Thursday, 30 June 2011

Review- Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

Flying Blind
Deborah Cooke
New American Library
Publication date: 7th June
My rating: 4 out of 5

Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she's been told she's destined for great things. Zoë's the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she's sent to a Pyr boot camp.

Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.

Zoe is a dragon shape shifter and the only female of her kind but has yet to fully come into her dragon powers, after defending her best friend against school bullies Zoe's inner dragon is unleashed and she is sent by her father to Dragon boot camp to help her learn some control with fellow dragon shape shifters Nick (who Zoe believes is her destined mate), Garret and Liam.

With no other female dragon shifters Zoe is quite alone and confused, not only does she have the normal teenage angst to deal with about boobs, periods and boys but also has the added worry about what colour her tail will turn out to be and when she will finally learn how to fly. I think that's why I felt quite sorry for Zoe despite her somewhat brattish behaviour at times, I really enjoyed her list writing throughout it made me chuckle.

I thought the story really picked up with the introduction of Jared a fantastically hot biker boy with special mad skills. He doesn't see Zoe as a kid (like the other dragon boys) he sees the potential in her, assisting her to believe in herself and start to unlock her special dragon powers. However, evil Mages are at work in dragon boot camp, setting the young dragons against Zoe and putting her at risk it's pretty much up to young Zoe with her new fledgling powers to save the day and save the rest of the dragons.

I think Flying Blind might be the first YA dragon type book I've read. I love reading about dragons generally and I'm sure I was probably unconsciously comparing Flying Blind to some of the other dragon books I've read such as the G.A. Aitken/Shelly Laurenston series which is fab and steamy hot! I had to keep reminding myself Flying Blind is a YA book and therefore its unfair to compare it. That said, I really enjoyed it it had loads of action and adventure and the next book in the series Winging It can't come soon enough especially if there is more Jared in it. Yes, more Jared is exactly what I want.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

My book boyfriend #10

It's Wednesday which means it's book boyfriend day. My book boyfriend began over at The Unread Reader and has now pretty much taken over my Wednesday's. Every Wednesday I drool over a fictional male character and rack my brains to think of what yummy person I will use in pictures to make everyone else drool too.

This week I have picked one of my favourites- Terrible from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series.
If you haven't read this series then hang you head in shame because it is amazing and is one of the best series EVER. I read the series last year and honestly for ages afterwards every other book I picked up just paled in comparison, I had to keep going back to my favourite bits time and time again I really did have Terrible Fever.

Why I love Terrible
1. He's a tough enforcer for local drug dealer Bump
2. He is enormous, packed with muscle
has mutton chop sideburns and wears bowling shirts
3. He drives a 1969 Chevelle 
(I'm from the UK I didn't even know what that was
I had to google it)
4. He's protective and loyal
5. He thinks he isn't smart enough for Chess
6. There are numerous fabulously steamy scenes in the series, I particularly love the bathroom scene and have those pages folded down for "ease of reference"

When I picture Terrible in my head I always picture
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
 (I think its the sideburns that do it)

"I figure you really wanted me you'd say. Like now, maybe if you dig. I'll fuckin carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain't lookin for charity, an I ain't lettin you go after. Once... once ain't enough for me dig?"

His hand cupped the back of her neck, pulling her to him in one quick forceful movement; she barely had time to register it before his lips met hers. No anger lurked in that kiss, none of the confusion she'd felt from him before. It was like the first kiss at Trickster's, like the second on the rooftop: just the two of them, with nothing in between. Nothing in the way.
Both bottles fell from her hands; dimly she heard them land, heard foam spread across the floor and felt it licking cold on her bare feet. She couldn't have cared less. She wound her arms around his neck and pressed herself against him, solid and warm and real. His hands fisted in her hair, pulling it back so he could stroke his fingers over her collarbone, sending little shivers through her.
He lifted his head to look at her. Giving her his eyes, giving her what was behind them. "You know I do, aye? Love you right Chessiebomb." 

I melt into a puddle of goo when he calls Chess Chessiebomb, I really do.

