Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
This is so exciting! I have the AMAZING opportunity to be a part of the Drain You blog tour!! Yay! And guess what comes with that? All sorts of wicked cool things. :) Like my review (obvs), the book trailer, prizes (at the bottom), and finding all sorts of other cool blogs participating. I mean, with a summary like this:
“Summer. The 90s. The rich, sun-bleached neighborhoods of the Los Angeles canyons. Enter Quinlan Lacey, a cool, bored, sarcastic, sexy 17-year old with a dull part-time video store job and a mild case of teen ennui. That is, until she meets the alluring, River Phoenix-esque James, and realizes the hills are alive with the undead. Inspired more by the early, dry L.A. short stories of Bret Easton Ellis than the current crop of serialized vampire fiction, the supernatural grunge romance, Drain You, narrates the headaches and heartbreaks Quinn undergoes in her quest to stay sane and cool and in love and alive.”
How can you say no, right? So, let’s get started, shall we?
Rating: Strong PG-13. Open door sex scenes, but no really details given
Coffee Beans: 4/5
Favorite Lines: So I loved Libby, but in a vintage way. Like a childhood blanket, or my dad’s mac and cheese. A deep love, but not one you tap into on a daily basis. (Ebook, pg 25)
Okay, no big deal, I’d just call Stiles…at his underground lair, where he most likely had Libby chained to a radiator and she was loving it. Stella gave me the number, which contained not even one six, let alone the three in a row I’d expected. (Ebook, pg 76)
…I drew on so much eyeliner I looked like a sobbing drunk raccoon on a tequila bender… (Ebook pg 134)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
- The dialogue. Snappy, witty, snarky, and funny, Bloom’s dialogue is just downright good. I was there, it was real, and it carried the story much more than just narrative alone
- The MC’s voice. Quinn has a dark sense of humor and is so quick with everything, and her attitude of “whatever” is the icing on the cake. There were so many funny lines that were added that perfect certain something, which made the entire reading experience that much better
- The MC. Quinn, for me, is very real. She cares deeply about those who mean something to her. She doesn’t know what she wants when it comes to boys. She’s shallow and selfish at times, but she has drive. And I didn’t find that off-putting at any point. Mainly because she gets called on it (several times) and she knows it’s the truth. But we’ve all been there. Admit it.
- The relationships. There are several different, unique relationships Quinn is a part of, and they all come to life so realistically. Her absentee parents but their very functional relationship. Her coworker and complicated relationship-er, Morgan. Her casual best friend, Libby. The snobby girl from school, Naomi. James, the hot brother Quinn never knew existed. The equally hot other brother and instant best friend when crush disappears, Whit. And the evil twins, Stiles and Sanders. They all work brilliantly.
- The package. I’m assuming this is going to be a series. Depending on how well this one goes. I thought it was a tight, well-written story encapsulated into one book. The ending was finite but there are definitely LOTS of questions that still need answering.
There was one thing that didn’t sit well with me, though.
- Instalove. I’m not a fan of this. It’s unbelievable and really jars me out of a story. Yeah, we get Quinn thinks James is hot and she’s majorly crushing on him and they have to get together for the sake of plot progression. But getting as close and invested as they did—and in only a week—is a little hard for me to swallow. (update: after reading it for a second time in prep for this tour, I want to amend this statement. The second time around, I got a better sense of who Quinn was and the intensity of her life. And while there still was Instalove present, it wasn’t nearly as obvious as before. That is all. Thank you.)
- The MC sleeps. A lot. Which isn’t bad, I guess. But she’s always tired and sleeping. *Shrugs shoulders* Just thought I’d mention that.
If you’re a fan of the 90’s (and if you aren’t, you should be), if you liked The Lost Boys (and if you didn’t, shame on you. Watch it again and change your mind), and if you enjoy dark humor, pick up the book. You’ll probably be pretty entertained.
Pick it up and decide for yourself. :)
And yes, this is another vampire book. I love them so much <3
And Publisher’s Weekly (<–link) loved it, too!: “Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s.” Want to buy this book and devour it like I did? Check it. BN & Amazon
Because book trailers are all sorts of awesome:
“Bloom’s first short story “Love And Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape” was featured in Story Quarterly and selected by Dave Eggers for inclusion in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2003 (Houghton-Mifflin), which he curates annually. Bloom is the founder of underground dance label 100% Silk (profiled here in LA Weekly) AND the producer/lead singer of the band LA Vampires (written up in The Guardian as well as Pitchfork and Fader). Her next book will be published through HarperTeen.
And now, what we all really want. FREE STUFF!
Okay, wanna know what you could win? Here it is!
