Monday, December 3, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Tempted by Evil Blog Tour & Giveaway



Book Synopsis:

A sheltered girl.

The perfect boy.

A mysterious stranger.

Random messages delivering a sobering prophecy plague Aspen's existence. With every curious encounter, her sanity wavers further. Before long, Aspen finds herself balancing the fate of humanity on her shoulders, until a single act turns her world upside down. She finds herself alone, isolated from those she thought she could trust.

Alone to damn the world

Author Guest Post:

It all started with a little book called Caged.  I started reading last January and was immediately sucked in to Ruby and company's roller-coaster world of crazy. It was immediately one of my favorite books and when I discovered that I would have to wait several weeks to read the sequel, Haunted, I went into a serious form of withdrawal. I freaked out, reread my favorite scenes (especially the last!!), and even grumbled to my husband about it until at last I decided to take matters into my own hands.  Laptop in hand, I decided to do something I'd never done before.  I found the author on Facebook and sent her a message. It began something like this: "You're killin' me, Smalls!" Then she did something I never imagined--she replied to my madness.
                I explained to Amber that I'd never been so captivated by a story in all my life and that if I didn't know more, I'd shrivel and die, leaving a gaping hole in the world where this crazy redhead once lived. Apparently she understood the depth of the crisis, because we basically became instafriends and she began feeding me the Caged series intravenously (aka via email). We soon discovered that we shared a common sense of humor, finished each other's sentences, and had the same favorite everything. It wasn't surprising then, that we both heard voices of characters in our heads and had a desire to write about them. Enter Amber's brilliant idea: "We should write a series together!"
                When she first threw out the idea, I laughed until I turned blue.  Literally. Mostly because I thought she was kidding and partly because I was totally intimidated. I told myself there was no way in hell I was ever going to let her read anything I'd written--she was my favorite author and her writing was kickass. As fate would have it, though, I'd been working on a project that I'd started a few years back with a friend and I reluctantly let Amber take a peek.  She LOVED it. Before I knew it, we had mapped out the entire series arc and all the main characters.  Working with Amber has been a blast. I get asked all the time if it's difficult to write with another author and my answer is a definite "no."  I have loved the experience and can't wait for everyone to read Tempted by Evil and the rest of the Light and Shadow Series.

Tour Schedule:
11/29- Pezz Rambles
12/3- My Hidden Bookshelf... your here!

REVIEW COMING SOON

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Monday, October 8, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

What Hides Within Blog Tour & Giveaway




Author: Jason Parent
Genre: Horror/ Suspence/ Dark Humor
Pages: 308
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing

Book Synopsis:

In all of us, there is darkness. In Clive, it’s tangible, and it’s aching to get out.
What Hides Within tells the story of a man held captive by an unknown evil. Clive Menard is a spineless slacker leading an ordinary existence. But when Chester enters his life, it becomes far from ordinary.
A disheveled Clive stands alone in a hospital waiting room. A series of incidences have led him to undergo unnecessary neurosurgery. A voice inside Clive’s head nags him to kill the doctor.
Weeks prior, a murder investigation and an unrelated kayaking excursion set the story’s interlocking events in motion. When a remorseful killer, a bomb-happy psychopath and a mysterious widow spider converge upon Clive, they bring with them destruction and death. Clive must discover who or what is steering his very existence before he, too, is consumed by the carnage around him.
With a driven detective following his every step and a vicious killer hiding within his circle of friends, Clive must walk a narrow and dangerous path, teetering between salvation and damnation. He must confront Chester and his own demons. But is he powerless to overcome them?"

