Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Hyena Moon

Title - Hyena Moon
Author - Jeanette Battista
Series - Moon #3
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal
Publication - May 22nd 2012
Format - Physical Copy from Author


Miami is still in the hands of the wereleopard clan. Sekhmet's assassination has been dealt with, and Samara's attempt to take over the city has been stopped for now. But things aren't simple for Kess, especially now that she has Samara's son, Rafe, to deal with. While others see only a spy, Kess is determined to help the damaged young man abandoned by his mother.

Rafe is torn: his mother left him in the hands of the wereleopards, presumably to die, but Kess has treated him more like a guest than a prisoner. But Rafe still feels a sense of loyalty to his werehyena pack, and he's uniquely placed to gather information that his mother will need if she ever hopes to take Miami. Things grow even more complicated for the young werehyena when Cormac's non-were sister comes to town for a visit. Rafe finds himself fascinated by the girl, finding more and more reasons to question his loyalty to his pack.

Rafe knows his mother isn't done with Miami or Kess. In the final bloody conflict between wereleopard and hyena, which side will he choose?


The third book in the Moon Series. This book is written from Rafe’s point of view for most of it. He’s spent his life being abused by his sister and his mother she tends to take her anger out on him. When his mother takes him with her to a meeting in Miami hoping to push Kess into giving her control of the city she’s forced to choose between her kids. She ends up taking his sister with her leaving her son Rafe in Kess’s care to do as she likes. Living with Kess isn’t like living with his mother, she’s kind she let’s have the run of the house, all he can eat and even takes him shopping.
When Cormac’s sister shows up unexpectedly she’s drawn to Rafe almost from the start. As a non-were and the fact that he doesn’t trust Rafe she’s instructed to never go anywhere alone.  Of course as teenagers they push the limit, falling deeper in love but Rafe hasn’t ever fit in, now he’s been giving a second chance. Deep down he wonders if his mother left him with Kess to spy and when fate steps in he’s whisked away with his sister back to his mother. Rafe wants to believe that his mother didn’t leave him with Kess to die, that she knew what she was doing. Upon seeing his return she makes him feel welcome but the next morning he learns that his sister kidnapped Lenore and they think Rafe caused it. Will Rafe be able to earn their trust and save Lenore?
I really love the way the stories all mingle together, since I grew attached to prior characters in the series. I love the shape shifting concept for the series it’s one of my favorite. I think the best way to describe the series is we have Kess’s story but as the series progresses we get different characters we connect with hearing their own unique story. Each story tends to have a love story mixed throughout which is one of my favorite parts I love clean romance filled with mystery. As with the whole series they have captivated my attention right from the start, causing me to lose all track of time. The characters have grown so much from the prior books, I find Kess to have grown the most from the once scared little leopard. I find that the Moon series is very well written flowing along smoothly from start to finish.  I look forward to reading the fourth book.

5 out of 5 Stars 

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“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
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Throwback Thursday!

Throwback Thursday January 31st 2013

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never to fond of Books.

It's the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven't seen the "New Releases" shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may or not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don't have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don't have a blog at all you can use the comments to tell us about a book your remember fondly.

And NOW! We’re expanding! Throwback Thursday is no longer limited to just books! Throwback Thursday is dedicated to shining the spotlight on any book-related old favorites that need to be remembered.What’s your favorite classic television show or movie adaptation? What about your favorite song? Was your favorite toy a character from a book?
Here’s how it works:
  • Pick any media (or non-media item) released more than 5 years ago. Remember to keep it book-related!
  • Write up a short summary (include the title, author, and cover art, if applicable) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
  • Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
  • Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list – or some other classic!
My choice this week is my all time watch it over and over movie. 

Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate the house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but ends up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. 

