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    Giveaway: Fallen + Torment + Passion Signed

    Well, my local Barnes & Noble may have had a couple… or more… copies of Fallen, Torment and Passion. All of which happened to be signed. And as you might know by now, I can’t walk past signed books without picking up a copy – or all of them. Yes, I bought every single one of them.

    They must have been shipped in, because I never saw the notice that author Lauren Kate was going to be doing a signing at my Barnes & Noble, but still. They were just too amazing to pass up. I even thought of keeping a set for myself.

    But as space is at a premium, and since they aren’t personally signed, I will be giving them all away for the holidays.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A signed set of Lauren Kate books – Fallen (paperback), Torment (paperback) and Passion (hardcover) – to three (3) winners.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be three (3) winners.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on December 23, 2011.

    6. Winner will be chosen by and announced on December 24th.

    7. Due to the holidays, winners will have until Tuesday, January 2nd to respond with their details.

    8. Books will be sent via U.S. mail after the holiday weekend if details are received.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway. I’ll be running the names through Random in the morning and announcing the winners in this post. Stay tuned and happy holidays!

    Congratulations Alyssa, Jessica and Sonia! You are the three winners of the Lauren Kate signed giveaway. I’ll be contacting you by email for your address details and you will have until January 2, 2012 to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner(s)!

    Happy holidays to everyone and I am sorry that I have only three sets to give away. I’m sure I’ll find some more signed books in the new year for giveaway so feel free to stop by again.


    Random Thoughts: Books I’m Dying to Re-read

    With so many new books releasing every week – have you seen just how many awesome books are coming out this week yet? – it’s almost impossible to squeeze in all those new releases, let alone think about books you love and want to re-read. But I just can’t help it. I do.

    I find that during those quiet hours I miss re-reading my favorites. I find my thoughts straying to those books I love and miss and want to dive into again.

    Not every book I read is re-readable immediately. Sometimes I don’t want to revisit those books for months or years. But most of my favorites end up on my re-read wish list eventually. And right now there are just a few that keep calling out to me, begging for some of my attention.

    As that list is long, I’ll just name five that are at the top of my TBRR pile.


    I may have mentioned just how much I’ve been missing Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon, well I still am. I am dying to re-read this first book in the series. After reading The Demon’s Surrender I was sad to see the series end and missed the Nick that I got to know and love from book one.

    I did read this book twice already. The first time was before I started blogging, and then I just had to read this again for review. And it was such a different experience the second time, knowing what was going to happen and being on the lookout for clues right from the start. Plus, with the second read I knew I already loved it, so it didn’t take much to make me fall in love again.

    So, of course, now I want to go back and meet him all over again. I am still hoping that there will be some kind of spinoff book in the series, but for now, I would be happy to have a chance to re-read this book.

    I may have not yet read Passion but I really want to re-read Fallen, the first book in the series. Of the two I’ve read, Fallen was my favorite and I really want to go back and meet Luce, Daniel and Cam all over again.

    I had a completely different experience between the first and second reads, although between both reads, some of the details got a little fuzzy and so parts of the book felt like they were brand new.

    The first time I read Fallen I loved Daniel and only Daniel, but when I re-read it, I grew to like Cam just a little bit more. And after reading Torment, I am seriously starting to love Cam.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read either book, but I really miss Luce and Daniel and seeing Luce’s reactions to Daniel, and discovering what she does, makes me want to go back to it once more.

    While I loved Hex Hall, I’m pining for a re-read of Demonglass. I think it’s really just that I want to torture myself with questions all over again about that ending. I’m a little bit twisted, what can I say?

    I only read Demonglass the one time, but was left with so many “what ifs” that I drove myself mad for a short while. Sadly, after much debate I think I’m ready to do that all over again.

    I want to see if Archer is as great as I remember him or if Cal is my favorite, as I had hoped he would be when I met him in book one. And I think a second read will be the only way to figure this out.

    As there is no novella or short story to keep me going between release dates, I think a re-read would be the perfect fix for my addiction.

    I am dying to re-read Nevermore thanks to Mary Lindsey, actually. Just hearing about her upcoming book Annabel has me thinking about Poe and dark, dark things and it immediately brings to mind Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    I’ve actually read this book twice – once before I began blogging and once after – and I love the dark and twisty world that Isobel and Varen live in and that ending left me so, so sad both times I read it.

