Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WoW - Dragon's Oath

Dragon's Oath (House of Night)

The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him

In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.

Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…
But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all? 

Ohhhhh, sounds good to me!!  I always love books that take the time to go in depth on characters you'd like to know more about.  I've got to say, Dragon is one of those characters for me!!

Patiently waiting...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Blogger Hop - Just in time for EASTER

Book Blogger Hop

Blog Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books.
The question this week is:

 "If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"
Answer: Heck yes!  Many of the authors I read have more than one series going on at once.  Because of this, I get recommendation for even more books that are similar to those I'm enjoying. 
I will say, sometimes I feel an author can continue publishing books that no longer have that same something that reeled me in and then I give up, and start with someone new.

Review - Dead Beautiful

Dead Beautiful
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon.

I have been depressed for a few months.  I received an email that my neighborhood Borders was closing and found myself in a slump.  I felt like it was the end of books altogether.  Even with the new Kindle, Nook and E-Readers, I find there is nothing better than buying another book to fill in my bookshelf, not to mention, laying in the tub with the latest steamy romance without the worry of electrocution. 

I am devastated that they closed, but out of the ashes...came discount books.  Now, I have two serious problems.  Those problems, are books and sales.  Now, imagine my pleasure finding out that all of my beautiful books would be on sale.  Somebody hand me a Valium.  YAYAAYYA!   Let's just say, by the time they closed, the staff knew me by name as I had visited twice a week for the last five they were in business.

When Borders was going out of business, I tackled old ladies and children for first grab at authors I knew well, attempting to complete collections and get my hands on a few I had been waiting for at the library.  After the novelty of that wore off, I returned as the store selection became more and more picked over, still choosing books in genres I like, hoping to come across something good. 

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon.

I admit, I liked the cover so I added it to the stack.

I was pleasantly surprised.  Although I rolled my eyes after seeing yet ANOTHER YA book surrounding parents dying, moving in with a rich, unknown relative and attending a private school (yeah like I haven't heard that before), I certainly liked the take on supernatural events.

I found myself guessing the entire book and really enjoyed the twist at the end.  I don't think Ms. Woon is planning a sequel and I applaud her for that.  I'm so sick of authors wringing a book dry for it's royalties. 

Thanks for a solid book that had a conclusion.  I enjoyed!