One more picture of a sweaty mean scowly looking Hugh Jackman, no reason really.....

Monday, 27 June 2011

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday what are you reading is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey.

I'm currently reading
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

I finished
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles 

 I also finished my first audio book,
the format was bizarre at first but I really enjoyed it.

Next up I plan to read
Chasin Eight by Lorelei James
I love a good steamy cowboy story!

What are you reading?

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Review - The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff
Kody Keplinger
Little Brown/Poppy
Publication date: 7th September
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is my first attempt at listening to an audio book. I have honestly never thought about audio books before, I enjoy reading and thought it was erm, a bit lazy to listen to someone else reading?? Anyhoo, I thought that it might be good to try one just to see if I liked it. I had visions of me listening to it on my ipod whilst ironing or driving to work or taking my dog Harry to the park or something else actually more productive. It didn't quite work out like that. My initial thoughts were why is she reading so slooooooow? I'm a fast reader and I realised I had hoovered my entire house and she still hadn't finished the first chapter so it was a bit frustrating.  Her accent was quite annoying, a bit like Alicia Silverstone in Clueless but as I started to get into the story I ended up really enjoying the nice lady reading to me and her accent actually suited the story. I realised the nice lady was probably acting and that she was quite good at it actually. As it turned out I didn't do anything productive whilst listening to the nice lady as I got quite chilled out and COULDN'T BE BOTHERED! it was sooo relaxing and I am now an audio book convert.

About the actual story- It was brilliant, I laughed out loud, cried a bit and was outraged on more than one occasion. I wanted to strangle Bianca who is cynical, sarcastic and a complete pain in the arse but then she is loyal, loveable and painfully insecure so I wanted to then hug her and tell her everything will be alright. I thought Kody Keplinger nailed the whole teenager thing (well she should do she's one herself!) I loved Wesley the school hottie who firmly believes he is God's gift to girls even though I knew I shouldn't, but I honestly couldn't help myself. I also adored the character development of both Bianca and Wesley, I was rooting for them the whole way through. This is my type of YA book there is loads of swearing throughout and some very hot and delicious scenes but it's not too graphic. It just felt very realistic to me.

I enjoyed it so much I want to buy a copy so that I can keep it on my bookcase defeating the purpose entirely I know, but that's the one thing about audio books I don't like, how do you turn the pages over to mark your favourite bits?

In my mailbox #11

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

I've had quite a few fab swops over the last two weeks:
A big thanks to Jade at Ink Scratchers
check out her blog I think it's all sorts of awesomeness,
and the lovely ladies of UK Swop Shop on Goodreads

I bought
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
(I read it straight away and really enjoyed it)

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler
Going Too Far By Jennifer Echols

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
(my first ever Zombie book in celebration of
Zombie Craze 2011 over at the Bookish Brunette)

What was in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop - 2 winners

As I am in a super duper good mood today
(I am now off work for 8 weeks for the summer holidays although it is totally pouring of rain in Glasgow which is typical summer weather) I have decided to have two winners.

Congratulations to:
Irene Jackson who has won a copy of Kiss of Snow
Mel S who has won a copy of Fairy Bad Day

Ladies I have sent you both an an email.

Thanks to all who entered I had a massive 253 entries
if you didn't win this time don't despair
 I am planning another
giveaway this week whilst I am still in a good mood!


On my wishlist

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book Chick City. I list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books. There is one book I really want to get my hands on this week, I saw Stacia Kane (who is one of my favourite authors) mention it on her website and thought it looked right up my street.

Dead on the Delta
Stacey Jay
Release date: May 31st

Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.
But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year-old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .

What's on your wishlist this week?

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

Hello everybody! I'm participating in the Midsummer's Eve giveaway hop
hosted by I am A Reader, Not a Writer.
I hope you are all having fun entering all the hundreds of giveaways.
So, what can you win at My keeper shelf?
The winner can pick one book from the 4 books showing below.

