Saturday, August 31, 2013

Story Time

* Please add a line to the story and determine where it goes.


1.) Only write 1 to 2 sentences
2.) Keep it clean
3.) Have fun and spread the word so the story grows

Here's the story that has formed so far:

Awesome people who have authored the story by adding lines so far: Sullivan McPig, Julie@My5monkeys, Susan Jane Bigelow, barmybex, Tiny Reverse Vampire, Man of la Book

Once upon a time in a time not that long ago there was a disturbance.

The cause of the disturbance was something that was well...truly disturbing.  In fact it was so disturbing that at first it was quite unclear what this disturbance was, because anyone who saw it was too disturbed to talk about it.

There came a noisy unruly girl who demanded that all must obey her. She was the girl of the mayor and weird things did happen around her. Pigeons tap danced when she blinked her eyes and cockroaches would mimic her words when she spoke.  Lights would go off and babies would cry when she passed.

This girl stood in the center of town, pigeons dancing, roaches waiting, lights flickering and babies crying all around.  She struck her umbrella on the cobblestones.  A hush fell over the town as purple sparks shot out of the tip of the umbrella and even the pigeons stopped their dancing and seemed to hold their breath.

As the astounded masses watched a massive hole slowly appeared in the middle of the street. As the dust settled it was revealed...a giant staircase leading down to complete darkness and then a faint music started to radiate from its depths.

There was such a ruckus in the town and trying to make sure that all the citizens were fine. The music coming out of the hole had a mesmerizing sound that attracted all the citizens.  It was almost like children's music.

The girl grinned mischievously and whistled along with the music while she slowly descended down the hole.

The further down she went the louder the music echoed. A strange shift filled the air and a cold wind howled past causing her hair to flutter round her face, but it didn't distract her. As she confidently walked on some of the pigeons and cockroaches followed her, cautiously and trembling with fear and a sense of foreboding.

"Wait," a high, piping voice said, "there are dangers below!" One of the pigeons had spoken. This was not a terrific surprise to the girl, who did not pause in her descent." Stay above ground if you don't have the courage to follow me," she stated calmly." But I must go on. The faith of the town depends on this."

As she kept traveling downward the tone of the music seemed to change and become more insistent.  Then in the distance a faint shimmering light appeared.

It glowed a dull purple at first, but then changed to a harsh, angry blue that pulsated like a frantic heartbeat that got more aggressive the closer the girl got to it.

The light was actually calling to her, and only her. She was different from everyone else in the town. It was her duty.

She edged closer with her arm out in front of her. The blue light grew in intensity until she had to close her eyes against the glare, a warmth surrounded her arm from the light and she pulled in a satisfied breath and grinned.

As more of the light enveloped her, she felt the heat spread and her body began to hum with a sense of power.

Then in her mind she began to hear a whispering chant almost as if the power knew who she was and what she had to do.

The words and the music started to sync together and then she began to speak the chant, as she spoke the discordant words the light solidified into a wooden door which slowly began to open.

The light around the door frame was still so bright it cast shadows into the room, making it impossible to see what was in there.

She slowly peeked into the room and felt so cold that there must be something not of this world in there. She slowly found the bed and sat down on it.

Then out of nowhere a dapper looking man appeared.  He looked like a perfect gentleman; he even had a strange purple top hat on.  Though when you looked in his eyes there was no warmth to be found and his presence seemed to suck the warmth from the room.

The man seemed to be staring straight at her but there was no recognition in his eyes, just blackness. Then he opened his mouth to speak and she felt shivers shoot up and down her spine.

His voice seemed to freeze the very air and stop all sound when he said, "I know what you're here for."

Thinking this was her job and her job alone, she wondered if he was friend or foe.

She steadied herself because she knew that if she showed any fear that he might pounce and his true form would be revealed.  Her bag of tricks was pretty full though and she had the spark of an idea.