My thoughts:
I can't say enough how much I love this movie. Like last week's Dirty Dancing I've worn out many copies over the years. I actually watched it just the other day in anticipation of writing this little post. I can admit that I've watched this movie once a month for years it's one of those movies I can listen to while I read and still enjoy it. Even though it was done a long time ago I love the concept and Beetlejuice is my favorite character, he's such a nut. I've been such a huge fan of the movie that I've decided to get a tattoo of a sand-worm curling around a stack of books. I don't know if I could bring myself to tattoo Beetlejuice himself on my body but the sand-worm and the books I think fit me perfect. 

What's your throwback this week?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Jackal Moon

Title - Jackal Moon
Author - Jeanette Battista
Series - Moon #2 
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal
Publication - April 13th 2012
Format - Kindle ebook


Laila has been pledged to serve the jackal god, Anubis, since she was a child. She wants nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother and become a member of the Keepers of Divine Order. When her initiation into the Keepers leads her to Miami and pits her against the wereleopard Sekhmet, Laila is cast into a sea of clan intrigue and bitter rivalries. The stakes grow even higher once the rival pack of werehyenas, led by the beautiful and bloodthirsty Samara, decides to lay claim to the wereleopard’s territory. With the arrival of Kess, the true wereleopard clan leader, and her retinue of werewolves, violence threatens to erupt. Will Laila’s training and skills be enough to save the young werejackal and everything she’s worked for? The scales are ready and Anubis awaits...


Jackal Moon takes off not long after Leopard Moon however we are introduced to Laila a werejackal who is training to become a member of the Keepers of Divine Order. Her father has retired from the Keepers but her older brother is currently working with them. She’s almost ready to join the Keepers when her brother comes to town and takes her with him off to Miami. The way the Keepers of Divine Order work is they are kind of like cleaners. If someone needs to be disposed in the shape shifter community those who know how to contact them will make a offering and a request. After everything that happened in Leopard Moon Kess’s brother Sek isn’t in the best of shape even though he’s healed.

When Laila and her brother are sent to pay Sek a visit it’s her brother who sends her in to kill Sek and take his heart. However instead of fleeing like she expected her brother has her hang around and it’s not till she meets Sek’s sister Kess and her two werewolves companion’s do things start to click together. Laila also meet’s the werehyena’s leader who is dying to get her hands on the city of Miami and with Sek’s death she sees her chance. Kess needs to figure out who killed her brother she has her suspects, thankfully she’s not alone her boyfriend Cormac is with her as well as his cousin Finn. Together the trio will learn who the werejackal’s are as well as find more than they bargained for with Samara the werehyena.

I was super excited to read more of Kess’s story however even though it starts after Leopard moon the book centers around a few new characters. We only had a taste of who Finn was in the first book so Jackal Moon gave us a new insight his personality. Plus we had the added new characters of Laila and Samara which each have their own stories to tell which captivate the imagination. I knew right off the bat I didn’t like Samara I mean her story makes sense but it’s hard not to dislike her. I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about Laila, I spent the first half of the book on the fence I wanted to love her as much as I did Kess but she for me was hard to relate too. However as the book progressed and we had some interaction between Laila and Finn I started to like her more. I think Jackal Moon is a great addition to the Moon series. The book flows along smoothly from character as the mystery unfolds. I really enjoyed Jackal Moon and look forward to starting the next book in the series. 

5 out of 5 Stars

Review: Leopard Moon

Title - Leopard Moon
Author - Jeanette Battista
Series - Moon #1
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal 
Publication - March 4th 2012
Format - Ebook Kindle


How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess' relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

When the moon rises, the hunt is on….


Kess was born a wereleopard, but things at home changed after her first shift. Her older brother who she used to look up to has decided that to save the clan he needs to use his sister to help strengthen the line. When her brother crosses the line Kess does the only things he can and runs for her life leaving the safety of her Miami home and her father. She moves around a lot avoiding her father’s investigators but when after a call to let him know she was ok she settles in California working in as a waitress. When she hears a stranger outside she runs fearing that her brother’s investigators have found her. She decides to run heading back towards the east coast only staying more north. Wereleopards prefer the warmer tropical climates so she doesn’t expect him to find her.

