Where has this week gone?

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA this week! I had so much planned and with the exception of some reading, I haven’t gotten anything done. I started a new job and its been a tad bit more overwhelming than I expected. So as I said, I’ve been reading and these are the book reviews you can expect to see this week:

    Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey
    Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
    Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
    Haven (Apocalypsis #4) by Elle Casey

As for Giveaways since I haven’t decided on what to giveaway this month, it will have to wait. However, Elle Casey is have a huge indie giveaway Elle Casey’s Springtime Indie Book Giveaway. 190 titles and 1,554 copies to give away. Be sure to check it out by clicking here.

And last but not least Happy Mother’s Day.

Book Review: My Vampire Summer

Title: My Vampire Summer

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Blurb: My Vampire Summer, a novella, the first novella in a series of four … Reserved bookworm Iona Candella and her best friend, wildchild Cheri Blake, are spending the summer before college in a small medieval town in France. Iona plans to spend the time reading 100 books on her Kindle and Cheri plans to spend it interfering in Iona’s book reading/hibernation plan and finding gorgeous French boyfriends to help them pass the time instead. Both of them get more than they bargained for or even imagined. Ancient curses, haunted castle ruins, crypts protected by supernatural serpents. My Vampire Summer is a veritable YA Fantasy banquet, all in a novella-sized package.

My Review: This is not a bad book. Casey is known for capturing the reader’s attention and easily does this in My Vampire Summer. However, I simply feel this book was not for me.

About the book: Iona is the main character, which by the way, I love her name. She goes to vacation in France with her mother the summer after her high school graduation. Her BFF Cheri also comes along and I’m not too sure how I feel about her. She has the best intentions but she is truly rough around the edges in my opinion. Her way of approaching things and her obnoxious attitude tended to grate on my nerves. But then she is such a persistently good friend that I couldn’t stay mad at her for too long. Ahem… I see I got side tracked- Back to my synopsis. Cheri goes to France with the idea of finding herself a summer romance and Iona goes in love with her Kindle and hopes to do nothing more than sit around and meet her goal of reading at least 50 books over the summer. However, it turns out that they get more than they bargained for when a series of events leads to Iona breaking down and entering an alternate reality from her padded cell in a mental institution. Haha… Just kidding. Sort of. Iona finds herself in a situation she’s only read about in novels and yep you guessed it: Vampires. She deals with it by convincing herself that she’s lost her marbles.

I have to say… This novella was not at all what I expected. I have come to find that Casey has a very unique voice and when she writes I instantly recognize her. With My Vampire Summer…. This was not at all the case. Overall this book is about friendship, innocence, love and romance. Not really a bad read. Just not for me. It reminded me a bit (or a lot) of Vampire Kisses. Like the School Library Journal said in its review of Vampire Kisses “All in all, a good read for those who want a vampire love story without the gore.” Well this statement also coincides with My Vampire Summer. I therefore definitely recommend this read to fans of Vampire Kisses, you will love this novella.

My issue with My Vampire Summer is that I found it a little too juvenile for me. It makes me think I may  need to recategorize my genre from YA to mature YA. I feel as if it was intended for a younger audience and I found myself not connecting with the characters. There was however lots of mystery and intrigue. I might read the sequel to give this series another shot and to uncover some of it’s mystery.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: After the Fall

Title: After the Fall (Clash of the Otherworlds #1)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: The Light and Dark Fae have come together, a tenuous peace formed at the urging of the Overworld. Potty-mouthed teen, Jayne Sparks, and her fellow changeling friends find themselves once again in the middle of a maelstrom of conflict, mystery, and magic that they must struggle to not only understand but to overcome. Jayne Sparks Blackthorn hereby cordially invites you to follow her into the Gray…

*Clash of the Otherworlds continues where Elle Casey’s War of the Fae series left off

My Review: I find myself having a tough time reviewing books that come from a series. I feel limited in the sense that it’s harder to not provide spoilers. Like me being particularly emotional in Bella and Edwards wedding from Breaking Dawn and writing something to that effect. For someone who has read Eclipse they are already expecting this. However this will be a total spoiler for those who have only read Twilight or New Moon. Uhum… So I hope you understand my dilemma and my usual hope of not providing spoilers. Which for those of you who are unaware is why I tend to keep reviews about sequels short. However, I’ll admit I can’t help myself on this one. Those of you who have yet to finish reading the War of the Fae series or don’t enjoy **SPOILERS**, stop here. You have been warned.

