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    Book Thoughts: Reaper

    Title: Reaper

    Author: Rachel Vincent

    Publisher: Harlequin TEEN

    Pages: 55

    Release date: December 1, 2010

    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Goodreads description:

    Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him–and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

    Suddenly Tod’s future wasn’t so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life… Death… or something Between….

    An ebook exclusive Soul Screamers series novella.

    My thoughts on Reaper are based on a re-read of this second novella in the Soul Screamers series. I first read and reviewed Reaper on November 22, 2010 and while I’ve read it a couple of times since then, this is the first time since I reviewed it that I’ve looked at it with a critical eye instead of simply reading it for pleasure.

    I originally gave Reaper a four star “loved it” rating. However, now that I’ve gotten to appreciate all that is Tod, which includes not only his sarcasm, but his loyalty, heroism and bravery, and have discovered all those little details that I missed on first read that connect this novella to the series, I would give it a five star “amazing” rating.

    Aside from being a quick and entertaining read, which it was, there was much more to this short story than what I took away from it during my initial read. Whether it was due to the fact that on that first read I was so distracted by the heartbreak that was Nash Hudson, or simply because at that time I wasn’t as appreciative of novellas as I am now, I didn’t notice just how detailed and clever this story was.

    I didn’t make the connection that both Kaylee and Nash existed on borrowed lives. I didn’t recall that the reanimation process was discussed. I didn’t remember how difficult it was for Tod to master his corporeality. And I didn’t notice that Kaylee’s mom made a similar sacrifice as Tod had and could just as easily have become a reaper… or wonder if maybe she did.

    I didn’t question what it might mean that Kaylee could see Tod when he wasn’t corporeal the first time they “met.” I didn’t wonder if there would ever be any repercussions down the road for what Tod did to the drunk driver that hit his car and ultimately caused him to become a reaper. And I definitely didn’t realize that Tod died right before a birthday just like another character in the series.

    I didn’t realize all these details would or could mean something later in the series. Had I known, I would have committed this entire novella to heart, and not just Tod’s witty and incredibly sarcastic lines.

    Rachel Vincent wove all of these details into this short but captivating read. But that wasn’t all she did. She gave readers insight into who Tod was before he became a reaper, just how he became a reaper, and just what kind of person he was after his sacrifice, and she really let us get to know him in a way that we never would have been able to within the framework of the series up through My Soul to Steal.

    Reaper is the first time we get to see the story from Tod’s point of view, which sets the stage for just how important a character he is to become later in the series. And by writing this story from his perspective, we are able to see parts of the Soul Screamers world that Kaylee never would have had knowledge of and I absolutely love, love, love that the author opened up her world in this way.

    From the umpteen sarcastic lines that Tod delivered in this novella – of which I think there are at least ten I call favorites – to the cruel and clever irony that the author infused in this story during Tod’s last few hours alive, Reaper is a fun and a little bit heartbreaking short peek at Tod’s life and afterlife and a story that definitely raises a few questions as to what the future holds for this somewhat immortal reaper.

    And while I could probably go on and on about just how amazing I think Tod is, his awesomeness wasn’t completely revealed by this story. Some of that did come later. But I can say with absolute certainty that after four reads, Reaper is my favorite novella in this series and one of  my top five novellas of all time.

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    There are way too many favorite quotes of Tod’s for me to choose just one. So I chose instead a scene between Genna and Tod in which the irony of the conversation was not lost on me…

    “…But if I’m late, my mom will jump to all the right conclusions, and then my dad will kill you. Seriously. And what am I gonna do with a dead boyfriend?”

    “Nothing that doesn’t defy the norms of polite society…” I mumbled, disappointed when she stepped back and turned toward the door.

    If Nash isn’t dead of alcohol poisoning by the time I get there, I’ll kill him myself…

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    Character Interview: Tod Hudson

    Today on the blog we have a special treat. That’s right, Tod Hudson has agreed to stop by and answer a few questions. Quite a few, as it turns out. I had so many questions I was sure he’d add me to his list, but I’m still here. For now….

