Feature Friday ~ Summer Vacation Edition


Q: Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?

When I’m not reading I LOVE to watch old movies.  My personal ALL TIME FAVORITE is John Ford’s The Searcher’s.  It was shot on location in Monument Valley and since seeing this movie I have always wanted to go to Monument Valley.  I don’t care where I stay as long as I get to look at views like this:

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Book Recommendation Thursday ~ The Selection by Kiera Cass

I haven’t done a Book Recommendation Thursday in a while.  Which is a shame since I’ve read a bunch of books that I would definitely recommend to other bloggers.  So I’m starting it back up this week with The Selection by Kiera Cass.  I read and reviewed this book on May 7 and I thought that it was chock full of Awesome Sauce.

The SelectionFor thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Regardless of the internet drama that surrounded this book personally, I LOVED it. What I really liked about The Selection, which I stated in my review, was that this book is an A-Typical Dystopian novel.  It doesn’t have that “In Your Face” Dystopian feel to it and I really enjoyed the A-Typicalness (yeah me making up words!) of this book.

I noticed that some people had issues with America.  For me I think it was more being naive about certain aspects of life than being completely clueless.  And America GROWS a TON as the book progresses.  I guess I just didn’t have the same issues that others had.

For those who dislike Love Triangles.  Sorry but there is one.  Well, it’s building into a love triangle anyway.  Personally, I’m Team Maxon and I think that Aspen can just suck it.

Overall, I was beyond impressed with this book and I hope that you will pick up a copy too.  Internet drama be damned this is a GREAT debut novel!

WOW ~ Let The Sky Fall edition

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Nocover-blank-133x176Let The Sky Fall
Shannon Messenger

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston is the only survivor of the category five tornado that killed his parents. Every night since the storm, a beautiful, dark-haired girl has swept through his dreams. She’s the only clue to his past, and he clings to the hope that she’s real.

Audra is real, but she’s also a sylph. An air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even twist it into a weapon. She’s also a guardian–Vane’s guardian–and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra must help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim–the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock a memory Audra wishes could be erased. And as the storm bears down on them she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Set amongst the desert airstreams of Coachella Valley in California, and alive with wonderful wind-swept prose, LET THE SKY FALL is about two teenagers broken by their pasts, divided by their futures, and bound by love.

Available March 2013

By jrafterdark Posted in Meme Tagged

First Grave on the Right (Charlie Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Book Stats:

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: PNR/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: EPUB file
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Series: Charlie Davidson #1

Source: Nook Lending Group on Goodreads

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

I had read so many great reviews for this series of books that I had to get my hands on a copy of them.  When they were first released they didn’t really trip my trigger because I wasn’t reading a lot of PNR at the time but now I’m reading significantly more and I’m really glad that I gave this series a shot.

Charlie is the Grim Reaper.  Meaning she can see the dead and they pass through her on their way to the other side.  Charley is also a part-time PI and with her skills and “gift” has helped her father and her uncle, who are/were cops, solve numerous cases.  Charley has a wicked sense of humor too.  She’s been having some issues recently with someone invading her dreams and having their wicked way with her in dreamland.

Then there is Reyes.  What is Reyes?  Well I’m no going to tell you, you’ll just have to read this book to find out.  Though I can tell you that he is TOTAL Alpha male and sex on two legs.  And he keeps Charlie on her toes in dreamland.

Overall, I was beyond impressed with this book.  I’m kicking myself for not getting to this series sooner.  It’s chock full of humor, action and a kick ass heroine.  I don’t know about you but I like my heroine’s strong and if they are kick ass that’s an added bonus!  Each character in this book brought something to the table, even if they were little itty bitty secondary characters.  Beside’s Charlie and Reyes my other favorite character was Angel.  He’s one of Charlie’s partners in crime.  Seriously, if you haven’t read this book pick it up NOW!

Rating:  Break The Bank! (4)

The Great Book Buying Ban!

Hi my name is J.R. and I’m a book hoarder.  It has come to my attention that I have been buying more books that I’ve been getting read (Isn’t that always how it goes?).  Then I took a look at my bookcases and saw that about 85% of the books on them I haven’t even read yet.  So I am putting myself on a self-inflicted Book Buying Ban.  The only book that I am breaking this ban for is Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione.

My goal is to not buy anymore books (with the exception of that 1) until at least June 13.  Though I am open to swapping books (I’ve created a page for my wishlist and swap list).  I figure the more books that I get through in that time the more books I will have available for my 6 month blogging giveaway that I am hosting next month.

