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Welcome to Barefoot Dokusha! Here you will find reviews of the books that I have been reading - a variety of genres, but mostly YA, places I have been, and deals that can be found.

I enjoy sharing things I find with others, and hope that you enjoy them too!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lies Beneath Giveaway from Pages From My Thoughts



Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

**Goodreads Description**

Lies Beneath (a VERY good book!) comes out on June 12. For the upcoming release Anne Greenwood (the author of Lies Beneath) and Soumi (Pages From My Thoughts) are doing a giveawy of the signed copy of Lies Beneath. You are also able to read a post of mermaid mythology on Soumi's page. Below is the link to the giveaway and post!

http://thoughtsandroses.blogspot.in/2012/05/guest-post-on-mermaids-by-author-anne.html

You can also find my review of Lies Beneath at

http://jeninicole83.blogspot.com/2012/02/lies-beneath-by-anne-greenwood-brown.html

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)


My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why -

Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corp. (first published July 26th 2011)
**From GoodReads**
This was a pretty good book. There was a lot of repetition of certain things. I really did enjoy that there not being a love triangle with the main character, Gwen. I didn't see the need of the repetition of some things that were described. If you didn't understand it after the 2nd time it was repeated, then you probably just weren't going to get it. :D
Gwen comes for a family of psychics, each with their own version of it. After her mother is killed by a drunk driver Gwen is shipped of to Mythos Academy. There she doesn't fit in with the other students. She is the only psychic there.
After a bit of being there Bad Things (I'm not sure what was up with the capitalization of certain things through out the book, that was annoying for me) started happening. It all started after the death of Jasmine, a fellow student, and an Artifact stolen. Taking after her mother, a detective, she starts trying to figure out what is going on and who killed Jasmine.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2) by Jeaniene Frost



An immortal war has been brewing in the darkness . . . And now one woman has stumbled into the shadows.

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she's only imagined in her worst nightmares.

At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he'd seen it all. Then Kira appears, this fearless, beautiful . . . human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable.

But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction


Currently $1.99 thru Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Sony, Kobo, and other ebook retailers!




Check out her contest at http://jeanienefrost.com/2012/05/eternal-kiss-of-darkness-special-ebook-edition-and-contest/

Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Airhead (Airhead #1) by Meg Cabot

Airhead (Airhead, #1)

Meg Cabot expands her huge fan base with this slightly darker, more mysterious novel - without losing any of her signature heart and humor.

EM WATTS IS GONE.

Emerson Watts didn’t even want to go to the new SoHo Stark Megastore grand opening. But someone needed to look out for her sister, Frida, whose crush, British heartthrob Gabriel Luna, would be singing and signing autographs there—along with the newly appointed Face of Stark, teen supermodel sensation Nikki Howard.

How was Em to know that disaster would strike, changing her—and life as she’d known it—forever? One bizarre accident later, and Em Watts, always the tomboy, never the party princess, is no longer herself. Literally.



Hardcover, 337 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Scholastic Inc.
**From Goodreads**
After an accident at the Stark Megastore opening, Em is no longer who she was before. She wakes up and she is now Nikki Howard, a teen supermodel. Her thoughts and thinking are still her own, but she now has Nikki's body. Em is uprooted from the life she has always had and now has to live Nikki's life....her modeling, her friends, her loft.
This is the first book I have read that involved a brain transplant resulting in the memory of the owners brain, with the body of someone else's. It is a simple, but good read. Doesn't give much details on some things, and I LOVE details :) Onto book two now!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2) by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2)

In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.



Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin
**From GoodReads**
Finley, Griffen, Emily, and Sam are on their way to NYC to help save their friend Jasper. More inventions, a new country, and a new villian keeps the group on their toes.
This book was just as exciting as the first! A must read that was hard to put down! I stayed up til 4 am reading even though I had to be at work the next morning! I read both book back to back, and where the last one ends, this one began. I love how Cross used the inventions from the time era plus added a lil something else to the mix!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1) by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)

In 1897 England, 16-year-old Finley Jayne is convinced she's a freak. No normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special . . . that she's one of "them."
**From Goodreads**
Stars: 4/5
I loved this book! It was an exciting read. I do want to say.....I would love to have a steel corset! Being set in the late 1800s this book was a must read for me. An included perk is a beautiful cover!

Finley is attacked by her employers son, and after escaping from him she meets Griffin. He takes her in and thus begins the friendship among Griffin and his friends with Finley. Griff and his friends learn that Finley has a dark side to her. Maybe with the help of her new friends she can find what the cause is of this dark side, and maybe even change it. Action, adventure, awesome inventions, friendship, arguements....you find all this in The Girl in the Steel Corset. A fantastic read! I love the different abilities each of the characters have.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Update: Birthday Giveaway

Tomorrow is my birthday! For all prizes to be available we need to be at 29! Sixteen more to go! I will still do a smaller giveaway for the ones who have entered if we don't make it to 29. I will be MIA for a couple days while we take a mini vacation. When I get back I will have reviews for Airhead by Meg Cabot, The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross, and Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1)

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)

I don't do dangerous.  Smart, ├╝ber-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.... NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...
 
