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Monday, December 17, 2012

Reading Update

 
Reading Update


Last week in books:
  • I've been reading a lot of steampunk lately, so I started last week off with The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, which was beyond amazing.
  • To give me a short break from the often long-winded steampunk, I also read Hard Spell, which was also really good, which kind of surprised me because I wasn't expecting much out of it. Looking forward to reading the sequel to both books.
  • I'm about 75% into The Diamond Age, which pretty much everyone other than me has read.
This week in books:
  • Finish The Diamond Age
  • Maybe read The Lies of Locke Lamora, but since I have family in town for the holidays, maybe not.
Wishful thinking:
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
  • Evil Dark (sequel to Hard Spell)

That's all for this week. What are you planning on reading? Any good books you've read lately?

Friday, December 14, 2012

REVIEW: Fire by Shauna Granger + Giveaway



 
 Demons, faeries, and mermaids. Claws, teeth, and nightmares.

They have been beaten and bruised, set on fire, and nearly drowned, but manage to always find their way home. Over their last Winter Holiday break before college, Shayna, Jodi, and Steven try again to put aside the magic in their lives for a little mundane fun. But Shayna's mother is having dreams of fire and death. A mysterious stranger by the name of Liam has just arrived in town. And Shayna's attempts to manage her new angelic powers are set back by Steven's insistence that the trio intervene in a riot outside of a concert, with disastrous consequences.

In her attempt to stop the riot, a man sees Shayna use her magical abilities – a man driven mad by watching his brother die at the hands of a black witch. He stalks Shayna, plotting to destroy her and her friends. With her mother’s warnings echoing in her mind, Shayna is now in the fight of her life against an unlikely foe: a human man.

Book: Fire by Shauna Granger
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Format: eBook
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Elemental, #4
Obtained: As part of a book tour
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As always, Shauna Granger did not disappoint! Fire was one of the best books in this series so far (although, IMO, none of them will ever be as amazing as the first) and I flew through it in a few hours, even though I really should have been sleeping.


One of my favorite things about Shayna, the main character, is how self-possessed she is. She doesn't let anyone else definer her, and she isn't afraid to do what needs to be done, no matter what. She's really an amazing character, and I'm always super excited to read more of her story every time a new Elemental book comes out.


Anyone who hasn't picked up this series yet, this is the perfect time to do so, because if you're reading this you totally aren't dead! In fact, you can enter to win them below!



Giveaway: (5) ebooks of EARTH, AIR, WATER, or FIRE – Open International

Grand prize: Shayna’s Solstice gift to Deb (a hand knitted scarf) and a signed paperback of the winner’s choosing (Earth, Air, Water or Fire), bookmark, and a $10 Gift Card for either Amazon or B&N. – Open to US/Canada

International Giveaway:




US/Canada Giveaway:

And don't forget to visit the other tour stops!