Monday, August 30, 2010

Autographed Whisper Giveaway!

I was so pleased with how many followers that we gained yesterday that I have decided to do a giveaway! Up for grabs is an AUTOGRAPHED! copy of Whisper by Phoebe Kitandis. Any follower can enter, whether you are a new follower that just joined or an old follower. Also as usual there are ways that you can earn extra entries. There will be only one winner and this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL... as always! Giveaway ends Thursday Sept 2nd at 11:59pm ... Winner will be announced on the 3rd :) Good Luck!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Go You Followers You!

So here is the deal, I haven't been home allll day. When I got home a few minutes ago I decided I would check on comments and the blog... so on and so forth! When I left this morning we had 102 Followers... yea you read right 102 followers! Now we have 117 Followers. Well you know me and my giveaways, well tomorrow at some point will be a new giveaway. I haven't decided exactly what the giveaway will be yet but there will be one! Any suggestions let me know down in the comments. But I am just so happy with how much we have grown today... so in that event, I am feeling in the giving mood, I did have a suggestion that I give away Digital Copies of a few books for those of you who have ereaders... but that counts out everyone else. So let me know what you think or would like for a giveaway... who knows I might choose your choice :) Have a good night!

In My Mailbox! (4)

So this week I got some fantastic reads! I got a few for review, I got a few from friends and my loving hubby bought me one :) Below is a list of everything I got, with links to Amazon :)

Paranormalcy- Kiersten White : I got one of these from Becky over at Stories and Sweeties... the other came from Arianna over at HarperTeen.

Solitary: A Novel - Travis Thrasher : Travis was nice enough to send me a copy of his novel Solitary, which sounds just amazing! Thanks Travis!

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I - Lisa Mantchev :Got this for review from the wonderful people over at MacMillan... Thanks :)

Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2 - Lisa Mantchev: Got this from MacMillan as well for review.

The Frenzy - Francesca Lia Block : Got for review from HarperTeen... Thanks :)

Firelight - Sophie Jordon : Another great read received from HarperTeen! They were nice to me this week!

Wereling - Steve Feasey : I have a different cover than the one shown on Amazon, I kind of link mine more lol. Received from MacMillan.

New Moan: The First Book in The Twishite Saga: A Parody - Stephfordy Mayo: Got this from my Kindle God Jamie... Only this wasn't for my Kindle lol go figure! 

Emma and the Vampires (Jane Austen Undead Novels) - Wayne Josephson : Also got from my Kindle god Jamie! Thanks Jamie!

Undead Much? (Megan Berry, Book 2) - Stacey Jay: Got from my friend Latica... Thanks so much!

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1) - Kelley Armstrong : (not pictured) Had the other two but not this one... thanks to Latica I know have the whole series... Thanks :)

Infinite Days (Vampire Queen) - Rebecca Maizel : My hubby was so kind to buy me Infinite Days! I have been looking forward to this book for a while... I mean how beautiful is that cover? 

Well thats all I got this week :) Thanks to all the people that traded  books with me this week! I got some fantastic books in return! So what did you get this week? Post your link in the comments section :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fallen Blood

Author: Martin Sharlow
Release Date: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Source: Martin Sharlow ( Thanks Martin!)

What mystery surrounds an abandoned house now owned by the Federal government, that would bring men dressed in black to a frightened teen's home in the middle of the night? That would have them drag her parents from their home? What would have them desperately searching for her, to keep whatever secret they hide. Her only hope is a lovesick teen with a secret of his own to hide.

Vampire blood. Is it a curse, or is it a blessing? For two people in love, it's about to be a little of both. 

Brian has been in love with Heather for as long as he can remember, the only issue is Heather doesn't even know he is alive. He steals glances at her at school, but it's when she falls asleep that Brian gets to really see Heather.
Brian is a vampire and has the ability to visit Heather in her dreams. He can also travel to anywhere she is. One night he decides to visit her, to find that she isn't home. Instead she is in an abandoned house with her boyfriend and some friends. When Heather goes to go home early, men in black suits try coming to find her. 