    With Enshadowed on the horizon I just have to go back to this story. I never realized just how long it was until I got a signed copy, as I’d read it both times on my Kindle, but I just got so caught up in that imaginative world that I didn’t even notice.

    And I love how Varen’s name is a play on “raven” and so of course I’m wondering just how many more hidden-to-me Poe references there are.

    Yes, of course I want to re-read A Touch Mortal, when don’t I? This is also a book I’ve read a couple times. Maybe more, but who’s counting? I’m not.

    I think having my Facebook avatar as the cover for A Touch Morbid always keeps that series in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s top of mind because of my cover love. I don’t need a reminder to want to re-read this book.

    I love dark books. And each time I re-read this book makes me realize how much I’ve missed on the previous read. I feel like I’m getting to know the Siders way more by revisiting their story, even though it’s the same story over and over.

    Yes, I need to read book two, but in the meantime I’d be happy just to have the chance to read this one more time.


    So, you’re wondering where If I Die is on this list, aren’t you? It’s all I’ve been talking about everywhere for the past month or two. And yet it hasn’t made my “Dying to Re-read” list.

    Well, that’s because although I am dying to re-read it, I won’t be dying for long. I will be re-reading it this week, so I can’t very well complain about pining for it.

    The re-read wish list above is just that, a wish list. As much as I’m dying to re-read all those books, the likelihood of that happening in the next month is pretty slim.

    But If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a must re-read. I only read it the one time and that wasn’t even the finished copy, so there may be new surprises in store for me in the published version that I’ll be receiving on my Kindle at Monday Midnight.


    Do you like to re-read books? Is your TBRR pile as long as your TBR pile?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on re-reading and which books top your TBRR pile


    Cover Evolution


    There are so many stunning covers for our favorite series. Some are bold and some are much more subtle. But the one thing they have in common as the series evolves is the continuity factor.

    There is always some element that is carried through the artwork from cover to cover. Whether it’s the color palette, the model, a symbol, the font, the image placement or simply just an attitude, each cover looks and feels right when placed next to one another on the bookshelf.

    And they look even more right when laid out side by side and cover to cover. Your eye can pass from one to the next without that alarm bell ringing that something is amiss.

    When you have a bookshelf you spend most of your time staring at the spines. And as long as the book heights are the same and the fonts are consistent they look perfect on your shelves.

    But if you were to take out a complete series and place each book next to one another you will see they have more in common than just their spines.

    And if you were to study them for their similarities and their differences you may just discover a few things you might never have noticed as you purchased each book and stuck it on the shelf.

    Because we typically buy books over time instead of all at once, we don’t always take the time to make the comparisons. But it is worth it to pull those books from our shelves to see each cover’s evolution.

    As it’s much more exciting to find out for yourself, I will not point out all the discoveries I made from the covers featured above. But I will mention one.

    The very first thing I did notice, that I hadn’t really thought about before, was that in each cover of the Fallen series we see a different side of Lucy – the right profile, the back and finally the front – and in each she just might be wearing the same dress. I’m not sure that it means anything but it’s interesting that the author chose to give readers a different look at Lucy in each one. Does this mean, then, that the fourth book will show us her left profile?

    Have you ever studied the evolution of the covers in your favorite series? Was there anything that surprised you? Maybe you found something that you never noticed before?

    Did you have a least favorite cover, that when viewed next to the others, all of a sudden made sense?

    I would love to know what you found out when you explored the cover evolution happening on your shelves.


    GUEST REVIEW: Torment (Book 2 in the Fallen series)

    Torment by Lauren Kate – reviewed by Nic

    Synopsis from Goodreads:

    Hell on earth.

    That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

    It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

    At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

    The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

    Worthy of it’s name, Torment is the second installment in the Fallen series, about fallen angels and demons.  It takes place over 18 days… and we see Luce question everything.  She questions her feelings for Daniel, as in: Is this REALLY true love?  Do I even know him?  And she questions (and disobeys) the rules he gives her to keep her safe.

    And as much as I’m all about not OBEYING someone (come on – it’s 2010!), he’s her true love over MANY lifetimes, an angel true love – I’m SURE he knows what he’s talking about when he says there are dangers – why does she keep taking risks?!?!

    We meet some Nephilim (the offspring of fallen angels and humans), and just like Luce, we like them.

    This book, although gripping, is also very tormenting (hence the name, I suppose).  We’re still left with questions – even moreso than before.  And we’re left with a CRAZY cliffhanger… I’m hoping the next book finally answers everything!

    Book trailer for Torment: