Thursday 30 June 2011

Bad Taste In Boys! Carrie Harris is having a GIVEAWAY! :D

Summary from Goodreads:
Someone's been a very bad zombie.

Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate!

She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.

Carrie Harris is having an awesome giveaway on her blog right now where you can win her last ARC of Bad Taste in Boys, or a hardcover with some SEKRIT NOTES, as she calls it. :D

To enter all you have to do is spread the sugar lippy love. It could be with pictures, blog posts, or even just changing your twitter icon to the book's cover.Entries are being accepted until tonight (June 30) around midnight.

If you want to enter you can find the giveaway HERE.

I've mentioned many times that I love zombies, so it's no surprise that I'm super excited to read this one! It comes out on July 12th! :D

Good luck to anyone who enters, and if you don't, I hope I've at least brought an awesome new book to your attention! :D

Happy Reading!!!

♪♫ Ambur

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Review: Six Moon Summer by S.M. Reine

Source: Received an ebook from the author for an honest review.
Number of Pages: 198 (Paperback)
Release Date: Already Released.

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Rylie's been bitten.

She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever.

Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she's craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn't figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She'll be a monster.

I loved Six Moon Summer! Now, I know I haven't read all of the werewolf books out there...there are tonnes, but I out of all the ones that I have read, I felt that Six Moon Summer was incredibly unique.
Also, I thought that the title was absolutely perfect for this book, seriously PERFECT! See, in Six Moon Summer, it takes a person who is transitioning into becoming a werewolf six moons to complete the entire transformation. The six moons refers to 3 full moons, and 3 new moons, so in all it equals around 3 months. I've never read a werewolf story where the transition is in this kind of process, so I thought it was fantastic and incredibly unique. :D

Now the characters. I really liked the main character Rylie. First, she has a sweet name! I have an irregular spelled name, so I won't lie, I love it when characters have names that are spelled differently too, it automatically makes me like them a little bit more...not enough to bias me, but enough for me to want to give them a high five or a solid fist bump. Second, she was kind of a brat at the beginning, but I kind of felt like it was justified. She was pretty much exiled to camp so that her parents could complete all of their divorce dealings, and once she gets to camp, everybody treats her like crap and hates her. I honestly couldn't blame her for wanting to stay in her cabin and never talk to the other girls. Eventually, after she's been bitten Rylie's attitude changes quite a bit, could be from the transformation, or it could just be her growing up, either way, by the end of the book I thought she was an admirable character and I really liked her. :)

Seth...oh that mysterious sexy Seth. Did I mention mysterious, well he was, very. To keep Seth mysterious...and thus sexy, for everyone, I'm only going to stick to the basics with him. I absolutely loved him. He was kind of sketchy at times, but I couldn't help being drawn to him...probably because Rylie couldn't either. :P

The story itself was awesome! It totally made me remember the one time I went to camp...we even had a dance too. I loved that it was a realistic story even though becoming a werewolf might not be that believable if it really happened. I didn't know that there was going to be a sequel until I went onto Goodreads and saw it on there, and boy was I relieved. Six Moon Summer definitely ends on a cliffhanger, and it's one that will surely have you anxious for more! :D

 I would recommend Six Moon Summer to all paranormal fans, especially ones partial to werewolves, and I'd also recommend it to someone who wants to read a paranormal but doesn't know where to start. This would be a fantastic book to read if you've never read anything paranormal before, and it's good for those of us who read it up like crazy too. ;)

* Six Moon Summer's sequel's Goodreads page: All Hallows Moon
* On July 8th, S.M Reine also has a new novella coming out called The 19 Dragons.

Other Places to find S.M. Reine:
- Blog
- Twitter
- Facebook

You can purchase your copy of Six Moon Summer from:
Amazon (Kindle) - $2.99
- Createspace - $8.99
Barnes and Noble (Nook) - $2.99
Smashwords - $2.99

Happy Reading!!!

♪♫ Ambur

Tuesday 28 June 2011

CANADA DAY Blog Hop!!!!

Or if you're actually reading this on Canada Day, HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!

Aislynn from Knit, Purl, Stitch...Read and Cook, and Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams of Books have organized this awesome Canada Day Blog Hop! :D
I'd just like to take the time right now to say thanks to them for organizing it, when you stop at their blogs, feel free to thank them too. :)

Anyways, it's probably really obvious because of the title of this blog hop, but this weekend on Friday, July 1st, it's CANADA DAY! Some of you might not have known that, and if you didn't, that's alright. And don't worry, you don't have to be Canadian to enter the giveaways in this hop, at least not all of them. My giveaway, for example, is INTERNATIONAL! YAY! EVERYBODY CAN ENTER! Ok...I'm going to take it easy on the capital letters in a little bit, but first I have to introduce you to the wonderful books you can win! *Insert applause and some kind of intense drum roll here*








Since this is a Canada Day Blog Hop, all of the books that you can win are written by Canadian authors! :D

Option 1: Your book of choice by Kelley Armstrong
(worth up to $15)

(Choices may be limited, it depends on what's available on The Book Depository. Here's a link so you can see what they have: Kelley's Books.)

Option 2: Any of the 3 books in Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange Series

If I could have I would've included Once Every Never in this option, but unfortunately The Book Depository doesn't have it.

Option 3: Any book by a Canadian author, under $15 Canadian Dollars. 

It MUST be a Canadian author though, and please be honest about this. This is a Canada Day hop, so I want you guys to give some Canadian authors some attention. If you need to find out if an author is Canadian, check Goodreads, Wikipedia, Author websites, etc. There are plenty of resources at your fingertips. :P

Here are a few examples of Canadian authors:
(Links go to Book Depository searches)
Leonard Cohen
Margaret Atwood
William Shatner
Mary Balogh
Susanna Kearsley
Barbara Kyle
Denise Jaden
L.M. Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables)

So now that you know what you can win, let's get on with the details!