Paperback, 348 pages
Expected publication: May 29th 2012 by Harlequin Teen (first published May 22nd 2012)
 
**From Goodreads**
 
Stars: 4/5
 
I loved this book! It's an exceptional read!Angels and demons, oh my! To
 finally get to kiss the guyyou have been crushing on for a while and then finding out the kiss wasn't
what you thought. It had changed you. I haven't read many books on
angels or demons, but the storyline in this book is really great. It's a page
turner! I am at work and just had to finish the last few pages before I could
do anything else!
 
Samantha was at the club with a friend, like any other normal night. That
night she gets a kiss from a guy she had been crushing on for a while. It
was a kiss that changed everything for her. Things get even more different
for her when she ends up helping out a group of angels and demons. She
is different than what they have encountered before, and that makes her
dangerous to them.
 
 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Torn by Stephanie Guerra

Torn

Stella Chavez is your classic good girl: straight As, clean-cut boyfriends, and soccer trophies . You’d never guess that Stella’s dad was a drug addict who walked out when she was a kid. Or that inside, Stella wishes for something more.

New girl Ruby Caroline seems like Stella’s polar opposite: cursing, smoking, and teetering in sky-high heels . But with Ruby, Stella gets a taste of another world—a world in which parents act like roommates, college men are way more interesting than high school boys, and there is nothing that shouldn’t be tried once.

It’s not long before Stella finds herself torn: between the best friend she’s ever had and the friends she’s known forever, between her family and her own independence, between who she was and who she wants to be.

But Ruby has a darker side, a side she doesn’t show anyone—not even Stella. As Stella watches her friend slowly unravel, she will have to search deep inside herself for the strength to be a true friend, even if it means committing the ultimate betrayal.


Hardcover, 263 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Marshall Cavendish
**From Goodreads**


A great read about a girl (Stella Chavez) who makes friends with the new girl (Ruby Caroline), that nobody likes. After becoming friends with Ruby she starts doing things that is out of her character. The story is a great show of what real friendship is, and that people are more than what they are on the outside. Just as you can't judge a book by it's cover -- although I love to pick books that have awesome covers even though I don't know what it's about! -- you cannot judge people by what they seem on the outside.

A captivating read, that some girls can relate to. The author has a great writing style that keeps you interested in the story.

Guardian by Gillian Joy

Guardian

Headstrong and determined, Hannah always knew that she would become the Guardian. She was the keeper and the protector of all supernatural beings. What she didn't expect was that it would mean she would have to endure the agonising death of her mother first hand as their supernatural connection brings her to her knees, or that it would mean that she could never be with the man she loved.

Blond haired, blue eyed Gabriel was her handsome childhood friend, but would circumstances prevent her from ever being able to explore her true feelings for him?

Jesse, the dark alluring but incorrigible vampire would give anything to be with her, but as the guardian Hannah is forbidden to fall in love with the supernatural.

With her life in turmoil over her conflicting emotions about Gabriel and Jesse and her frustration at being unable to exact revenge for her mother’s horrific death, Hannah flees her life in an attempt to start over. But can we ever really escape from ourselves?

There is no escaping destiny no matter how hard she might try and Hannah must learn to reconcile her commitment to her family with her responsibility as the Guardian and her duty to her heart.

ebook, smashwords, 164 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Gillian Joy (first published September 12th 2011)
**Goodreads**
Stars: 5/5
 I loved this book from start to finish. I rarely give out a 5 star review on books. Usually 4 stars for books that I really enjoyed, but this one had me captivated from the beginning! This book is an easy read that can be read in a day. You find all your supernatural characters. Hannah, the main character, is the Guardian to all the supernatural.

The story starts with Hannah as a young girl, while her mother is still the Guardian. She then has to feel the excruciating pain of her mothers death. This leads to her taking her mother's place as Guardian. In doing that she has to leave her childhood best friend. This spands a few hundred years. I am looking forward to book 2!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.


**From Goodreads**

Stars: 4.5/5

I waited, and waited, and waiting. Sometimes impatiently. FINALLY it came out! I had been so excited for be able to read book 2, and I wasn't disappointed. It was GREAT! Definitely worth the wait. I will IMpatiently wait on the 3rd book. I loved the action/adventure and friendships in this book. I don't want to say much about it.

If you haven't read Divergent I must insist that you do! Then read this one!

Birthday Giveaway Update

We are at 13, so we need 16 more! There have only been 8 entries, and no referrals listed. The first winner will be chosen by the number of referrals sent! They will also get first pick from the prizes!

Tomorrow is my son's 9th birthday! :D

Friday, May 11, 2012

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Keeping the Moon

Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.

**From Goodreads**

Stars: 4/5

This novel is about self discovery for a teenage girl that has not ever fit in at any of the schools she has been to. After being sent to stay the summer with her aunt Mira, Colie makes friends with the waitresses at the cafe she starts working at. Being in a new place, away from the kids that teased her and made her life harder, she is able to learn who she is.