TBR Intervention #2

TBR Intervention is a weekly challenge hosted by
and April@Books4Juliet
Everyone is WELCOME to JOIN this meme. Just click the image TBR Intervention Button above to see the rules and read more about this feature.
I haven’t participated in a TBR Intervention for a while, me thinks that’s bad news.  Since my last TBR Intervention post I have finished the first book in the Charlie Madigan series and LOVED it! If you haven’t read it pick it up NOW!  Anyway….I’m currently up to my eyeballs in books that I’m currently reading.  Seriously,  I’m currently reading 7 books.
Book I’ve been working on the LONGEST:
 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
I started this book on April 18 and I’m about 240 pages in.  I’m enjoying the book very much but for some unknown reason I can’t make myself sit down and finish the book. So far out of the books that I’ve read in the series so far, I don’t really understand all the hype that came with this series.  Maybe I’ll figure it out as the series progresses? 
My pick for this week:
When You Were Mine
I downloaded this book on to my Nook yesterday and started reading it right away.  I’ve seen so many good reviews for this book I just had to have it.  So far (I’m only about 40 pages in) I’m really liking this re-telling of the “Greatest Love Story Ever Told.”

Stacking The Shelves May 12, 2012


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Tynga of Tynga’s Reviews.  Stacking the Shelves was inspired by The Story Siren’s IMM meme.  This is the place to show off all the books you got during the week.  Personally, I had a pretty decent week book wise.  I hope you’ll leave a link to your posts so that I can drop by and check out what you got this week 🙂

For Review

 Big Sky Country



I Hunt Killers


City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)


When You Were Mine


I started this one yesterday afternoon and so far I’m really enjoying this re-telling of the “Greatest Love Story Ever Told.”  Rosie has some quirks but still very likeable.  Had a glimpse of Rob but he hasn’t made his appearance yet.

Hemlock (Hemlock, #1)


Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)


Unholy Magic (Downside Ghosts, #2)


What did you get this week?

We’re on Facebook!

Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to post a little something to let you all know that I finally broke down and created a Facebook page for my blog.  You can find the “Like” button over in the side bar.  I hope to see you on FB!

By jrafterdark Posted in Random

Friday Follow ~ Mothers Day Edition

Happy Friday everyone! Since I am a wordpress blog I do not have the option of GFC anymore but that’s ok. I’ve still got PLENTY of ways to follow me available: Twitter, Facebook, Follow via email, Feedburner, and good old copy and paste.  Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a link to your post in the comments section below.

Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother’s Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?

A. Wow, I'm having a hard time with this question. I think my answer is going to be America and her mom from The Selection.  You may be thinking to yourself (if you've read the book anyway) 'why would you pick them?'  well I'm picking them because I think that even though they drove each other crazy they did it because they loved each other.  Especially America's mom.  I think she pushed her because she knew that America DESERVED more.

Streamline Blog Tour Stop! Review and Giveaway Announcements!

Hello everyone!  Today is my day to host Jennifer Lane as a part of the blog tour for her new book Streamline.  During this tour several blogs will be giving away copies of Streamline (my blog is NOT one of them unfortunately), so I’ve included a link to the Master List of tour stops for this book.  The author is also giving away a $25 Amazon/BN gift card on her blog as a part of this tour as well.  The giveaway runs from May 7-May 16.

StreamlineStreamline by Jennifer Lane

Book Stats

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary YA
Format Reviewed: E-Arc
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: March 27, 2012

Series: N/A

Source:  received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He’s captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother’s crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father’s abuse, battered and alone.
Leo’s girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida’s top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there’s an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter–her father–is in prison for murder.
Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything’s on the line . . . streamline.

I am so glad that I signed on for the tour of this book.  I saw the cover initially on Goodreads and was instantly attracted to it right away.  Then my e-arc arrived and I just tore through it.  I had a hard time putting my Nook down to do other things.

I’ve never really read a book about swimmers before so this was brand new experience for me, reading wise.  I’m happy to saw that my experience was a happy one 🙂  I wasn’t real familiar with some of the terminology but I felt like I was experiencing a swim competition just through reading.  Apparently, swimmers go through some pretty INTENSE training as well.

Moving on to the characters of the book…..I liked Audrey.  She came across as the “athletic girl next door.”  Not only does she come off as “girl next door” she is also someone who never gave up on her father, even though I’m sure a lot of other people would.  There were many instances in the book that really showed that Audrey is wise beyond her years.  I’m not going to go into them because I don’t want to give away anything.  Your just going to have to read the book and find out for yourself.

Leo…I also liked Leo a lot too. He’s a genuinely nice guy who has become pretty dang successful at his craft.  There is a problem though.  He got into his craft for the wrong reasons. If I’m being completely honest I disliked Leo’s father immensely.  All the good things that Leo had going on in his life I felt he couldn’t enjoy because of his father.  I loved reading about his relationship with Audrey also.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book a lot.  It’s a pretty emotional ride and I would recommend it to older YA readers due to some of the issues dealt with in the book.  The only thing that I was kinda hung up on with this book was the swimmer’s terminology.

Rating: Break The Bank! (4)

Where you can find Jennifer Lane:

Twitter : http://twitter.com/JenLaneBooks
Blog: http://jenniferlanebooks.blogspot.com
Webpage: http://jenniferlanebooks.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.lane.37
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2798441.Jennifer_Lane