After the Fall begins where War of the Fae ended. I was pretty much left not knowing what to expect. The Light and Dark Fae have united, Jayne and Ben got married and now they have a war with the Otherworlds to deal with.

In regards to Ben and Jayne, we all know how stubborn and head strong Jayne can be, but I was left feeling hopeful that things would work out between them with their steamy kiss, a few heartfelt promises and overall attitude at the end of New World Order. However, this book highlighted all of their problems and it seems to me that their relationship may not work out. First, Jayne is having a tough time getting over Chase. Then Ben can’t seem to make up his mind as to whether he is a possessive a-hole or a sweetheart. He changes moods as much as you would expect a PMS-ing girl would. The jury is still out on Ben. He needs to pick a side like who do his loyalties lie with? There is such a shroud of mystery around him and I’m honestly not sure if he’s a good or bad guy. But then I remember that Chase sanctioned their union and spirit has blessed it. Surely Chase would never marry her off to a traitor to their race right? Well, I guess we can say I keep going back and forth on this. I think we just need to learn a little more about him before we make up our mind about liking him.

Casey reveals more of Jayne’s heritage and she does in the most unexpected way. Then in regard to the ever hilarious Tim the Pixie, he is dealing with having his wife around and getting to know his son. I absolutely love his character and cannot possibly count the laughs I’ve had on his account. His son Willy is pretty awesome too and is also pretty funny; Especially with his spider nakie stuff. I seriously couldn’t get enough of it.

It turns out that Jayne has more potential that anyone could of ever imagined. Like… How about a major **SPOILER** now? Again, MAJOR SPOILER!!!! Our Jaynie girl can wield all four elements. That was a wowsers moment and the scene was exciting as hell. I’m still grinning like a madman over that amazing action scene.

After the Fall is a pretty intense book. The pace is fast, the action is intense and it is hilariously funny. I truly think that I would have ended up in a mental institution had I read this book in front of anyone outside of my family. I looked absolutely crazy with my wild reactions, burst of laughter and in my general excitement over this book. Good thing my family is used to me turning into a madman when there is a book in my hands… 😉

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

The Changelings Giveaway

Of our last Author Spotlight Giveaway, this month, I am happy to announce that the two winners of Elle Casey’s The Changelings are Gayatri and Anna. Giveaway Winners: Be sure to check your emails. You are only allowed 48 hours to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered and congrats to the winners.

I also want to take out the time to thank Elle Casey for her contributions and giveaways this month. Thank You ! I have enjoyed Spotlighting you.

Character Interview: Tim the Pixie (War of the Fae)

I found this amazing character interview at Paranormalbookbeat.com. Thank you Elle and Cege for this amazing interview and Cege for being so cool about me reposting it! I hope you guys enjoy this interview as much as I did.

Well, this is a first for the Paranormal Book Beat. We are talking today with Tim the Pixie, who is featured in Elle Casey‘s War of the Fae book series! What is really fun is that Tim agreed to take questions from readers as well, and that was VERY revealing. Welcome to the blog, Tim!!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TIM

Tim is a light fae pixie who was caught and currently lives in the Green Forest, in Ardennes, France. He lives in the Light Fae compound with his roommate, Jayne Sparks, a formerly human, 17-year-old changeling elemental with a serious potty-mouth and a strong sense of loyalty. Tim is the first pixie in the history of the light fae to live out in the open with them, rather than being shuttled to a pixie colony for the safety of all other fae in the area.

Questions 1-9 for Tim are from readers of the series:

Q1. How do you make pixie dust and where do you keep it…do you have like a “dust pocket” in your shirt?
A1. No, don’t be silly. That would be too dangerous. Do you have any idea how powerful that stuff is? I shudder to think about what would happen if we just carried it around where someone could take it. Other fae would love to get their gritty fingers on it; like Maggie for instance. Don’t get me started on her and pixie wings. Actually, when pixies get overly alarmed, surprised not in a good way, or just decide to, they force it out of their bodies. Much like humans sweat. Then we just give ourselves a little shake and … well … you can ask Chase about the rest. If you can find him. He’s kind of … scarce these days. I hear he’s recovered, though.

Q2. Does the idea of having a son make you unbelievably happy…or give you further gastric issues? Will you have more children?
A2. It’s complicated. But ultimately, I’m extremely happy; and yes, maybe we’ll have more. You’ll have to interview Abby for that. She’s the boss of the bedroom. Did Jayne tell you to ask me about my gastric issues? That would be just like her, sharing things better left unshared. She has absolutely no boundaries. Did you know she snores? Very loudly, in fact. Wakes me up all the time. She also has very bad morning breath. Terrible stuff.

