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Waiting on Wednesday (94) DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share upcoming book releases that we’re excited about. I just participated in the cover reveal for this book yesterday, but I’m desperately wanting to read it, so I want to share it one more time!

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger. Release date: June 24 2014 (Montlake Romance). This series just gets better and better! I really love the green cover. If you love paranormal romance, and you like your romance on the hot and heavy side, these books should not be missed. Here’s what Goodreads says:

Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

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What do you think? Have you read J.T.’s series yet? Leave me a link to your WOW post in the comments!

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Cover Reveal! DARKNESS BOUND by J.T. Geissinger

I’ve talked about this woman, and I’ve read all her books, and every time something new happens with her, I jump for joy! And today is awesome because J.T. is revealing the cover of her next Night Prowler book, Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5). The cover is gorgeous, as usual, and I’m SO looking forward to this book. So, I won’t keep you in suspense, here we go:

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Darkness Bound (Night Prowler #5) by J.T. Geissinger
Publication Date: June 24 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Available Formats: Paperback/e-book/CD/Audible.com

Tough, smart, and seriously ambitious, reporter Jacqueline “Jack” Dolan despises the secretive clan of shape-shifters known as the Ikati—and has become determined to destroy them. After she writes an editorial arguing for their extermination and turns public opinion against them, the Ikati vow to fight back. They plot to send one of their own to seduce the reporter, then blackmail her into writing a retraction.

Women practically fall at the feet of hulking, handsome Hawk Luna, and Hawk relishes the idea of conquering and destroying the fiery redhead who’s caused so much trouble for his kind. The last thing he expects is to develop real feelings for her, but their liaison awakens a hunger in him that he cannot deny. He kidnaps Jack and brings her to his Amazon jungle colony, but the two lovers are soon embroiled in deadly colony politics and threatened by a looming global species war.

As the danger around them grows closer, Jack and Hawk’s forbidden passion may build a bridge between two ancient enemies—or cost them both their lives.

I just love the bright green on this cover! And wait, there are two people on it instead of one. That’s new…Look how nice it looks alongside the other Night Prowler books:

You can find Darkness Bound here: Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes & Noble | Goodreads

What do you think of the cover? Have you read the Night Prowler series?

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Book Review Giveaway – Win a December Review Book!

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It’s time once more for me to give away one of the books I reviewed last month! It was a slow reading month for me, meaning I read too slowly. I only reviewed five books in December, but they all received four stars or higher, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. For December, J.T. Geissinger was my winner, as I read her latest Night Prowler book as well as a short novella she recently published. Both received five stars.

This month’s giveaway is easy: you simply need to leave me a comment on this post, and you will be entered to win. If you share the giveaway in any way, you can earn an extra entry. Simple, right? One winner will get to choose one of these five books, but I have a twist this month. Because The Last Vampire is so short, if you win, you will receive your choice of one of the other four books, as well as an e-book of The Last Vampire, provided you have a Kindle. This book is available exclusively for Kindle, so if you win and you don’t have a Kindle, that part of the giveaway won’t apply. The giveaway is International, provided the Book Depository ships to your country (please check here if you’re not sure). Here are the books I reviewed last month (click on the covers to go to Goodreads, and click on the book titles to read my reviews):

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Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger. five stars This is Book #4 in the series, but you can easily read it as a stand-alone. No previous Night Prowler experience necessary!

The Last Vampire by J.T. Geissinger. five stars This novella/short story is so good, I hope J.T. writes more of these! **Bonus e-book for Kindle to the winner, in addition to one of the other four books!

The Descent by Alma Katsu. four and a half The final book in Katsu’s The Taker trilogy, this one really can’t be read until you’ve experienced the rest of the series.

The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas. four stars This strong short story collection brings together thirty-three short stories from Apex Magazine. If you love genre-bending fiction written by talented writers with lots of imagination, you’ll love these stories.

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando. four starsThis contemporary new adult focuses on the lives of two teens who are about to leave home for college. I enjoyed this one so much!

