to share the beauty of books with photography. Take a picture with the book being the focus or inspiration and share the picture(s) you have created for the week.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Sugar Queen

I loved reading these books and I have had fun taking pictures of these books as well. This is the third one I have taken a picture of. I have also done Garden Spells and Peach Keeper.

Post processing was simple, I added a bit of fill light to give it a bright kinda candied look. Played a little with the contrast, blacks, highlights, shadows and a few other sliders in Lightroom as well.

If you would like to participate please do. I will post my Bookography post each week on Wednesdays. I would love if you would link back to my blog and share your own link in the comments.
To see my previous weeks pictures check out my Bookography tab 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shadow Rising Review

Shadow Rising
By Kendra Leigh Castle

Ancient Secrets, Dark Passions...

As one of the Grigori, a noble vampire dynasty shrouded in mystery, Ariane has spent her life hidden away in the desert. Like all of her kind, she is a watcher, fated to observe, forbidden to act. Yet when her best friend, Sammael, vanishes, she defies all rules and flees her safe haven to bring him home.

A shape-shifting assassin for the House of Shadows, Damien Tremaine is hired to locate Sammael. His hunt for the wayward Grigori leads him to Ariane, the rogue vamp who stands between him and his bounty. Damien never lets emotion interfere with his work, but a single touch from the sexy, beguiling vampire shatters his self-control. Drawn together by their common goal, what begins as an alliance of necessity soon becomes one of desire. But when the secret at the dark heart of the Grigori comes to light, Damien and Ariane must make a choice that could bind them eternally...or tear them—and everything they care about—apart.

What I Loved
Shadow Rising is book 3 in this amazing Dark Dynasties series filled with sexy cat shifting vampire men that purr with a strong female character to complement those bad boys purrfectly. Each book contains a different set of lovers with an overall story arc throughout the series and individually plots within each book. We still get to see the previous couples throughout the series, thankfully, I would miss the other characters too much if their story was done completely.
Ariane: An innocent vampire, that one doesn't happen often, and I really like her character even more for it. But she can also kick some ass when the need arises, so no weak and whiny dames in this book.
Damien: Oh I absolutely love him. Love his sarcastic attitude that can get him into some major trouble. He is that bad boy that every girl just falls for and wants to be the one to fix and love him. Here is a perfect quote that shows his sex purring mixed with his attitude. "To his shock, he had to swallow back an inadvertent purr. He didn't purr for anyone. Anyone. And certainly not for something as cheap as a little attention."
Hot and sexy as hell. What can I say I'm a sucker for each purr that these Cait Sith produce.
We get to finally learn about the Grigori and all their secrets and their secrets are awesome. I loved how Kendra has yet again woven another piece of fantasy so masterfully into this fantastic world.

Didn't Like
What the hell is there not to like in these books or this series. The only thing I don't like is the book having to end and wanting the next book, the next story and the next set of lovers.

Everyone that reads paranormal romance has got to read this series, how can you pass up hot men that purr!

July 31st 2012
Amazon / B&N / Book Depository

Dark Dynasties
Dark Awakening my review
Midnight Reckoning my review
Shadow Rising
Immortal Cravings February 2013

Other Books
McInnes Werewolves Trilogy
Call of the Highland Moon trilogy review
Dark Highland Fire
Wild Highland Magic

Renegade Angel my review

Would you love to have a man that purrs?
I would!!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What an eBook Steal

 An eBook Steal

Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle
is $2.99 at Amazon on Kindle & B&N on Nook till the end of July 2012

Kendra is my favorite paranormal romance author and I love EVERYTHING written by her. If you are looking for an awesome new series to start with sexy men that purr you have got to check this out now!

Enter the world of the Dark Dynasties...

For centuries, shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has prowled the night as an outcast, valued only for his ferocious hunting skills. When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, he is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer - a human woman with a special gift - who can secure victory for their clan. Ty's search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he's never known...

Lily Quinn has always been different. Since childhood, she's had vivid nightmares and an eerie sixth sense. When a sexy, silver-eyed stranger demands her help, Lily plunges into a new world of danger and sensuality. With Ty, she discovers sizzling passions she cannot deny and powers she cannot control. Soon, it is clear that Lily is much more than a Seer - she holds the key to ancient secrets and unthinkable destruction. But will a vampire's vow of eternal protection stop these evil forces...or unleash her dark destiny?

Everyone has got to check out this series!!
Here is MY REVIEW you can see how much I love this book