The Violet Hour: July 24, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Contest now CLOSED -ARC Giveaway! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Giveaway – ARC of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Just because I love you guys, and I received an extra copy, I'm giving this away! AND with a little bookmark swag!
All you have to do is fill out the form and submit. If you want to do me a solid and tweet or blog about this giveaway, that would rule.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review – Ravenous Decay by Rebecca Morsman

Ravenous Decay by Rebecca Morsman

Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published March 8th 2011)
ISBN 1453782990 (ISBN13: 9781453782996)
Source: Provided by Black Zombie Publishing in exchange for an honest review
Purchase from Amazon here

Goodreads “In the first book of the Ravenous Decay series: Twenty-eight year old, sarcastic, irreverent, habitually alone, Claire is embarking on a comfort zone destroying move. She has accepted a live-in horse training job at a compound-like ranch in central Oklahoma. 

Six weeks into her life upheaval, a devastating tragedy is discovered at the neighboring farm. The attempted rescue of a man turns violent when he viciously attacks his saviors. An event that originally seemed to be isolated foul play is soon realized to be a horrifying virus, spread by bodily fluids from the infected undead – whether the undead be human or canine.
This thrilling, grass roots, zombie tale will keep you reading through the night and begging for the second book.”

Judging from the intensely creepy cover and the ‘blood’ spattered bookmark that came along with it, I was sure that massive amounts of terror and gore were going to ensue in Ravenous Decay. I wasn’t wrong. Everything about it drew me in. As an animal lover, the entire premise of this story taking place on a horse ranch had me nervous. I’m one of those crazy people who gets upset when an animal gets hurt or killed, even in fiction, so I knew I was definitely in for it. Rebecca Morsman did a fantastic job at creating a chilling tale that I could hardly put down.

The research that went into this book was evident and amazing. I’ve read quite a few zombie books lately that are just so fluffy and off target. Zombies aren’t cute. Zombies don’t have a conscience. Zombies are meant to be mindless undead that will rip your face off and eat it. As strange as it may sound, I really appreciated being able to see the work that went into this story so clearly that I could visualize every gory detail in my head and feel the terror the characters were experiencing. There were a few times where I had to stop reading and let out a “good Lord!” or “NOT THE DOGS!” as the chaos broke out. I had nightmares of zombie puppies for days which is cool and horrifying all at the same time.

Here’s where Ravenous Decay differs from a lot zombie books out right now, aside from the violence. There was definite chemistry between Claire and ranch owner, Micah (who reminds me of someone I know…), but it didn’t take precedence in the story. It didn’t turn into a full on romance novel, but at the end, I was still emotionally involved enough to choke up a little. It was PERFECT. The same goes for the ‘family’ dynamic with the other characters living at the ranch. We got to know them well enough to understand the bond they had together without a ton of back story on each person. Clearly not a time-waster, Morsman’s transition from peaceful living to insanity is like a punch to the face, and I mean that in a good way.

This book is for fans of George Romero (Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies, etc) and 28 Days Later (one of my personal favorites). I suggest that you stop what you’re doing, buy this book and leave your night light on. Really. You’re going to need it.

Review – Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5) by Julie Kagawa

Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey #3.5) by Julie Kagawa

ebook, 72 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN 1459206401 (ISBN13: 9781459206403)
Primary language English
Original title Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5)
Series Iron Fey #3.5
Purchase from Amazon here

Goodreads “A Midsummer’s Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon’s right hand, bane of many a faery queen’s existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl’s death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts. 

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone’s come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck’s help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.”

Haven’t you always wondered what the characters did between books? Summer’s Crossing is an awesome adventure-filled ‘tide me over’ until The Iron Knight is released in October. Throughout the course of the Iron Fey series, we hear a lot about the vow of death that Ash made against Puck, but we never got the whole story. That definitely changes in this novella.

Julie Kagawa definitely knows how to keep her audience alert and engaged. I read this story in record time, devouring every word. It was awesome to get a closer look at the relationship between Puck and Ash, in the past and present. Being in Puck’s head really gave so much more life to his character for me. Seeing things through his eyes, especially with him being in love with Meghan, really just added more dynamic to an already powerful story. 

I urge you readers not to pass this story by simply because it is a novella. It bridges the gap between The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight, and will not disappoint!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday & Tune In Tuesday

Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY for hardcover copies of Mistwood AND Nightspell by Leah Cypess! Just go here, fill out the simple form and submit! =)

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away!
You don’t want to ruin the book for others!).
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    My teaser this week is from Ravenous Decay by Rebecca Morsman.

    Review – The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

    The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa

    ebook, 295 pages
    Published February 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 25th 2011)
    ISBN 1426884478 (ISBN13: 9781426884474)
    primary language English
    original title The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)
    series Iron Fey
    Purchase from Amazon here

    Goodreads “My name is Meghan Chase.

    I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

    This time, there will be no turning back.”

    I’m just going to say it. Julie Kagawa is a genius. I don’t know that I’ve ever teared up so much while reading a book as I did The Iron Queen. Her ability to build and sustain a world over three books is truly magical.

    Thrown back into the action with Meghan, Ash and Puck, it was easy to see why I fell in love with this series. Each character has grown so much with every danger they’ve faced so far, I really didn’t know where Kagawa would take us this time. Sure enough, The Iron Queen presented the biggest threat yet: the total destruction of the Nevernever. Meghan thought her part was finished; that she could start piecing together a life in the human realm with Ash, and maybe even reconnecting with her family. That dream is cut short when news that the Iron Kingdom is taking over and poisoning faery.

    The journey that Julie Kagawa takes us on is phenomenal. Meghan and Ash’s relationship is completely different than what we’ve seen in the past two books, which is awesome. I was astonished by the change in him. Such devotion! Meghan is definitely a lot stronger in The Iron Queen. It was great to see her jump into the action and make a stand for herself as she learned what power lied within her and how to use it to her advantage. And then there was the Puck factor. Smirky and lovable as ever, Puck definitely didn’t mind making things awkward. There was one point where he literally had me laughing out loud. (My husband thought I was nuts.) No matter who Meghan chose, the three of them were an unstoppable force.

    The ending had me holding my breath and trying not to cry. The battle was so intense there was really no way to predict where it would lead. I am excited and nervous all at the same time to read The Iron Knight, slated for publication on October 25 2011. There’s no telling where Julie Kagawa will take us, but I do know that it will be a beautiful ride.

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