Author Guest Post:

Top Moment No. 3

After a few moments of perusing absolutely nothing, Dr. Allen returned his attention to Clive. “Let’s have a look in that mouth, shall we?”
Here we go with this “we” thing again. But Clive had bigger problems to tackle than Dr. Allen’s grammar. He put it out of his mind.
“My problem is with my ear.”
“Mr. Menard, may I remind you that I’m the doctor here.”
Dr. Allen removed a pencil from his upper coat pocket. The end of it appeared chewed, and the eraser had somehow mutated from pink to black.
“Now, open wide.”
Clive cringed as he accepted the pencil into his mouth. When Dr. Allen elevated to peek down his throat, Clive noticed the Popsicle stick that resided snug beside the pencil’s former resting place. He realized too late that the doctor had grabbed the wrong instrument.
Fucking nasty! Clive shrugged it off as best he could. Well, I’m sure this guy must have a reason for checking my mouth. He wouldn’t do it just to save face because I called him out on forgetting which body part I came in here for, would he?
After a cursory look, Dr. Allen was done. “Looks good,” he said, withdrawing the pencil. “Now, which ear was that again?”
Asshole. “My right ear.”
“And what kind of problem have you been having?”
Asshole. “It’s been clogged for almost a week. I thought it was water at first, but now I’m not so sure.”
“It could be a pebble.”
“Do you think that’s what it is?”
“No.”
Asshole.
“Well, no sense in speculating. Let’s see what’s in there.”
Dr. Allen withdrew an otoscope from what appeared to have been the front of his pants but what Clive hoped had been one of his pockets. He flipped a switch on its handle, activating a small light, and plunged its cold, cone-shaped nozzle into Clive’s right ear.
“Ewww. That’s disgusting.”
“What?” Clive’s heart went from zero to sixty faster than a Lamborghini. “What is it?”
“Wait a minute.”
Dr. Allen removed the otoscope from Clive’s ear. Clive watched as he examined the earpiece. A large amount of white lint covered its tip, speckled with black crud. One of the speckles had legs, six of them, none of which were moving. It appeared to be a gnat.
“Sorry. I forgot to clean it first.”

I’m the type of guy that only goes to a doctor if one of my limbs is severed and I can’t fix it with Super Glue or duct tape. It’s not that I’m overly macho or immune to sickness. I just find the whole experience as disturbing as finding out your girlfriend was once named John.

More often than not (in my experience), doctors seem to lack people skills entirely, probably due to years of study trumping social interaction. In the scene above, Dr. Allen could be a doctor from my life (although any similarities are merely coincidental – it says so right in the front of my book). Poor Clive has been through a lot of frustration trying to fix his ear, and Dr. Allen unintentionally adds to it, hopefully in a humorous way.

I had fun creating this scene, and I hope it shows. Its dark humor is the type of tongue-in-cheek stuff readers can expect to find within What Hides Within.

Blog Tour Schedule:

10/01 – I Smell Sheep
10/02 Becca Hamilton Books
10/03 SLK Book Reviews
10/04 Bookhi
10/05 Young Adult Fiction & Whiskey Sours
10/06 Fictional Candy
10/07 Urban Fantasy Land
10/08 My Hidden Bookshelf
10/09 Pure Textuality
10/10 A Thousand Lives Book Blog

Giveaway!

There is another EBook up for grabs!  This one is also available in epub, pdf, or mobi format.  It is also open internationally.  With that said… This contest does follow all other policies from My Hidden Bookshelf.


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Burning Blog Tour & Giveaway




Book Synopsis:
Lucas was a typical playboy - lots of alcohol and a different girl every night. 
One woman brought his emotional walls and the beliefs he used to build them crumbling to the ground. 
Now, an unexpected visitor is going to change both their worlds forever.

Author Guest Post:
There are two forms of storytelling I have always loved – books and film.  Aside from being a hard core bibliophile, I am also a total movie buff with a serious jones for all things paranormal.  I was never a big one for slasher-horror flicks (i.e. Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween) but if it involves ghosts, demons, possessions, hauntings or anything of the like, I am so there!

It all started with The Exorcist.  To this day, this is still one of my favorite films of all time.  The idea of spiritual warfare being real has always scared the pants off of me and for some reason, I love that feeling.  The feeling of being completely creeped out by the unknown.  From the first time I saw The Exorcist, I fell in love with the genre.  I’ve seen some great ones like the Poltergeist series, Stigmata, Thirteen Ghosts, The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Devil and The Rite.  I have also seen some HORRIBLE ones such as the epic failure of Drag Me To Hell. 

