Jan 27, 2013

Showcase Sunday #13

Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


Diantha's Solo NookBook Find


The Proposition by Katie Ashley– Looks...spicy.

One lonely book this week :(


Jan 20, 2013

Showcase Sunday #12

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


This week I won:

    

1. That Boy by Jillian Dodd– Been seeing this book around a lot so now that I've won it, guess it's time to read it :)



eBOOK FREEBIES

    

1. Stained by Ella James–Not sure about this one, but hey, it was free.

2. Indigo and Iris by C.M. Stunich–Steampunk! It will be a first for me :)


Jan 16, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


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HOPELESS 
by Colleen Hoover



Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Series: Stand-alone novel
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating:
✭✭✭✭✭



Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. (Goodreads)


This book left me utterly speechless. From start to finish, it was a forced task just to put my Nook down to shower and eat. I was truly blown away by this book. Every plot twist, every surprising revelation. Even though you know it's coming, you're never truly prepared for what happens.

Jan 13, 2013

Showcase Sunday #11

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.



From NetGalley:

    

1. Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1) by J. Kenner– The older I get, the more romantic I become obviously. I keep requesting these romances and they keep sending them to me. Has pretty good reviews so I'm excited to read it. Might be my next romance read.

2. Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks– This is book two in the Montgomerys and Armstrongs series, so I'll have to read Never Seduce a Scot first, but believe me, I will. Not gonna lie, this series sounds almost identical to Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. I'll let you know.



For Review:


This is my Masquerade Crew pick. Reviews vary, but I'm still intrigued.

Jan 10, 2013

Dishin' It Up with fantasy author, @Kelbian_Noel

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I’d like to welcome author, Kelbian Noel, to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

Thanks for having me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I was eleven when I decided I wanted to write books. I read A LOT. My mom used to sell books and I found myself taken with historical romances. But the thing that always stood out to me is that the characters were very monochromatic :) There was no one that looked like me. I decided that I would write my own historical romance. At the time, I thought I’d be the youngest author in history. But I got distracted by eleven-year-old life. I still have the book (written on looseleaf paper in red pen), provided it needs quite a bit of work to be readable now…lol But who knows? Maybe one day the world will see it.

Jan 8, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

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Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost


Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Series: Night Prince, #1  
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS


She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Okay, so let me just say that I’ve never read any of the Night Huntress books and I tried not to read this one, but it showed up in too many places and I eventually gave up and just bought the damn thing.

Glad I did.

Jan 6, 2013

Showcase Sunday #10

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.



NetGalley


Pantomime by Laura Lam––Becca @ Lost in Thought gave this book a raving review. So when I saw it on NetGalley, I requested it. Looks pretty good!



Freebie on Amazon


Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon––I saw RaeBeth @ The Writing World was reading this on Goodreads. I went right out and downloaded a copy. Over halfway done, so I should be able to post a review soon!


For Review


Elemental (The Elementals, #1) by Kelbian Noel––I received a request from the author to review her book and accepted!



Jan 3, 2013

Dishin' It Up with Fantasy Author, Andre Alan

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I’d like to welcome author, Andre Alan, to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

My pleasure.

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
One of my coworkers in the year of 2006 told me to pick up a book titled ‘The Eye of the World’ by Robert Jordan and after reading that book I was inspired. I sort of stumbled into writing and being an author. I figured it would be a job that was a lot more fun than IT Help Desk support. Before that experience I had always been preparing to create a comic book and maybe even a cartoon since I love to draw. Yet after discovering the world of fantasy books I began to love to read and consequently, to write.

Jan 2, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

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Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Series:
The Dacians, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4.5/5 STARS



Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament—to the death.

He won't be denied...

Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore's most fearsome villains.

She's bound to another...

Desperate to earn her guardians' approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she's lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.

A battle for her body and soul...

Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina's heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium's worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina's own desires to a fever-pitch...

First off, I adore Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. ADORE. So when I found the first book of The Dacians on another blog, I was like, oh hell yeah.

I was not disappointed.

Trehan Daciano is a total babe (and a vamp) and I loved him. I did not like his love interest/obsession/Bride, the young Sorceress Bettina, as much as him. She drove me crazy with her puppy dog love for her childhood friend, Caspian, who was a big WHORE, and shamelessly admitted it to her every chance he got. I mean, how can you honestly be in love with someone like that? But he was honest with her and told her she wasn’t his mate, and to stop pining for him. In one ear and out the other, Bettina didn’t hear a freaking word he said. Got on my nerves a bit. But I did love the fact that she made weapons. That was super cool.

*SPOILER ALERT*

So basically, after Bettina bloods Trehan, he’s like, “Get over Caspian, woman. You’re mine now.” But of course, like every other female in IAD, she’s in denial. So Trehan enters the tournament her godparents put together with her hand in marriage being the prize. 200 men/creatures from the Lore enter, and Trehan slices, cuts, and stabs his way to the final round. And guess who he has to fight? Let’s just say, this is one of the best parts of the book. I found it beyond entertaining.

The love scenes were HOT, though a bit cheesy. But every IAD book has a certain cheese factor, and I love it. Trehan made these scenes extra spicy with his blood banter and smoking looks.

Trehan Daciano is now one of my new fave IAD characters. Right after Lachlain MacRieve and Bowen MacRieve, but before Cade (A delicious rage demon). I do love those MacRieve boys. As far as vampires go, the Wroth brothers are now non-existent to me. The Dacians have arrived. I can’t wait until the next book!