    As a thank you to all the loyal fans who voted for him in the YA Crush Tourney, his “agent,” Rachel Vincent, has agreed to allow him to take part in this exclusive interview.

    He gives away no secrets about what he’s getting himself into next. I knew not to ask. But you will get a much better idea of just who he really is.

    And I hope that after reading this interview you’ll come to see just how crush-worthy Tod is and show your support by VOTING TOD, Tweeting with the Hash Tag #TodsLegions, grabbing a button or doing whatever you can (but no Zach bashing please) to help him make it to the final round.

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    Hi, Tod. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me today. Between your two jobs, keeping an eye on Kaylee, Emma, Nash and your mom, I know you don’t have a lot of free time. So I really appreciate it!

    Since you are so busy, I’ll skip all the typical boring questions and get right to what your fans want to know….

    ***

    Q. When people think “reaper” they think grim, hooded robes, skeleton-like appearance…you clearly do not fit that description. I’m sure that with your looks people often confuse you with an angel. How do you break the news to them about what you actually do?

    A. Most people I meet on the job never see me coming. It’s a shame, really.

    Q. When given the choice, you decided to become a reaper versus the alternative. If you had to make that choice again knowing what you know now, would you? And why?

    A. Yes. I did what I did for a reason. Things haven’t worked out like I hoped. Yet. But I have faith in my brother.

    Q. What is your favorite part about being a reaper? Is it the teleportation? Invisibility? Near-immortality? Or do you just like hanging around hospitals?

    A. I hate hospitals. I don’t care if I never see another bedpan or IV stand. The best part? The commute.

    Q. You seem to spend a lot of time in the Netherworld. What’s the fascination? Do you have some kind of a deal with those demons that you haven’t told us about yet? Anything you’d care to share?

    A. The Netherworld is like humanity’s trash can. Ready and willing to dispose of the worst the human species has to offer. Have I occasionally played matchmaker between hungry hellions and those who deserve to be eaten? Hell yes. Do I feel bad about that? Not even a little.

    Q. You always seem to pop in on Nash and Kaylee at the most inopportune moments. Is this planned or is it all just coincidence?

    A. How is it my fault they’re always making out? You think I want to see that?

    Q. As a reaper you can travel anywhere in an instant. What are some of your favorite places to visit? And don’t just say Kaylee’s bedroom…

    A. There’s also Kaylee’s living room, Kaylee’s kitchen, Kaylee’s garage…

    Q. As a reaper you aren’t required to eat, but you do seem to enjoy it. What are your favorite munchies?

    A. Popcorn. Nachos. Candy. Anything you can get at the concession stand at the theater.

    Q. Who was the most interesting person you popped in on during your free time?

    A. It used to be Nash. He was always watching, or playing, or listening to something entertaining. But now he’s always at Kaylee’s, and watching that makes me miss the ICU. And bedpans. And, hell, the Netherworld.

    Q. You tend to remain invisible to most people, except Kaylee. Do you do this just to antagonize Nash? Is he an easy target or do you just like to push his buttons?

    A. Yes. Wait, was that an either/or question? Nash takes life too seriously. Also, he doesn’t like me. I’m doing him a favor by staying out of sight.

    Q. You are wonderfully, incredibly sarcastic. It’s probably your most endearing quality. But that’s not all that you are. You have given us the occasional peek at a different side of your personality. What else can you tell your fans about who Tod really is?

    A. What else am I? Do you really need more than this?

    Seriously, what you don’t see is what you get. Death and sarcasm. And pizza. Anything else is just a rumor. A dirty, nasty rumor. *hides playlist full of 90s ballads*

    Q. Your friend Kaylee gets herself into a lot of scary and dangerous situations. You’ve even dragged her into a couple, yourself. Do you regret having to ask for her help?