She remembered his particular fondness for word puzzles and taking a deep breath began reciting an odd sounding riddle.

In the middle of the chant he began chanting along with her, their voices rose and the atmosphere in the room grew even more tense.

The girl could have sworn she felt the very walls vibrating and the floor shaking, but she knew she couldn't stop now. If this was some sort of test she was determined to succeed.

When she finished the chant he stopped at the same time, then with a deep rumbling the floor fell away beneath them.

The pair tumbled down into the darkness, but for some reason neither one of them was scared.

They seem to fall forever, almost floating in the air. The girl held the man's hand, or was he holding hers?

The man was still chanting, while the pigeons were flying in circles around them. That is when the girl notices something that sent cold chills to her spine: the cockroaches mimicked him!

She thought everything was under control but those darn cockroaches really fouled things up.

The farther they fell the more weightless she felt and the air seemed to thicken and become colder.

The chanting continued, she glanced down and saw that they were falling quickly toward a rather large clearing that was surrounded by snow and something shadowy she couldn't quite make out.

Bracing herself for a rough landing the girl blew out a deep breath and got ready for impact. At least the snow would offer some sort of comfort, or so she thought.

The closer they got the more the view changed.  The snowflakes now seemed to be separating, darkening, and slowly but surely rising to meet them.

The girl closed her eyes in the hope she was imagining it, but when she opened them again the shadowy snow was still coming towards them and now it looked like a dark outstretched hand just waiting to snatch them both out of the air.

As the hand wrapped around them, they could feel the very breath being squeezed from their lungs. It wasn't really a hand, they had fallen into a canyon with ridges that looked like fingers. It got narrower the further down they were drawn, then they could feel something on their toes.

"what is that?" the girl asked, trying to wriggle herself away from whatever it was, scrunching her nose in disgust. Her breath caught as she slipped again and fell further into the thing below.

"Why me?" she cried.

Then his voice boomed from right behind her, "You know why, it always had to be you."

She stared shocked while he continued, “I never forgot about you and I wasn’t just going to let you go.”

"You thought that you could just walk out and I wouldn't notice?"

the girl took a deep breath, realising she knew just who was behind her and knowing things were about to get a lot worse. "oh boy!" she sighed to herself.

Before she could turn around the temperature plummeted and then he was there, the man she thought she could get away from.  Well he wasn't exactly all human as she had found out before fleeing.

Taking two steps back she yelled at him, "I've learned a lot since our last meeting."

"She fumbled for the umbrella which lay a few feet away, broken and wet."

Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekend Read - Playing for Keeps

Books about superheroes have always intrigued me.  I’ve had this book on my Kindle for awhile and think that I could use a fun read on this three day weekend.  It looks like it’ll be a funny look at people with powers that aren’t exactly conventionally heroic.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Series Review (so far) - The Elemental Series

These books are so addictive I read these three and one of the short stories in the course of about three days.  They just draw you in right away and don’t let up until the end of the book.

The Merrick brothers are an awesome bunch and their elemental powers are really fun/cool to contemplate.  The whole Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Spirit kind of reminded me of the Captain Planet cartoon (not in a bad way though I freaking loved that show.)

Each of the brothers is very different, so I'm sure any reader will find a favorite out of the bunch. My favorites after reading these three and the short story are Gabriel, Nick, Michael, and Chris and Hunter (he's not a Merrick and has a rather complicated story that's explained more in the third book) kind of falls in the middle somewhere.

I like that you have two narrators a guy and a girl because this way you get to see both sides of a character/how they see themselves and how the other characters see them. Becca, Layne, and Kate are strong counterparts to the guys in their lives. I think out of all the girls Layne is definitely my favorite and her and Gabriel have an interesting relationship.

What keeps the series so intense is that each book floats right into the next book there's no three months later or anything the events always have consequences and are fresh in everybody's minds.