Giveaway Details:

Just make sure the Book Depository sends to your country. You can check that here.
* This giveaway ends on July 2nd at 11:59 PM (M.S.T).
* You must be 13 or older to enter.
*Following is not required but you can get extra entries.
To make following easy. Here's my Twitter Profile: @AmburHostyn
* Sharing this giveaway is not required, but it also gives you extra entries.
* There will be 1 Winner.
* Winner will be chosen using
 * Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, and if they don't, a new winner will be randomly drawn. Please check your junk folders after July 2nd just to make sure you don't miss an email saying you've won.

Enter the giveaway with this FORM

***Giveaway is now CLOSED.***

All entries must be done with the form, comments won't count, but I do enjoy them. ;)

Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!

You can find the rest of the stops on this blog hop in the linky below:

Enjoy your Canada Day weekend, even if you aren't Canadian. ;)

Happy Reading!!!
♪♫ Ambur

Teaser Tuesday (32)

Teaser Tuesdays at Should Be Reading

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:
"Benny peered between the hundreds of tree trunks and finally caught a glimpse of three zoms, shuffling slowly along the road. One was whole; the other two had ragged flesh where other zoms had feasted on them while they were still alive."

-  Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, p. 50

Oh how I love a good zombie book! So that's a bite (yes, that was a very lame pun alluding to zombies :P haha) of what I'm reading, do you have a teaser you'd like to share?

Happy Reading!!!

♪♫ Ambur

Monday 27 June 2011

List of Canadian Book Bloggers @ Rabid Reads

Rabid Reads has an awesome post where they have all of the Canadian bloggers they know of listed. 

Check it out HERE
If you're Canadian, check if you're on it. 
If you aren't you can email them and get yourself added! :D

I just think it's such an awesome idea!
Now I know where some other Canadian bloggers are! :D

I hope everyone is having an awesome day...even if it is a Monday. :P haha

Happy Reading!!!

♪♫ Ambur

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (33)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, is a bookish meme hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books, where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It’s a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list. So hop on over to Journey and join in...and leave a comment here so I can check out what you are reading. All title links go to Goodreads. :)

Books I Read Last Week:
I absolutely love Lauren Barnholdt's books! Every since I read Two-Way Street I've anxiously grabbed hold of any of her books that have managed to come my way! I had Sometimes It Happens from Simon and Schuster's Galley Grab, and it was getting close to expiring so I devoured it the other day. I loved it, and I'm not really surprised. I haven't met a book of hers that I didn't like after all. :P

Woo hoo! I finished Supernaturally! And it was awesome, just as I thought it would be! Now I just have to write a review for it, which hopefully won't take me too long...but I'll be honest, I'm a bit backed up on the review front. I really need to get cracking! lol Anyways, Supernaturally was fantastic, and I think fans of Paranormalcy will love it, I know I did! :D

Reading Now:

I'm reading The Last Archangel for a blog tour. I just started it last night before bed, so I haven't gotten very far though. :)

Books I Want to Read This Week:

I'm really excited to read Little White Lies! It sounds fantastic! It kind of makes me think of Mystique from X-Men! :D

I'm excited for this one too! :D It looks like my Kindle is going to get a lot of use this week; The Last Archangel, Little White Lies, and Darkness and Light are all ebooks. :P lol

    And what are you reading???

    Check out One Person's Journey Through a World of Books to see what other people are reading. :)

    Happy Reading!!!
    ♪♫ Ambur

    Saturday 25 June 2011

    Review - Called Home: Two Hearts Answer by Gloria Schumann

    Source: Provided with a review copy by the author for an honest review.
    Publisher: Savant Books and Publications LLC
    Number of Pages: 342 (Paperback)
    Release Date: Already Released

    Blurb from Goodreads:

     Emma Benson's view of life was crafted by the death of her brother as a child, abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry, until David Schlosser-back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels-threatens her neatly tended life. Romance blooms. Emma and David eventually persevere in the face of tragedy, refusing to leave their dreams behind.

    I thought that Called Home was a wonderful story. Both Emma and David were amazing characters, and they felt incredibly real. The story was told in alternating points of view, the two most prevalent POVs were David's and Emma's. However, several other characters did have smaller sections with their points of view. I really liked the set-up that was created with the narrations. It was fascinating to transition between Emma and David's points of view...especially when they were both thinking about each other. :P

    Emma was stubborn, independent, and had many characters of a woman who has been betrayed too many times. While, David carried many of the characteristics of a ladies man and quite the eligible bachelor. He's also a fairly popular author, and just moved back home from New York. He and Emma meet, well again anyways. They actually went to High School together, but they were a few years apart, so they didn't really know each other back then. Anywho, when they meet, they both feel a lot of attraction for each other. Throughout the book their attraction intensifies, and David heavily pursues it, while Emma consistently tries to resist the draw that she feels for David.

    The backgrounds of Emma and David aren't clear from the beginning of the book, but as it progresses, they learn more about one another. For the most part the reader learns of their pasts through their interactions with each other, but there are some brief mentions during their through processes too. Emma's past is one of the most well guarded parts of the book...aside from the mystery aspect of it that is, but I'm going to keep my mouth shut about that because it is far too exciting for me to ruin for you. As mentioned in the blurb of this book, Emma's brother passed away when she was a child, her father abandoned her family shortly afterwards, and she was also abandoned by the man she thought she would spend her life with. She is incredibly afraid of being abandoned again, and she doesn't want to fall too hard for David because she's afraid he'll go back to New York and leave her. As you can expect, Emma has serious trust issues. but David isn't the type to give up...and you will love him for trying so hard.