    A. The biggest regret of my life (not to mention my afterlife) is being the reason Kaylee almost died in the Netherworld. I’ll never be able to make up for that. But that was the night I got to see the real Kaylee Cavanaugh—the Kaylee who would jump in front of a train to save someone else (anyone else)—and I realized that she didn’t need my help getting herself into trouble. But she might need my help getting out of it.

    Q. At one point, Kaylee thought maybe something might be happening between you and Emma. Was that all in her mind? Were you just being a good friend?

    A. Em’s just a friend. A really hot friend, but just a friend. Did I let Kaylee think I might like her best friend for a while? I have no idea what you’re talking about…

    Q. You’ve been described (and I can see for myself) as having perfect lips. Just how many girls have had the pleasure of discovering just how perfect they are? Or do you not kiss and tell?

    A. What, you want a list? I don’t kiss and tell. Well, I don’t tell, anyway.

    Q. As a reaper you don’t really age. You’re forever seventeen, though technically you’re nineteen. Do you still feel seventeen? Does it freak you out that everyone you know will get older and you’ll still be a teenager?

    A. I haven’t been a teenager since the night I died. Does it piss me off that my little brother is now my older brother? Yes. But I find solace in my flawless timing. I mean, if you have to be stuck in an ageless body for eternity, isn’t this the one you’d pick? Tell the truth. It’ll stay in this room.

    Q. You’ve been described as a bad boy by some of your fans. Would you say that’s true?

    A. Am I overburdened by an abundance of good will? Well, let’s just say that the angel on my shoulder gets a hell of a workout. But my hands are in the right place.

    Oh, no, wait, Kaylee says it’s my heart that’s in the right place. My hands, evidently, are another story.

    Q. If you could be any type of supernatural being, what would you be? Vampire? Werewolf?

    A. I don’t look good in fur, and liquid diets make me cranky. I’m a reaper. Why fix what isn’t broken?

    Q. Right now you’re unattached. Completely understandable given the situation with your former girlfriend. My heart goes out to her and you. But if you were to have a first date, what would be your ideal first date?

    A. A date with death? She’d have to be fearless and enjoy hospital cafeteria food. I work nights.

    Q. What would a girl have to have to grab your attention? Would she need to be smart? Funny? Sarcastic? Adventuresome?

    A. What would a girl need to grab my attention? A death wish. Or a pizza order. Maybe big blue eyes and a stubborn streak.

    Q. What quality do you most admire in your friends?

    A. Corporeality.

    Q. Nash has gone through some difficult times. If he would actually listen to you, what advice would you give him, being his older, wiser, and way cuter brother?

    A. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Quit messing up.

    Q. As a reaper you don’t age, but can you change your appearance? Do you need to get haircuts? Do you have to shave?

    A. I can shave to get rid of stubble, but it’ll never grow any longer than it was when I died.

    If you don’t mind, let’s quickly play “what’s your favorite”:

    Q. Who’s your favorite superhero?

    Kaylee. What do you mean, she’s not a superhero? Would you want to be the only thing standing between her and a friend in danger?

    Q. What’s your favorite video game?

    Pac Man.

    Q. What’s your favorite song?

    It’s Not My Time, by 3 Doors Down. (You thought I’d say Don’t Fear the Reaper, didn’t you?)

    Q. Who’s your favorite author?

    Seriously? With Rachel listening right outside the door?

    Q. What’s your favorite book? Favorite character in a book?

    If I Die. I like the ending.

    Q. Who is your least favorite demon in the Netherworld?

    There are no good hellions. None. That said, Avari can be useful—for a price. But even though he can’t lie, he can’t be trusted.

    ***

    Once again, Tod, thank you for your time. Talking with you has been a dream come true. Your eyes are really hypnotizing…must be one of those bean side side-effects.

