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Paranormal Week Giveaway!!!

All this week, I have been talking about “losing my paranormal virginity” and it has been such a fun experience for me that I want to give away some of the books that I have been talking about on the blog this week.  Here is what is up for grabs:

  • Paperback copy of Deception by Lee Nichols
  • Paperback copy of Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  • Hardback copy of Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
  • Book tote bag from my local bookstore, The Dusty Bookshelf

To enter the giveaway, simply fill out this form. It is not required, but I would also love for you to leave me a comment about your paranormal reading experience.

Official Giveaway Information:

  • Must be 13 years of age or older to enter
  • Must be a US resident (or have a US mailing address to send books to)
  • Ends Monday, March 28th at noon CST
  • Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen
  • Winner will receive all items listed above
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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in GIVEAWAY, Paranormal


Paranormal Week: Other Novels

I read quite a few YA paranormal novels in preparation for this week and just to get a taste of what is out there.  Some of the books that I wanted to feature cannot be classified in the previous posts this week, so here is a random conglomeration of other books that I read.

Sleepless by Cyn Balog (click on image for more information)

A story about Sandmen and their interactions with their human charges really peaked my interest as I felt these creatures and their “stories” to be different from a lot of paranormal novels out there.  Unfortunately, the novel was flawed in a few too many ways for me to truly enjoy it.  The main Sandman in the book was fabulous and really came to life for me, but there was too much going on and too many discrepancies for the actual story to flow in my reading.  I have heard good things about Cyn Balog, though, so I hope to read her other paranormal novel, Fairy Tale, soon.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Main character Evie is a member of the International Paranormal Containment Agency and has been for most of her life.  She enjoys her life capturing and living amongst paranormals, but sometimes she just wants to be a teenager.  This is the book that tipped me over the paranormal edge.  I was kind of on the fence about this genre, but that is old news.  Kiersten White nailed the teenage persona with the character of Evie, with her desire for a boyfriend and a locker in a real school.  But Evie is independent and bold, wanting the best for the people in her world, capturing my heart with her every more.  Paranormalcy may not contain the poetic-type writing of Maggie Stiefvater, but the snark and teenage angst are spot-on.

Deception by Lee Nichols

Emma can see ghosts. Not only can she see ghosts, but she can communicate with them, compel them to do her bidding and generally understand their nature and world. When she finds this out, her life is turned upside down and she must figure out for herself who she is and what her future will hold.  Emma is a kick-butt character in a potentially awesome story. She is bold, honest, sarcastic, and swoons at the sight of a wonderful, caring man. She is real to the point of being thoroughly confused by her past and the secrets her family has to hide. She is courageous enough to accept her ghostkeeping abilities and face evil head-on.
Unfortunately, Emma’s character and the premise of the story are hindered by awkward pacing and a lack of explanation for a lot of happenings and features of the story. I will admit that I did read this novel quickly, racing through to find out what would happen to Emma and the people in her life, but in the end I was just a bit confused. How exactly does ghostkeeping work? How does Emma control and use her powers for good? What exactly did happen in her family’s past?
I understand that this is the first novel in a series, and that a lot of my questions might be answered in the forthcoming novels, but there were just too many key points missing.

So there you have it, my friends, the beginning of my relationship with paranormal YA books.  Stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway!

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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Paranormal, YA Books


Paranormal Week: Werewolves

Werewolf: a human with shape-shifting abilities after being bitten by another werewolf or put under a curse.  After said human is bitten or cursed, they shift into a wolf or wolf-like creature, usually with the cycle of the moon.  Werewolves are often attributed with superhuman strength and senses.

Okay, technically, I did read Sisters Red a while back, but I am featuring mostly book series this week and have really been wanting to read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, so I did.  And wow, can Maggie Stiefvater write.

In this series, we meet Sam, a teenage werewolf with his eyes and heart set on a human girl, Grace. Grace has had a strange obsession with the pack of wolves living in the woods in her backyard ever since she was bitten as a child.  Sam and other werewolves are members of the pack that she has faithfully watched, but when human-form Sam enters her life and she falls in love, her world is turned upside down.  I will admit that I didn’t fall in head-over-heels love with SHIVER, but LINGER was a heart-stopper for me.  The introduction of Cole and the expansion of Isabel’s character were brilliant.  Stiefvater’s ability to create, maintain consistency yet allow elasticity with characters is something to be noted with this series.  Her poetic style of writing (not poems, but poetic) sucked me in, making me feel as if the book had no edges or folds, just flowing and flowing until the brilliant ending.   I love books that make you want to re-read them directly after finishing them for the first time, and LINGER was one of them.  The only downfall with this series is that the final book, FOREVER, doesn’t come out until summer 2011.

Reading about werewolves has generally left a good taste in my mouth, but it probably doesn’t hurt that I am featuring and “losing my paranormal virginity” with the most-recommended werewolf series in YA books.  I am interested in reading more books about werewolves and their packs, but not necessarily racing out to read every one.  Similar to my take on Richelle Mead’s writing, I am just a huge fan of Stiefvater’s writing.