To enter, just leave me a comment below. You can tell me which of these books you’re most excited about, or anything else you’d like to comment on. You can share this post via Twitter, Facebook or any other option (see the share buttons below) and let me know in the comments how you shared, and I’ll give you an extra entry. That’s it! Thanks for entering, and good luck:)

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books of 2013 – ADULT

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It’s the end of the year, which means lots of top ten lists! Selecting my top ten favorite books of 2013 is extremely hard, because I read so many amazing books this year.  Like many bloggers, I find it nearly impossible to select only ten books that I loved for the entire year! So this year, I’ll be doing at least two Top Ten lists, and I may add others if I’m in the mood:) First up: my Top Ten best adult books of the year! I will always remember 2013 as the year I discovered Chuck Wendig and Victoria Schwab. Both of these authors made my Top Ten Adult and my Top Ten Young Adult lists, which I think is pretty amazing. To be fair, I’ve arranged my list in alphabetical order, by the title of the book. I’ve also awarded each book a *special* designation, because hey, I wanted to shake up the boring top ten list! (Clicking on the covers will take you to Goodreads.)

Best Characters

The Blue Blazes

1. The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig. Chuck, Chuck. What can I say? I love Chuck. This book truly changed the way I evaluate books, and from now on, each book I read will unfortunately be compared to this one. In my opinion, this book is perfect. And it’s the first in a series! Bloody Bride, Book #2, will be released, well, I don’t think there’s a date yet, but you can bet that whenever it comes out, life will come to a screeching halt while I read it:) Read my review of The Blue Blazes here.

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2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Even though Gone Girl was released in 2012, I didn’t get to read it until this year. I’m happy to say that, at least for me, it lived up to all its hype. Even though I saw some of the twists coming, I still loved Flynn’s portrayal of an extremely unhealthy marriage. I can’t wait to go back and read her other books. You can read my discussion of Gone Girl here.

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FIVE STARS*****

3. Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. Stormdancer made my top ten list last year, so it’s no surprise that Kristoff delivered once more. His gorgeous descriptions were over-the-top at times, but they brought this story to life. Thrilling and heartbreaking, I swear I could hear a Wagner opera playing as I read Kinslayer. Some people stick Kristoff’s series in the Young Adult category, but I’m throwing it in with Adult because it’s not published by a YA imprint, and it isn’t priced as YA.  You can read my review here.

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Mad Scientist's Daughter

4. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke. The moody cover doesn’t prepare you for this truly original science fiction story. Clarke’s beautiful writing brings the painful relationships of this story to life, and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. Read my review here.

Best Ending

FIVE STARS*****

5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. A book about books and bookstores? Yes! The story behind this mostly unassuming cover was unexpected, magical, and full of emotion. And yes, that ending. Brilliant. You can read my review here.

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FIVE STARS*****

6. Plastic Jesus by Wayne Simmons. I’m pretty sure this book is mostly unknown here in the United States, but I’d love to change that. Simmons is a force to be reckoned with. His writing is sharp and his vision of the future is highly original. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books. You can read my review here.

Best World Building

Three

7. Three by Jay Posey. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Usually covers with big hulking men carrying nasty weapons scream VIDEO GAME to me, and I don’t normally enjoy those types of stories. But I was entranced by Posey’s world. It was so hard to get back to my real life when I finished this book, which to me is a good indication that the world-building is superb. My review of Three.

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FIVE STARS*****

8. Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone.  The first book in this series, Three Parts Dead, made my top ten list last year. Max is just that good. I honestly could have awarded this book “Best World-Building” or “Best Characters” but I decided to go with “Most Creative Use of Magic.” The Craft Series is unlike anything else I’ve read, and for urban fantasy fans, these books shouldn’t be missed. My review of Two Serpents Rise.

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9. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell.  I read many really good short story collections this year, but this was my favorite. Each story spoke to me in some way. Russell is so creative and original, that I’m gleefully awaiting her next book. My review of Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Best Story Construction

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10. Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Last but certainly not least, Vicious was so brilliantly written that I still can’t figure out how Schwab pulled it off. You really have to read the book to understand what I’m talking about. Vicious has so many layers, so many surprises, and so many wonderfully diabolical characters, that I can’t imagine how Schwab will top this book. But I’ve no doubt she will! My review of Vicious.

I also want to mention these books, which all received 4 ½ or 5 stars, but didn’t make it into the top ten. I love you all as well! The Lives of Tao & The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu, Rapture’s Edge and Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger, The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace, Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, The Miniature Wife by Manuel Gonzales, Appalachian Undead edited by Jason Sizemore, Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty, Plow the Bones by Douglas F. Warrick, What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli  Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler, The Descent by Alma Katsu and The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher.

Did you make an Adult Top Ten List? Check out my Top Ten Young Adult Books of 2013 here!