    I wish you all the very best on what’s coming up next. I hear that there may be a bit of excitement in your future. Just know that I’ll be rooting for you!

    VOTE TOD

     

    And an extra special thank you goes out to Author Rachel Vincent for taking the time to help her character in this tournament, for setting up this interview today, and most especially for creating such a crush-worthy boy like Tod who it has been my pleasure to get to know and love so much better during the course of this event.

    Please feel free to grab a button or grab the avatar below (both of which were designed by the author’s amazingly talented husband) to show your support for Tod during his match, which ends on Saturday at 8 a.m. Central time, United States.

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    The Crush List #3

    There are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey is a new and pretty huge crush. It’s definitely one that will turn into a love affair once I get a chance to re-read it.

    I have been crushing on the cover for what seems like the longest time, but I only recently had the chance to read it and discover for myself how crush-worthy it really is. The story was just as gorgeous as I’d hoped…more so, actually.

    Why I’m crushing: A forgotten past. Reincarnation. Unrequited love. Humor. That Lenzi will keep you in stitches. A malevolent spirit. Don’t want that guy on your bad side. Especially if you can’t even remember why he’s mad. Danger. Jealousy. No, it’s not a soap opera, it’s way more addicting.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey is a fairly new crush. I say fairly new because anyone who knows me from around the blogosphere knows just how long I’ve been obsessed with this book.

    It started out as mere interest, when I selected it as one of my picks for the Debut Author Challenge, but the more I stalked it, the more obsessed I became. It’s one of a handful of must-have books that I absolutely had to have and was lucky enough to get.

    Why I’m crushing: Mind-blowing abilities. Seriously, Braden’s head practically explodes from them. Mystery. Suspense. Sarcasm. Sunglasses. Mystery. Yeah, I said it twice. What the heck is going on in Belle Dam? Rivalry. Dark secrets. Enemies. Shall I go on?

    You said yes, didn’t you? I thought you might.

    Well there are….Witches. Well, maybe just one witch in particular. Hellhounds. Can’t have a great chase scene without ’em. No one runs faster than when the Hounds of Hell are nipping at their heels. Hot boys. Hotness must be a requirement to live in Belle Dam, because those boys are yummy. If Belle Dam wasn’t so dangerous for outsiders I’d be on the next plane out.

    Frostbite by Richelle Mead is a practically ancient crush. Medieval really. I have loved this series forever, was crushed in a whole different way when it ended, but I just can’t get it out of my head.

    Of all the books in the series, this is the one I’m crushing on. Some have caused way too many tears to be crush contenders. But Frostbite has that perfect balance of sorrow, anguish and excitement.

    Why I’m crushing: Heartbreak. This one will make you cry. Lights, cameras…ACTION. Packed full of it from beginning to end. Tension, so tight you’ll practically snap because of it. Dimitri. Adrian. Dimitri. Adrian. Dhampir. Moroi. Now there’s two to crush on. Sweet, sweet torture.

    Soul Thief by Jana Oliver is a new crush on an old series. Okay, it’s two books in, that doesn’t make it old, but anything pre-2011 seems like a lifetime ago and that’s when I first met book one.

    I had a bit of a crush on this series since I discovered it, but it pales in comparison to how I’m crushing on book two. There’s definitely no “been there, done that” about this sequel. There’s just the right amount of new and exciting mixed in with the old and familiar.

    Why I’m crushing: Cliffhanger ending. Twisty plot. Action. Surprise, surprise, surprise. A whole lot of Den Beck to satisfy. And a freelance Demon Hunter that will make things sizzle.

    Reaper by Rachel Vincent is a new crush on an old read. And no, this isn’t merely an attempt to promote my Reaper for his next round. All this digging into his life has made me crush on him and his novella…and well every single book in the series he’s been in so far. And even the one he wasn’t in.

