BOOK REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS FOR 10/1

BONE CROSSED (MERCY THOMPSON BOOK 4) BY PATRICIA BRIGGS

Reviewed by www.allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com: Mercy Thompson, VW mechanic and skinwalker extraordinaire, had been torn between the two werewolves in her life: Samuel and Adam in previous books and finally chose Adam (or more specifically, she and Samuel conveniently realized that they only had platonic feelings for each other).

I loved reading about the interesting developments with Mercy’s unique abilities and the repercussions from Adam’s pack as Mercy begins to acclimate to her status as the Alpha’s non-werewolf mate.  I especially loved the larger role that Stefan played in this book.  Maybe its because I’m more of a vamp girl than a wolf girl (team Edward and all that) but I have always wanted for Patricia to paint Stefan as a potential suitor for Mercy, and in that sense, this book was a gift for me (especially the end).  I can’t wait to see what role he’ll plain Silver Borne (due out March 2010).

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IN THE BLOOD BY MIRANDA LUNA

Reviewed by www.Fangoria.com: IN THE BLOOD by Miranda Luna is a story about a young woman who the “average” person would most likely label as problematic.  Zoe Starr has an addiction to heroin and a far from healthy obsession with blood, in her art and in her sex life, the two of which often over-lap and blend to become one in a world where fantasy, smack-high and dreams are quite difficult to distinguish from reality.

All in all, I found this book very original and entertaining, with enough sex to satisfy and tantalize, enough drug use to confuse and tempt, and enough blood to make me cringe and mentally evaluate my bandage stock.  With it’s harshness and whimsy, IN THE BLOOD delivers a fantastic reality that will leave you pondering the power of true blood lust.

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COVET BY J.R. WARD

Reviewed by K.C. at www.smokinhotbooks.com: If you’re expecting the Black Dagger Brotherhood sorry, you are so not going to get it with Covet.  (Vampire fangs are definitely not included).  Actually, it’s best to kind of completely separate the two.(hi-ya! karate chop)  Not to worry, there are some BDB cameos!

Usually in Wards BDB books, AZ (After Zadist), she tends to focus more on her supporting cast of characters.   We still get a little of that in Covet, but instead of dividing the story it actually works as an added bonus while still maintaing Vin and Marie-T as the main focal point.   I’ll be honest, I struggled with being ‘in hearts’ with Marie-T.   I’m not so narrow-minded about her way of survival, but I just felt that  Jim H and Vin were more interesting characters and Marie-T fell a little flat.  Not to mention the Pretty Woman overtones, let’s leave that movie in the 80’s shall we.  I did find myself  murmuring to my inner James Stewart: “Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel get’s it’s wings” with all the fallen angel scenes.   I would have liked a little more Angel and by that, a little more oomph as to their story.  I will say that aside from the Pretty Woman overtones,  this looks to be the first a promising new series.

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VOTE FOR BITTEN BY BOOKS AND WIN CIRQUE DU FREAK LOOT

www.bittenbybooks.com: Vote on BITTEN BY BOOKS and be entered to win. Simply click on whatever red bar that has the saying you would like to see on a special limited edition t-shirt they are making for the movie. I voted for “There is a little freak In all of us” lol Who’s going to see this movie and are you taking your kids?

Two (2) winners will receive:

  • Cirque du Freak book Set (3 titles in one book)
  • Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant Locker Mirror

The Vampire’s Assistant giveaway is open to legal US residents who are at least 13 years of age as of October 1st.  Prizing is only available to United States mailing address only. (International readers can enter if they have a friend in the States who can accept their prizes by mail.) Contest runs from October 1st 2009 through October 25th at 11:59 pm.

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WIN A COPY OF ‘GONE’ AND ‘WAKE’ BY LISA MCMANN

www.eoseventeen.blogspot.com: Wake is about seventeen-year-old Janie and her ability to enter the dreams of people around her. She’s been sucked in so many times, has seen so many secrets that she’s a little numb and resentful. And she can’t tell anyone about how different she is. Then one night she’s pulled into a horrible nightmare and becomes more than just a watcher, she has to do something.

Gone is published in February 2010, but you can win a copy now! Simply leave your name and your e-mail address in the comments  and consider yourself entered into the draw. Good luck!

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WIN 4 BOOKS: HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, THE WHITE QUEEN, JULIE & JULIA AND ALEX & ME

Alice at www.athomewithbooks.blogspot.com.

To enter this contest do any of the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this post stating which books you would like to be entered to win. You must include an email address in at least one of your comments. If I can’t find a way to contact you I will draw another winner. (1 entry)
  2. 2. Blog about this giveaway. (Posting the giveaway on your sidebar is also acceptable.) Leave a separate comment with a link to your post. (1 entry)
  3. 3. Subscribe to my rss feed, follow me on blogger or subscribe via email (current subscribers are eligible too). Leave a separate comment for this. (1 entry only for this – please list just one of these options for this entry.)

There are a lot of ways to enter (maximum of five entries), but you must LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT for each one or they will not count. I will be using random.org to pick the winners from the comments.

This contest is open to entries from the U.S. and Canada only. The deadline for entry is midnight, October 29th. I will draw and post the winners’ names on October 30th.

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WIN A COPY OF THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE AWAKENING AND THE STRUGGLE

www.brizmusblogsbooks.blogspot.com:

Here’s how to enter:
Post a comment with your e-mail address (so that I can contact you, of course), and, if you would be so kind, let me know what your favorite (non-Twilight) vampire book is. :-)

Want extra entries?
+1 – new subscribers/followers to my blog
+2 – if you already subscribe to/follow my blog
+1 – if you post a link to the contest in your blog
+3 – if you mention and link to the giveaway in your blog post
+2 – add me to your blog roll

Anyhow, so that’s it! Conest ends on October 28th, 2009 at 11:59 PM Paris time (which is 5:59 PM Eastern time). And it’s open to everyone, no matter where you are (meaning internationally! YAY!!!!).

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