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EDGE OF DARKNESS by J.T. Geissinger – Review

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Edge of Darkness (Night Prowler #4) by J.T. Geissinger
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release date: December 10 2013
Source: Finished copy from author
Pages: 432

five stars

In a word: A sexy paranormal with a hot and charismatic male MC, an adorable female MC that stole my heart, full of unexpected humor, and as usual, a perfectly paced story with loads of danger.

“Jesus Christ, honey, what’s going on? Are you hurt? I’ve never heard you cry! And I’ve never heard anyone cry like that. It sounds like someone’s skinning a cat! Tell me what’s happening, I’m about to blow an O ring!”

Obscure car engine references from a hysterical gay man who’d broken into her house in the middle of the night after she’d discovered her sort-of boyfriend was something right out of a Stephen King novel; the world had officially ended.

It’s always nice to dive into a book written by an author you know is going to deliver the goods. That’s how I feel every time I read a J.T. Geissinger story, and Edge of Darkness was no different. The fourth book in her Night Prowler series, Edge of Darkness can be read as a stand-alone, but if this is your first time reading J.T.’s books, you’ll drop everything you’re doing to catch up on the first three books, trust me. This time around the feel of the book is different, but in a good way. Rather than immerse the reader in the paranormal world of the Ikati, shapeshifters who can shift into panthers, Geissinger focuses on a very human character for most of the story, which I found to be a nice change of pace. Ember seems normal on the outside, but she’s hiding a terrible secret from her past and keeping everyone at arm’s length to avoid human interaction. I loved her character, and after reading this book I think it’s safe to say that Geissinger creates human characters that are just as well drawn as the mysterious Ikati that she’s brought to life in the rest of her series.

Edge of Darkness takes place in Barcelona, Spain, where Ember Jones has lived for the past six years. She lives alone and works at an antiquarian bookstore, guarding herself from human interaction as much as possible, still fragile after a tragic event that changed her life forever. Ember isn’t looking to make new friends in Barcelona, and she certainly isn’t looking for a romantic entanglement. But one day an enigmatic man named Christian comes into the bookstore to buy a mint condition copy of Casino Royale, and Ember’s quiet life is turned upside down. Christian’s magnetism draws her in, but Ember is determined not to fall for him, even though he is obviously intrigued by her and won’t leave her alone. When an evil Ikati from Christian’s past shows up in the city, Christian and Ember find themselves in the middle of an Ikati war and must join together to keep each other safe. But safety is just an illusion, as Ember is about to find out, when she discovers that Christian is not at all who he seems to be.

I was pleased to see several characters from past books make an appearance in Edge of Darkness. Christian’s brother Leander, who is the main character in the first book, Shadow’s Edge, appears briefly and not only moves the story forward but fills us in on several important plot points that are going on off-stage. I was less thrilled (yet excited!) to see the return of the evil Caesar, the Ikati who caused so much sorrow at the end of Rapture’s Edge. And even if you haven’t read the other Night Prowler books, Geissinger adds just enough information to bring newbie readers up to speed without spoiling the story.

Even though I adore the lore of Geissinger’s Ikati, I loved the human characters that stole the show in this installment. Ember is a very human girl, one who makes mistakes, says the wrong things at the wrong time, and has trouble making up her mind, especially when it comes to Christian. Her dialog and endearingly clumsy actions keep her rooted in the present day, and make her a wonderful foil for the mysterious and dangerous Christian. Ember doesn’t take shit from anyone, especially Christian, and I loved that even though you know the two are going to hook up eventually, it’s a rocky road to bliss, which makes it all the more thrilling when the clothes finally start coming off. Oh, did I forget to mention the sexiness of Geissinger’s stories? It’s one of the reasons I keep coming back for more! But awesome sex scenes aside, I also appreciated the sweetly romantic moments between the two, like the way Ember keeps showing up at Christian’s house dripping wet, having walked there in the rain.

I also fell in love with Ember’s close friend Asher, a gay man who lives in her apartment building and acts as the comic relief from the angst and menace of the situation with the Ikati. Asher is a slightly over-the-top character, but despite that I loved how loyal and protective he is toward Ember. And his reaction to seeing Christian for the first time? Priceless. Geissinger also introduces us to Clare, a young girl with cystic fibrosis who has the most positive outlook on life that I’ve ever seen. And while she doesn’t add much to the plot, Clare’s presence is a reminder to Ember that life is short and should be lived to its fullest.