I have tried to find books that give me that same feeling and it just hasn’t happened.  I think the closest I ever came to a book really giving me that creeped out feeling was probably The Omen and even that was a bit of a letdown.  When I started penning the Demon Legacy series, I knew I wanted to write what I love.  I wanted to write urban fantasy but I wanted it to be dark.  I wanted to write about demons.
To me, demons are probably the scariest of the paranormal creatures.  Creatures with no humanity.  Nothing but pure evil driving them.  I also didn’t want to “Twilight” them in my book.  By “Twilighting”, I mean taking these creatures with no redeeming qualities and making them…..well….sparkle.  Demons should be scary.  The moment I started writing my demon character, I knew exactly what I wanted him to be.  Cold, calculated, ruthless and unfeeling.  I didn’t want there to be even a shred of a chance that my readers would develop Stockholm Syndrome and start having warm fuzzies for him.  This guy is bad news and I wanted my audience to really feel that when they read my series.  I want the audience to be afraid for my characters going up against this guy because there’s a very good chance that, in the end, the black hats could win.

My Review:

Recently, Jena, has been contacting me for several Blog Tours.  So when she contacted me for her own tour, I was overjoyed!  So I would like to say, “Thanks Jena!” for selecting me for your very special tour!

I just finished reading Burning: A Demon Legacy Short Story, and I must say that this is a remarkable set up for the rest of the series and I can’t wait to read the first book!

This quick read left me hungry for more as it was wickedly ominous, sadistically sinister, and humbly heartwarming!  I was severely disappointed that it was over so quickly and I think most readers are going to be pining for more along with me!

Jena really seized her characters and found ways that made it easy for readers to comprehend as well as empathize.  She drew you in with a vamp that had troubled soul, added bookworm witch, and then topped it off with a malicious demon. Then brewed it altogether for the beginning of a tasty tale!

The story starts with Lucas and he seems to be the typical impulsive bad boy, but you get to see a soft side that I don’t think you will see much more of.  Natalia was one of my favorites as she is compassionate, earthy, and bookish.  Then there is the unnamed Demon guy and he was coldhearted, ruthless, vicious, and merciless.

This really was a brutal and heartbreaking read that will be an excellent foundation for the rest of the series.  I would highly recommend checking this one out and getting a taste of what is to come!

Blog Tour Schedule:
Check out the other stops for this scorching tour and enter all the giveaways!

10/2 Night Owl Reviews
10/2 Demon Lovers Books & More
10/2 Fresh Fantasy Fiction
10/3 Once Upon a Time
10/3 My Hidden Bookshelf
10/4 Promiscuous Diva
10/4 Bookhi
10/5 Andrea’s Amazing Reviews
10/5 Becca Hamilton Books
10/6 Debra’s Book Café
10/6 The Brunette Librarian
10/7 Fictional Candy
10/7 Punya Reviews
10/8 The Secret Sanctuary of Books

For more information regarding J.M. Gregoire and the Demon Legacy series, go to http://jmgregoirebooks.com

Giveaway!
Jena is going to giveaway one copy of Burning in ebook form and available in epub, pdf, or mobi format.  This contest is open internationally and follows all My Hidden Bookshelf policies!








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Thursday, September 20, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Got Caged Blog Tour



In celebrating the release of Scarred (Caged #4) on Sept. 24, were revisiting the beginning.  Come join our festivities and enter to win your own copy of Caged (Caged #1)!!!!

Synopsis:
I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed.  My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie.  I needed to go somewhere, anywhere to beat back reality that was rapidly closing in around me.  The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning.  He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly no, and I realized that was my new reality.

I was too.

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural. 

As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered

When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life

She chooses poorly

Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.