    I totally enjoyed this story on my first read, but as I didn’t know how awesome Tod was, and I didn’t appreciate just how perfect this novella was at showcasing all that is Tod. His personality definitely shines through in this one.

    Why I’m crushing: Tod. Yeah. I’ve fallen for a Reaper and this book is all about him. Sarcasm. Heaps and heaps of the stuff. Sacrifice. Loyalty. Love. All this packed into one short but oh so sweet read.

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    So, this month’s selection of books I’m crushing on is a totally eclectic mix. My latest reads have taken me all over the place – reincarnation, witches, demons, reapers, bean sidhes, and a paranormal I can’t mention due to their spoiler-y nature.

    And of course I can’t go too long without crushing on the vampire. They were, after all, my very first paranormals I crushed on. Gotta love that Lestat who turned vamps from creepy bloodsuckers to something much more crush-worthy.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

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    Everyone Dances with the Reaper

    It’s that time again! Yes, Tod is back in the running for a chance to make the final four in the YA Crush Tourney on The YA Sisterhood‘s blog.

    The match is now not live yet, but it will be at 8:00 a.m. Central time in the U.S. You can just click the YA Crush Advocate button in the sidebar which links to the blog’s main page (or just click the link above), or click here and to vote on the post. This is the only match happening today. And it will run for only one day. Yep, 24 hours.

    Today, Tod Hudson’s competitor will be Michael from Hourglass. As I haven’t yet read the book, I don’t know just how swoon-worthy Michael is, but I’m almost positive that he wouldn’t beat Tod on my crush-worthy boy rankings list. I’ve known Tod a lot longer and he’s only gotten better with each book. Just wait until If I Die comes out and you can see for yourself if you haven’t had a chance to read an early copy.

    There’s a lot of information on my Advocacy post on The YA Sisterhood’s blog – the only portion that’s changed for this round is the paragraph on why he’s better than his competitor – so feel free to check it out.

    But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about Tod, here’s my “Don’t Fear the Reaper” post, which gives some quickie Tod facts.

    Tod’s creator, author Rachel Vincent, has promised some sort of incentive for people who vote for Tod. Check out her blog post, HERE, and leave a comment if you have something specific you might want.

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    For today’s plea post for Tod, I thought I’d do a TOP TEN list. It was tough to decide what top ten things to spotlight – top ten reasons to choose Tod, top ten favorite Tod quotes, or top ten things that make Tod crush-worthy.

    As I’ve listed plenty of reasons on The YA Sisterhood’s blog why you should choose Tod and even more reasons why he is crush-worthy, I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite sarcastic Tod quotes.

    Now, Tod can be quite the charmer, but what first endeared him to me was his ever-present sarcasm. And if you really want to get a good dose of it, just read Reaper.

    It was tough narrowing it down to ten, and I didn’t quite make it, but here they are…

    My Top Ten Favorite Sarcastic Tod Quotes

    10. “So could we please not mob the three-thousand-plus-year-old reaper like tweens at a boy-band concert?”

    9. “You’ve got the wrong guy…Notice the conspicuous absence of wings and a halo.”

    8. “The scythe was a little tricky at first, but–much like golf–turns out it’s all in the swing.”

    7. “So, ‘reaper’ is really just a nice word for ‘covert pervert?’ Is that what you’re saying?”

    6. “Something beyond the fact that I’m dead and invisible, and I was evidently dressed by Edward Scissorhands?”

    5. “I may be dead, but I’m still perfectly functional. More functional than ever, in fact. Watch me function.”

    4. “So, you reap souls and crush hopes? Is that part of the job, or just a service you offer for free?”

    3. “Yeah, it was tough to make time between the compulsive thumb twiddling and the lure of bingo night at Colonial Manor, but I managed to fit you in.”

    2. “So you’re saying the afterlife is hard on the libido? FYI, that’s probably not a good bullet point for your recruiting brochure.”