Several factions of Ikati enter the picture, just as Christian and Ember start to let their guards down, and the last half of the book is an exciting race for survival as the different groups meet and clash in unexpected ways. Once again Geissinger proves to be a master at pacing, inserting comedic and romantic moments just where they’re needed, and leaving the reader breathless as the action (both in the bedroom and out) heats up. Some surprises at the end made me wonder if we might get to see more of Ember and Christian in future books, but knowing how the author structures her series, I’m not sure this will happen.

In any case, Geissinger plants some clues at the end that will hopefully lead into the fifth book of her series, Darkness Bound, which comes out next summer. June can’t come soon enough for me, since the Night Prowler series seems to get better and better with each new book. Romance, sex, danger, humor and secrets—Edge of Darkness has it all.

Big thanks to the author for supplying a review copy!

You can find Edge of Darkness here:

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And don’t miss these Night Prowler books!

Book One: Shadow’s Edge

Book Two: Edge of Oblivion

Book Three: Rapture’s Edge

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THE LAST VAMPIRE by J.T. Geissinger – Review

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The Last Vampire by J.T. Geissinger
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance Novella
Publisher: StoryFront
Release date: December 4 2013
Source: Amazon Kindle purchase
Pages: 62
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five stars

In a word: an all-too-brief story that made me want more, an original take on the vampire legend, with intriguing characters and sharp, emotional impact.

You were free with your body, but your heart you guarded like pirate’s treasure, locked tight behind a thousand closed doors.

I’m a huge fan of J.T. Geissinger, as you might know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while. And I was surprised to learn that she had released a novella that has nothing to do with her Night Prowler series of which I’m so fond. Luckily, I subscribe to her newsletter, and I was thrilled to learn about her new novella, The Last Vampire, which I quickly purchased from Amazon and immediately sat down to read.  Although it’s short, this story has the lovely writing and perfectly paced story arc of her novels. And, I was so pleased to discover this on the first page:

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*huge smile* Thanks, J.T.!

The format of the story is unusual but works perfectly to capture the romantic feelings of a vampire for the human woman he’s fallen in love with. Roman tells his story in a letter to Maiko, a letter he writes from dusk to dawn one evening, as he is faced with a very serious and terrible decision. Roman Ilyich Ivanescu is a 122-year-old vampire who works in a blood bank and gets his fix from bags of donated blood. One day Roman drinks the most exquisite-tasting blood he’s ever had, and he decides to track down the woman whose blood has transported him. She turns out to be a prima ballerina named Maiko, and as they embark on a brief but intense relationship, Roman’s sad history and his transformation from human to vampire are described in his eloquent and heartfelt letter.

Geissinger adds her own spin to the oft-told vampire tale, giving her vampires some new rules that surprised and delighted me. You may think that there’s nothing new to be learned about vampires, but The Last Vampire contains a twist that I hadn’t read before. As she does in her novels, Geissinger knows how to pace a story and draw the reader in. Before you know it, you’re so immersed in the lives of her characters, that you’re blindsided by the unfolding events.

I loved the fierce and independent Maiko, a young and brilliant ballerina who faces some hard challenges in her life. Her relationship with Roman is intense, and even though their story is short and there isn’t much time to develop this relationship, Geissinger manages to convey a realistic romance between the two in a very brief period of time.

Vampire lovers will adore this story, and if you haven’t read anything by J.T. Geissinger before, you may become a fan of hers when you’re finished. Set aside an hour to read The Last Vampire, a lovely but brutal tale that showcases a talented author. I promise you won’t have any regrets.

Available exclusively from Amazon, you can purchase The Last Vampire for only $1.99 here.

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Stacking the Shelves (44)

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a fun way for bloggers to share book hauls with each other! Now, I certainly don’t need any more books on my shelves, but I did have a fantastic couple of weeks in the new acquisitions department:) Here’s what I received (clicking on the titles will take you to Goodreads):

From publishers/authors for review:

New Sight by Jo Schneider. April 2014 (Jolly Fish Press). This is my second review book from Jolly Fish, and I very much enjoy this small press. This story is billed as YA urban fantasy, and I hope to be on the blog tour for this as well.

Hang Wire by Adam Christopher. January 2014 (Angry Robot). Super excited to get an ARC from Angry Robot. I’ve heard great things about this!

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd. February 2014 (Harper Collins). I won this from a publisher’s giveaway, and now I can’t remember entering! But I’m thrilled to have a copy. Todd is blurbed on the front by none other than Stephen King!

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher. April 2014 (Tor). Big thanks to Leah at Tor for sending me an ARC! Science fiction romance, people!!