I can't wait for the next book in the series because it'll be from Nick's point of view and if it's anything like his short story it's going to be so good. If you're looking for a new series to try I can't recommend this one enough.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rogue Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello everybody hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday.  Today I'm very happy to be part of the Rogue blog tour.  I love this series and Rogue is the last in the trilogy so I'm definitely looking forward to reading it because so far the Croak series has been one big bursting bundle of awesome.

My review of Croak and Scorch and the time Gina Damico came to Omaha on her Slapdash Road Trip Book Tour.  

Please welcome Gina Damico to Bibliognome:
Hey hey Croak fans! Welcome to my blog tour / photo hunt / Roguestravaganza!

From now until ROGUE's release on September 10th, each stop on the tour will reveal an image that represents a chapter in the book - could refer to setting, plot, an important object, mood, or whatever other diabolical visualizations with which I feel like tormenting my dear readers. Each image also contains a hidden letter...though really, they're not that well hidden. (If you have eyes, you should be able to spot them.) Collect the letters every day, and at the end of the tour I'll hold a contest, the winner of which will receive signed and annotated copies of the complete trilogy. (For a complete description of the contest, tour schedule, and links to the stops you might have missed, check out the blog tour page on my website.)

This photo is for Chapter 12. I will let the image do the talking.

Thanks for having me! Good luck everyone!
Plot Summary:
"Teenage Grim Reaper Lex’s power to Damn souls is getting out of control. She's a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they're joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.  
The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed...but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice."




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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gothic Girl

The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

* ARC received from NetGalley for review.

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

Gothic  intrigue and mysterious circumstances are found in abundance throughout this book.  There is a big case of mistaken identity but also a lot more to it than that.

As you can see from the title of the book and description Hannah is the wrong girl.  She spent most of her life sheltered as a companion to an earl’s daughter.  All that changes when she is mistakenly abducted.  She thinks that she has to pretend to be the right girl.  

Hannah hasn’t seen much beyond her attic and the people she meets are very different than what she’s used to.  She is a narcoleptic and isn’t sure why just that it causes trouble and is definitely not the talent that her kidnappers were looking for.

There are plenty of conspiracies and half truths.  I was extremely surprised by the major twist in the story but it really brought everything together.  It’s always nice not to foresee the surprises ahead of time.

By the end you’ll be really questioning Hannah’s history and what the truth is about how she was raised.  I have some theories and can’t wait to find out more answers.  I think this series might slowly turn into a kind of Victorian X-Men, which is pretty darn exciting.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sentence Sneak Peek - The Wrong Girl

The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

The first sentence from each chapter of The Wrong Girl, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
* ARC received from NetGalley for review.

“To say I’d been kept prisoner my entire life in an attic wasn’t quite true.”

“I didn’t have to open my eyes to know I was in a carriage traveling at a fast clip along a rough road.”

“Uncle August’s rooms take up the entire top-most floor of the eastern wing of the house,” Sylvia said as we hurried up the stairs.”

“I slept more soundly than I’d expected.”

“I awoke as someone laid me gently on a bed.”

“Try focusing inward,” said Jack.”

“The mist rolled in while Jack and I sat in silence.”

Lady Violet, is everything all right?”

“Jack rode with Olson on the driver’s seat on the way back to Hertfordshire, not inside the carriage cabin with Sylvia and me.”

Bollard opened the door on my knock and gave a formal, curt bow.”


“There you both are!”

“Do you think your uncle will allow us to go?”


“Langley met us in the courtyard on our arrival.”

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Top 5 Sundays - Books That Made You Cry!

This feature was thought up by the awesome Larissa's Bookish Life

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Features image
4 - After you've finished your post, add your link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)    

Top 5 Sundays - Books That Made You Cry!

This book is full of dark humor and of course death since the book is full of Grims aka grim reapers but one death really surprised me and made me cry.
The end of this series will break your heart, the ending is one I should have seen coming but WAM it happened and then I was pretty much bawling.

