Sunday, August 19, 2012

Won - Love is a Wounded Soldier by Blaine Reimer

Title: Love is a Wounded Soldier
Author: Blaine Reimer
Publisher: Backroad Books
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Pages: 256 (Paperback)
Date Won: August 19, 2012
Received: Giveaway on Goodreads


Love is a Wounded Soldier combines the old-fashioned romance of a Nicholas Sparks novel with all the gut-punching grit of Saving Private Ryan to bring you a story of heartbreak and hope.

Despite growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, and having to cope with the untimely death of his mother, Robert Mattox has retained his innocence and idealism. He woos and marries his first love, Ellen, and it appears his life is set for a happily-ever-after ending.
But World War II is raging, and its vortex snatches him away from his young bride. He finds himself fighting in Europe, witnessing and participating in the unspeakable ugliness and brutality of war. His love for Ellen holds him back from utter despondency, and his will to fight and live draws strength from his desire to return home to her.
When he finally does return home to Kentucky, he's exhausted, jaded, and scarred -- inside and out. His worst fear is how Ellen will respond to the changes in him, but when he gets home he finds that Ellen is different, too -- much different.
Can things between them ever be the same again? Or will their love be the war's most tragic casualty?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Won - Try the Morgue by Eva Maria Staal

Title: Try the Morgue
Author: Eva Maria Staal
Publisher: Liveright
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Pages: 224 (Hardcover)
Date Won: August 17, 2012
Received: Giveaway on Goodreads

Ten years ago, Eva Maria Staal kept a gun in her purse. It was a present from her boss, Jimmy Liu, the international arms dealer extraordinaire with a taste for high-class male escorts. Together, Jimmy and his devoted assistant traveled the world's most dangerous hotspots, closing deals with ruthless warlords and corrupt generals, and trading Stinger missiles in Karachi, AK-47s in Chechnya, and hollow-point bullets in Islamabad. But burdened by her conscience, Eva Maria finally got out, married an optometrist, and had a baby. Now, assailed with memories of her secret life, she must reconcile her suburban present with a repressed but ineradicable past, one that blasts a hole so deep she doesn't know how to love her own daughter. Writing with a knowing intelligence only an insider could provide, this pseudonymous author has created a debut with remarkable intensity that examines the razor-thin line separating those who are drowned from those who are saved.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Won - Motherland by Amy Sohn

Title: Motherland
Author: Amy Sohn
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
Date Won: August 14, 2012
Received: Giveaway on Goodreads


With her trademark blend of “social satire, interpersonal drama, and urban glamour” (The New York Times), Amy Sohn delivers a candid, unsentimental look at modern marriage. In her acclaimed novels, Amy Sohn has beguiled us with her pinpoint observations of how we live and love, giving voice to our innermost thoughts and everyday anxieties. Now, in Motherland, her most diverting book to date, she introduces us to five mothers and fathers in Cape Cod, Park Slope, and Greenwich Village who find themselves adrift professionally and personally.

Rebecca Rose, whose husband has been acting aloof, is tempted by the attentions of a former celebrity f lame; Marco Goldstein, saddled with two kids when his husband, Todd, is away on business, turns to anonymous sex for comfort; Danny Gottlieb, a screenwriter on the cusp of a big break, leaves his wife and children to pitch a film (and meet young women) in Los Angeles; fallen sanctimommy Karen Bryan Shapiro, devastated by her husband’s infidelity and abandonment, attempts a fresh start with a hot single dad; and former A-list actress Melora Leigh plots a star turn on Broadway to revive her Hollywood career. As their stories intersect in surprising ways and their deceptions spiral out of control, they begin to question their beliefs about family, happiness, and themselves.

Equal parts moving and richly entertaining, Motherland is a fresh take on modern marriage that confirms Amy Sohn as one of our most insightful commentators on relationships and parenting in America today.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Won - Moochie's Place by Jim Murdock

Title: Moochie's Place
Author: Jim Murdock
Publisher: Infinity Pub
Release Date: 2011
Pages: 364 (Paperback)
Date Won: August 12, 2012
Received: Giveaway on Goodreads


Action Packed Mystery, Suspense, Laughter, with characters driving a page turning Fiction Novel.

Unique characters supported by a loud-mouth parrot start a restaurant only to find a large sum of money hidden in the walls. Their competitor claims the money belongs to him. He tries to drive them out of business by burglary; shooting at one of the owners; birdnapping their pet parrot; torching their building; kidnapping their daughter; and holding them at gun point to recover the money. When his efforts fail, he attempts to kill the two main characters.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Won - Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein

Title: Daughter of the Sword
Author: Steve Bein
Publisher: Roc Trade
Series: Fated Blades, #1
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
Date Won: August 8, 2012
Received: Giveaway on Goodreads

Tokyo cop Mariko Oshiro investigates the attempted theft of an old samurai sword — forged by the legendary Master Inazuma, a swordsmith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and it threatens to turn against her even as she learns to wield the sword herself...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review - The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Blood of Eden, #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 485 (Hardcover)
Date Read: July 9-11, 2012
Received: Bought
Rating: 5/5 stars It was amazing!

Back Cover:
My vampire creator told me this: "Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?"
I didn't then, not really.


Inside Cover:
In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked---and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend---a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of the humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who---is worth dying for.

Cover Impression: I liked the cover. I've always loved vampire books so I thought this was a unique picture for the cover. Vampires shedding tears of blood when they cry..sad but awesome.

My Thoughts: I loved this author ever since I read the Iron Fey series that I had borrowed from a friend. In the last book, The Iron Knight, there was an excerpt for this book and after reading it, I could not wait for The Immortal Rules to come out! It sounded like a different kind of vampire story but in a good way.

This book has great action, a kick-ass heroine, an amazing romance, and a chance to save the world. The details and the writing in this book are so great, you get sucked into the world with these amazing characters. I wanted to fight alongside Allie with her katana and kick some rabid butt! *hehe* But also at times, I was scared for the characters when they were fighting cause you never know if someone will get hurt from either humans, vampires, rabids, or rabid-disease-zombie-animals D:

Allie is turned into a vampire by Kanin, who is an awesome vampire who you sorta grow to love :) He's one of the main characters in the book. He saved her and also has to teach her everything to being a vampire. He teaches her that the Hunger will never go away unless she feeds on human blood..if she doesn't the Hunger with make her go mad and she will attack and kill anyone.

When Allie has to leave her city, she ends up finding a group of humans who allow her to come along on their journey. In this group, there is a guy who is Allie's age named Ezekiel "Zeke" Crosse. I love when books have cute romances. XD When Allie and Zeke first met, I just knew it was meant to be! But I also knew Allie was a vampire so it is a complete risk and she knows it too. So she had to be smart and not get too close to him. But I'm a sucker for a forbidden romance so I root for them all the way! :P

Allie learns that the group is trying to find Eden, a completely human city, and try find a cure for the disease. I want to tell more but I'd hate to give the rest of the book away D: but there is a crap ton more that I haven't told you so get the book!! I recommend this to everyone!! It is a great read and you will fly through it. I can't wait for the next book to find out more on Allie and everyone! This is my first review so if you have any advice please let me know :) I want to get better at this. Thank you for reading and get the book :P *hehe*

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Won - After the Fact by Owen J, Hurd

Title: After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters
Author: Owen J. Hurd
Publisher: Perigee Trade
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Pages: 272 (Paperback)
Date Won: August 7, 2012
Received: Giveaway on Goodreads