The giveaway will end on 24th of June 
at 11.59pm (UK time)
The winner will be announced on the blog
on the 25th of June.
This giveaway is open Internationally
The book will be ordered through The Book Depository so before entering check that they deliver to your country.

To enter you must:
1. Be a follower of my blog
2. Fill out this easy peasy entry form
Good Luck!


Monday, 20 June 2011

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday what are you reading is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey.
I'm currently reading
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Fury by Elizabeth Miles (isn't the galley grab fab!)
I finished
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
both were YAtastic :)
Next up I plan to read (I think..)
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
I have an enormous TBR pile and keep picking up a book, read a page or two and then look at another book. I think it's because I have too many that I want to read them all at the same time!

What are you reading?

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Review- Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Fairy Bad Day
Amanda Ashby
Publication date: 9th June
My rating: 4 out of 5

While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairy - and it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

Emma is desperate to follow in her late mother's footsteps as a successful dragon slayer but instead finds herself assigned by Principal Kessler as the world's first fairy slayer- oh the humiliation. Especially as the very yummy Curtis has been given Emma's beloved dragon slaying spot thus making him Emma's declared archenemy.

I laughed out loud at Emma's attempts at slaying fairies, these are very up to date fairies who hang out in malls, read OK magazine for celebrity gossip and drink frapaccinos. The fairies consider Emma to be the worst slayer girl ever and spend most of their time laughing at her. With no manual to help her Emma has to learn to lure the fairies into the non fiction section of the bookshop with skittles (not the red ones- they make fairies go wild) and instead of using super cool slaying weapons like her friends use hairspray (it makes their wings stick and therefore makes them less attractive to opposite sex fairies) and nail files to capture them.

After six weeks of humiliation at the hands of the fairies Emma is left behind with Curtis when the rest of the school is called into real slayer action. Emma and Cutis must however save the school (and the world) from a strange invisible winged creature stalking the school that only Emma can see. With the help of Curtis, Emma has to delve into her mother's past and both must face some difficult family memories to help them discover what the winged creature is and who it wants.

Fairy Bad Day was a perfect light, fun read which I raced through and chuckled along with. The snarky fairies made me laugh out loud as they mooned Curtis and escaped from the powerful and skillfull dragon slayers whilst discussing high fashion and celebrity gossip. I thought it was  the perfect start to my summer reads and enjoyed every minute of it.

In my mailbox #10

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren which aims to let book bloggers share what books they have bought, swapped or borrowed during the week.

I had quite a few hardbacks on order this week which seemed to all arrive at the same time. I don't usually buy hardbacks so I am overcome with guilt but I keep telling myself these are my summer reads which makes it all ok!

This week I bought:

Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Possession by Elana Johnson
Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

I received from Donna over at Book Passion for Life
Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Thank you Donna, I owe you a swop!

From the Simon and Schuster Galley Grab

Fury by Elizabeth Miles (I bet everyone grabbed that one!)
Love Story by Jennifer Echols

I have one more week of work and then I am off for the summer for 7 whole weeks (Yay!) so I am hoping I can finally get through some of my enormous to be read pile.
(small children permitting)

What was in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 18 June 2011

On my wishlist

On my wish list is a fun little weekly meme started over at Book Chick City. I get to list the books that I really want to buy or borrow, they can be older books, just released or not even out yet books. I love looking at everyone else's wishlist and always end up adding more books to my TBR list.

Chasin' Eight (Rough Riders #11)
Lorelei James
Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 28th June

She wants it…he’s got it…and the chase is on...

Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.
Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. She needs a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.

But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?

Warning: Strap in, another hot McKay is about to bust out of the gate and this bull rider knows a thing or two about riding hard…

Woo hoo!!!! The Rough Riders series is very smexy and full of  hot manly cowboys which is why I love it! At one point I tried to convince my hubs to move to Wyoming and become a rancher but he was sadly not willing to leave Scotland and reminded me that I don't exactly enjoy outdoor type pursuits which I thought was a very valid point actually. I do actually prefer indoorsey shopping type stuff and know squat about cattle.