This is the 2nd book I have read by Dessen, and I absolutely love her writing. It is different than what I usually read as far as YA (paranormal/supernatural/etc), but at time I do like to read a novel wtih a lesson behind it, that someone can relate to. Dessen is AWESOME when it comes to this! :D

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

The Peculiars

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

**From GoodReads**

Stars: 3.5/5

Although not really steampunk (there were few items mentioned involving the use of a steam maching), this was a good read. The story starts out on Lena's 18th birthday, where after receiving something from her father, she decides she is going to Scree in search of him. Not only is she in search of her father, she is in search of answers to who she really is. There are a few adventures in the story that I enjoyed reading about, and I hope there is a 2nd book to follow. Even if there isn't a 2nd book this would still make for a good stand alone. I really enjoy McQuerry's writing, and look forward to other books by her.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

24 hour Giveaway for Kindle Readers

I thought I would do a 24 hour giveaway for my son who will be 9 next week! Can we get 3 more followers on the blog? :) I love my Kindle, and take it with me everywhere. With it I actually have room in my purse! I use to carry the 2 or 3 books with me wherever I went. Now I just have 1 book, my Kindle, my phone (audio), plus keep a audioCD in my car. Up for grabs is one of the following Kindle ebooks:

Leopard MoonThe BindingVerity (Cursed, #1)Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls, #1)Enchant MeThe Fallen Star (Fallen Star, #1)A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends, #1)ImmortalChosen (The Seeker Saga, #1)Simmer (Midnight Fire, #2)

Just leave a comment below to enter. You must be following this blog to enter. The giveaway ends May 7th, 2012 at 7pm Central Standard time. If you are the winner and I am unable to reach you the prize goes to the next person in line. Good luck!

Birthday Giveaway live!

My Birthday Giveaway is now live! Check the Birthday Giveaway tab at the top of the page! Prizes up for grabs as of date are Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, $5 Amazon gc, and Guardian by Gillian Joy ebook. The more followers the more prizes! There will be more than one winner. The first winner to choose their prize will be the one that sends the most referrals. If we make it to 50 followers the gift card will be $10, another print and ebook added. Good luck!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Music From Beyond the Moon by Augusta Trobaugh

Music From Beyond The Moon

She became his soul mate and first love, but can he and she escape a destiny that was decided before they were born?

In 1920’s Florida, an abandoned baby boy grows up under a cloud of mystery, adopted by two strong southern women who try to protect him from his family’s secrets and heartaches. But even their best intentions and deepest devotion can’t hide the truth forever or soften the fate that faces both him and the girl he loves.


Augusta Trobaugh’s unforgettable novel speaks of loyalty, loss, the difficult choices we make in the name of family, and of courageous hope, each inspired by the fragile and painfully longing music of life, a song that seems to come from beyond the moon.

Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Bell Bridge Books
ISBN13
9781611941241

**Taken from GoodReads**

Stars: 4/5

"God sends us here to love each other, and if we can do that, we are blessed. Even if we lose love. Even if we try to kill it, or it succeeds in killing us. Even if it laughs in our faces while it rips out our hearts and leaves us to bleed to death, we are blessed."

A riveting tale about an 18 month old boy that was left by his mother in the care of 2 women. They both care for him like he is their naturally born son. You read about what people will do for love for family and otherwise. The real meaning of family and love is shown in this book. I was captured from beginning to end with this novel.

Giveaway Schedule

I am at my evening/night job, and the computer here will not let me do anything with rafflecopter. So here's what I have planned for May. As far as a May giveaway, we must have 29 people by the 22nd of May (I will be 29 years old on that day). Once we hit 29 the contest will stay upon until the last day of May. Winner will be picked on June 5th. I will try to get the giveaway posted tonight when I get home.

The most referrals: $5 Amazon/Paypal gc
Random drawing: Guardian by Gillian Joy ebook

Here is a list of others I have planned:

  • Litha (Summer Solstice - June 21)
  • Lammas (Aug 1)
  • Mabon (Sept 22)
  • Samhain (Oct 31)
  • Yule (Dec 21)
We will probably have some small ones in between but those are dates that we will definately have one! :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Secret Lives of Four Wives Winner......May Announcement

Congrats Aik! You won Aprils Giveaway! You have 24 hours to respond to the e-mail that was sent to you!

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.


**Taken from Goodreads**

Stars: 3.5/5

This book is a good reason why I don't read reviews for books that I am excited to read. I rarely give books 5 stars, most get a 4 star at the best. The only reason Fever did not get 4 stars is because it wasn't as good as the first. I did enjoy this book, it just was a bit different than the first.

In Wither, Rhine was mostly at the mansion of her husband and father-in-law. Fever is the story after Rhine and Gabriel escape from the mansion.  From one adventure to the next, these two characters are bound and determined to make it to Rhine's house in Manhattan. I really enjoyed the various twists that Ms. DeStefano used throughout the story. It was definately a memoriable trip for Rhine and Gabriel.