Author Andrew E. Kaufman Interview and $50 Amazon GC Contest

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment



Andrew E. Kaufman gave an interesting and informative interview about his book While the Savage Sleeps at Bitten by Books. There is also a contest offering a $50 Amazon gift card. Click here to enter.

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Bitten by Books Contest!

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment


Bitten by Books is offering 5 copies of VC Andrews’ new release Daughter of Darkness!! Click here to enter the contest. 

A Glimpse of Darkness – YOU choose the adventure! � Del Rey and Spectra – Paranormal Books, Graphic Novels, and More

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Darkness – YOU choose the adventure! � Del Rey and Spectra – Paranormal Books, Graphic Novels, and More 



Sebastian by Anne Bishop

October 10, 2010 § Leave a comment


  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460967
  • Goodreads.com synopsisLong ago, to stop the onslaught of the Eater of the World, Ephemera was split into a dizzying number of strange and magical lands connected only by bridges that may take you where you truly belong, rather than where you had intended to go. Now, with the Eater contained and virtually forgotten, the shifting worlds of Ephemera have been kept stable by the magic of the Landscapers. In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved – a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her. But a more devastating destiny awaits Sebastian, for in the quiet gardens of the Landscapers’ School, evil is stirring. The prison of the Eater of the World has weakened – and Sebastian’s realm may be the first to fall. 






I loved Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series and was looking forward to reading more of her work. I was certainly not disappointed with this first book of the Ephemera duology. 

I loved so many things about this book, my favorite being the world of Ephemera. Anne Bishop has done such an amazing job of bringing to life the magic of the world itself, Ephemera is created by the feelings and beliefs of the residents, and crossing a bridge will take you to the landscape that reflects the person you truly are inside. 

In order to stop the darkness of human feelings from overwhelming the world, landscapers shape the magic of Ephemera into building different types of landscapes, interweaving the light and the darkness into cities and farmland and everything in between. 

The conflict begins when “The Eater of the World” escapes from where its been confined for centuries and begins trying to influence the minds of everyone toward the darkness, tipping the balance and changing the face of Ephemera. Only one landscaper is powerful enough to stop this from happening, Belladonna, the cousin of Sebastian. Sebastian is a half wizard half incubus who has struggled to find a place where he belongs, that reflect those two very different sides of his nature. Along the way, he meets Lynnea, who is also searching for a place she can feel safe. The romance between them is not overdone, however, I didn’t connect with them as much as I would have liked. 

Belladonna is a much more interesting character, escaped from being walled into her garden by the wizards at the landscapers school, Gloriana Belladonna learns what it means to be who she is.

The Den of Iniquity has a variety of fascinating characters, from the bulldemons to the demoncycles, to the pub owner who’s specials include Stuffed Tits and Phallic Delights. What keeps me from rating this a 5 star is that I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. However, I still truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next.

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October 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Larissa’s Bookish Life Huge Birthday giveaway!!

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If you’re a fan of fantasy, this is the giveaway celebration extravaganza for you! Larissa has an incredible array of  prize packs to have any fantasy-lover yearning to be chosen. Check it out for yourself!! Click here to be entered!

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City Of Ghosts – Stacia Kane

September 25, 2010 § Leave a comment


  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345515595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345515599
  • Goodreads.com synopsis: IT’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ALIVE AND UNDEAD.

    Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

    Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

    Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead. 


  • Not surprising, another 5 star rating from me for the 3rd book in this series. This is exactly what I’m looking for everytime I open a book by an author new to me, a story that grabs me and holds my attention, makes me laugh, cry, get angry, etc. The funny thing is, I don’t always like the main character, Chess. She really makes some awful choices. But at the same time, her character is so believable and her story so compelling that I can’t help but to root for her through all the ups and downs.


I can’t say I love the world that Stacia Kane has created with this series. Actually, its a pretty scary place but again, very believable. The Church of Truth continues to fascinate me. Chess looks at the Church as a safe haven and something she can rely on but it strikes me as something a lot more sinister. I have so many questions about the Church Of Truth and hope some of them are answered in future books in this series.

This third book City of Ghosts finds Chess working with a member of the Church’s Black Squad to look into another organization that has tried repeatedly in the past to seize control of the Church and is now active again. There is also some resolution to the Chess/Lex/Terrible love triangle.

This story is another powerful fast paced look at Downside, really an edge-of-your-seat read from start to finish. I can’t sing Stacia Kane’s praises enough and absolutely cannot wait to read more from her!

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