Q3. Is there any particular genetic reason you have such bad gas? Perhaps a self-defense mechanism that has been bred out over centuries of easy living, turning into plain flatulence? And what do pixie farts sound like?
A3. More gas questions. Wow. I’ve spent some time around humans, but I had no idea they were so obsessed with the baser bodily functions. Normally, I’d just ignore you, but you bring up an interesting concept that actually has me intrigued. I think I’m going to try and use my gas as a weapon and see what happens. Thank you for the idea. I’ll be sure to tell Jayne that Aidan from Australia told me to do it. Oh, and you want to know what they sound like? Here … try this one on for size … *Tim laughs hysterically while holding his stomach*

Q4. Do you find pixie sticks offensive?
A4. No. It just reminds me how ignorant humans can be sometimes. *sigh* They see something tiny and gorgeous like me and assume I’m as sweet as a striped little paper tube full of sugar. When what they really should see is an atomic bomb of awesomeness with deadly magic inside. Trust me … you don’t want to tangle with The Tim.

Q5. I don’t have a question. Just, thanks for the laughs and for teaching me some new words.
A5. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Q6. What was it like working with Elle Casey?
A6. Well, she’s adorable of course. But she can be quite nosey too, so that balances things out to the point that I can only take so many of her questions before I’m like, “Okay, Elle, talk to the butt, I have things to do.” I know she wrote some books with me in them, but I can’t say as I’ve read them. They don’t make Kindles for pixies yet; but I hear Amazon is working on it. She’s told me I’m pretty much the hero of the entire thing, so of course, she gets points for realism and recognizing greatness when she sees it. I pretty much carry the series, I guess.

Q7. What would you change about yourself if you could change anything? If you could change bodies with any of your friends, who would it be?
A7. That’s a joke right? Have you seen me? I mean, the only large fae who comes close to me in magnetism is Chase; and well, he has these appendages on his back now that are just a big big for my taste. I prefer being small and powerful to being big and oafish. Please don’t tell the larger fae I said that. They can be sensitive about their size.

Q8. What is your favorite song?
A8. “Awesome is as Awesome Does” by Tim and The Pixies. Yes, that’s right. I was in a band. Lead singer, naturally.

Q9. Do you think Jayne will be a good influence on your son?
A9. Well, overall yes. She’s got a good heart. Her mouth could use a little cleaning up, but I guess it’s part of her charm, so I don’t hold that against her. She’s gentle enough with injured pixies, so I suspect she’ll be good with baby ones. And my wife likes her, so that’s half the battle won right there. Pixie women are very, very bossy. I’ve always though it’s possible Jayne was a pixie in her last life.

Q10. Who did you most like to spend time with, at the light fae or dark fae compounds? And have you ever liked Jayne as more than a friend?
A10. Well, I am married, so I should probably say my wife, right? And I have a son now too. But for a long time, when I thought my wife was evil incarnate and didn’t know I had a son, my favorite was Jayne. She was my roomie, still is, actually. Despite the fact that she has dragon breath in the morning, snores, is quite bossy, and doesn’t know her butt from her face half the time when it comes to using her powers, well, she’s fun to be around. Plus she’s an excellent pack mule when my wings are missing. As to the second part of your question, the answer is a definite NO. Jayne is gorgeous, obviously. But practically speaking, her boobs are the size of pixie houses. What am I going to do with one of those? Plus she’s just a baby at seventeen. That would be taking cradle robbing to all new and very disgusting heights. She has her hands full anyway. No way could she handle *this*.

Q11. Who do you least like to spend time with?
A11. Maggie the witch. Horrid woman. Just horrid. Ugly? Ohhh, yes. As sin. Evil. You’ve heard about Hansel and Gretel haven’t you? Poor kids…

Q12. Can you please give us a synopsis of the War of the Fae series by Elle Casey?
A12. Well, like I said, they don’t make Kindles in pixie size yet, but from what I hear it’s a four book series that features a bunch of stupid human kids who get turned into fae and then find this fabulously handsome and incredibly intelligent pixie being unfairly persecuted by the light fae, rescue him, and then go on to kick some serious ass in the forest. I’m the star of it. That’s pretty much it, I think. I could give you my autograph if you want, but it’s pretty small. I’m sure it’ll be valuable someday. You could probably sell it on eBay. *oops* Excuse me! It’s the fruit! I swear! [exit Tim, flying away and laughing his ass off]