The Line by J.D. Horn. January 2014 (47North). The author saw my Waiting on Wednesday post for this book, and asked me if he could send me a copy. Of course, I said yes! Thanks, J.D.!

Thank you Jolly Fish, Angry Robot and Harper Collins!

From publishers via NetGalley/Edelweiss for review:

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. June 2014 (Greenwillow). This was also a WoW pick, and I was excited to see it pop up on Edelweiss this week.

After the End by Amy Plum. May 2014 (Harper Children’s). Another WoW pick! Harper Collins put a bunch of great books up on Edelweiss, as I’m sure many of you know.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. January 2014 (Del Rey). This book has a funny story. I was supposed to win a copy from Library Thing, but that was about six months ago and I never received the book. But then I went to Comic Con in July and the publisher was giving these away like candy. I got three copies of the ARC at Comic Con. Then it popped up on NetGalley, and I thought what the heck? Might as well submit a review to publisher. I suspect I’ll be running a giveaway at some point for this title:)

Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill. May 2014 (Harper Voyager). I think this is book two in a series, but I don’t care. I can’t wait to read it anyway, and hopefully I’ll have time to squeeze in book one, Dreams and Shadows, before May.

Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier. February 2014 (Strange Chemistry). This story just sounds cool. I can’t explain it very well, but click on the link and read the Goodreads description. You’ll want to read it too!

The Falconer by Elizabeth May. May 2014 (Chronicle Books). Woo hoo! I’m thrilled that I was approved for this. The Falconer was yet another WoW pick, back when it was about to be released in the UK. Now it’s coming to this side of the pond, and I’m excited to read it.

Purchased:

The Last Vampire

The Last Vampire by J.T. Geissinger. Now available (StoryFront). J.T. is so awesome, if you haven’t read her books, you’re really missing out. She’s such a seasoned writer, and her stories are amazing. I happened to catch this Kindle deal a few days ago, and I’ll be reading it soon, since it’s novella length. Knowing the author, this won’t be just any story about a vampire!

Thanks publishers! You’re awesome:) What’s on your shelves this week?

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What’s On My Plate – December 2013

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It’s December, folks! Can you believe it? I swear time moves faster the older you get…Only one more month to squeeze in books for 2013. One more month to finish reading challenges. One more month to work on goals set for the year. And in the middle of all the book stuff, there’s all the holiday excitement and stress to get through! My plan is to enjoy all of it, even if I don’t get to all the books I wanted to (I won’t!) or complete all my reading challenges (nope!). The best thing about the end of the year is that the new year is on its way, and everyone gets a chance to start fresh. I also have to mention that I love December here on WordPress, because I get to have snow on my blog:) I also love December because—advent calendars!

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This year I bought each of my kids a chocolate advent calendar from Whole Foods, as well as a *splurge* Playmobil advent calendar! Each day has a different Playmobil figure, and lots of them are really cute animals, like a raccoon and the squirrels we opened today:)

So, as far as bookish things go, here’s what’s on my plate this month:

For Review from NetGalley:

Roomies

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando. This is far from my usual go-to books, but I’ve heard good things about it, plus I believe this was a “download now” book on NetGalley, which is why I picked it up.

ARCs from publishers:

Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger. I’m reading this right now, and OMG, J.T. never disappoints me! If you haven’t read her Night Prowler series, you are really missing out. That is if you enjoy paranormal romance. And when I say “romance” I mean hot, sexy, smoldering looks that eventually lead to hot sex!  I’m devouring this, and I’ll most likely finish it today:) (And then my friend Amy can read it!)

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard. This is a debut from Strange Chemistry, and I’m participating in Amalie’s blog tour in January.

The Descent by Alma Katsu. Seriously, this is an awesome month for me! Alma, Alma, where do I start? This is the third book in her The Taker Trilogy, and I couldn’t be happier to have received an ARC from Alma to read and review. I’ve been a big fan of hers from the beginning, and I’m dying to see how things end up for Adair and Co.

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen. Yes, his name is a mouthful. But I love this publisher (Pushkin Press) and one reviewer is even comparing this to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, one of my all-time favorite books!

The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine by various authors. Apex is another favorite small publisher of mine, just in case you haven’t been reading this blog. I’m looking forward to this collection of short stories from Apex Magazine.

For Book Club:

The Hive

The Hive by Gill Hornby. This sounds like a quick, fun read. It’s about a group of moms and their adventures in elementary school. I’m sure it will bring back many fond (or not so fond!) memories of my own experiences volunteering for the PTA.

