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End of the World Giveaway Hop!

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It’s almost the end of the world! Or so the Mayan Calendar tells us. Just in case, I’ve joined this Giveaway Hop (hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & My Life With Books) to help spread the word about some great End of the World themed books. One lucky winner will get to choose one of the following books:

Monument 14Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. Hardcover edition.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

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This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. Trade paperback edition.

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

The PassageThe Passage by Justin Cronin. Mass market paperback edition.

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

The Passage is one of my favorite “end of the world” books, and I’m thrilled to share it with my readers. I haven’t read the other two books yet, but they both fit the criteria of this giveaway hop: scary, end-of-the-world stories that are perfect for celebrating the end of the world!

To enter the giveaway, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER! or you can go to the Rafflecopter on my Facebook page.

And PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS ON THE HOP!

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2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge

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It’s almost the end of the year, and for book bloggers that means taking stock of your reading accomplishments and thinking about goals for the coming year. It also means feeling remorseful about all the wonderful books that you just didn’t get to. Since I started blogging, I’ve had to pass up reading dozens of books that I would have read, if I didn’t have a set reading schedule. To people reading this that aren’t bloggers, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Why can’t you just read and review the books you want to?” Well, that’s the way it started for me, but as all book bloggers out there know, blogs seem to have minds of their own, and before you know, you’re taking on more than you can handle.

So I’m starting my own reading challenge. I’m doing it for me, but I’m also inviting other bloggers to join me. My goal is simple: “Catch Up” on some books I’ve been dying to read, but because of my blog commitments, I just haven’t had time. Now, my personal list does not just include books from 2012. I’m mostly interested in catching up with complete series of books that I’ve recently discovered, and I’m giving myself the entire year of 2013 to do it! Sounds easy, right?

I’ve made a button so it’s official, and if you’d like to join you can enter your website in the Linky below. You can also put the button on your blog if you’d like! Here are the rules for the Challenge:

1. Select the books you’d like to “catch up” on during the year. I’ve decided not to put a minimum or even a limit on this number. It’s really up to you. My list has (8) books on it.

2. Grab the challenge button and post it on your sidebar.

3. Do a Catch Up Challenge blog post listing the books you’d love to finally get to read in 2013. Include the button in your post and link back here, if you don’t mind:)

4. Every time you read one of your catch up books, write a review and let me know about it in the comment section of this post. I’d love to see what you’re reading! You can easily find this post again by clicking the Catch Up Challenge button on my sidebar. It will take you right back here.

5. PRIZES!!  For every ten bloggers or reviewers that sign up, I will have a giveaway. And for each of your challenge book reviews, you’ll get an entry into the giveaway. Giveaways will be spread out during the year to give you time to read and review your books.

6. You don’t have to have a blog to participate! You can post reviews on Goodreads too, just let me know in the comments where to find your review.

So, here are the books I plan to read:

vampire empireThe Rift WalkerThe KingmakersHoundedHexedHammeredshadow of nightThe Twelve2

1. 2. & 3. Vampire Empire Books 1-3: The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker & The Kingmakers by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith. I own all three books, but I’ve never been able to find the time to read them. That’s going to change!

4. 5. & 6. The Iron Druid Chronicles #1-3: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered by Kevin Hearne. I just recently discovered Kevin’s books, and he’s just released book #5!! I’m so behind. I thought I’d be conservative and only put three on my list. I hear they are funny and have dogs in them, two things that I find irresistible. I believe there will be six books when the series is complete.

7. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. The second book after A Discovery of Witches. I loved the first book and I’m hoping the second is just as good. I just hate starting a series that I love and not being able to keep up with it.

8. The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Same goes for this book. I loved The Passage, and I hear this one is even better. Both books #7 and #8 are pretty long, but if they live up to the hype, length shouldn’t be an issue.

Here’s the button you can grab:

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If you’d like to join me, please click on the frog below to enter your information. Let’s do it! Let’s read those books that have been pushed to the bottom of the pile for far too long!