Thanks for stopping by, Tim! It’s been a….gas. 😉

If you want to catch up with Tim and all of his friends, here’s the place to go:

WAR OF THE FAE: BOOK 1, THE CHANGELINGS

WAR OF THE FAE: BOOK 2, CALL TO ARMS

WAR OF THE FAE: BOOK 3, DARKNESS & LIGHT

WAR OF THE FAE: BOOK 4, NEW WORLD ORDER

Thank you to the lovely Elle Casey for arranging this interview!

Connect with Elle:

http://www.ElleCasey.com
http://www.Facebook.com/ellecaseytheauthor
http://www.Twitter.com/ellecasey
http://www.Shelfari.com/ellecasey

Book Review: New World Order

Title: New World Order (War of the Fae #4)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Will the fae will be able to make the sacrifices they must to survive?

Jayne Sparks and her Light Fae changeling friends face off in the final battle against their enemies. But the identify of their true enemies isn’t as clear as it once was. Are they the ones breaking down their doors … or perhaps another entity, hiding in the shadows?

Friends come and go, bridges burned are rebuilt, love is lost and found. The survival of the fae depends on the answer to one question: Which burns hotter … hatred or hope?

My Review: Let my start this review by saying that I absolutely love this book. Casey finished her War of the Fae series with a bang. It had everything I loved about the series: humor, friendship, love, romance, action, Jayne’s bad-assery and a plot that was as awesome as it was unexpected.

The series ending was very bittersweet for me but I loved it. It ended in a way that allows for Jayne’s story to be continued, which Casey is doing in Clash of the Otherworlds. Which you guys should be seeing a review for in a couple of days. Now I apologize for my short review but I am still feeling very emotional after finishing New World Order and I have some crying to get back to. Now if you’ll excuse me…

Book Review: Darkness and Light

Title: Darkness and Light (War of the Fae #3)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: The animosity between Darkness & Light continues to grow, as do Jayne’s supernatural, elemental abilities in the Green Forest. Long-lost friends arrive, new friends leave, passion burns, and mysteries abound. What is Light and what is Dark? Who can the Light Fae trust? Who will be left standing in the end and whose side will they be on? Nothing is ever as it seems, and all is fair in love and War of the Fae.

My Review: I plan on keeping this review short… Lets see if this works out.

Elle Casey does not disappoint with Darkness and Light. I really enjoyed this novel and laughed more in this one than I have in any of Casey’s other novels. Which considering everything, is no easy feat. This book took me through many highs and lows- I cried from laughter and I cried from sadness. It was well written and I loved the action and the great plot twists. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is due to a lull a few chapters into the book. The pace of the book considerable slowed and I was a bit bored by it. After all, I have gotten used to Casey’s fast pace and am considering the idea that she has spoiled her readers with it.

Darkness and Light is a great continuation to the series. It was impossible to put down and I loved the stage that has been set and cannot wait for the last installment, which I’m sure will show the final battle of the War of the Fae.

Book Review: Call to Arms

Title: Call to Arms War of the Fae #2)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Follow Jayne Sparks, the (still) potty-mouthed seventeen-year-old and newly changed elemental fae and her friends – an incubus, a daemon, a green elf, a water sprite and a pixie – as they struggle to find their places in the Light Fae community of the Green Forest and prepare for the upcoming battle against the Dark Fae.

My Review: So… Many of you may already know that once upon a time I read Call to Arms and gave it a very mean review. Knowing now that was an all emotional reviewer, I read this book for a second time- With an open mind and at a slower pace.

Well I can tell you now, that was a total fail. I started the book and was immediately swept up in the emotion of the book. I didn’t stand a chance. I read this book straight through only stopping for a nap. As in, I had to charge my iPad and decided to get some sleep while that happened. It was the middle of the night after all and the first thing I did after opening my eyes was to reach over and start reading where I left off. Now that I have finished reading Call to Arms I find myself having a lot to say. I hope not to bore you guys and I’m sure you will find a review somewhere in here… Eventually. (Haha…)

First, I want to apologize to Elle Casey. Wow did I do your book an injustice with my angry words and harsh review. I realize now how juvenile and angry I was then… Sometime ago, someone pointed this out to me and thank God for that. Thanks to this person’s honest and wise words I saw the error of my ways and have since continuously asked myself what exactly makes a good review. Yet one thing I have never reverted back to are my overly emotional and mean reviews. I consider myself someone who can admit being wrong- which I totally was.