She finds a job working at the local restaurant where she meets Cormac who finds her interesting. However since she’s on the run she’s resistant to have anything to do with the handsome college guy. She attempts to be resistant to his charm but she finds herself attracted to him. Knowing that the time will come where she may have to run she attempts to discourage him. When he finds her car in the forest and follows her scent trail fearing something may have happened to her does she learn that he’s a werewolf and he that she’s a leopard.  After the cat is out of the bag she decides not to fight their connection. The pair instantly connects but life isn’t simple, Cormac’s father doesn’t like the idea of Kess in town, and her brother is still hunting her.

I’ve been dying to read Leopard Moon since I first ran across it; thanks to the tour I was able to push it to the front of my list. I’ve been a huge fan of shapeshifter books preferably the feline concept more so than wolves. Maybe it’s because I’ve got cats right now, and can’t have a dog. I’m a huge fan of Kess as a character she’s just so easy to relate to my heart went out to having to deal with hiding from her crazy brother. I was so excited that she connects to Cormac because his character is a perfect complement. The relationship between the two fits perfectly he’s so sweet patient and kind with her. With Cormac she learns to really live the life she never had the chance to growing up in the clan. I found the whole concept captivating I had a hard time putting Leopard Moon down because it just draws you into Kess’s story right from the start. The story is very well written it just flows along so smoothly it was easy for me to lose all track of time. Plus it’s a clean romance so teens as well as adults will enjoy it. I just really loved everything about Leopard Moon, the characters are great the story is captivating plus it’s cover is beautiful. I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into the next book. 

5 out of 5 Stars


W...W...W... Wednesdays January 30th 2013

W...W...W... Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Be sure to link up to her so others can see what your reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions...

1.What are you currently reading?
2.What did you recently finish reading?
3.What do you think you'll read next?

1.What are you currently reading? C'Est La Vie by Jack Thompson
2.What did you recently finish reading? Hunter Moon by Jeanette Battista
3.What do you think you'll read next? Centaur Legacy by Nancy Straight 

What are you reading?

Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday January 30th 2013

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating. In my case not so patiently waiting for the new releases, which I lack.

Happy Wednesday!

I loved the first one in the Hallowed Ones series and I've been dying to see what happens next to Katie. I love the cover it looks creepy.

The Outside
by Laura Bickle
Young Adult Paranormal 


After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.

And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?

What's your wow this week?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday with Mandy!!
This week's topic is:
Top Ten: Mandy's Top Ten most frustrating Characters ever (or in my case 2)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke And The Brookish. Who doesn't love lists. They make life easy! And fun!! It's always a never ending topic.

This one is tough it's been a while since I was frustrated with a character in a book.

1. Anita Blake by Laurell K Hamilton - She drives me nuts since she's inherited Jean Claude's aurder her books have been more smut less kick ass bounty hunter. She was my favorite for so long now it's more of a struggle to read her books. I would love to see her commit to either Richard or Jean Claude but jeeze she's sleeping with everyone now a day. I could rant about this all day I think.

2. Kristen Stewart playing Bella Swan in Twilight - Her constipated face through all the movies drives me nuts. I loved the books I just wish someone else had been cast as Bella. So not the character but the actress who plays Bella really frustrates me.

Alright this week I can't think of anyone else in books who frustrates me as much the above two.

Who are your most frustrating characters?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Leap Frog Follow Hop #2

Leap Frog Follow Hop
Hosted by:

The Question:
What is your favorite place to go to get good deals on books? Library sales, online shopping, used books, etc. Share some tips. 


I wish we had an awesome used bookstore in the area. 99% of my purchases are from Amazon. Though I do pick a few books up when I'm out and about. So I don't have any tips but I will be looking for new ones.

How about you?