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Stacking the Shelves (10)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a great way to share the books you’ve acquired over the past week(s) with other bloggers. It’s been two weeks since I’ve participated, but I’ve got some great books to share today.

For Review:

How Beauty Met The Beast by Jax Garren. Release date: November 19 2012 (Carina Press). I’m on a Beauty and the Beast kick right now, mostly because of the new CW television series that I’m really enjoying. So I’m anxious to read any book based on that story. This is more of a novella, it’s only about 100 pages, so it should be a quick read.

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch. Now available (Scholastic Press). I requested this from Edelweiss months ago, and just got approved to read it, even though it’s already hit the shelves. But I’m still looking forward to it, even if I might be a little late on my review. And it’s one of my favorite book covers of the year!

The Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle. Release date:  December 18 2012 (Angry Robot). I love being part of the Robot Army! Many thanks to Angry Robot for the auto-approvals!

Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney. Release date: December 4 2012 (Montlake Romance). I absolutely loved the last Montlake book I read (Edge of Oblivion) and so I was thrilled to receive another of their titles. I’ll be reading this in November. Thank you Susan Stockman at Montlake! Look for a giveaway and author interview next month.

Indie Books for Review:

Tears of Min Brock by J. E. Lowder. This fantasy about a 14-year-old girl’s journey sounds really good. I’ve cut back on the amount of indie books I’m reviewing, because you never know what you’re going to get, but this has some great reviews.

Fighting the Storm by Jarrah Loh. This is not exactly the kind of book I usually read and review, but this martial arts story captured my attention, for some reason. Loh has written a non fiction book for Harper Collins about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and lives in Australia, so maybe those are the reasons I decided to read this!

Purchased:

The Diviners by Libba Bray. I love Libba Bray, and I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. The Passage is one of my favorite dystopian/vampire novels, so it’s no wonder how excited I am to read this follow-up.

Whew! Now off I go to my cave to read…what did you get on your shelves this week?

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books On My Fall Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a different Top Ten list so bloggers can share with each other. This week is SO hard for me! I started out with twenty-three books for a list with only ten spots, and I had to really narrow it down. Fall is typically one of the biggest seasons for new book releases, so it doesn’t surprise me that there are so many choices! But I did manage to slash my list down to ten, so here are the Top Ten books I can’t wait to read this fall, in order of release date:

Origin by Jessica Khoury. Release date: Today! I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time, and it finally hits stores today. I can’t wait to read this story that takes place in the jungle, and from what I understand, involves jaguars and other jungle animals. And there’s romance too!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Release date: September 18. I love love love Maggie Stiefvater! This book’s been getting some good reviews, and the story sounds good too: ghosts, a private boys’ school, true love…what a great mix. I can’t wait!

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. Release date: September 18. I’ve been reading Jay’s blog for a few months now, and this guy is crazy funny. I mean, he really doesn’t take himself seriously at all. Which is good. And his book’s been getting all sorts of amazing reviews, so I’m looking forward to seeing if it lives up to the hype.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. Release date: September 27. OK, seriously now, how can you not be curious about this book? OK, the cover leaves a lot to be desired, but I’m sure half the people on the planet are dying to see what her follow-up to Harry Potter is going to be like.

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch. Release date: October 1. The reviews on this one are a bit mixed, but I’m still excited to read what’s under the gorgeous cover. A fence that holds back monsters and a father with a secret project? Sounds right up my alley.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Release date: October 2. A book about a bookstore! What could be better? This sounds amazing. It takes place in a very unusual San Francisco bookstore. Goodreads says “…it evokes the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami.” Wow!

Velveteen by Daniel Marks. Release date: October 9. I came across this book months ago, and forgot about it until I was trying to narrow down the books for this Top Ten. Velveteen is dead and in purgatory, and she wants to haunt the man who killed her. Awesome…

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Release date: October 16. I’ve been dreaming and talking about this follow-up to The Passage for a long time, and it’s right around the corner. I’ll definitely have to make time in October to read this.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young. Release date: October 30. I’m a bit confused by the title of this book, the follow-up to Blood Red Road. It looks like the title is “Dust Lands” but I think that’s the name of the series. Anyway, I’m hoping it’s good. I loved Blood Red Road.

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. Release date: November 6. Drum roll please…words cannot tell you how excited I am to read this book! I’m trying to get an ARC, but so far no luck. I hope it lives up to Daughter of Smoke & Bone!

I’d love to see your top ten books for fall!

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Waiting on Wednesday #1: THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin

Wow, my first “Waiting on Wednesday!”  This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, and the reason I’m jumping in this week is that I found out some good news about an upcoming title that I’m very excited to read.  And the good news is this:

Yes, that is the new cover for The Twelve by Justin Cronin, book two of the Passage Trilogy (after The Passage).  Isn’t it beautiful?I love it even better than the cover I found on a Finnish website.  It also now has a release date of October 16, 2012.  I can’t find a story description anywhere, but you can read an excerpt in the March 16th edition of Entertainment Weekly. I hope to have caught up on my reading list by then…

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Tammy’s Top Ten Horror Books (They Aren’t What You Think)

It’s Top Ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week we get to pick any genre or sub-genre we want, so I’m selecting some of my favorite horror stories, beginning with the book that started the vampire craze:

1. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice.  I read this a long time ago, lost my copy at my aunt’s house, then found it years later when I was staying with her, and read it again.  Rice’s first and best, in my opinion.  And to think she wrote the first draft in two weeks…

2. Watchers by Dean Koontz.  OK, I know Koontz is often blasted with bad reviews, but Watchers was unlike anything I’d ever read, and it made an impression on me.  I loved the concept of a super-intelligent dog, and I love Dean Koontz for being such a dog-lover. I don’t care what anyone says, Watchers is not only scary as hell, but a well-told story.

3. Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Black House is a sequel to King’s and Straub’s The Talisman, with Jack Sawyer now grown up.  I love the way these two write together, and Black House was creepier and scarier than The Talisman.

4. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.  A truly original vampire tale told as only a Swedish writer can tell it.  It was also made into two really good movies, one in Swedish and one in English. Despite the horrific actions of a young girl vampire, the budding love between the two young characters is sweet and unexpected.

5. The Ruins by Scott Smith. This book terrified me, but I could not put it down. It was later made into an awful movie, but the story of a group of college kids held prisoner in the Mexican jungle as they are killed off one by one by the evil jungle vines surrounding them (OK, sounds lame, I know) still makes me shudder.

6. Horns by Joe Hill.  Everyone probably knows that Hill is the son of Stephen King, but that’s not why I like him.  He’s got his own distinct writing style and I believe he can hold his own against his dad.  Horns is his second novel, a story about a guy named Ig who wakes up one morning to discover horns growing out of his head.

7. The Terror by Dan Simmons.  Simmons has written everything from science fiction to historical fiction to horror, and he does each brilliantly.  The Terror is long, but the pages fly by in this terrifying story that takes place in 1845 in the Arctic Circle, as the men aboard a stranded steam ship fight for survival.  Not only are they starving to death, but something out on the ice is hunting them down. One of the best horror stories I’ve ever read.

8. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this unconventional werewolf story, considering it is told in verse. Not my favorite writing style, but the gritty, yet elegant descriptions of a man caught between two worlds held my attention to the end, and I’m curious to see what Barlow comes up with next.

9.  The Passage by Justin Cronin.  Part vampire novel, part post-apocalyptic nightmare, The Passage begins a trilogy about a six-year-old girl named Amy who seems to be the key to the downfall of humanity.  The second book in the series The Twelve comes out this year.

10. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan.  I loved this book and reviewed it here on Books, Bones & Buffy.  The writing is exquisite, raw and sexy as we follow Jake, said werewolf, as he dodges various factions who are trying to kill him.  Get ready to love Jake as much as I did.

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