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Dec
29

Masquerade by Cambria Hebert
Series: Heven & Hell
Publisher: Otherworld Publications LLC
Released Date: December 7, 2011
eBook: 310 Pages
Rating: 4/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

***

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

My Thoughts

When I heard about Masquerade by Cambria Hebert and its tour, I was excited to read it and wanted to be on tour. I asked another blogger, Giselle, on how she was able to get on the tour and she told me to email Cambria. Cambria was very nice and she still had space on her tour and included me.

Masquerade has an interesting storyline and I liked how it progresses from beginning to end. Everything is so surprising and I did not expect so many of the things that happened throughout the book.

My favorite part of the book is Heven’s character. I thought she had an interesting and out of the ordinary name. Her life seemed so much better Before, now, it sucked because of what happened. She is vulnerable and somewhat strong. Her mom seemed psycho and her grandma is sweet, loving, and supportive. Her best friend continues to stick by her side even though what had happened.

What I did not like about this book was how Sam treats Heven because it made it seem like he is like a parent and/or that he is an owner of a dog. I think when he calls Heven, Sweetie, and put it into context, it makes me feel like he is not really a boyfriend. What bugged me is “Before” because I did not know what it was or what happened. Every time “Before” shows up in the book, I feel so out of place. Other than that, Masquerade is a great read!

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Cannot wait for the next book and the adventure of Heven and Sam!!

Source: Author.

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Dec
28

Hello, everyone! Please welcome, Cambria Hebert, the author of Masquerade for an interview on Ivy Reads!

Cambria Hebert is an author, a blogger and a latte sipper. She has an irrational fear of chickens (EWWW!) and is obsessed with werewolves. She would rather have coffee (Starbucks please!) than food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries. You can find her stalking the YA aisles of Barnes & Noble with her iPhone glued to her hand.

You can visit her on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Where did you get the idea for Masquerade?
I wanted to write a story that people might be able to identify with. I know – how can you identify with a disfigured girl? – I think a lot more than most would think. Have you ever not liked what you see in the mirror? Have you ever felt unsure of yourself? Have you ever had a bad day and just wanted to get through it? I thought that Heven would be a new kind of protagonist. She used to be blond and beautiful and have it all but life changed and she had to change with it. She had to learn to trust herself – accept herself for what she is in the now – not what she wanted to be. I thought of all the people who said they were tired of writing about a perfect girl who gets the perfect guy. So once I decided to write about Heven I thought “how did she get disfigured? What happened to her.” The story grew from there.

Where did you get the idea of including bubble tea to the story?
I went online to research Portland Maine, which some of the scenes of the book are from. I wanted to pull in some of the local places that I found to give the story more authenticity. I was reasearching Portland and the places there and I ended up at Bubble Maineia’s website. It looked like such a cool, fun place and I thought ‘this is a great place for people to hang out’ – I wanted something a little different than I had read in other books and this seemed perfect.

If you were Heven, and Sam told you who he really was and what happened Before, would you accept him or refuse him? Why?
Well I guess I can’t say what I would do for sure – because I have never been in that situation. BUT I think that I would accept him. He proves his love in so many ways and you just know that he is a good person. I would want someone to accept me for who I am so why shouldn’t that same courtesy apply to others? I think it would be something that would take time to get used to but I would certainly try. I would do just about anything for someone that I loved. Plus, girl – he is Hot! Lol.

Where did you think of the name Heven? It sounds so unique!
Actually, a friend of mine, Christy, has a daughter named Heven. I always thought it was a beautiful name and it just fit so well with the story that I had to use it.

Do you relate to any of the characters?
I think I relate to them all in one way or another. Except maybe The Hate – that character is Cukoo!!!! Lol. But seriously, every one of them has something that I have experienced or thought about at some point in my life. Some of them have qualities that I myself would like to have. Some of them have qualities I wish I didn’t have! LOL. Most of all I think I relate to Heven. While I have never been disfigured I have had times in my life (still do) where I look in the mirror and don’t like what I see. There are times I feel self conscious of myself or want to be left alone. I like to think as well that I am a good person – and I think about other people like she does. She definitely also has inner strength something that I strive for.

