Friday, December 28, 2012

Today is the last day of the Top 10 of 2012 event, and I think that the topic is an absolutely perfect end to the event. There are so many great-sounding books coming out next year, that it was of course difficult to choose only 10, but somehow I managed. Here are the books I can't wait to start reading:

*Click the pictures to read the Goodreads' synopsis*

And also the 2nd book in Susan Ee's series Penryn & The End of Days!!! It doesn't have a cover yet so it's my "honorable mention." Actually, there are a TON of other books I'm looking forward to, but I'm only giving you these ten for now.

So, are any of these on your list? Leave the link to your list in the comments and I'll go check 'em out. My TBR list is always hungry for more! (In my spare time I like to endlessly read book descriptions on Goodreads. Does anyone else do this or am I too far gone?)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

*Squee!* I am so excited for this topic! I must admit, I do read an awful lot of books which feature romances, even if the romances are only in the background or part of the sub-plot. And let me tell ya, a lot of the guys in those books are so swoon-worthy, I'm glad I can reminisce while compiling a list of the year's favorites. Sorry, but there's just no way I can make this list base purely on books released in 2012. It would feel as though too many were missing. So, here are my top picks for the best book boyfriends from books read in 2012:

  1.  Mark Darcy (Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding)
        Especially because I still picture him as Colin Firth in my head...
  2.  Augustus Waters (The Fault In Our Stars by John Green)
      Because he is made of complete awesomeness.
  3.  Sebastian Lamarliere (Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton)
      A nice guy, a great friend....and he has cool powers.
  4.  Raffe (Angelfall by Susan Ee)
        The McSteamy of the Angelic race.
  5.  √Čtienne St. Clair (Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins)
      Half Brit, half French, complete yum! And I love his name!
  6.  Travis Buchanan (The First Days by Rhiannon Frater)
      A total sweetheart, and the boy-next-door type of man.
  7.  Prince Kai (Cinder by Marissa Meyer)
      Just read his description and tell me you're not into him.... I dare ya.
  8.  Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
      So what if he's years older than me...age ain't nothin' but a number.
  9.  Noah Hutchins (Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry)
      He may look like a bad boy, but he's one of the good ones!
10. Jace Wayland (City of Bones by Cassandra Clare)
      I may not care for this book series, but I still like him.

I hope this list isn't too pedophilic, as 6 of those guys are teenagers, but hey, what can I say? I'm sure many of you are guilty of this, too! Plus, in my mind I picture them as being a few years older, as high school boys now-a-days seem too young and immature for me. Probably because they are. (I'm 23!)

So, what about you guys? Any book boyfriends (or girlfriends) for 2012?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

{Top 10 of 2012} Best Villains of 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 with 3 comments

So today's top 10 topic was blogger's choice, and I decided to go a different route than my usual and list the best villains of 2012. I'm using the term villain rather broadly here, and rather than only limiting the term 'villain' to a specific person, I'm including groups as well. All of the following were added to the list because I particularly despised them:

Best Villains of 2012:
(in no particular order)

  1. The Zombies from the As The World Dies trilogy by Rhiannon Frater - these things really freaked me out, and are what made this series so frightfully fun to read. Especially how quickly a person could change after getting bitten.
  2. The Department of Homeland Security from Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - so normally the DHS are supposed to be the good guys, but Doctorow really made me wonder if the threat of terrorists could really end up making our government suspicious of its own citizens like what happened in this novel. Very scary indeed.
  3. The Angels from Angelfall by Susan Ee - holy crap, I was not expecting the angels in this novel to be such a**holes. They pretty much enslaved the human race, but what was completely sickening was their mad experiments....
  4. Justice from Hero by Perry Moore - Justice's character was very similar to the character of Superman, as both were the last surviving members of their planets, and their powers were also pretty much the same. The major difference? Justice was batshit crazy. Think about how scary it would be if Superman were to use his many powers for evil. Yeah.
  5. Athena from the Gods & Monsters series by Kelly Keaton - and speaking of batshit crazy, the Athena portrayed in this series is just the worst combination of angry and unstable. I mean, she even killed Zeus and took over his temple! What a b****!
  6. Queen Levana from Cinder by Marissa Meyer - she's an evil psychopath who is trying to hunt and kill the true heir to the Lunar throne in order to maintain control. Plus, she uses some sort of glamour to make those around her fall under her influence easier, and she wants to marry Cinder's Prince Kai!
  7. The majority of The Vampires from That Which Bites by Celis T. Rono - because they turned humans into herded cattle, and scared any scattered survivors into permanent hiding.
  8. The Bandits from Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater - they were jerks who went around stealing things, and raping both women and men during a zombie apocalypse. I think they even raped female zombies that they had tied up. WTF?! Total pigs, the lot of 'em.
  9. The Citizens from Citizen by Natasha House - okay, so this wasn't one of the greatest things that I've read this year, but I have to admit that the Citizens were pretty villainous; I mean, they were an alien race who took over the world and enslaved the humans, killing most of them to extinction in the process. They'll make the list.
  10. The Other Mother from Coraline by Neil Gaiman - I'm reading this right now, and, I must say, Coraline's other mother really gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