This book is full of crazy things but the choice she makes at the end is so sad, I can't wait to see what happens next.

This whole series is crazy intense and the deaths that happen will definitely make you cry.

The end of this series is also horribly sad, I understood why it would end this way but after all of this I kind of wish there had only been one book in the series because most of my favorite characters die.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Giveaway - QUICK FIX by Linda Grimes (Open to U.S. only)

* My review can be seen here
* Book provided by the publisher for review and one copy provided for a giveaway

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Fantastic Fix

Quick Fix by Linda Grimes

* Provided by the publisher for review

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This was a really fun sequel.  I’m growing to really like all of these characters.  There are tons of complications in this book and you get a better look at the adaptor community. There is a lot of problems all brought on when Billy's sister has a simian related problem.

I thought the love triangle was taken care of in the last book but it’s still here for a little bit in this book.  She has some quite intriguing guys to choose from and when the book ended I was happy with what choice it looks like she made.

I loved getting to meet more of Ciel’s family.  Her family has a plethora of personalities and their interactions are always interesting.  Her brothers James and Brian were a good addition and I hope they’re in future books.

Besides Ciel, my favorite character is Billy.  He’s a troublemaker but also a charmer.  He and Ciel have a wicked chemistry when they’re together. Let's just say I'm really rooting for these two.

The last part of the book filled with plenty of twists and turns.  I love the surprise of who the bad guys are and why they are doing/did what they did.  It’s also great that the book ends on a really funny note.  I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Ciel next.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sentence Sneak Peek - Quick Fix

Quick Fix by Linda Grimes

The first sentence from each chapter of Quick Fix, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
* Provided by the publisher for review

Decapitation, I thought the second time the hand landed on my butt.”

“I watched out of the corner of my eye as Billy’s mouth sculpted a large mound of raspberry sherbet into a smaller mound, his tongue flicking over the frozen pink confection, lapping at drips along the side of the cone as necessary.”

“Orangutans have the sweetest eyes.”

“Molly did try to get out,” I said later, once we were in my condo, shielded from the prying eyes of the world.”

“He knew I was watching.”

“James stared at Molly.”

“James’s lab was straight out of a sci-fi movie.”

“I pounded on the lab door, breathless from my run.”

“Thomas met me at the police station.”

“Never, ever trust an ape.”

“No way was I going to let Brian stay in jail overnight.”

“A big man in a black suit (must have been the CIA watchdog Harvey had been waiting for) supervised an orderly wheeling Laura’s bed into the next elevator over as Thomas and I exited ours.”

“James’s apartment is one of my favorite places in the world.”

“After a few minutes of gentle caresses and quiet endearments, Billy excused himself and went to the restroom.”

“I was a woman on a mission: to avoid my mother for as long as possible, because once she had me, I was stuck until after the party.”

“You can’t walk into a party with an orangutan on your hip and not be the center of attention.”

“Dad had fixed up the basement ages ago to look like an Irish pub.”


“Ciel, pick up!”

“Brian was remarkably sanguine about seeing me push a baby stroller into the club.”

“James didn’t open the door, not even after I started pounding on it.”

“Molly reached for the door to Herbert’s cage as soon as we were back at James’s place.”

“Half an hour later I was at Billy’s, having snuck out of James’s place.”

“Auntie Mo took the whole thing better than I thought she would.”

“Never again, Mom.”

“They were waiting on the bridge over the pond, the first spot Lumière had selected for our photo shoot that morning.

“I tore my mouth away from his and stared up into his familiar dark blue eyes, not liking what I saw there one bit.”

“I came to in the Hulk’s arms.”

“How very considerate of you, Thelma,” I said after the Hulk helped first her, then me, out of the car.”

Laura and I lounged in low lawn chairs, watching the guys—Billy, Thomas, Brian, and James—play Nerf football with Molly on the wide expanse of grass in the Sheep Meadow area of Cen-tral Park.”