    1. “So, would you say I’m closer to a zombie or a vampire? I gotta know–are my parts going to rot and fall off, or am I forever frozen in youthful perfection?”

    And my all-time favorite, which I will try to squeeze onto the tip-top of the list is…

    “If I weren’t already dead, I’d be alive with joy.”

     ***

    Thank you for taking the time to get a chance to know Tod just a little bit better. His sarcastic side is one of the things that makes Tod, Tod. But, he is also fiercely protective, loyal and a completely, stunningly beautiful boy.

    So, thank you for heading over to The YA Sisterhood’s blog to…

    VOTE TOD!

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    Don’t Fear the Reaper

    Today I am advocating for Tod from Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series in the YA Crush Tourney on The YA Sisterhood‘s blog. As the match is not yet live, I’ve simply included a link to the homepage. Tod and I would love it if you would cast your vote for him over the next couple of days.

    His competitor in the Tourney is Daniel from Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. A pretty tough competitor, given that he’s an angel and all. But please don’t fear this reaper. Tod is anything but grim.

    As I’ve provided quite a bit of information about Tod in my match advocacy post, which you can read over at their blog when you choose who to cast your vote for, I thought I’d simply give a quick backgrounder on Tod which will hopefully give you some information and a few reasons on why this reaper should win out against his angelic competitor.

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    SO, WHO IS TOD?

    Name: Tod Hudson

    Sibling(s): Nash Hudson

    Parent(s): Harmony Hudson

    Age: Eternally 17, but technically 19

    Hair color: Pale blond

    Hair type: Curl

    Eye color: Bright blue

    Facial hair: Some. Short goatee

    Best facial feature: Lips. Perfect lips. Kissable lips that are quick to form a wicked grin.

    Looks: Angelic. Face that expresses emotion.

    Relationship status: Single…(as of the end of My Soul to Steal anyway).

    Best friend: Kaylee Cavanaugh.

    Employment status: Two jobs. Primary job – Reaper – transporter of souls. To fill those extra hours – Pizza delivery boy.

    Status: Deceased, but not. Ageless. Practically immortal. Not soulless.

    Powers: Teleportation, selective invisibility, ability to end a life and take a soul, no need to eat or sleep, wicked awesome kisser.

    Personality: Flirty, charming, mischievous. Bad boy, rule-breaker. Funny, sarcastic. Loyal, self-sacrificing, chivalrous. Brave, reckless, loves a challenge. Vulnerable.

    Finer moments: Saved a little girl. Sacrificed his own life for a loved one. Went to hell and back to try and save his ex-girlfriend’s soul. Watches out for Kaylee and Emma. Tries to keep Nash out of trouble.

    Tod in one word: Hero.

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    Tod is a great brother, the best friend anyone can have and is good to have around when you need to get somewhere fast.

    He will always be there for you and doesn’t let his job get in the way. He will let you be a part of the adventure and won’t leave you hidden away without a clue as to what’s happening.

    If all reapers were as sweet, sexy and lovable as Tod there would be no reason to fear them.

    So, be sure to head over to The YA Sisterhood in the morning to cast as many votes as you’d like for Tod, if you think he is a little more crush-worthy than Daniel. I will love you forever, and so will Tod…and he’ll be around for a long while.

    One more thing…

    I might have mentioned that there’s a LOT more to discover about Tod in the next book. He’s not just some secondary character with a limited role and a flat personality.

    Just to give you a tiny peek into how Tod really feels, from the reaper’s own mouth:

    “…I want the fire. I want the heat, and the light, and I want the burn…”

    Yeah, definitely not soulless.

    VOTE TOD #YACRUSHTOURNEY!!!

    UPDATE: HERE’S WHERE YOU CAN VOTE!

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    The Extras: March

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. In an attempt to clear out my sidebar this month I’m adding a few of the oldies here to give you one last chance to grab them.

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice sneak peek or freebie now and again?