    I read Called Home at a pretty gradual pace, but it is definitely the type of story that can keep you up at night because you just need to know what happens next. It's not a sweltering romance, but trust me David and Emma do have a pretty heated relationship (sometimes they argue...and sometimes they make-out, pretty heavily I might add :P), but their relationship was founded on more than mere attraction, which I loved. They genuinely wanted to know more about each other. Emma even reads one of David's books, and David is constantly trying to get Emma to open up. Their relationship was so real, even if they did get involved in some super crazy situations and it's always refreshing to see relationships like that in books.

    I think that fans of contemporary romance will love Called Home: Two Hearts Answer, especially if they love a little mystery thrown in with it. ;)

    Does this sound like a book you'd like? Get your copy from: Amazon

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Friday 24 June 2011

    Guest Post: Why Time Travel by Lesley Livingston

    Why Time Travel?

    Why the heck not?

    Although I fully admit that the process of writing a time travel story has had the cumulative effect of tying my brain into unwieldy temporal knots, I also fully admit that I had a super-fun time doing it! I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of travelling into the past—probably ever since I saw the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever”—and what the potential consequences would be; all of the awe-inspiring places and things I could experience were such a thing possible; and how such a thing could be accomplished without really messing up the universe as we know it!

    With ONCE EVERY NEVER, I got to take a crack at writing that kind of story.
    The period of time to which I gleefully jettison my poor heroine, Clare, was a volatile and blood-soaked one and absolutely fascinating: Ancient Britain, right around the time that the Roman Empire was invading, a fiery warrior Queen named Boudicca rebelled and, for a brief, blazing moment, looked like she just might turn the tide of the invasion.

    I’ve always been drawn to the culture of the Celtic tribes, to their fierceness and vibrancy, the rich artistry of their metal-work and their independent spirit, and I though it would be great fun to throw a modern character who has no such affinity whatsoever into that world and watch her slowly find herself won over by this wild and wonderful society. Clare ultimately winds up very curious and caring toward these people—maybe she winds up caring a little too much in some ways!—and I had a great deal of fun writing about that in the context of her zinging back and forth through time, all while desperately trying not to detrimentally alter the space time continuum!

    *On Wednesday, June 22, Lesley announced on her blog that there will be two more books in the series along with Once Every Never. They're tentatively titled Every Never After and Now and For Never. If you want to read Lesley's blog post on it you can find it HERE.

    Once Every Never Links:

    You can find Lesley at:

    And don't forget the Blog Tour for Once Every Never is still going on. You can find all of the Blog Stops in this Schedule:

    Burning Impossibly Bright - June 20 (You are here.)
    Let's Book It - June 22
    In the Next Room - June 24
    Evie Bookish - June 29
    Tynga's Reviews - July 5
    Lost for Words - July 7

    Well, what did you all think of Lesley's post? 
    Did you love it? Did it make you want to read Once Every Never even more?
    If you answered "yes" to at least one of the above questions then you deserve a virtual high five, and also, just are not alone! haha

    Why not make Lesley feel welcome and leave her some comments, I'm sure she'd love to have some. :)

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Thursday 23 June 2011

    Interview with Cyndi Tefft (Author of Between)

    Ambur: Hi Cyndi! Thanks so much for stopping by! :D
    Cyndi: Hi, Ambur! *waves*

    Why don’t we start off with you telling us a bit about yourself, and about your book, Between?
    I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the weather is as rainy and overcast as the Scottish Highlands. So I have a nice tan, as you can imagine. XD

    Between is a love story set in the afterlife between a modern American girl who dies in a car accident and the 18th century Scottish Highlander who comes to take her to heaven. It's geared towards older teens (and adults who are young at heart). It's my first book and launched on June 1st!

    Between was an amazing story, I absolutely loved the chemistry between Lindsey and Aiden. How did you come up with the remarkable love story between them?
    Thanks! I am so glad you enjoyed it! *grin*

    I wanted to write a good-versus-evil story but felt that angels and demons had already been done quite a bit, so I decided to come up with my own version. Aiden is a Transporter (a sort of grim reaper) and he has a counterpart (the Hell Transporter) who is featured in the sequel. The sequel is about one-third written right now, so I don't have a set release date for it yet.

    I am a sucker for a good love story, so anything I write will have a romantic component to it. ♥

    Some of my favourite parts of Between were when Lindsey and Aiden were casting, where did you come up with that idea?
    The characters are able to “cast” the scene while they are in the realm in between, and there are two ways to do it. They can either cast a memory which plays out before them (not allowing them to interact with people), or they can cast an environment that is fully malleable, but they can’t include any people. It’s a cross between A Christmas Carol and the Star Trek Halodeck.

    I can’t really say how I came up with it. I just wanted to provide them with an interactive environment where they could get to know one other and learn about each other’s lives. I really enjoy time travel novels, so blending history with the present was one of my motivations.

    In your author blurb you said that you loved Scotland, what makes you love it so much?
    I fell in love with Scotland while reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Her writing was so engaging and vivid that the characters and setting captivated me in a way nothing else ever had. It was like a key fitting into a lock, and the love of Scotland just clicked into place within me.

    You’d have to go back about 400 years to find a drop of Scottish blood in my ancestry. I know because I signed up for specifically to research that! LOL One of my prized possessions is a dirk with a glass hilt that I bought at our local Scottish Highland games. Yep, a definite Scot-freak!

    Any books that you’d like to recommend now that I’m desperate to read about more highlanders?
    I haven't come across other YA novels with highlanders, but it is a pretty common theme in adult romance titles. Some of them are downright awful cheese-fests, but some are really good. If you haven't read it yet, I'd definitely start with Gabaldon's Outlander series. It is most definitely an adult title, but it's also the best love story I've ever read.

    Do you have any advice to share with other prospective authors out there?
    My advice to writers would be that no matter where you are in your writing process (haven't started, just finished a draft, ready to go with a polished manuscript), start social networking now if you haven't already done so. Create a blog and get followers. Set up an author page on Facebook. Play and connect with other writers (and readers) on Twitter. Join communities on Goodreads, LinkedIn, AbsoluteWrite, Authonomy and others. Marketing is about getting your book in front of people, so the more eyes you have access to, the more successful you will be when the time comes. Above all, be friendly and supportive!

    Anything else you’d like to share?
    Writing is hard work. There are a million other things that you could be doing instead of writing. If, after you finish a manuscript, edit it, and get feedback on it, you are able to land an agent and a publisher quickly, then some would say you’re lucky, that you were in the right place at the right time. That may well be so. Still, you wouldn’t have been there at all if it weren’t for the time and effort you put into the writing in the first place.

    Certainly, some writers get lucky, while others are stuck waiting in the wings. It’s not always about the quality of the book. That moment of opportunity may be the self-publishing revolution that allows authors to bypass publishers and take their stories directly to readers. It may be something else entirely. The important thing is to not give up. Being ready when the opportunity comes along is what will ultimately result in your success.

    Thanks so much for having me on the blog. I had a great time!


    Between is available in both print and ebook format from a variety of online retailers:
    Ebook only: Smashwords, Apple
    Print only: Createspace, My website (signed copy)
    Print and ebook: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

    There are a variety of ways to connect with me online: My blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing.

    I hope you all enjoyed Cyndi's answers as much as I did, and I definitely recommend that you check out her book, Between, I thought it was an amazing story. :D

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Wednesday 22 June 2011

    Interview with S.M. Reine (Author of Six Moon Summer)

    Ambur: Hey Sara! Thanks so much for stopping by at my blog, I’m glad to have you here! :D
    Sara: Thanks so much for having me!

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself and about Six Moon Summer?
    Six Moon Summer is a wonderfully angsty tale of teenage troubles, summer camp, and evil monsters with a taste for human flesh. I’m a writer who is not very angsty, definitely not a teenager, and prefers escargot to soylent green.

    I’ve read books with werewolves in them before Six Moon Summer, but I definitely think that your book is one of the most unique. What inspired you to write a story about werewolves and to give their transition into a full blown werewolf such a unique spin?
    I have to make a little confession: I’m not really a big fan of vampires or werewolves. I’ve seen a couple movies and I’ve skimmed the essentials, like Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer, but I’m not going out of my way to pick up werewolf books. So I have no idea what people normally expect from the genre! I’m always pleasantly surprised (and deeply appreciative) when people tell me my wolves are unique, but I would be full of it if I claimed to have any special inspiration.

    I absolutely loved Rylie and Seth. Rylie was spunky and she was passionate, and Seth was mysterious and incredibly sexy. Did you have any inspiration for their characters, or for any of the other characters in Six Moon Summer?
    Rylie was partially inspired by a couple girls I didn’t like in school! You can probably tell early in the book, since she’s kind of a pain in the butt, but she redeems herself by the end. Seth, I admit, is somewhat modeled after my fourth grade boyfriend, who wore a leather jacket almost every day. He thought he was the Fonze, or maybe John Travolta from Grease. It was swoon-worthy in elementary school, believe me.

    Rylie was passionately against eating meat, and very vocal about being a vegetarian, so it made me a bit curious. I love animals myself, but I could honestly never give up meat, I like bacon too much. :P So I was wondering, are you a vegetarian too, or did you just decide it was perfect for Rylie’s character?
    I love animals and I sympathize with the cause of vegetarians/vegans, but I’m an avid omnivore. While I don’t want to cause animal suffering, I like to have a well-rounded diet. Ribs and steak and bacon (bacon!!) are too delicious. So no, Rylie and I don’t share this ideology at all.

    Six Moon Summer has a sequel coming out called All Hallows Moon, can you tell us a bit about it?
    I originally intended Six Moon Summer to stand alone, but early readers desperately wanted to see what happened to Rylie and Seth after the conclusion. I realized the two of them still have a lot of story to be told, so rather than extending Six Moon Summer to show more, I decided to separate it out into an entire series.

    What was it like deciding to self-publish your book? And do you have any advice for other authors contemplating self-publishing?
    I’m planning my own small publishing company to publish the books I like to read, so what better way to practice techniques than to use my own manuscripts as a guinea pig? My advice to other authors is this: Take it seriously, take your time, do your research, and do it right. Indie publishing is just as much work as traditional publishing, and readers can reject you as easily as any agent. Don’t take it as the “easy” road, because it’s not.

    Anything else you’d like to share?
    How about a random fact about Six Moon Summer for those who have read it? I originally intended Louise and Jericho to be involved in a relationship-- but the scenes didn’t fit and had to be cut!

    Thanks for stopping by! It was fantastic having you here! :D
    Thank you!

    Where you can find Sara:

    Where you can find more about Six Moon Summer:

    Where you can buy Six Moon Summer:

    You guys should all check out Six Moon Summer! It was an amazing story, and definitely a unique twist to the whole werewolf phenomenon. :)

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Tuesday 21 June 2011

    Teaser Tuesday (31)

    Teaser Tuesdays at Should Be Reading

    Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    My Teasers:

    "He laughed and pulled out a delicate silver chain threaded through an open heart-shaped pendant. Three pink stones lining one edge stood out in contrast to the dark metal of the heart."