- 5 copies of Drain You signed by Bloom
- $50 credit at Wasteland (Quinn’s favorite store. And it IS pretty awesome if I do say so myself)
- Pages from Quinn’s notebook (pics below)
- 10 Drain You bookmarks handmade by no other than Quinn herself (probably while she was hanging out at the video store with Morgan)
- 10 90’s mixtapes curated and created by Quinn (Guys. For real. This is my favorite prize above all. Do you know how COMPLETELY AWESOME the music was in the 90s???? It was, like, epicly awesome!)
Now, for the winning part. Simply fill out the raffle copter below. That’s all. Easy-peasy life is breezy. (I had to do a link rather than a widget because I’m still trying to figure WordPress out and I’m not html savvy…yet…Hopfully I can get someone WAY smarter than I am to help me out very soon…)
That’s all I have for you today, but seriously, pick up the book and read it. I loved it and think you will, too. Also, make sure to enter and win all the prizes you can. And check out all the other blogs this hop will be making an appearance on. Peace my friends!
The next stop on the tour (copied from Mundie Moms blog):
By: Kim Curran
Genre: YA sci-fi suspense
Rating: DNF so I can’t rate it accurately
Coffee Beans: DNF so I can’t rate it accurately
Instalove Factor: *Groan* It was there
My Personal Recommendation: I have none
Favorite Line: Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest review
When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not so average after all. He’s a ‘Shifter’. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t finish this book. I didn’t even get really that far into it (1/3 of the way). I’m not sure why, but the book didn’t really grab me. The was interesting (although far from original) so I was eager to see how the author made it their own and what their twist would be.
I know this review is a copout, and for that I sincerely apologize, but there just wasn’t enough there to pull me through to the end. Sorry guys. But my signature sign off is no truer than it is today:
Read it and decide for yourself its value.
A book-related Freebee Friday!
This awesome review was written by my good friend, and reading buddy, Tiff. :)
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
I had high hopes for this book. I love books set in a small town atmosphere. The plot seemed interesting enough and let’s face it, I loved Harry Potter so this was a must read for me because I wanted to see what type of book JKR was going to write post HP. I see so many individuals writing reviews comparing Casual Vacancy to the Harry Potter series, that’s annoying. The author made it clear this is no way associated to HP series. So, the book is destined to fail for you if readers are expecting wizards and magic. It’s a book for adults.
It’s a slow starter. There are a lot of characters. I lost count but I think the book shifts perspective between 16 people. At about 40% I’d say it started to really capture my interest. The story isn’t that exciting, it’s more of a big soap opera. Stop now if you don’t want spoilers.
Here’s why I didn’t like the book. The book portrays the worst in people. Out of all the characters I only could muster liking two or three of them, barely. And the character I had such high hopes for to redeem herself and better her life ends up dying in a tragic, horrible way. In this story there was just the worst in people brought out and it seemed that there was no humanity. We have to believe there’s good in some people right?!
There’s sex, drugs, profanity, murder, rape, pedophilia, and bullying. None of which offend me but it’s a bit much to cram in a small town! The characters are at each other’s throats and the whole town is a bunch of extremist gossips & bullies. The main issue stemmed from the majority of the town council wanting to cut off funding and close a rehab clinic that’s directly linked to several of the characters. The lack of sympathy for others was appalling. There are a few good people and outcomes as a result of the big climax, I’ll give it that.
I can take depressing books, in fact some of the best books are downtrodden because they expose us to things outside our comfort zone and different cultures. But this one was too much. I felt there were too many tragedies crammed into the vast amount of characters in the small town.
So in short it was the lack of humanity, sympathy, goodness in people and the tragic death of a character I’d hope would redeem herself that ruined the book for me.
But, read it for yourself, perhaps you’ll disagree with me. The reviews out there are very much mixed.
By: Kristen Callihan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Coffee Beans: 3
Cover: Pretty cool
Instalove Factor: None
My Personal Recommendation: Worth the read
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this honest review
Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .
Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .
Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .
Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.
So, I’ve had this book since about June, I think. Read it and then completely spaced writing the review. So, here I go.
Moonglow is the second book in the Darkest London series, after Firelight. I loved the first in the series sooo much that I hopped on NetGalley to request this one. I wanted to know what happened to the sister.
I think the thing I especially liked about this book was the relationship between Daisy and Ian. They hate each other and are forced to work together to solve a crime and keep her alive, but they don’t like it. One bit.
Okay, maybe they like it a little.
Okay, a lot.
But that’s the fun. We know they like each other, but refuse to let the other one know it. As body counts rise, Daisy realizes she has to trust and rely on Ian to keep her safe, and Ian has to let down his guard and be brave enough to love again and strong enough to make the hardest decision he’s ever had to make.
Moonglow is a good, fast read with an interesting plot and fun characters. Pick it up and fall in love with Daisy and Ian.