    And yes, I know it’s not March yet and I only have one excerpt from a March release (many of the March release excerpts are in the sidebar), but it’s a monthly post and when I did February’s I missed a whole bunch of February freebies, so here it is a week earlier than planned.

    Karsten Knight’s upcoming debut novel Wildefire will be releasing on July 26, 2011. Simon & Schuster has an excerpt from this amazing book on their site.

    First lines: Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring. Sixteen years old, and she was a cauldron of emotions—frothing, bubbling, and volatile. She had never heard of “bottling it all up inside.” She was as transparent as the air itself.

    Desires of the Dead is the second book in the Body Finder series. It was released this week on February 15th. If you haven’t started the series or you want to see if it’s worth a read, check out this nice, long excerpt from the folks at Harper Collins.

    I have not yet read it, as I have both books in my TBR pile, but I will be starting them soon, but this peek is 70 pages and is way more than a teaser.

    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is the first book in her new young adult series due out on March 29, 2011. Macmillan has a short excerpt on their site if you want to learn more about what is going on in Shadow Falls.

    This is an amazing book in what is already a highly addictive series. And yes, I am totally Team Lucas.

    Secrets and Shadows, the second book in the 13 to Life series was released just this week on February 15th.

    If you haven’t yet started, this short peek from Macmillan will either tide you over or tease you so much that you’ll just have to start reading. The excerpt includes the prologue and part of the first chapter.

    Teaser line: A muzzle flash tears at the inky night again and she tumbles to the earth, falling limp.

    Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel was released in August 2010. If you haven’t yet heard of or read this book, check out the short excerpt that the folks at Macmillan (St. Martin’s Griffin) have available.

    I have wanted to read this book forever but have been waiting until it’s an eBook and just discovered this very moment that it now is, FINALLY. Having just read this excerpt I think I’m going to have to readjust my TBR pile to move this very close to the top.

    Lines to die for:

    “Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you…no one.”

    Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall is available to read online free in its entirety from HarperTeen. It was released in March 2010 and is the first of the Return books. The Return: Midnight will be out this March.

    Reaper is a novella in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. If you haven’t downloaded it by now, I’d be very surprised, but just in case, as I’m taking it off the sidebar, here it is for free download from HarlequinTEEN.

    You can still download it free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The Iron Witch is the debut novel and the first in a wonderful new series by author Karen Mahoney. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, now’s the time, as Flux has a great excerpt.

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    Quickie Review: Reaper (Soul Screamers Novella)

    Today seems to be Rachel Vincent day at Fiktshun.com. Might have held the review for MST Steal for a day had this reviewer been aware that Reaper would be out today. Would definitely not want to appear biased in any way.

    Reaper by Rachel Vincent is a novella from the Soul Screamers series. Available today from BooksOnBoard as a free PDF download, Reaper immediately moved to the top of the “to read” list. Reaper is also available for pre-order as an ebook from Barnes & Noble and Amazon on December 1st although pricing and release date may change.

    Synopsis from BooksOnBoard:

    The story of how Tod died and was recruited as a reaper . . .

    Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him–and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

    Suddenly Tod’s future wasn’t so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life . . . Death . . . or something Between . . . .

    As this story is a novella, the review is only a “Quickie Review.”

    In a nutshell, Reaper gives us the back-story on how and why Tod came to be a reaper, his very first introduction to Levi and his first visit home after his death. But it also reveals just a little something else…but you’ll have to read it to find out.

    It is nice to be able to see things from Tod’s perspective and get a bit more insight on who he is – as a son and and older brother – and learn that his sarcasm wasn’t something he developed postmortem.

    And it’s also good to finally know just where all those teaser quotes that author Rachel Vincent was Tweeting about fit into the story. This is totally worth the read – for free or otherwise.

    Reaper can be read at any point during the series, but would recommend at least one or two of the books be read first so that there is a better understanding of the setting and characters.

    Reviewer gives this book: [rating=4]

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