Back to Call to Arms, I completely fell in love with this book. This book picks up right where The Changelings left off. Jayne has decided to become a changeling and accept the Fae blood that runs through her veins. Call to Ams follows Jayne and her friends integration into Fae society. Jayne continues to have a terrible potty mouth and a sick sense of humor that i just couldn’t get enough of and with the new characters we are treated to in this book, I did some serious LOLing. Jayne is always finding herself in crazy a** situations so the reader is never at a loss for action scenes. There also some hints of romance I hope to see more of in the books to come. The reader is also treated to lots of answers to the questions that arose in The Changelings.

The characters were fun and spunky and once again bring different things to the table. However, I want to specially talk about Becky (whom I kinda bashed in my first review). I think I just didn’t get her the first time around. It wasn’t that Becky’s character was lost, more so that she became a better, stronger person. I think that would happen to anyone who found themselves lost (a runaway and homeless) and finally finds their purpose in life. I think my head was just too far up my a** to see that the first time around. 😉

Call to Arms is truly an amazing sequel and I absolutely loved reading it. I look forward to reading the sequel… Which you should be seeing soon. I know I already mentioned Casey loves her cliff hangers and I’m going crazy to know what happens next.

Book Review + Giveaway: The Changelings

Title: The Changelings (War of the Fae #1)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?

My Review: The main character Jayne and her best friend Tony end up as runaways in Miami after a series of crazy events. They find shelter among a group of homeless teens and are trying to figure things out while being penniless. They soon find an opportunity to make $500 in a medical study and they all jump on it. After an unorthodox test and an interesting interview, they are invited to what they are told will be a physical portion of the test. Up to this point to story is pretty good. Jayne is a strong character who is wittingly funny and the first to say what’s on her mind so you are never bored. However, it is after this point that the story really starts.

They are dumped in a forest in an undisclosed location and are told to find their way to four waypoints. To complete the task they have to tie one of their four flags to each waypoint. They are told that upon completing the physical portion of the test not only will they receive the promised $500 but they would also have an opportunity to earn a bonus. Sounds easy enough right? Well except for the fact that they are told that whatever rules or laws they were taught to follow don’t apply and they are each given a weapon. They soon find that there is more at risk than the money they were hoping to earn. After all, at every turn they are fighting for their lives.

The characters are all great and I have no complaints about them. With so many dynamic characters, there is never a dull moment.

  • Jayne is a very strong character. She has a big heart and a terribly funny sense of humor. She is big on tough love and very perceptive.
  • Tony is Jayne’s nerdy best friend. He is her support system and I love how easily he reads Jayne and seems to be the only one capable of reining her in.
  • Spike is the character Jayne is immediately drawn to. He is handsome, musical and very charming.
  • Chase is the strong and silent type. He rarely speaks and Jayne keeps hoping that he will be one of those silent but deep characters and I’m still kinda waiting for the deep part of it. 😉
  • Ok. There are actually a few more that make up their band of runaways but I’ll be stopping here. What can you expect from them? They all bring something to the table. They are honest and fun and I enjoyed getting to know them.

    This book is incredibly addictive and I found it impossible to put down. It is funny, action packed and you are left guessing after well placed plot twists and plenty of betrayal. This is an amazing book that will leave you desperate for the sequel. Elle Casey is known for ending her novels with cliff hangers… Well in The Changelings she leaves you with a WTF moment and desperate to know what happens next. With this being said, my review for Call to Arms will be up very soon.

    Giveaway: Elle Casey is once again, generously, giving away two copies of her novel to two lucky guys/gals. This is the first installment of a series of four. For your chance to enjoy the first book in this great series just fill out the form below. The giveaway ends Monday October 29th 2012. The winner will therefore be announced on Oct 30th. Good luck!

    Apocalypsis Giveaway Winners

    Of our most recent Author Spotlight Giveaway of Apocalypsis, we have two winners: DeeDee and Jessica. Congratulations! You should be hearing from Elle Casey soon and remember, you are only given 48 hrs to claim your prize. So check your emails and be sure to respond once Casey contacts you.

    Everyone else, be sure to check back tomorrow as the next giveaway will be live then. Thank you to all that entered and Good Luck for the next one.