     - Supernaturally by Kiersten White, p.44
    (ARC Copy - Page numbers and quotes could change.)

    I just started reading Supernaturally and I couldn't not give you guys a quote...that would just be cruel of me, so there it is. So, what do you guys think? :)

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Monday 20 June 2011

    Once Every Never Blog Tour: Review - Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston

    Source: Received ARC Copy for Blog Tour from Publisher.
    Publisher: Penguin Canada
    Number of Pages: 336
    Release Date: Already Released.

    Blurb from Goodreads:

    Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker… but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.

    Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there’s still time—literally—maybe even get a date.

    This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every… never.

    My Review:

    Before reading Once Every Never, I'd heard fantastic things about Lesley Livingston's writing, and her Wondrous Strange series has been on my to-read list for quite some time now, so when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for Once Every Never, I jumped at the chance!

    I was expecting to like Once Every Never, as it sounded fantastic, but I liked it even more than I thought I would, in fact, it blew me away! I absolutely loved it! The characters were fantastic, and the folklore with the Druids was so fascinating! After reading Once Every Never I had an intense urge to research the Druids because Lesley made them sound so awesome, plus I'm a pretty big sucker for any kind of mythology. ;)

    The characters just blew me away in Once Every Never. Clare was witty and self-deprecating, but I loved going along the journey of this book with her. She slowly grew into herself and realized just how awesome she was, and her friends most definitely helped her along the way. Her best friend, Allie, was so quirky and smart, and I thought she was amazing. Her intensity and desire to learn had me smiling whenever she was in the story....and Al's cousin, the nerd turned into an Adonis type character, Milo was just amazing. He was smart, funny, and he was so adorable with Clare. I loved how awkward Clare and Milo made each other, and how oblivious they were to each other's feelings. I can't forget about Comorra and Connal either, they were freaking amazing, so fierce, and once again oblivious. Comorra was amazing and so tough, and Connal...well he makes you think that Druids just had to be completely sexy. ;P I think that the cast of characters that Lesley has created in Once Every Never are the kind that every reader will have an amazing time reading about and getting to know...and if you can't tell, I had an awesome time getting to know these characters...just don't make me pick a favourite. :P

    Along with the amazing characters and the fantastic history woven into the story, the tiniest of details just totally drew me into this story. For example, the main character Clare's full name is Clarinet Reid and her parents are classical musicians. I just got a massive kick out of that, so hilarious! :D

    I would recommend Once Every Never to practically everyone, it has humour, it has action, it has amazing characters, it has some romance, and above all else, it is an amazing story. It draws you in and won't let you go. It's the type of story that will stick with you, and after you read it, you won't forget about it any time soon. ;)
    Lesley Livingston

    Other Links:

    Links for the Blog Tour:

     Burning Impossibly Bright: - June 20 (You are here.)
     Not Your Faerytale: - June 21
     Let's Book It: - June 22
     He Followed Me Home: - June 23
     In the Next Room: - June 24
     Mocha Latte Reads: - June 27
     Wicked Lil' Pixie: - June 28
     Evie Bookish: - June 29
     Escape Through the Pages: - June 30
     YA Bookie Monster: - July 1
     Snowdrop Dreams of Books: - July 4
     Tynga's Reviews: - July 5
    The Queen of All Wild Things: - July 6
     Lost for Words: - July 7
     Lavender Lines: - July 8

    I hope that if you pick up Once Every Never, you enjoy it at least half as much as I me that's still a lot! :P

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (32)

    It's Monday! What Are You Reading? at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books

    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, is a bookish meme hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books, where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It’s a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list. So hop on over to Journey and join in...and leave a comment here so I can check out what you are reading. All title links go to Goodreads. :)

    Books I Read Last Week:

    I finally finished this one this week.The ending definitely left me satisfied. I think that people who like romance with a mix of mystery would love this one. It was definitely a sweet read. I'm working on my review for this one. Hopefully I'll get it written soon.

    I absolutely loved this one. :D This was by far one of the most unique werewolf stories that I've ever read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm also working on the review for this one too. :)

    I got this one free, HERE, if anyone's interested. This is the prequel to One Night That Changes Everything, and I thought it was definitely an interesting background story. :)

    I absolutely loved Forever! It was so amazing...and again, I'm working on the review for this one too. ;) If you somehow haven't heard of or haven't started reading The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy you really should start it! It's such a fantastic series! :D

    I won The Long Weekend a while ago and I read it during the Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon this weekend. It was kind of a creepy story to be honest, so realistic, but it wasn't the greatest story ever to be honest. It was alright, definitely a thriller-type story.

    While I loved Sisters Red, Sweetly completely blew me away! I read this one during the Read-a-Thon too, and I loved it so much! :D It was awesome. This is another group of books that are not to be missed. I'll be reviewing this one sometime soon too, so hopefully I can encourage everybody to check it out then. :D

    This was the last book that I read during the Read-a-Thon, and it wasn't really what I expected. I'm one of those people that needs to know what the character is feeling or I don't really connect with the characters, and this book was just too detached for me. I think that boys would probably like this book better, it's pretty action filled. I think there's going to be at least one more book though because it ended on a major cliffhanger.