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Book Review, Paranormal, Scholastic


Paranormal Week: Faeries

Faeries = to be honest, a definition for fey is hard to nail down.  Let’s just say they are human in appearance and have magical powers.  Their further role and mishaps vary throughout literature.

For my fey book of choice in “losing my paranormal virginity,” I chose to check out Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series, at the suggestion of Kristi at The Story Siren.  In this five book series, we are introduced to a very large cast of characters in what I consider to be a semi-complicated world.  I am admitting weakness in being able to summarize these books, so here is the official synopsis of the first novel, Wicked Lovely:

All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends’ obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What’s a 21st-century girl to do when she’s stalked by a suitor nobody else can see?

So, through Aislinn, we enter into the world of the fey.  Though I only read the first two in the series, it is my understanding that each book focuses on a different group of people, all of which are intertwined in the fey world in Huntsdale.  I absolutely raced through the first novel, absolutely adoring Aislinn and her human love interest, Seth.  The faery world is seemingly intricate and it admittedly took some brain power to swim through all the court aspects of their world and connecting the characters to each other in the right way, but in the end, the effort was well worth it.  Melissa Marr has a knack with dark themes and true emotions shining through her characters.  I got so involved with the characters, sometimes I would have to step back and remind myself which were fey and which were human.  The Wicked Lovely series is one that I will definitely be finishing and Melissa Marr has been added to my “insta-read” author list.

Also, the big news involving this series is that my first experience with fey left a very sweet taste in my mouth.  Book series or stand-alone novels involving fey will definitely be on my radar and put on my TBR if recommended by friends, as I have become interested in their intricate world and actions.


Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Harper Collins, Paranormal


Paranormal Week: Vampires

Vampires: Beings who thrive and, in essence, live off of the blood or other life sources of humans. Vampires can be living or “undead” creatures.

For my vampire choice in “losing my paranormal virginity,” I chose to read the Vampire Academy series.  Well, I actually read the first two books in the series, but felt as if I got a good feel for Richelle Mead’s writing and the series itself.  Let me tell you, I LOVED THEM!  I will, most definitely, be finishing up this series soon. 

In these novels, the main characters are students at St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school at which both vampires and their future guardians, dhampirs, attend.  At this academy, the guardians learn how to protect and defend both themselves and their future charges, most likely royal vampires.  The students also learn about different types of magic used by vampires, animal behavior and physiology and other cultural and artistic subjects.  Upon graduation, the guardians are assigned to specific vampires, vampires which they will protect for the rest of their lives.

Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir have been best friends almost their entire lives.  They have a special mental bond and know that it is pretty much inevitable that Rose will end up Lissa’s guardian because of that bond.  But Rose is not just your average student.  She assisted Lissa in escaping the Academy (a near-impossible feat) in order to keep her safe and has vowed in her mind to protect Lissa at all costs.  The series is told from Rose’s point-of-view and she is nothing short of an amazing protagonist.  She is tough, bold, mouthy and willing to sacrifice her life to protect Lissa.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

And Rose’s love interest, Dimitri?  Wow, just wow.  Also a guardian, he has been assigned to be Rose’s individual teacher and keep her well-trained and knowledgeable on protecting her charges.  Normally, as in, never, do I swoon for male characters in books.  Maybe it’s because I live with my favorite male character, I don’t know, but I just don’t get attached to male characters.  Dimitri is the exception.  Richelle Mead, you broke my norm and made me fall for Dimitri.  Girl. Can. Write.

Now that I’ve shared all the good news about this series and my foray into vampire books, here’s the bad news.  I didn’t walk away enjoying the vampiric world or the paranormal creatures themselves.  I would read anything that Richelle Mead wrote, but will never again consider any other vampire books or series.  Maybe it’s my aversion to objects puncturing the skin to draw blood.  Maybe it’s the constant reminder throughout the books of my tendency to get weak and pass out because I am a nimrod hypochondriac.  It doesn’t really matter to me what drives me away from them, I just won’t choose to read any more vampire books.  Hey, at least I tried.


Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Book Review, Paranormal


Losing My Paranormal Virginity

For those that have been following my blog, Goodreads lists or just general life, you might have noticed that I don’t read many paranormal novels, if any to note to this point.  I admit that I am a plain Jane and prefer to stay in the real world, where I can easily imagine what is going on in the stories that I read.  There are a few exceptions, of course, with the Harry Potter series and my brief dip in the Twilight waters, but that was about it up until a few months ago.  I was ready for a challenge, and I decided to officially lose my paranormal virginity.  I have spent the past few months asking around for recommendations of good paranormal books, as well as general information on the creatures and worlds contained in these books.  And you, my readers, get to experience this ride along with me.  Well, in retrospect, that is.

This week, I will be featuring posts on paranormal books, including Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.  Stay tuned for my thoughts on my venture into this new world, as well as a pretty stellar giveaway at the end of the week.  Enjoy!


Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Paranormal