Giveaway Hops & More:

Books, Bones & Buffy Book Review Giveaway! This month I’m unveiling a new monthly giveaway that I’m holding here on the blog. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and what better month to start than December! Because my greatest love is sharing the books I love with you guys, I’ll be giving one winner each month a choice of a book that I reviewed the previous month. So this month, one international winner will get to pick a book from my November reviews. Normally I’ll start this on the first of the month, but I’m a little behind, so look for this giveaway to start either tomorrow or Tuesday. For a taste of what you can win, check out my November reviews below!

December New Release Giveaway Hop, hosted by Book Twirps. I love this hop, and I’ve noticed lots of my readers love it too! If you are a blogger and want to join, you can still sign up at Book Twirps.

Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. Look for this hop starting December 11th. You can still sign up for this hop as well…

Otherwise, I seem to have a lighter-than-normal reading schedule, so if I have time, I may go back and read some review books that I haven’t had time for, or *gasp* even read a book JUST FOR MYSELF that I want to get to!

Did you miss any of my November reviews? Click on the titles to read them now. Winners this month? Plastic Jesus and The Archived  are my winners with five stars each.

Plastic Jesus by Wayne Simmons
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu
The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich
Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh
The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank

I hope you’ll join me this month for all the fun!

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Stacking the Shelves (38)

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a fun way to share the books you’ve received during the week, whether via publisher, the library, a purchase or something won! I got some AWESOME things in the past two weeks, and I’m very excited to share them with you.

From the publisher for review:

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The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch. Actually, I received this from Amy herself! She put out a call to bloggers that she was offering up copies of her book. I’ve had this book on my radar for quite some time and was thrilled when she sent me a copy. Then I remembered that Amy is a British author and she was kind enough to ship a copy from England! I owe you big-time, Amy! Thank you for making a U.S. blogger so very happy! And I don’t even think this book is available in the U.S. yet:)

Cracked by Eliza Crew. Cracked was a Waiting On Wednesday pick for me recently, and I’m so excited to be able to read Eliza’s debut. I’m also going to be interviewing her closer to the book’s release date in November.

The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu. Another Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry book that I’m thrilled to read, The Deaths of Tao is the second in Wesley’s series. I’m ready for more ass-kicking alien-ninja action…

From the author:

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Oh you guys, I was over the moon when Victoria selected me to be part of her ARC tour for Vicious. This is the first time I’ve been on an actual ARC tour, whereby one ARC is sent to a blogger/reader and after that person reads it, they send it on to the next person on the list. And so on. I was lucky enough to be third on the list, and I have since received, read and sent Vicious on its merry way! Victoria also threw in a pack of character cards for each person on the tour. Vicious was so wonderful, so perfectly constructed, it’s one of my favorite books so far this year. My review will be up in a day or so.

From the publisher via Edelweiss/NetGalley:

The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell. This debut about a writer who makes a deal with the devil is being compared to Victor LaValle, a writer I am very fond of. This is being published by a small publisher that I’m not familiar with (Melville House) but I’m willing to give it a try.

The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas. I gave Nicholas’ first book in the series five stars, and I’m so thrilled to see he’s got another book coming out. This is the sequel to Something Red, and I can’t wait to read it!

Alienated by Melissa Landers. Oh wow, I jumped up and down when I got approved for this title! I’ve been dying to read Alienated since I featured it in a WoW post long ago.

Edge of Darkness by J.T. Geissinger. The fourth book in her Night Prowler series, a series I just adore. J.T. is the queen of paranormal romance in my opinion! If you haven’t read her books, you really should:)

I’d love to hear what’s on your shelves! Leave me a link in the comments.

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Waiting on Wednesday (65) EDGE OF DARKNESS by J. T. Geissinger

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Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share the books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. This week I’m thrilled about J. T. Geissinger’s next book in her Night Prowler series, Edge of Darkness:

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Edge of Darkness (Night Prowler #4) by J. T. Geissinger. Release date: December 10 2013 (Montlake Romance). Boy am I excited for this book! This is Book Four in the series, and each one is better than the last. I love that the cover has a guy on it this time! And I don’t think this is the last book, either. J. T. can keep on writing as far as I’m concerned:) Here’s the story from Goodreads:

Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.

Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.

The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all.

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So, has anyone else read this series? Let me know what you’re waiting on this week in the comments.

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