    Reading Now:
    I just started this one a couple of days ago, and it's pretty awesome. It's like a hospital drama show...but with paranormal creatures. :P

    Books I Want to Read This Week:

    I didn't read Supernaturally this week, but I definitely want to read it this week. It's at the top of my to-read list. :D

    And what are you reading???
    Check out One Person's Journey Through a World of Books to find out what others are reading. :)

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Saturday 18 June 2011

    Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon - Day 2 Report Post

    Questions and Answers: 

    1. First of all, give us an end-of-read-a-thon status update. Books read, pages read, you know the drill!

    Total Books Read: 3
    Total Pages Read: 827
    Books Read Since Last Update: 1
    Pages Read Since Last Update: 61
    Total Time Read: 13.5 hrs, 1 hr since last update
    Books Completed: The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan, Sweetly by Jackson Pearce, and Subject Seven by James A. Moore
    How I'm Currently Feeling: A bit disappointed, I would've liked to read more than three books, but oh well. I think next time I'm going to have to skip all of the Mini-Challenges and avoid any kind of technology, it just gets me too distracted and then I can't get back into reading.

    2.What is your favorite book you read during the read-a-thon?

    Sweetly by Jackson Pearce. :)

    3. Did you participate in any mini-challenges? Which ones?

    I participated in a few of them. The ones that I did were: favourite and least favourite book-to-movie adaptation, the wordle, the bookshelf one, the anagram, and the one about which book world you'd like to live in.

    4. Which mini-challenge was your favorite?

    My favourite was probably the one about choosing a book world to live in.

    5. What has been your favorite thing about the read-a-thon?

    My favourite thing was probably just knowing that you're reading a bunch while other people are reading, I love seeing people's comments about it too.

    6. Are you satisfied with how much reading you got done? Did you do more than you expected? Less?

    Nope, I'm not really satisfied with the amount of reading I finished. To be honest, I probably would've read more if I hadn't been doing the Read-a-Thon. I felt like I was pressured to read for some reason this Read-a-Thon, I think a large chunk of that was the fact that I had a couple random things pop up that took away time I wanted to spend reading, like having to drive to get some forms filled out, which took over an hour, and then I had to take my brother to a party, which kind of killed my reading mojo for the night...especially when he woke me up later wanting to be picked up. Plus, the last two days, I swear my attention span has been tiny, I've gotten so distracted and super easily too. I expected to read more, but not much I can do about that now. :P

    7. What did you think of the updates? Too close together? Didn't like the time limit?

    I didn't like that many updates, I think that was part of the reason I'd get distracted because it meant I had to get back on the computer...which lead to me checking my email, my facebook, etc. I think they were too close together to be honest. I'd just get into reading and then it'd be time for another update. I didn't really like the whole time limit either, and the whole 12 hour break thing was confusing. I ended up making my report post, thinking I had to make it right around eight. I think maybe next time just make it more clear, like you did with the update on the report post afterwards, about it being within a range, and how stopping for the night is optional.

    8. If you could change one thing about the read-a-thon, what would it be?

    Like I mentioned before, about fewer updates that are farther apart. Also the whole 12-hour break thing just being made more clear. I also think it would have been neat to have Mini-Challenges hosted on other blogs, and you could even find people from other countries that are willing to do giveaways and that way you could have some that are US Only, some that are International, and even others that are exclusive to the blogger's specific country. Oooh like an around the world theme, maybe someone would even want to host a bunch for their country, you never know.

    9. Would you participate in another read-a-thon hosted by Squeaky Books? Why or why not? (Again, I won't cry if you say "no")

    I think I would participate in another read-a-thon hosted by Squeaky Books. Although next time I'd probably skip doing most of the smaller updates and Mini-Challenges, they just distracted me from reading. I'm more of a read-without-any-interruption kind of reader.

    Any last comments on the read-a-thon?

     I'd like to say thanks to Enna Isilee for hosting this Read-a-thon, I may not have got as much reading done as I'd hoped, but I did have fun doing it! :)

    I hope that everyone who participated in the Read-a-Thon had fun! And I hope that those of you who didn't haven't been too annoyed by my updates for it, I tried to make them less annoying by bunching them together. ;)

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon Updates and Mini-Challenges - Day 2

    So, I kinda let myself sleep in a bit today. I read about an hour after my Report post last night before I called it a night, so I didn't get too much reading done last night or this morning, but I some is better than none I guess. :P

    #1 ~12:00 PM
    Mini-Challenge: If you had bookshelves FULL of all of your favorite books, how would you organize them?

    Honestly, I'm terrible at organizing my bookshelves. I have so many that are just too different in size to be next too each other, so I usually just organize them by series and then wherever they fit best. Of course, I also have too many books to fit on my shelves now, so there are some all over my room. :P If it were a perfect type of world and all books were the same height, I'd probably organize them by my favourites, or by my favourite author. I'd still keep them with series though. I might even go crazy and try and organize them by colour. ;)


    Total Books Read: 2
    Total Pages Read: 612
    Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    Pages Read Since Last Update: 112
    Total Time Read: 10 hrs, 2 hrs since last update
    I'm Currently Reading: Subject Seven by James A. Moore
    How I'm Currently Feeling: Still a bit sleepy to be honest, I may just have to chug some kind of caffeinated beverage in a bit. :P

    #2 ~ 2:30 PM

    Mini-Challenge: Create an anagram of your name/pseudonym.

    I decided to use my middle name too because with my first and last name I got On Trashy Bum. :P


    Total Books Read: 2
    Total Pages Read: 672
    Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    Pages Read Since Last Update: 60
    Total Time Read: 11 hrs, 1 hr since last update
    I'm Currently Reading: Subject Seven by James A. Moore
    How I'm Currently Feeling: Stuck, I haven't read much for the last little bit, but I did have some coffee and now I'm feeling a little more awake. :)

    #3 ~ 6:00 PM

    Mini-Challenge:If you could live in the world of one book, which would it be and why?

