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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{COYER CHALLENGE} Tell Tiffy a Tale!


It's my turn to host a challenge for COYER! YAY! This is the first time I'm hosting a challenge and I have to admit I'm quite excited!

My challenge will run from January 28 through February 10th. 

You will have 2 weeks!
Ideally, you will read 2 fantasy books during this time (or have already for COYER)

And then...

You tell Tiffy a Tale! 


In a comment here on the blog, tell me a short (2 paragraphs or so) story using / incorporating lines from the two books you've read. 

Lines should be chosen from the following pages: 1, 37, 98, 117, 225, and 328. If your book isn't that long, choose a line from the last page of your book. You can of course adjust pages as needed, but I thought with page guidelines, it would give you something to work with and make it easier. 

Don't forget to let us know which books you pulled from! 

What do you win?! 
I will choose two winners at the end. 

GRAND PRIZE 
Winner will receive any $15 or less book from
The Book Depository 
(anywhere it ships; can be 2 lower priced books as long as it doesn't go over $15 or so)

Runner Up Prize
Any Kindle Book from Amazon $4.99 or less, your choice


Sunday, January 18, 2015

{COYER} The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle

I currently do not have a computer. Sadly, mine went BOOM! So I'm catching up when I can with adding my reviews into goodreads and then into COYER linkies. I can access goodreads from work, but nothing else, so I will try to update there more often! :)

My first book for ReadingAssignment2015 was Karina Halle's The Devil's Metal.

Title: The Devil's Metal (Devils #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Length: 329 pages
Source: Netgalley
Published: September 2012

It’s the summer of 1974 and 21-year old Dawn Emerson has only three things she wants to do: compete one last time in the Ellensburg Rodeo, win back her ex-boyfriend Ryan, and become the best damn music journalist at Central Washington University. But all her plans are left in the dust when she’s contacted by Creem magazine to go on the road with one of her favorite groups, the up-and-coming metal band, Hybrid.

At first the assignment reads like a dream come true. Not only will Dawn land some much-needed credibility as a female music journalist, but she’ll finally get to experience life from the other side of the stage, and maybe crack the drunken, enigmatic code that is guitarist Sage Knightly. Instead, Dawn finds herself on an aging tour bus filled with ego-maniacs, band politics and a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. When monsters start showing up in dressing rooms and some of Sage’s groupies become increasingly strange and dangerous, Dawn discovers the band is not only going places – they’re going straight to Hell.

And Dawn has a backstage pass.

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The Devil's Metal is the first book in a two-part New Adult Horror/Paranormal Romance and very (very!) loosely based on the author's exploits as a music journalist. Hell comes in different forms.


The Devil's Metal (Devils, #1)The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Review to come! COYER Reading List #1.
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I enjoyed this novel. I found the allusions to the Almost Famous a nice way to connect with the audience and quite funny. From the other reviews and buzz about this book, I was really expecting to be totally creeped out and scared, but I wasn't.

While I liked the development of the characters, from the bitch to the groupie to the guitarist to the manager, I didn't really connect with any of them and was kinda viewing it from the outside looking in.

It reminded me a bit too much of the movie and therefore didn't hold my attention at all times; I spent much of the book waiting for the twist/punch. Still, I found the book enjoyable and easy to read with a plot that kept moving forward, even if it wasn't gripping for me.





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Sunday, December 28, 2014

{COYER Winter 2014-2015} Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James

Beauty and the Beast (Faerie Tale Collection, #1)Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Quick, fast, enjoyable re-telling of the fairy tale, Beauty & the Beast. This one has a slight different twist twist on the story and I enjoyed it.

My favorite version of Beauty and the Beast is Robin McKinley's Beauty and I haven't read one that has jostled it out of first place yet, but this was an excellent retelling that had the right amount of romance, fantasy, it's own unique twist, and characters lively enough to make me want more. Now, I want to read all of Jenni James's faerie tale retellings!



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{COYER Winter 2014-2015} IAM HER by Sarah Ann Walker

I Am Her... (I Am Her..., #1)I Am Her... by Sarah Ann Walker

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Okay. I really really really wanted to read this book based on the buzz I was hearing. It sounded so amazing. My Secret Santa/Elfster got it for me for Xmas and I just dove in, so excited to start. And it was intense from the get-go. You're nodding along like yeah, I get that.

And then...the twists come. And seriously...it's effed up. Which would make for an excellent book, except...

It was very repetitive. I get why; the attempt to stress how heinous this was, how mentally fucked up she is, etc., but it got to the point where, as the reader, I kept wanting to say, "I'M DONE!" and DNF it.

And then there's the grammar and punctuation. I could forgive here and there, but not every single page, not the inconsistencies from one paragraph to another, etc.

This book was torture to get through. I could barely sympathize with the main character because of her internal monologues. Her childhood was horrifying and utterly disgusting, and I understand what it did to her. In that way, this book was fairly good: The horror is palpable when she begins to remember what happened, when her triggers are recognized, etc.

I think a healthy dose of edits to get rid of the extreme repetition, to strengthen word choice and sentence structure, and this would easily hit 3.5/4 stars. For me, it was a miss, and about 1.5 Rounded up to 2.



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{Spotlight} A BOY & HIS CORPSE by Richard B Knight