{Top 10 of 2012} Best Book Covers of 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 with 3 comments

This year was yet another great year for book covers, and it was pretty hard narrowing down my favorites. Sadly, today's topic is only for book covers that were released in 2012, not just from books you've read in 2012, so there are a few great covers that won't make this list. But at any rate, that just narrows down my choices and makes it easier for me to pick my fave 10. And here they are:

Best Book Covers of 2012:
(click cover to visit Goodreads pages)

And yes, I know that Singing The Dogstar Blues was originally published in 1998, but it was re-released in 2012 with the cover pictured above, so I'm gonna let it count, as technically that cover is a 2012 release. So there.

Ahhhh.....I think I'm having cover lust right now....

Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

So, I noticed on Booktastic Reviews that there's a 5 day event going on called Top 10 of 2012, in which you compile Top 10 lists based on books you've read over the year. Being the list addict that I am, I immediately thought I'd hop on board! If you're interested in participating, this event is being hosted by A Life Bound By Books, Confessions of a Bookaholic, Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. Wow, that was a mouth full! 

Now, for the first topic of the week -

Best Books I've Read In 2012:
*in no particular order*
(click on the covers to go to their Goodreads pages) 


Honorable Mentions: 

How about you guys - have you made a list of your top reads in 2012? If so, let me know and I'll go check them out! Maybe I'll find some books to add to my 2013 TBR list...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

In My Mailbox - A Meme by The Story Siren
Stacking The Shelves - A Meme by Tynga's Reviews

Made a few more trips to the bookstore lately, and I also got a library card for the town library (I'm new here still)! It's extremely small, but at least there is one. I've been reading a lot more since coming here, as it's really the only thing to do when I'm not working. I need to start meeting more people....but here's a look at what I bought from the bookstore this past week:


The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
Hotel Babylon by Anonymous & Imogen Edwards-Jones


The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Baynard
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I checked out three books from the library on my first visit since I didn't have much time. My sister pestered me into getting the first book from A Series of Unfortunate Events because she really wants me to read it. I told her that I'll only sit down to read it when she sits down and reads Harry Potter. Never thought it'd be so hard to get someone to read HP. But she reluctantly agreed, so we'll see how that's my library haul:


The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I think I'm most curious to read The Pale Blue Eye, which is a murder mystery featuring a young Edgar Allan Poe! It's had some good reviews, and I'm really intrigued by books that feature major literary authors as fictitious characters. That's why I also want to try reading the Jane Austen Mysteries someday....

Friday, December 21, 2012

Okay, so this is a little late, but to celebrate reaching over 100 GFC followers (and to celebrate the fact that I'm steadily employed again!), I decided to host a giveaway! Thank you guys so much for sticking with me, and following this blog - I appreciate each and every one of you! And to show my thanks, I am offering a $15 Amazon gift card as a prize to one lucky winner. Good luck, and Happy Holidays!


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

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When a bad day at work culminates in losing out on a promotion, Jim Sanders shifts into his animal form to let off steam. Then his bad day turns into a bad night—while prowling his Atlantic City neighborhood as a large gray house cat, he’s caught in a torrential downpour. What little luck he has washes down the gutter when his new boss, Andrew Wright, catches him taking shelter on his porch, brings him inside, and starts calling him Mr. Frosty. 

