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Changes to September Challenge (Goodreads)

Published 13/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

As you may remember I said I was going to read 9 out of the 14 options that they gave us in the challenge. Well, I changed my mind and decided to go all out.

We had to pick book covers which contained these:

Hot Male (I’ll leave you to interpret this one!)
Beautiful Woman
Artistic Cover
Vampire
Blood
Castle
Moon
Car
Couple
Gothic
Rose
Tattoo
Terrible
Dress

So here are the books I picked and in the correct order to correspond with the list:

lordofthevamps craved touched firstbookdemons birthofnyxian revengesweet moondance wrongwaysdownkindred eternitycure briarrose darkcraving turning dieforme

So far I’ve managed 8 out of the 14:

Lord of the Vampires – Gena Showalter 3 out of 5

Craved – Stephanie Nelson  4 out of 5

Touched – A.J. Aalto 5 out of 5

The First Book of Demons – Raquel Dove

The Birth of the Nyxian – Amanda K. Browning DNF

Revenge is Sweet – Misty Evans

Moon Dance – J.R. Rain

Wrong Ways Down – Stacia Kane

Kindred – Erica Stevens 3 out of 5

The Eternity Cure – Julie Kagawa 5 out of 5

Briar Rose – Jana Oliver 4 out of 5

Dark Craving – Donna Grant 3 out of 5

The Turning – Jennifer Armintrout

Die For Me – Amy Plum 3 out of 5

Book Review – Briar Rose

Published 06/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Name: Briar Rose

Author: Jana Oliver

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Release Date: 12th September 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received this book as a first reads copy via GoodReads and My Kinda Book.

For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She’s stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won’t let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who’s spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She’s tired of it all, so when, on her sixteenth birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she’s actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes . . . And then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can’t do it alone. She never believed in handsome princes, but now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up.

I’ll start by saying I love the cover of this book.

Then: I’m a big Jana Oliver fan, having loved her Demon Trappers series so when I saw the First Reads giveaway on Goodreads for this I just had to enter and luckily for me, I was picked as one of the winners.

I have to admit that I, too have always liked the idea of Princes and Princess’ and fairy tale endings and this was a unique take on it, with the twisted fairy tale one that is almost of Briar Rose’s own making.

I kinda wish I could say more but I don’t want to ruin it for those who are going to read this…sorry ;D

Saying that, it was very unique to me, as I have never seen or heard of anything like this before, and I really enjoyed it. Maybe it was the authors style which I can easily fall into or maybe it was the idea of the story but I was captivated by it from early on.

I also really liked all the major characters though it took a while for Pat to grow on me. The rest; Briar, Joshua, Reena and Ruric were all pretty cool from the start.

If you’re a fan of the author then you should give this a try, as well as those who like fantasy books as this is no ordinary fairy tale.

Next review: Mine to Keep by Cynthia Eden

September Challenge (Goodreads)

Published 03/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

So, on Goodreads, I’m a member of a few groups and one of the more active (Paranormal Addicts & Newbies – Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy) does challenges every month and some full year ones. Well this month it’s visually pleasing. This is a good thing because it means I have to read some of my older books that have been on my kindle for over a year.

We had to pick book covers which contained these:

Hot Male (I’ll leave you to interpret this one!)
Beautiful Woman
Artistic Cover
Vampire
Blood
Castle
Moon
Car
Couple
Gothic
Rose
Tattoo
Terrible
Dress

And pick a difficulty rating: 3 (easy) 6 (medium) 9 (hard) —- I went for 9.

So here are the books I’ll be reading for the challenge:

lordofthevamps craved touched firstbookdemons birthofnyxian revengesweet briarrose kindred dieforme

I’m currently reading Die For Me and Birth of the Nyxian.

First Reads copy of Briar Rose by Jana Oliver!

Published 02/09/2013 by leannecrabtree

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Look what’s just arrived in the post!

I won it via GoodReads last month and it’s just arrived. Cant wait to read it! As you may know I loved Jana Oliver’s Demon Trappers series so I have high hopes this will be as good. I’ll let you all know what I think when I get around to reading it 😀

Ciao for now!