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Friday, July 27, 2012

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)

In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Razorbill

**From Goodreads**

I enjoyed this book for the most part. It didn't captivate me like I had hoped it would. It felt like something was missing.

The story starts pretty quickly. You don't get much from Dru's dad while he is still human, before he is reanimated, and coming home. From then Dru has no other family to turn to, she's in a new school in a new town.

She is on the run from suckers and wulfen. Along the way Dru learns about true friendship. She also learns more about herself and her family history.

I think there needed to be more character development....and maybe some maturity added in. I was tempted to give this a rating of 2 stars, but the end did start getting a little bit better. I am one that LOVES details. I want to know exactly what happened. Strange Angels definately lacked description. Dru could be down right annoying at times.

Other books in the series:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

August 2012 Releases

Below is a list of releases for August. I will add more tomorrow! :) It's time to go home (from work). Tomorrow I will also be posting a review for Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Upcoming Reviews: July 22-28

I have been behind. The upcoming reviews for this week include:

Burn by Heath Gibson

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Heather Wessenman
The Book of Blood and Shadow

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cayman Summer: 10th Anniversary CONTEST!!!

Cayman Summer: 10th Anniversary CONTEST!!!: Welcome, welcome to my 10th Anniversary Celebration. It's going to be a blast!  Ten years ago this week,   Taken by Storm's  scuba-diving h...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1) by Meg Cabot.

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world... and the underworld.0

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone... because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away... especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Point (first published January 1st 2011)
**From Goodreads**

Pierce drowned. She died. Her heart was restarted. Pierce is hoping for a new start in the town her mother
moved the 2 of them to.

Abandon is a good book to read. Although not one of the best I have read/listened to this year. There
were parts that had me wondering if I had missed something. I listened to the audio version of the book.
I kept wondering if I had missed something, would skip back, and turned out I didn't. There were parts
 that would reference something in the past, but had yet to tell you about it yet so it kept me wondering
what I had missed, when come to find out they haven't even spoken about it  yet.

Here's to hoping that book 2 will be better!

Friday, July 13, 2012

No Name Baby by Nancy Bo Flood

No Name Baby

Sophie remembered last night's dream and the gray stones-a whole row of them like the ones under the trees. Each stone was etched with letters that she couldn't quite read. When her pregnant mother falls, Sophie blames herself for the accident. Premature labor begins, and everyone worries the infant might join the others under the gray stones. Aunt Rae has come to help care for the baby and mother, but her presence only increases the tension in the family. Then Aunt Rae finds her niece talking with the young man from a neighboring farm and confronts her, revealing something that shakes Sophie's world.No-Name Baby is an intimate portrait of a young girl as she discovers the truth about herself and her family

**From Goodreads**

Just because someone isn't who you had thought they were, doesn't change who they have been to you during the time you have known them.

Although a short book at 106 pages, this was such a wonderful read.

The beginning starts off with Sophie not wanting to feed the pigs, so her pregnant mother tells her to go on and she will feed them. Sophie blames herself for her mother falling and going into premature labor. This is the beginning of Sophie finding herself, and learning more about her family.

Nancy Bo Flood did an amazing job with this realistic historical fiction. The one thing that I did not care for was the cover of the book. with a name like No Name Baby, I would picture the headstones of the no-name babies that can be found on Sophie's family property.
Hardcover, 106 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Namelos

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Flash Giveaway! Embracing You Embracing Me!

Open until midnight! This is for US only. I will post winner as soon as it is over and you will have 24 hours to contact me with your mailing address.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Tour: Blood and Shadow

                         The Book of Blood and Shadow

Anyone interested in Book of Blood and Shadow book tour? This book has already been released. It would be for United States only as I would require delivery confirmation. I just thought it would be something fun to do. At the end of the tour I will do a giveaway for another copy of the book. The giveaway will be open to everyone in the US but everyone on the tour will get extra entries. All I ask is that you be honest in sending it as this is my personal copy. I would also like inside cover signed with your name and state. Shoot me an email at Jennifer@barefootdokusha.com. If this works out well, we can do more in the future with ARC copies.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Runaway by Meg Cabot

Runaway (Airhead, #3) 

Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself.