As a feline, Jim becomes the inadvertent confessor for his boss’s lonely son, Tony, a victim of schoolyard bullying. As a human, he feels drawn to Andrew, a man he wanted to resent. Finding love was never part of Jim’s plan or the future—not with his bizarre secret—yet suddenly he finds himself navigating that minefield anyway. But not everything is easy, especially for an interracial gay couple dealing with prejudice in the workplace, at Tony’s school, and even within their own families.

Okay, so I've dabbled in reading m/m fanfiction and short stories before, but I have to be honest in saying that this was the first full-length m/m romance novel that I have actually read. I was really drawn to the story after reading the synopsis - I mean, this guy who can turn into a cat ends up in the home of the man who was chosen for a promotion over him. I must say, I am a sucker for romances in which one person initially hates the other, but slowly starts to fall in love as they get to know them. That's one reason why I'm so addicted to Asian dramas.

And in the romance department, this book did not disappoint. Andrew (the new boss) and Jim (the shape-shifter) were absolutely adorable together. You can see that Jim wanted to hate Andrew for getting chosen for a job position over him, but when Andrew started spilling all of his feelings to him while Jim was in his feline form (which Andrew's son, Tony, dubbed Mr. Frosty), he started developing feelings for the man and his son.

But this is where my one issue with the story falls into place - it seems that Jim is almost immediately thrown into the role of the second father to Tony, even though he has only just begun dating Andrew. It wasn't really believable. I just think that the role of a father is a big one, and since Jim and Andrew were just beginning their relationship, to have given Jim the role of a second father to Tony just made the novel seem a bit insubstantial.

Nonetheless, this was a super quick read, and all of the cuteness between Andrew and Jim really sucked me into the story. They both had fears to overcome about being in a relationship, but once Jim knew he was in love with Andrew, his feelings for him never faltered, and vice versa. There weren't a whole lot of sex scenes in the novel, which left more time for emotional development between the characters, but the scenes that were included were nice and steamy. I could have done without the kinkiness, but I'm sure some people may have enjoyed the book more because of it. To each their own, I suppose! ;)

I suggest you give this one a read if you're into really sweet m/m romances with happy endings!


Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of almost 15 years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there's any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or crafts.

1) How did you get into the m/m romance genre?

I started out as a fan fiction writer about 4 years ago. For a while I wrote strictly in one fandom, then stretched my wings and tried a couple of other fandoms. I enjoyed writing fan fiction very much but I realized early on that I’d probably switch to original fiction at some point. I really wanted to create my own characters, with their own background and obstacles to overcome, so… here I am.

2) What was the hardest part of writing A Purrfect Match? 

Hmm, the hardest part? At first this book was supposed to be a short novella. I needed something cute after writing Silver Lining, which had exhausted me thoroughly.

The hardest part was keeping everything realistic (as much as you can be realistic with someone who possesses the ability to change from a human into a cat)—Jim’s struggle to accept he’s attracted to Andrew, Andrew’s struggle to keep everything together and Tony’s struggle to deal with being a bullying victim.

3)  Which scene was the most fun to write?

There were several scenes I had fun to write, for example the sex scenes. They were easy to write and I simply enjoy writing them—especially since these scenes are a bit on the kinky side. :-)

But I also loved to write Jim’s commentaries whenever he was in his cat form or the scene when Andrew and Jim's parents meet and interrogate Andrew about his new relationship.

4) Did you have any special reason for wanting to highlight the relationship between Jim and his father during their visit to the boardwalk? Why did you choose to make parenting a major focus of the story?

In m/m books I’ve often encountered that the main characters adopt or take in a child and everything always goes smoothly. The kid is always well-behaved and/or especially gifted in some area. I wanted to portray a “normal” child and how it can affect a partnership. I also wanted to show that the parents don’t need to be perfect in all their actions.

Andrew is having a hard time dealing with his new job and Tony's problems at his new school. He feels guilty and wonders what would be the right thing to do. He has the luck to meet Jim, who helps him navigate and accept he doesn't need to be perfect for Tony to love him.