Know Me Better #3

Know Me Better January 28th 2013

This Weeks Questions:

Top 5 songs on your playlist?
How much time do you spend reading each week?
What is the last thing you Googled?
Favorite places to travel?
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Top 5 songs on your playlist? 
1. Hearts Burst into Fire by Bullet For My Valentine - I love these guys my favorite of all time.
2. Shadows Of The Night by Pat Benatar - I love all her music this is my favorite.
3. Amanda by Boston - Yup got to love my song.
4. I've Had The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - Best song in my favorite movie.
5. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen - I love the music video and my three year old sings this song all the time.

How much time do you spend reading each week?
I try to read several hours a day like today I read off and on all day so maybe like 8 hours but most days around 5. I love to read so I try as much as I can.

What is the last thing you Googled?
Tattoo's we've been watching a Tattoo show on TV so both the hubby and I have been thinking of unique ideas. My next one is going to be a Sandworm from Beattlejuice my 2nd favorite movie., I just can't bring myself to tattoo Beattlejuice on my body so the sandworm is great it should make for a unique tattoo maybe wrap it around a stack of books.

Favorite places to travel?
I don't like to fly so I don't travel much if it's far which is funny because I'm married to a guy who fly's go figure. I love Newport Oregon we used to go every year as a kid. I plan to one day after the hubby get's out to buy a beach house just outside of Newport. Then I can spend my days read, sketching, watching whales, cooking and picking up agates

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
I love to bake so fresh cinnamon rolls, hot coffee and a good book.

How about you?

Blog Tour/Review: Evie's Knight


On tour with Prism Book Tours

Our awesome Tour in images:

We announced the NEW COVER on the Tour Launch:

Original Cover                                   Our Shiny New Cover


A steamy, yet clean Romance Novel. 
When Evie falls in love with Calvin Knight, their young, virtuous romance conjures a truly wicked spell. 

Evie always thought her eighteenth year would be magical, but so far it's not what she hoped for. Her best friend has gone wild, her love life is void, and she misses her mom more than ever. But life for Evie is about to change. Calvin Knight, the object of her fascination, is about to fall madly in love with her. Just one problem: Their love conjures a murderous woman from beyond the grave who wants Evie dead. The same demon who has haunted the Knight men for over four generations. Soon Calvin is forced to make a choice: Set Evie free and hope to evade the wrath of The Raven- haired Ghost, or use his newly gifted strengths to fight against her. If he chooses to fight and wins, Calvin will free the Knight men of this demonic witch. If he loses, Evie will become her next victim.


I received Evie’s Knight in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Prism Book Tours. Evie is finally done with high school she’s moved on to college where she’s taking art classes and hoping to enjoy her life. Her best friend Kelly has decided to move out and live in a caste with a zillion other roommates and getting a job so that between school, work and parties she won’t have time for Evie. Which makes her sad but she’s not into the kind of parties that Kelly has been going to. Thankfully Evie has a love interest that she happens to share an art class with. The Handsome Calvin Knight, who she’s been crushing on but just hasn’t gotten to know.

When Calvin suddenly wants to spend time with her, showing an interest in her art Evie is head over heels. They each have their own stories as to the loss of their mothers, be it deceased or just abandonment. Things change as Calvin starts to fall in love with Evie, an ancient evil that has haunted the men in his family for generations has her heart set on destroying Calvin’s relationship with Evie. A long time ago Calvin’s great-great grandfather rejected Jocelyn’s desire to join her in the underworld. She vowed to ruin every chance at love that he and future generations had, she also intends to claim one of his descendants as her own and has her eyes set on Calvin. With the help of a new friend, his brother and some special powers Calvin may have what it takes to save Evie.

I found Evie’s Knight to be a perfect mix of romance and fantasy. I found the concept for the storyline intriguing it drew me in right from the start and I had a hard time putting it down over the couple of days it took me. I found the story well written it flows smoothly throughout the whole book. It’s one I can see teenagers as well as adults enjoying because even though it’s a romance it’s a clean one. Throughout the book we are given perspectives from both Evie and Calvin which I think is great because I was able to connect to both characters. I think Calvin is perfect for Evie though him she’s be able to move pass the obsession of her mother not coming back, plus when her best friend moved on she needed someone strong to be there for her. I enjoyed the fantasy aspects also, they keep the story fresh and exciting it’s very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing what else Kimberly Krey comes up with because for me this one was perfect it’s exactly what I want in a book.  

