Monday, July 23, 2012

Updates, Updates, Updates!!

Hey guys! I'm back from Bucknell, and ready to jump into books again! A whole month without college or essays to write--so of course I'm going to spend that time writing book reviews, haha.

But that's not what you care about, I'm sure, so now on with the results of the Cursed Giveaway!

Our winner of the ARC is Zoey Talbon! Posted print screens to show proof provided to the side~.
So Zoey needs to comment on here or email me at so that we change exchange information, I can ask a question, and I can send her the prize! The deadline for this is August 3rd, however--so Zoey, make sure you get in contact with me by then, or I'll have to redraw a winner, and I really don't want to do that!

If you didn't win, don't worry--I'm going to probably be hosting another giveaway in a few days, maybe two. So keep an eye out, and remember that if you followed me during this giveaway--you get an extra entry into the next, if you choose to claim it!

Have a great day, guys!

So I spoke to Zoey and she already has a copy. So I'm rerolling the winner and taking her out of the list! Not doing the screenshot thing again, sorry, mostly because I don't want to fight with it again.

My new random role is a 5--which makes TeresaMaryRose the new winner of the giveaway. Once again, I'll be sending an email her way, and she has until August 3rd to respond back so we can talk shop and address information!
Congrats, Teresa.  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Poison Tree - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

See, I've been a fan of Atwater-Rhodes since I was a little kid, so getting my hands on this ARC was pretty exciting for me. I was obsessed with Hawksong since long before there was a sequel, and Midnight Predator was a book I reread consistantly for years. That being said, I haven't touched one of her books in a very long time, so as excited as I was, I was probably missing a lot of continuity when I read this. That being said, it reads pretty amazingly as a stand alone, too.

Poison Tree is the story of two girls and the many people intertwined in their lives. Alysia is a young girl trying to work her way up in SingleEarth. Not so long ago, she was on the streets and probably would have died there if it hadn't been for an assassin who saved her from that life. But now she's working, in college, and a human representative for the powerful organization SingleEarth. Sarik is a shapeshifter who ran away from her tribe and was taken in by SingleEarth when she was fleeing. Both girls are on the run from their past, but realize that they may have to face it order to save SingleEarth when the organization is targeted by a hunter.

There are a lot of different stories going on in this book, and I rather enjoyed trying to pull them apart. I probably would have benefited from rereading most of Atwater-Rhodes' other books, since I think they all twist together in this one, but it was definitely a good book by itself. The fact that Sarik is a shapeshifter makes me really curious how Hawksong ties into this, and I'll probably end up rereading a lot of things in order to figure it out!

The characters in Poison Tree are pretty great, and my favorite part of the book was definitely every scene with Sarik and the other shapeshifters. Specifically, Sarik is trying to help out two orphaned shapeshifter boys whose father, the kind of a tribe, was killed during a coup for the tribe. The boys are so...adorable and deep, and I would love another book that would explain what happens to them. I wish I could say more without spoiling things for you!

Overall, anyone who has read any of the other Atwater-Rhodes books and enjoyed them should definitely pick up Poison Tree when it comes out. And if you haven't ever tried one of this amazing author's books, but enjoy paranormal stories with just a hint of romance and depth, I'd suggest you either give Poison Tree a chance, or get introduced to the writing by looking up my favorite book by this author, Hawksong.

Poison Tree comes out July 10th, so get ready to meet Alysia and Sarik!