The scene between Jim and his father—Jim’s father hasn’t been keen on having a gay son at first but he’s overcome his reservations. Jim loves his father for that. Since his father is becoming more and more fragile their roles get reversed. Jim thinks about how he perceived his father during his childhood and how different the man is now. All these thoughts help Jim come to the conclusion that he wants to be involved in Andrew and Tony’s life—much more than he thought was possible.

5) What made you decide to make Jim a shape-shifter, and why did you choose a cat?

I didn’t consciously decide to make him a shape-shifter. I saw a picture of a beautiful, large gray cat and instantly had the image of Jim roaming about in Atlantic City in my mind.

I’ve written a few shape-shifter stories so far (mostly fan fiction) and usually the characters shift into dogs and foxes. This time I wanted to write about a different species but nothing too out of the ordinary. Since I find cats fascinating, that's what Jim became.

A Purrfect Match isn't so much about the magical aspect rather than all the things Jim hears and experiences in his cat form. If it hadn't have been for his ability to shift, he might never have gotten to know Andrew and his son, Tony. He might never have fallen in love either. Sometimes it's all about the circumstances whether you find that one person you want to share your life with. Jim is clever enough to realize quickly he found this special someone.

Another reason is that the cat fits Jim's personality. He likes to be on his own, and he determines with whom he wants to share his time. He chooses “his people”, just like a lot of cats do. How often have you heard the phrase “I didn't choose the cat, he/she chose me”. This statement fits perfectly because Jim chose Andrew and Tony as his family.

6) If you could have any supernatural power/ability that you wanted, what would you pick?

Healing powers would be cool but I think I’d go with the shape-shifter abilities. I’d love to experience a day as a cat, dog, or whatever, just to know what it’s like. Did I mention I’m insanely curious? ;-)

7) What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

I like to spend time with my family. Once a week I drive my daughter to her riding lesson and cuddle the horses (I’m not allowed to ride anymore but so wish I could take up lessons again). Oh, and I do cross stitch—a lot.

8) Do you have any favorite m/m novels that you would like to recommend to your readers?

I really like Witness and The Ghost on My Couch by L.A. Gilbert, Timing by Mary Calmes, Mummy Dearest by Josh Lanyon, Good to Know by D.W. Marchwell, but my favorite has to be Gathering Storm by Lyn Gala.

9) If you were to put together a soundtrack for this novel, what songs would you be sure to add, and why?

Gee, you’re asking awfully difficult questions! Let me think…stop tapping your foot, I’m still thinking… um… I guess I’d go with some of the songs I heard a lot while I wrote the book, so let’s see:

Ai Se Eu Te Pego РMichel Teló
Bridge Of Light – Pink
Lullaby – Nickelback
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men
Gambling Man – Overtones
Friends – Aura Dione
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Girl Gone Wild – Madonna
Breathing – Jason Derulo
Wild Ones – Flo Rida
Turn All The Lights On
Learning To Breathe – Stanfour
Summer Of Love – Cascada


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Sunday, December 09, 2012

{In My Mailbox} Hidden Bookstore Gems

Sunday, December 09, 2012 with 5 comments

In My Mailbox - A Meme by The Story Siren
Stacking The Shelves - A Meme by Tynga's Reviews

Wow, haven't done this in a while! The town I've moved to is honestly so small that everything is on one street. Luckily enough, there is a used bookstore, though the majority of their books are really old, and not my style. But there are some hidden gems, and there are even some books in like-new condition, if you look hard enough for them. The biggest plus? All of their paperback fiction novels are $1. Woohoo! Here's what I got during my visits so far:

A Winter's Tale by Trisha Ashley
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

I don't think any of these books fall into the YA category, but they all sound great! I really don't think I even saw any Young Adult novels in that bookstore at all, except for a few copies of Twilight and some heavily overpriced Harry Potter books - and I searched those shelves very thoroughly. For now, it seems I must sooth my YA addiction by shopping online at Amazon. Still, I'm grateful there's a bookstore here that gets some decent reads once in a while.