With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can't explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year's Eve to look forward to, Em's reached the end of her rope... what's the point of even going on?

But when she discovers the truth about Nikki's secret, she knows there's only one person she can turn to.

Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved—since if he agrees, there's every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed—this time, permanently?

Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running.

Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Scholastic (first published April 20th 2010)

**From Goodreads**
In the final book of this trilogy, Emerson learns the reason behind Nikki's death. Filled with a few different adventures, Nikki and her friends embark on a quest that could change their lives forever. It could possibly get them killed. How is she going to do what she needs to do without anyone getting hurt?

This book is equally as good as the other books. While I'm not WILDLY impressed with the trilogy, I did enjoy it. I am a new fan of Meg Cabot. Soon I will be starting Underworld (Book 2 of Abandon) by Meg Cabot. :)

Also in the series:

Airhead (Airhead, #1)Being Nikki (Airhead, #2)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

**From Goodreads**

My Review

In this debut novel from Lex Thomas (Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies), you find yourself in McKinley High School, under quarantine. I was entranced from page one with this book. It is thought provoking and action packed. You will find violence in the book, so if that's something you're not into then pass on this book....or better yet....just pass those parts so you can still enjoy rest of the book!

David and his brother Will are just trying to survive. They was enough food to get by and a safe place to sleep at night. With the gangs that have formed (Varsity, Geeks, Sluts, etc) they only have each other to depend on.

The novel was very well written and the storyline has a good pace to it. The characters are developed, and although David is the main character, you also get to read the perspective of some of the other characters that have an important role in the book.

The only drawback is waiting on book 2! I think if I had to live with one of the gangs (aside from Loners) I would pick Geeks. They get to live in the school library!

What gang do you think you would be with if you were quarantined in your high school? What do you think your biggest asset would be in surviving?


Check out the Lex Thomas blog

Quarantine: The Loners on Facebook

Chapter 1 preview!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mail Call!

Looksee what I received in the mail yesterday! Anyone interested in a copy? Maybe another giveaway? If I don't hear from the winner of Embracing You, Embracing Me I will be adding it to a new giveaway.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Forever by Gillian Joy

Forever (Guardian, #2)

Book two in the Guardian series.

Hannah’s life has never been easy, despite her strong willed determination and her extra “gifts”, it's still always been hard work keeping an entire world full of the supernatural under control, but having achieved a small semblance of control over most of the custas, Hannah was hoping to be able to slip back into her life of normalcy. Wishful thinking when you're the guardian of all supernatural.
With all the issues she’d had to endure in her past, she'd never had to worry about the mermaids before, so why would they choose now to suddenly start haunting her dreams and her life. Then there are the fairies to contend with as well, just when she manages to get one aspect of the crudelitas under control, the others decide it’s time to start causing problems.

All Hannah wants is some quiet family time and a chance to reflect on her feelings for Gabriel but instead she's thrown back into the thick of the supernatural world, and this time it threatens to invade the quiet family life she has worked so hard to establish. There's no running away this time, she has to front the challenges head on, but forever can be a long time if you can't be with the one you love.

ebook, smashwords, 150 pages
Published March 2012
**Source: Goodreads**
At only 150 pages this book is a quick, but fantastic read. I loved it! I believe I like this book even more than the first one. It's more at a slower pace, keeps in current time so it doesn't feel like you may have missed out on something (although I LOVED the first book too!!!). The characters are more developed in this book, as well.
The setting for Forever is mainly in Australia, where Hannah calls home. That was a nice a change from being in the US (maybe because I really really want to take a vacation to Australia...hmm...I'd even move there if I could!).
In Forever, Hannah's life is getting stressful. She is having nightmares of drowning and the mermaids are asking her to come with them, although they willnot tell her why. In addition to the mermaids she is having problems with fairies. Trying to keep everything under control, and the supernatural life away from her children, things become difficult.
I cannot wait for book 3 to come out!

Winners Announced: Embracing You, Embracing Me

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Stephanie T is the winner of the signed copy of Embracing You, Embracing Me

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Please e-mail me within 24 hours.

Congrats to you both!