Book Blogger Hop, July 29th-August 2nd

The book Blogger Hop question of the week is...

Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year?

This year my favorite new to me author is Ilona Andrews. It is a husband and wife writing team that pen the Kate Daniels series (Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds). I have already ranted and raved about these books on my blog. If this series is new to you, I highly recommend them. They are wonderful!

My First Blog Award!!!

So now I have to follow the rules associated with this award and here they are...

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

I would like to thank Savannah @ for my award. She has an awesome site so please go visit her there.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

I am an Aries, I drive a 1992 Plymouth Duster and love it, I went to school and got my Bachelor Degree in Psychology, I have a dog and two cats all named after a Harry Potter character(Cats: Harry and Albus, Dog: Potter), I love the winter time, I wish a Barnes and Noble would come to my area so I could work part time there, I love nothing more than curling up in my favorite comfy chair with a good book.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!

All the blogs I have picked are fantastic and worth visiting, so check them out.

4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award! I’m sure they’ll be thankful ;-)

So if I have given you an award, please follow the same rules and spread the blog love around!

Pray for Dawn by Jocelynn Drake

Pray for salvation . . .
Pray for daylight . . .
Murder has pulled Mira out of the shadows and back into the living world . . .
As the fire-wielding enforcer of the nightwalker coven wrestles with the mind-destroying ghosts of her dark past, the slaying of a senator's daughter in Savannah threatens to expose her kind to the brilliant light of day. The dawn of chaos has come. The naturi have broken free of their eternal prison to feed on the defenseless and unbelieving of an unprepared Earth.
Mira and Danaus—vampire and vampire slayer—must unite to prevent the annihilation of their separate races. But for Danaus the challenge is intensified, for he must also fight the bori who covets his soul. And Mira, the nightwalker he must protect—whose power is the Earth's last hope—is rapidly going insane.

I have been a fan of Jocelynn Drake ever since her first book Nightwalker came out. I really enjoyed Mira as a female lead. I also liked her as the narrator of the story. I think that is one reason it took me a little while to get into this book. Maybe I am a little slow but I didn't realize that Mira was not going to be the voice of the book. I started reading and it felt off. Soon I realized it was because Danaus was the voice of the book, not Mira. It took me a little while to get a feel for him. But I got there and it was Worth the short struggle I had.

After I got used to it, getting Danaus's side of the story was pretty interesting. He always seemed like a hard, cold guy that absolutely hated vampires. It was nice to see his internal struggle with his changing feelings towards Mira and the vampires in general. It was fun getting to see his asskickeriness from his point of view. His powers have always been a mystery to us readers, so it was nice to get a peek at them in this book.

Mira is of course in this book. She is struggling a little bit. Her fear of Aurora and the Naturi have led her to make some decisions that are probably not the best idea. Which lead to consequences she has to face. There are a couple scenes with her and Danaus that have been long awaited for and give me hope for the next book (so does the cover, oh boy!).

We get to meet some new characters in this book. My favorite being Lily. She is a young runaway living on the streets. She happens to be witness to a crime and unwittingly becomes the target of the villain. She is spunky and independent and is a good part of the story.

Overall it was a good addition to the series. It would have been nice to get a little warning that the narrator was changing, but hey, we readers just roll with what we are given. If you haven't read this series before I highly recommend it. Make sure you start with Nightwalker and follow the order from there and enjoy!

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Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

She harbors a secret yearning. As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man — just to avoid spinsterhood? He is a world-weary cynic. Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul — and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love — and a passion that can’t be denied…

If I had to pick one historical romance author to be my favorite, it would have to be Lisa Kleypas. She hooked me with her Wallflowers series and I have been eagerly awaiting all those that follow. Love in the Afternoon is the final installment in the Hathaway's series.

We finally get to Beatrix. The light fingered, animal loving and apparently handy with a pen Hathaway sister.
Because of her penmanship Bea has gotten herself into a pickle. She has fallen in love with a man that is in love with her friend, of which she has been corresponding in the guise of.

Out of all the partnerships in this series, this has to be my favorite. It happened completely by accident. It was so romantic and sweet.
Bea has always been my favorite from the beginning. With her light fingers taking things from peoples houses and her love of animals.

Any man would have been lucky to have her. And of course that lucky man was Christopher Phelan. A decorated, yet wounded(in spirit) war hero. And of course he had to have an animal companion. Which there is a sketch of in the book, so cute.

A warm congratulations to Lisa Kleypas for wrapping up a truly wonderful series. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start as soon as her junior year. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when she faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her. Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most trusted allies is actually a rogue double agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers — or even her own heart.

This is the fourth installment in the Galagher Girls series. Cammie is trying to come to terms with the events that occurred in the last installment. She is also trying to handle being the protected rather than the protector. The plot has twists and turns and hidden surprises.

All of our favorite characters are back in action, although some have different roles to play. Zach is of course back in the story. We get to learn some new things about Zach, which finally explain some of his weird behavior in previous books.
We get to meet Bex's parents in this book. We can see where Bex gets some of her awesome spyness from.

Overall it was a good edition to the series. It ended on a cliffhanger that I forsee taking us on a journey maybe beyond the Gallagher Academy's esteemed front gates and into the unknown.

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