Author Guest Post:
When I was asked to compose a guest blog post, I had no idea what to write. As an author, it was an especially low moment. Then a great friend suggested that I take an excerpt from the first novel in my series, Caged, and explain what I loved about it. Genius! Times like this illustrate my need for a team of levelheaded people around mean entourage of rational thinkers.
The unfortunate reality for me was that my favorite scenes from Caged all contain spoilers, but I still managed to find some good ones :)
For this blog, I chose a scene that illustrates the game of cat and mouse that Ruby and Sean play throughout the book. You can just never quite tell what Sean is up to, or if he can be trusted. Their banter is always entertaining, even in stressful situations, and I think that speaks to their connection, be it good or bad. So, without further ado, I give you Ruby and Sean in the “parked car” incident.

I changed quickly after class and put on my iPod before waving in the general direction of everyone as I walked out onto the street.  I secured my messenger bag so that it wouldn't bang around while I ran back home.  My legs seemed especially tired that evening, so I started off walking, hoping that they would quickly be inspired to get with the game plan to run home.
The trip through town could be a bit unnerving in the dark.  Winding through the main streets of the city was safe, but I could freak myself out sometimes, ducking down alleys and roads that weren't well traveled during the evening.  There were always people out when I hit the bar district, but other than that, they were few and far between.
I'd never actually walked home before, and after about ten minutes, I started to realize why.  Running seemed to numb my awareness of certain things in a way that walking did not.  I didn't get as much time to focus on the upcoming dumpster and what could be lurking behind it, or what could be around the dimly-lit corner laying in wait.  Even worse than the general anxiety I was giving myself was the very definitive feeling that someone was following me.  I was picking up on something that was not especially warm and fuzzy, but whenever I turned to see if someone was there, I was alone.  Very, very alone.  
And I slowly started to panic.
My legs soon realized that running was in our collective best interest and off we went.  As I began to run I hoped the malevolent energy around me would lessen but it didn't.  With my increasing panic came increasing speed.  I hurdled over objects in the street and wove through parked cars like a heat-seeking missile aimed straight for the warmth of home.  I didn't look back anymore, knowing that whoever was throwing that energy my way would inconveniently not be seen.  Common sense dictated that it would be best to take out my earphones, but the thought of hearing my pursuer disturbed me too much. Beyond that, I needed the adrenaline rush that Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of" was giving me, although the title wasn't very reassuring.
I was about two minutes from home when I neared Market Street.  There would be people out for sure on a Saturday night, so I thought I'd be in the clear. I rounded the corner to see precious few walking the streets.  It was an improvement, but not what I'd hoped for.
As I neared home, I reached around to my bag in a desperate effort to find my keys, all the while chastising myself for not having them already in hand. Personal safety was never my strong suit and I was painfully aware of it at that moment. After two blocks of searching, I managed to pull my keys from the bag, only to immediately fumble them. They flew through the air in slow motion as I helplessly watched them crash to the pavement and skid underneath a parked car.
“Shit!” I muttered angrily to myself.
My timing couldn't have been more off.  At that particular moment the street was clear of any life that I could see.  Still, I felt that negative energy there, nagging at me. It wasn't getting stronger, but it wasn't getting any weaker either. Having no other options, I threw myself onto my hands and knees, trying to figure out the best way to retrieve my keys from under the high-end Mercedes that was running some wicked defense. When I realized I couldn't reach them any other way, I flopped down on my belly and wiggled under the perfectly engineered undercarriage, midway back towards the far tire.
“Gotcha!”
I had my keys in hand and was ready to inelegantly worm my way back out the way I'd come in.  I turned to check my trajectory and felt ice immediately shoot through my spine.  In my line of sight was a very large and very manly pair of shoes.  As I lay there sweating, trying to concoct a plan, my attention snapped to the two pairs of equally masculine shoes on the other side of the car. Great...they're multiplying!
"Hey, Jay?  Did you park the car on a girl again?" an unfamiliar voice shouted.
"Nope.  This one wasn't there when I pulled up," replied the man I assumed was Jay.
"Have no fear gentlemen, I know this one.  I seem to get this view of her often."
Sean...
I launched myself from under the car to see him smiling down at me first before his gaze drifted over the top of the car to his friends. I was certain they were finding great amusement in both the situation as well as my general appearance.  I was covered in sweat and dirt, and wet from the puddle I'd managed to land directly in under the car.  
"Is there a reason you were getting familiar with my exhaust system?  You wouldn't happen to be a fan of German engineering, would you?" Sean asked.
"Actually, I am,” I replied with a haughty tone.  “I dropped my keys...I had to get them.  This is your car?"
"It is,” he said. “One of them, anyways.  We were just heading home. Where are you headed looking so..." he asked, gesturing at me strangely. I couldn't tell if he was amused or confused by what I had going on.
"Home," I replied, trying to wipe some of the nastiness off of my shirt.
"You seem stressed. Something wrong?" he asked with obvious curiosity.
"Uh, no.  No, everything is fine," I said unconvincingly.  I did realize as I was saying it that the energy that had me diving under his car was gone. Completely.  "I'm just hungry.  I need to go home and eat something."
"Do you need a ride?" he asked while looking me up and down, no doubt assessing the damage my dirt-covered body would do to his car's leather interior.
"Nope.  I'm good.  Thanks," I blurted as I started off down the street.
"Do you need an escort?" he asked, my back still facing him.
"Not necessary," I said without looking over my shoulder.  Mortified didn't begin to cover what I was feeling at the time. I wanted, just for once, to not make a complete ass of myself in front of him, but that seemed too much to ask.
He said nothing in response, but I heard the growl of his car's engine as it started up. I continued down the street at a brisk pace; running was out of the question as my body was way too spent.  The threat appeared to be gone anyways.
The Mercedes purred as it pulled up slowly next to me, the window lowered so he could speak.
"Be sure to keep a firm grip on those keys, Ruby."
"I'll be sure to do that, Sean," I said, forcing a smile.
He smiled back, turning up the stereo as he pulled away. While his speakers pumped The Fray's "I'll Look After You", the words hauntingly echoed through the street. And my mind.
I guess he believed in theme songs too.

