REVIEW by Jena: The Substitute by Holly Barrington

“The Substitute” is set in an alternate Britain, where Vampires and Mortals co-exist more or less in harmony. However, that may soon be about to change . . . Emily Brown starts her new job at Pathway Software, and at first everything goes well. She makes new friends there and her bosses are impressed so …

REVIEW by Jena: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. …

REVIEW by Jena: Death at Willow Creek Mine by J.D. Savid

A story of love, faith, enmity, and hypocrisy. After the death of their parents, three brothers arrive in northwest Nevada to live with their widowed aunt. In time, Aaron, the oldest brother, fulfills his dream of reopening their aunt’s historic old gold mine, where he runs the mill that processes the ore. The youngest brother, …

RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part II

Back on January 19th, I confessed to all of you that I am an aspiring writer.  At that point, I gave you a little bit of back story on how I got started.  If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, click here to do so.  I will wait…… *queue elevator music* You’re …

REVIEW: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris – Released Today

Sookie has a murder investigation on her hands. A young girl has died at a vampire party – and it looks as though her lover, Eric, might be responsible. Eric swears he didn’t do it, the police don’t believe him, and even Sookie isn’t so sure. Nor is she inclined to take his word for …

REVIEW by Jena: The Shekinah Legacy by Gary Lindberg (@gary_lindberg)

International cable TV journalist Charlotte Ansari and her Asperger’s son are caught literally in the crossfire of history when terrorists, the CIA, Mossad and the Vaticanall converge in a pulse-pounding search for relics that could forever change the balance of power in the world. Three decades ago,Charlotte’s mother suddenly vanished with no trace. The mystery …

REVIEW by Jena: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in …

REVIEW: Light Under the House by Aaron L and Donna Dawson

  Light Under the House is the saga of an American family–the Levis, a family of secrets. None greater than the secret of what lies under their house, a secret that could destroy them. A secret that an ancient evil will stop at nothing to uncover. The novel follows the Levi family line for a …

REVIEW: Dreamfever (Fever Series #4) by Karen Marie Moning (@KarenMMoning)

They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future. When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who …

REVIEW: Faefever (Fever Series #3) by Karen Marie Moning (@KarenMMoning)

He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.   When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer …

REVIEW: Darkfever (Fever Series Book #1) by Karen Marie Moning (@KarenMMoning)

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens. When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on …

REVIEW: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . …

FANFICTION REVIEW: Saints and Sinners by EricIzMine (@EricIzMine)

  If you didn’t need to use them to read my review, right now I would be saying “close your eyes and picture this….”  Sookie Stackhouse, MENSA-type genius history/government teacher.  Eric Northman and Alcide Hervaeaux, both Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Predator Task Force.  Jason Stackhouse, another MENSA-type genius turned family business …

REVIEW: Spirit Bound (VampireAcademy#5) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, …

FANFICTION REVIEW: Eric and the Witches of Shreveport by Merick (@1Merick)

I was recently invited to take part in the Fangreaders Chat.  During our session, I met a great group of fanfic writers.  I put an offer out to the writers saying that if anyone had a completed fanfic that they would like reviewed, I would be happy to do so.  One of those writers, Merick, took …

REVIEW: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

  The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri. He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must …

REVIEW: The Vampire’s Last Lover (Dying in the Dark #1) by Aiden James (@aidenjames3)

  Txema Ybarra is the most unenviable nineteen-year-old girl alive. Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does…until the vampires show up. Born with an unusual ‘twin teardrop’ birthmark on her neck, Txema (pronounced Chema) is one …

REVIEW: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER? Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian.  Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first.  Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken . . . …

REVIEW: Frostbite (Vampire Academy Book 2) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose… It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if handto- hand …

REVIEW: Silas Robb: Of Saints and Sinners by Erik Lynd (@ErikLynd)

“I am a demon summoned from hell and she is a Saint returned from the outskirts of heaven. We work for the Holy Roman Inquisition and are humanity’s greatest and perhaps only hope for survival as we approach the coming apocalypse. Our primary job is protecting humans from supernatural entities that grow stronger by the …

REVIEW: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Book 1) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires–the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a …

EREADER REVIEW: The Kindle Fire (@AmazonKindle)

Well, I’ve been talking about it for, like, forever and I finally did it.  I bought myself a Kindle Fire!  I know, I know.  It’s about damn time.  I feel the same way.  I was having a very hard time justifying the need for a tablet.  I have my Kindle 3rd Generation (with the keyboard), …

REVIEW: Serpent’s Storm by Amber Benson (@Amber_Benson)

Calliope just wants to make it big in the Big Apple like any other working girl. But Callie is also Death’s Daughter, no matter how much she tries to stay out of the family business. And now her older sister has made a deal with the Devil himself to engage in a hostile takeover of …

RANDOMS: Jena's Adventure In Writing a Novel: Part I

Back in 2005, I was struck with inspiration.  It started because I was a majorly, and I mean MAJORLY, huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  I used to read the Buffy novels for quick pastime reading (averaging 1 or 2 of them in a day).  They’re basically paperback fan fiction and they had a lot …

REVIEW: Fallen by Lauren Kate (@LaurenKateBooks)

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, …