Shadowflame (Shadow World #2)
Dianne Sylvan
Publication date: 26th July

It’s been three months since musician Miranda Grey became a vampire and married David Solomon, Prime of the South. As Queen, Miranda must quickly come to terms with her new role and learn how to negotiate the treacherous waters of Signet politics, inevitably making dangerous enemies along the way.

As if complicated vampire politics and a rising music career weren’t enough, an enigmatic but powerful force from David’s past appears, leaving a wake of chaos and uncertainty for the Pair’s fledgling relationship. Miranda begins to realize how little she really knows about her husband. But when an assassin begins targeting her friends and allies, the Pair must track down the killer, even as their lives hang in the balance…

I loved the first installment Queen of Shadows so I am really looking forward to Shadowflame, it's a gorgeous cover too. I have a pair of trousers just like it. (Kidding, I wish..)

What's on your wish list this week?

Friday, 17 June 2011

Follow me Friday

It's Follow Friday! 

Follow my book blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee
its a great way for bloggers to make new blogger friends.

This week's question is: Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

Overall, I think my favorite genre is paranormal romance, I do like a bit of romance in my books. But if I'm honest I sometimes get a bit mixed up with what qualifies as paranormal romance and what is urban fantasy so I always say I like both! I have too many favourite books to choose one so I've picked my first ever favourite which was Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward I still love Zsadist and find myself going back and reading my favourite bits all the time.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Ocean by Mia Castile blogtour

I'm the fourth stop on the blog tour for The Ocean by Mia Castile. I finished it the other day and really enjoyed it, it was a really sweet romance and the sad parts had me literally crying buckets, I also fell a little bit in love with the very yummy Travis.

The Ocean is available on Kindle for only 69p. Bargain or what! Here is a little excerpt to wet your appetite:

"If Travis is staying for dinner, then you should add another place."  I stiffened as Oliver stood behind me hovering in the doorway.  "What's for dinner? I swear sometimes I come home and the house still smells so good from what you've cooked, Anna.  I go to sleep hungry."  I went to the cupboard and took down another plate, glass, and silverware from the drawer.

"If you don't mind, please call me Gia, or Gianna.  Anna was my mother's name," I said as if I had to remind him.

"I know, but you are so much like her.  I am proud.  She did an excellent job with both you and Alex.  I know Alex only hit that boy because he wanted to hit me," he said it very matter-of-factly.  I just stood there and stared at him.  "But he has to learn that there are consequences to every action, and if he continues down this road. . .” He shook his head.  "Well, God help his soul."  He went upstairs without another word until Travis and Alex came back.  Dinner was a quiet event, and though I'm sure he enjoyed his big salad, Travis didn't say.  We finished our homework afterward at the dining room table as Alex and Oliver cleaned up the dishes.  Alex went to his room to do homework, and Oliver turned on the TV.  We didn't rush even though Travis' leg bounced nervously.  I put my hand on his to calm him.  It helped only for a minute, but we finished around the same time we usually did.  I walked him to the porch steps to say goodbye.

"Don't be offended, but that was the worst night I've spent at your house." He shook his head as he whispered, “The salad was delicious, but your dad, man, wow." 

"I know, he totally creeped me out, too."  I rested my arms against him as he casually put his hands on my waist.  He kissed my forehead, then my nose, and finally he gently kissed my lips.  Then the porch light came on. 

"I don't know why he's acting like he's my dad.  This is starting to scare me,"  I mumbled sarcastically.

"The world is a crazy place,"  He chuckled.  "Tomorrow?"

"Yes, tomorrow."  He squeezed me in a hug and turned to leave.  I stood there until I saw his tail lights turn off my street.  Then I went inside and went to bed.  I would see him again very soon.  Tomorrow

Each stop in the blog tour has provided part of a code which you need to gather and put together into a sentence. Today's code is "she was"

Head over to Mia's blog tomorrow to find out the final part of the code, the first three people to post on her blog the correct code phrase will win.

If you need a recap here are the blog tour details:

13th- K- Books
16th- Me!

You can follow Mia on twitter, become a fan on facebook, or visit her website.