Heather is able to hide with Brian's help, but the men in suits have her family and friends. Brian is unsure what he should do, but he knows that he needs to protect Heather at all costs. So Brian and Heather leave town, meeting some great characters along the way. But trouble is not far behind....

I LOVED fallen blood. It is written in the 3rd person, which is exactly how the book had to be written to be portrayed so strongly. The more than I got into the book, I felt as though I was part of Brian and Heather's friends... that I was on this dangerous journey with them. I really liked the turn on vampire's that Martin took, Brian is not your ordinary everyday dead, can't go in sunlight vampire ... he is alive. I couldn't believe it what I was reading... I had to keep saying to myself " NO WAY! THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN!" I pretty sure I annoyed a few people that were around me! There is suspense, action and romance at every turn! I just couldn't get enough...

Note To Martin: Thanks for the great read... but really did you have to give me an ending like that... I NEED MORE! 


The Portal Chronicle's Giveaway

The Portal Chronicle's Giveaway!

As I am sure you have noticed we had a fantastic guest post by Imogen Rose today! Imogen was nice enough to send me extra copies of PORTAL and EQUILIBRIUM to give away to one lucky winner! Did I mention each copy is AUTOGRAPHED? by Imogen herself... I added a ton of ways that you can get extra entries on the entry form. The winner will receive a paperback copy of both Portal and the sequel Equilibrium both are autographed by Imogen Rose... You will also receive 4...that's right 4! bookmarks that correspond with the books! Oh and did I mention that this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!!!!  Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Sept 2nd!

Keeping It Real

 Guest Post By Imogen Rose! Author of PORTAL!

Or not? Is the use of profanity acceptable in YA literature?
Mary, thank you for inviting me to guest blog! Having now written two YA novels, one of the issues that still remains unresolved in my mind, is whether the use of certain commonly used words (you know what they are!) should be acceptable in YA literature. 

I didn’t really set out to write a YA book. In fact, genre was not something I thought about at all when I was writing PORTAL. I wrote the story for my daughter who was eight at the time, so I kept it clean without really thinking about whether I was compromising the authenticity of the dialogue. However, the setting of PORTAL is contemporary with the main character being a high school student. Sure, in real life, her natural dialogue (thinking about my own teen here) would have contained words that I didn’t use in my story. By leaving these out, did I keep it real, for my YA audience?

Genre is something Amazon forced me to select. I decided that my story would probably appeal to the same audience as the Twilight and Evermore books, so I categorized it under YA fantasy. Though the age range for YA is not clearly defined, I would have thought YA means age fourteen and above. Had I written PORTAL for this age range in the first place, I may have wanted the dialogue to be slightly different (and I don't mean bad words in every other sentence, just when absolutely necessary to the story). I would imagine that there is a wide range of literature aimed at this group where the use of certain words would be natural, and restraining such use would compromise the story. Yet it seems unacceptable to include them in YA literature. It’s not like teens are unfamiliar with the words, so why censor them?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Signed FREEFALL Bookmark Giveaway!

Signed FREEFALL Bookmark Giveaway!

As a celebration of Sparkling Reviews new look, I have decided to do a giveaway! I will be giving away 8 bookmarks to 4 lucky winners. Each winner will receive ONE SIGNED BOOKMARK and ONE UNSIGNED BOOKMARK giving each winner 2 bookmarks each! The bookmarks are signed by Mindi Scott author of the up coming book FREEFALL. The giveaway is open until Sept 3rd, 2010 ...

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Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: Aug 31, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Becky and HarperTeen ( Thanks Becky! and Arianna from HarperTeen )

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.


Absolutely Fabulous! I found myself more engrossed in Paranormalcy than I had originally thought I would be.

Evie is a 16 year old girl, who has never met her parents, never had any type of family and spent up until she was 10 in foster homes. Now Evie works at a company called IPCA, she uses what ability she has to see through paranormal creatures glamour (what they use to disguise themselves from humans.)
Evie has never found a paranormal that she didn't know what they were. Until now...

Lend is unlike anything that Evie has even seen before... she doesn't even know if other people can see him as she does, where he is so transparent. Lend is a shape shifter, he uses what he sees other people look like and can take their form. But there is nothing like him at the IPCA, nor have any of them encountered a paranormal with that ability before.