    Hmmmm, that's a tough one. There are so many books worlds that I find amazing, but also at the same time they';'d be a freaky place to live in. I kind of want to say Inkheart by Corneila Funke, mostly because you could just read yourself into another story if you wanted to. :P But....I think that's a bit of a cop out, so I'm going to say either The Mortal Instruments or The Iron Fey series, any world where Jace or Ash actually exist would be so awesome. I would love to be a Shadowhunter, and I'd love to live in Meghan's world with the fey, but I have a feeling in both worlds it might not turn out the way I wanted it to. :P


    Total Books Read: 2
    Total Pages Read: 866
    Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    Pages Read Since Last Update: 94
    Total Time Read:
    12.5 hrs, 1.5 hrs since last update
    I'm Currently Reading: Subject Seven by James A. Moore
    How I'm Currently Feeling: Distracted, focusing has not been my friend today.

    Books Completed:
    1. The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan
    2. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

    Friday 17 June 2011

    Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon - Day 1 Report Post

    Here's my final report for the day, and I get to answer these questions. :)

  • First of all, give us an end-of-day status update. Books read, pages read, you know the drill!
    • Total Books Read: 2
    •  Total Pages Read: 500
    •  Books Read Since Last Update: 1
    •  Pages Read Since Last Update: 92
    •  Total Time Read: 8 hrs, 1 hr since last update
    •  How I'm Currently Feeling: Satisfied, just finished my second book. :)

  • What is the favorite thing you have read today?
      • Sweetly by Jackson Pearce ---- Absolutely loved this one! I actually liked it even more than Sisters Red. :D

  • Which mini-challenge was your favorite?

      • I liked the Wordle challenge, I've never done one before. :)

  • What has been your favorite thing about the read-a-thon?
      • I just love the idea of having an excuse to read for long periods of time. :P I also like seeing everyone else's comments about what they're doing. :)

  • What has been your LEAST favorite thing about the read-a-thon?
      • I think I'd prefer if the prizes were from the Book Depository if possible, that way everything is International, or if specific blogs sponsored the giveaways. I saw that on a Read-a-thon before and I thought it was a great idea, that way there are more chances for everyone to win, and you don't feel excluded from the giveaways. Plus you also get to check out new blogs if you haven't heard of them before. :)

  • Are you on track to meet your goals?
      • Not really, but I expected that I'd fall behind, so it's not really a surprise. I've finished two books at least, and I'm happy with that. :)

  • Will you be participating tomorrow? Do you have any new goals?
      • Yup, I sure am! None of my goals are new, but I do hope to at least get a couple of books read tomorrow. :)

  • Well that's how day 1 of the Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon went for me, hope everyone else's went well! :D

    Happy Reading!!!

    ♪♫ Ambur

    Spring Into Summer Read-a-thon Updates and Mini-Challenges - Day 1

    I'm going to just make this into one big post now.
    I'll separate each update and mini-Challenge with a line. :) 


    Mini-Challenge: Tell about your favorite and least favorite movie adaptation of a book.
    • Favorite book-movie adaptation: Hmmmm, that's a tough one. I really enjoyed The Notebook and A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, the movie versions were amazingly well done. :D I also just recently watched Flipped based off of the book by Wendelen Van Draaen adn I thought it was so well done. :)

    • Least favorite book-movie adaptation: I've had a fair few book to movies that I haven't really liked, or that I was 'meh' about, but I'm not sure about which one I liked the least. I absolutely hated the movie version of Inkheart though, that one was just nothing like I pictured the book at all, and they changed so many little details that I remember just being annoyed pretty much during the whole movie. 
    • Total Books Read: 1
    • Total Pages Read: 188
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 1
    • Pages Read since last update: 188
    • Total time read: about 3 hours
    • How I'm currently feeling: A little morose after the last book I read, but this one's not as dark so it's looking up. :P


    Mini-Challenge: Create a wordle for your blog. 

    My Wordle:

    • Total Books Read: 1
    • Total Pages Read: 261
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    • Pages Read since last update: 63
    • Total time read: 4.5 hrs in total, 1.5 hrs since last update
    • How I'm currently feeling: So-so, I'm hoping to kick it into high gear with my book, Sweetly, soon, and make some real progress with it.

    #3 - 6:44 PM

    • Total Books Read: 1
    • Total Pages Read: 461
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    • Pages Read Since Last Update: 147
    • Total Time Read: 7 hrs total, 2.5 hrs since last update
    • How I'm Currently Feeling: I'm getting very absorbed into my book right now,  I'm loving how Sweetly ties in with Sisters Red, I didn't expect the little connections. :) 
    *I've been skipping the last few Mini-Challenges, I had a job thingy I had to do and I kind of want to get bag into my book. :P 

    Books Completed:
    1. The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan (180 pages)
    2. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (320 pages)

      Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon Starting Line!

      So the Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon hosted by Squeaky Books is starting right now!

      And here's my start post! :D

      What do you hope to read during the read-a-thon?
      • Hounded by Kevin Hearne
      • The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan
      • Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
      • Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
      • Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
      • Subject Seven by James A. Moore
      • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
      • Supernaturally by Kiersten White

       What book are you starting with?
      •  The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

      I hope to read:
      • At least 3 books. :)

       Where are you going to read?
      • In my bedroom, living room, and possibly outside if the weather turns nice...unlikely, but a girl can dream. ;P
      What will you include in your updates?
      My updates will look like this:
      • Total Books Read: __________
      • Total Pages Read: __________
      • Books Read Since Last Update: __________
      • Pages Read since last update: __________
      • Total time read: __________
      • How I'm currently feeling: Ready to read!

      *Also note that the hashtag for the Read-a-Thon is #SiSRead*

      Good luck to other Read-a-Thon participants, and I hope everyone is having an awesome Friday! :D

      Happy Reading!!!