5 out of 5 stars

1 – Kimberly Krey – Cover Change!
1 – Kelly Fox – Goodreads Review
1 – I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Clean Romance I
2 – Monique Morgan - All You Need is Love I
3 – Getting Your Read On – Review - Clean Romance II
4 - Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
6 – Passion and Life – Passionate Peaches Cobbler Recipe & Smokin' Hot Excerpt – English/Spanish
6 - Paulette’s Papers – All You Need is Love II
7 - Bookworm Lisa – Review - Clean Romance III
7 – Pages of Forbidden Love – Review
8 - Vanessa Morgan – All You Need is Love III
9 - Proud Book Nerd – Review
9 - Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Review/Interview
10 - Geo Librarian – Review
10 - The Literary Forest - Review, Exerpt
11 - InfectedLoser – Review
13 - Welcome to Couch Potato Reader – Review
14 - Letters to the Cosmos – Review
14 – One A Day YA – Drafts Guest Post
14 - Little Miss Bookworm – Review
15 -  Magical Manuscripts – Review/Top Ten things you would do if you could not write!

  1. Cry.  2. Muse story ideas in my head.  3. Cry some more.  4. Listen to characters converse inside my head.  5. Eat illegal amounts of chocolate.  6. Work through plots and scenes for the stories stuck within my head.  7. Throw up the chocolate.  8. Stubbornly search for a way to get the stories onto paper & out of my head.  9. More crying would take place here.  10. Slowly slip into a mind-numbing stupor.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese16 - Musings of a Reader Happy - Excerpt
17 – Proud Book Nerd – Ultimate Grilled Cheese

17 - Books, Books, the Magical Fruit – Interview
17 - Book Sake – Review
18 - Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf – Aromatic Noodles Recipe

20 - A Life Bound by Books – Excerpt I
21 - Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews – Excerpt II
21 - Oh, The Books You’ll Read – Review
22 - A Backwards Story – Review, Excerpt III
22 - Passion and Life – Review – English/Spanish
23 - Framed In Words – ART Exerpt
23 - Colorimetry – Random ART thoughts
24 – Unputdownable Books – The Raven-haired Ghost ART
24 - Living a Goddess Life – Crepe Cake Recipe

25 – icultgen – Review, The Raven-haired Ghost ART
25 – Pieces of Whimsy - Review

27 – The Reading Diaries – Review
27 - Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – Excerpt
28 – Stressed Rach – Review
28 - Literally Jen – Review
29 – Min Reads and Reviews – Review
29 – Grand Finale, WINNERS drawn

Two original works of art of the Raven-haired Ghost:

from Anna

From Naj

Kimberly Krey, the awesome author:

From January 29 - 31 - Evie's Knight will be available for FREE to download from Amazon.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? January 28th 2013
Welcome to It's Monday! is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what you've read the past week and are planning to read the next.

This week was a big pile of books but I did get through most of them and will be finished today with what I didn't so it's all good. I have some awesome books up next.

Read this week:
Eden's Root by Rachel Fisher (Review)
Seeds of War by Rachel Fisher (Review)
Interred by Marilyn Almodóvar (Review)
Evie's Knight by Kimberly Krey (Review)

Later in the week the Moon Series Reviews will appear for their tour.

Leopard Moon by Jeanette Battista (Goodreads)
Jackal Moon by Jeanette Battista (Goodreads)
Hyena Moon by Jeanette Battista (Goodreads)
Hunter Moon by Jeanette Battista (Goodreads)

My choices for the week:

Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy (Goodreads)
Centaur Legacy by Nancy Straight (Goodreads)
C'est La Vie by Jack Thompson (Goodreads)
Losers in Space by John Barnes (Goodreads)
Boys that Bite by Mari Mancusi (Goodreads)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Goodreads)

What are you reading this week?