Soon Evie starts spending time Lend in his cell, to help kill time. After all he is the only one around that is her age, and she finds that she begins to start having feelings for him. All of a sudden paranormals begin being killed and no one knows who is behind it. To make matters worse is her ex-boyfriend who is a faerie and will stop at nothing to make Evie his... including taking her against her will. Will Evie have time to stop the killer before they kill off all paranormals, including her and her new friend Lend?

Paranormalcy was nothing short of amazing. It caught me from the moment I opened the book until the very last page. I was actually sad to see it end. Evie is an awesome main character, she can kick some ass and be a girly girl in the same moment. Its the perfect combination. The way Evie see's Lend took my breath away, she see's through all of his glamours and likes him, for who and what he is. From the get go I had very mixed feelings about Evie's ex-boyfriend, I wasn't sure if he was just a creep or if he was an all over bad guy. Paranormalcy is addicting and thought provoking. I never had a moment when I was able to predict what would be next! What a fantastic debut for Kiersten White... I hope to see more about Evie and Lend in a sequel? I guess time will tell!



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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Title: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Release Date: Sept 28, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young ReadersSource: Publisher (Thanks Dominique)

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

My Thoughts:
I found Torment enchanting and extremely addictive!

Now that one battle is over... its time to start another. Daniel has taken Luce away from Sword & Cross and has enrolled her in Shoreline ... A school where Nephilim learn how to prefect their skills. There are more people after Luce and the only ones that can hide her are Nephilim, because their presence cloud those who would be able to sense her.

Once again she is seperated from Daniel. They will be apart for eighteen days... the legnth of the truce with Cam, to help protect Luce. How is Luce going to survive without Daniel? Also everyone at Shoreline seem to know her! Luce and Daniel are a bit of a legend there... everyone seems to know about Luce's past that is....except Luce!

Luce makes some new friends and a new love interest! Shelby is Luce's roommate. She is tough on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside... okay so maybe not so warm and welcoming! Then there is Miles who Luce starts to develop feelings for while at Shoreline. Miles is laid back and sweet. Luce doesn't feel as though he is always hiding something from her.

The age old question hangs in the balance.... what if Luce was meant for someone else? What will happen to Luce and Daniel?

We also get graced with everyone from Fallen with a few exceptions. Roland is now going to Shoreline with Luce and we also catch up with Arianne along the way. Which I was very happy to see! I LOVE her spunkiness! I also love the new characters. Miles is just a sweetheart... I couldn't help but route for him at one point (don't shoot me... I still love Daniel) But it just seemed that Miles and Luce could be themselves with no added expectations. Which is great for her, not needing to feel like she might die if she is close to someone. Over all this book is amazing... and I was definitely anticipating its release and must say that I wasn't one bit disappointed. I was just as bit addicted to Torment as I had been with Fallen. Torment is a memorizing, magical page turner, that you won't want to set down!

Rating: 9.7/10


Sunday, August 22, 2010

In My Mailbox! (3)

Hey everyone! I had a great week for books! I got 17 books from publishers and authors... Imogen Rose sent me a fantastic package with 2 Portal Books and 2 Equilibrium Books... all of which are signed and a bunch of bookmarks. Which one set of SIGNED The Portal Chronical books will be a giveaway here shortly with a few bookmarks. So here's what I got this week.
PORTAL (Portal Chronicles) - Imogen Rose (SIGNED)
Sapphique - Catherine Fisher
The Replacement- Brenna Yovanoff
Pegasus - Robin McKinley
Torment (Fallen) - Lauren Kate
In Your Room - Jordanna Fraiberg
Halo - Alexandra Adornetto (SIGNED)
Crossing Over - Anna Kendall
Picture the Dead - Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown (SIGNED)
The Eternal Ones - Kirsten Miller
Extraordinary - Nancy Werlin
The Julian Game - Adele Griffin (SIGNED)

So that's what I got this week... What did you get? Also keep an eye on the blog for the up coming The Portal Chronicle's Series Giveway due to start in the next couple days.

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