      ♪♫ Ambur

      Thursday 16 June 2011

      Guest Post: Animals in Novels by Linda Hawley & GIVEAWAY! (Giveaway now closed.)

      Animals in Novels

      I thought I would guest blog about something unexpected: Animals in Novels. It’s easy to write about them, right? You simply describe them and their personality, and leave it at that. Wrong. How do I know? I wrote a dog into my novel, Dreams Unleashed.

      When writing in an animal, the author has to decide whether the animal is adding dimension to an existing character’s life, or whether the animal will be a character in the story himself. (I’m not referring to an animated story, where animals act like humans.) For example, in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, she writes in a dog, Bouton, who actually diagnoses patients at the Paris l'Hôpital des Anges, in the year 1744. In this story, Bouton is a multidimensional character himself. Contrasting this, are the dogs in Dean Koontz’ book The Darkest Evening of the Year, where the dogs improve the dimension of the main character, Amy. Even though dogs are part of the subplot of Koontz’ novel, none of them are a multidimensional character themselves.

      In the first book of The Prophecies trilogy, Dreams Unleashed, I’ve introduced a dog, Lulu. In the novel, she adds dimensions of kindness, compassion, and loyalty to the protagonist, Ann Torgeson. But as the trilogy continues in the next two books, Lulu will become her own character, as Ann’s unexpected challenges increase. I remember watching the Lassie series on television when I was a kid. I loved watching the heroism, and the close bond between Timmy and Lassie. I never missed a show. In my trilogy, I wanted to give the world another dog hero, if only for a while. < All three novels of The Prophecy are being published this year, so if you start reading Dreams Unleashed now, you won't have to wait years for the rest in the series. Book two will be published this summer (2011), and book three will be published December of this year (2011).

      A free sample of Dreams Unleashed is available at: Amazon

      The eBook version of Dreams Unleashed can be purchased at:
      Smashwords: Smashwords
      Amazon: Amazon
      The print version of Dreams Unleashed will be published the week of June 10th.

      Follow the author and get insiders' tips on The Prophecies trilogy:


      Linda has generously offered up a copy of her book, Dreams Unleashed for a giveaway! :D

      The details:
      *You must be 13 or older to enter.
      *If you're in the USA or Canada you can win either a print book or an eBook, and for International you'll receive an eBook. (You'll have the option of choosing this in the form.)
      *No requirements for this giveaway, but extra entries will be given for sharing this giveaway.
      *Extra entry for commenting on this guest post too. :)
      *Giveaway ends June 30th at 11:59 PM (M.S.T.)

      ****To enter just fill out this FORM. (This giveaway is now CLOSED.)****

      And don't forget to leave Linda a comment! :D

      Happy Reading!!!!
      ♪♫ Ambur

      Tuesday 14 June 2011

      Teaser Tuesday (30)

      Teaser Tuesdays at Should Be Reading

      Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

      • Grab your current read
      • Open to a random page
      • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
      • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
      • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

      My Teasers:
      "I heard Shannon letting Josh in, and a smile spread across my face. Part relief, part pride, part total joy at sharing my secret, letting it off my chest, and probably scaring the hell out of my best friend for a second, only to have him (probably) be non-plussed afterward."

      - Scene Immortal by Chris Patton, p. 98

      So....that's a tease of what I'm reading, do you have one to share?

      Happy Reading!!!

      ♪♫ Ambur

      Monday 13 June 2011

      It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (31)

      It's Monday! What Are You Reading? at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books

      It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, is a bookish meme hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books, where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It’s a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list. So hop on over to Journey and join in...and leave a comment here so I can check out what you are reading. All book title links go to Goodreads. :)

      Books I Read Last Week:

       I loved this book the first time I read it, and I loved it even more the second time. Tyger Tyger is a fantastic story, with fabulous characters, and I could honestly gush about it for forever! I want to review this one, hopefully I'll find some time and feel motivated this week to sit down crack out a bunch of reviews. ;P

      I absolutely loved In the Forests of the Night! It was such a fantastic sequel to Tyger Tyger, and now you can bet your booty that I'm super psyched for the third and final book in the Goblin Wars Trilogy! I can't wait for more Finn, more Teagan, more Aiden, and more goblins! I seriously encourage people to start this series if they haven't already, it's fan-freaking-fabulous! My review for this one will be posted in a while, about a month before the release, but seriously, everyone should check out Tyger Tyger, and then soon enough In the Forests of the Night will be out for you all to devour too! :D

      I loved this one too! I have a very good book week, I didn't read too many books, but the ones that I did read were amazing. Wildefire was so unique, and I just loved the whole idea behind it. This is another one I'll be reviewing and I plan on having that review up as soon as possible. :)

      Reading Now:
      I made a nice dent in this one during the week, but I'm still only about halfway through it. This book has had some major intense moments, it's gotten crazy at times, and it's definitely got more of a mystery vibe than I expected, but I don't mind that. :)

      I kind of forgot about this anthology for a while, but I picked it up before bed last night, and dug into a few stories before calling it a night. I'm hoping to finally finish this one this week, it's about time I did, and I hate when I forget about books...just shows that sometimes when you read too many at once you lose track. :P

      So, yay! I remembered to bring this one back with me from the city when I was there earlier this week. :D I'm glad because this means I can actually dig into this story and get past the first few pages. :P

      Books I Want to Read This Week:
      Just like last week with In the Forests of the Night, I totally eeked and got all super fangirl when this one showed up in my mailbox...I simply CANNOT wait to start it! :D

      And what are you reading???

      Check out One Person's Journey Through a World of Books to see what other people are reading. :)

      Happy Reading!!!
      ♪♫ Ambur