If you had a home away from home, where would it be and why?
This is actually a hard question! LOL. Most people would probably say its Starbucks – my hubby calls it my ‘mothership’ Ha ha ha. I like it there because its smells good and has a great relaxed atmosphere.
But my real home away from home would be my grandmother’s house. I am always welcome there and she listens to me ramble on about everything even if it is stuff that really doesn’t matter. And her newspaper always gets the best sale papers in it! Lol. I love sitting at the table with coffee and looking through the ads. Also, she lives on a golf course and I can get up in the morning and go for a run and it’s so beautiful – the mountain views are gorgeous and it’s so peaceful and quiet – it’s my favorite thing to do when I go back to my hometown to visit.

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Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
***
Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & NobleOtherworld Publications
You can also buy its prequel, Before, on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Thanks, Cambria, for a great interview!!
Come back tomorrow for a review!!


Dec
26
This post has been sorted into "4 stars, Book Review" • 5 Comments

Remembrance by Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Released Date: July 27, 2011
eBook: 314 Pages
Rating: 4/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England … but she doesn’t know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can’t stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.

My Thoughts

Remembrance by Michelle Madow is a dazzling book about romance.

I have wanted to read this ever since I have heard about it because it was inspired by Taylor Swift’s Love Story. The cover looked intriguing as well because of the masked girl. I love the mask!

Michelle Madow has an enticing writing style. She incorporated some information about Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which was quite interesting. I weaved through this book pretty quickly and was hooked since looking at the cover.

The characters are well developed and it was an ease to follow through. I think many people may be able to relate, especially the jealousy between the characters. The characters are fun and are like any teenager today.

The story was quite interesting how it related to their past life. I thought it was intriguing to know the characters’ past life and how it is so similar to their current life. It is quite interesting to know that history can repeat itself…or that these characters may be able to change it for the better.

My favorite part of the book is where Lizzie saw Drew and Chelsea standing in a room in their current life and past life. I am not going to tell you what happens, so you will have to find out yourself. But it is my favorite part because Lizzie realized what happened and how the past can mess up things for the present and future.

Remembrance by Michelle Madow is a quick and dazzling book where history could repeat itself if one does not see clearly! Great read!

Source: Author.


Dec
26
This post has been sorted into "Top 10 of..." • 2 Comments
Top 10 of 2011

Top Ten of 2011 is a week of looking back at the past year of your top ten favorites. It is hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic.

Wither is my #1 pick of 2011 because I just loved how Lauren wrote this strong and well-developed dystopian. I thought it was unique and very intriguing to read! I also love the polygamous marriage in this book!

I love the different factions in this book and how each faction has its own abilities and rules to follow. I love how the characters chose their own paths, in a sense. This is a fast-pacing novel with great characters that you’ll love!

Love is a disease. Doesn’t that already sound amazing? Who would’ve thought that love could be a disease. I love the assigned partner that you’re supposed to be with and once you turn a certain age, you’ll be cured of the disease. I feel this book has great adventure and something unexpected that had been revealed.

This book is quite interesting. I love how Kate is willing to be with Vincent even though he’s not your ordinary human. I love the chance she takes with him and their relationship. Love the book, love the romance!

A kick-ass novel with a kick-ass heroine! The action between Alex and the Daimons is fierce! It has a great twist and I can hardly put this novel down!

An electrifying novel with an electrifying girl! What more can you want?! I love the power Juliette has and how she is so strong. I love the romance she has with Adam. I didn’t think Adam could be trusted, but boy was I wrong!

The setting and plot is intriguing! I did not know what to expect, but the book “wowed” me from start to finish. I love how powerful the characters are and that they each possess the power of an element.

That gypsy girl! I love that Gwen is able to see something after touching an object that belongs to a person. I love the mystery and the fighting!

Clarity. Clarity is one of my favorite books of 2011 because it has a great mystery to it. She tries to help solve a murder and the book has a lot of twists and turns. The murderer was so unexpected that made the book so much better!

Beautiful Demons and the series thus far is one of my favorite books of 2011 because it’s so, amazingly good! Each book took me one sitting to finish. It’s so good that you just have to read book after book from the series.  With the powers Harper develops and where it takes her, it just blows me away! If you haven’t picked this series up, you should! It’s too good to not read!

Come back tomorrow for my pick of the Top 10 Book Covers of 2011!!


Dec
25
This post has been sorted into "In My Mailbox" • 9 Comments
Merry Christmas!!

I hope you guys get the things you guys wanted the most! And a splendid Christmas with your loved ones!!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by The Story Siren. The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Traded

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Various Authors

Won

ARC – Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Bought

Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

What’s in your mailbox this week?!


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