Author Interview:
What inspired the idea for Caged and the rest of the series?
A whole lot of pregnancy hormones, too much reading of the early Anita Blake novels, and an overactive imagination :)

How long did it take to write Caged?
I think that when it was all said and done, it took me about six months of writing at random times. Had I been able to sit down and hammer it out, it would have only taken a month or two. I was working full time, so I had to squeeze it in whenever I could.

Since your book fits into the fantasy and paranormal genre, I have to ask if you could shape shift into any magical creature, which would you choose and why?
GAH! I have no idea. I've been told that I look a lot like a lion... Do they make werelions? Is that an option? I would have to be something predatory, I know that. I'm a tad aggressive and have a teensy bit of a temper, so it would be great to have an outlet for that!

Just because Ruby seems to have a theme song for everything, I want to ask if you were to choose a theme song for your novel, Caged, what would it be?
I'll tell you the main four songs that played on a loop while I wrote it. They're relevant to the story and are perfect for setting the mood for so many of the scenes.
Breathe Me, by Sia
Gravity, by Sara Bareilles
Look After You, by The Fray
Energy, by Keri Hilson

Since Book #4, Scarred, is being released on Sept. 24; do you have anything you would like to share about the rest of the series?
Hmm... I can say that Scarred is the book that really sets the stage for the arc that carries through to the end of the series. The final books are shrouded in mystery and highly emotional. If you feel attached to the characters early on, you'll be in for a wild ride. Unfortunately, not everyone will live to see the end of the Caged series.
My Review:
I was asked to partake in this wonderful blog tour and after reading that synopsis, how could I say no.  I was immediately intrigued and this novel was no let down!  So thanks for considering me and allowing me a copy for review!  I now have to Hunt (no pun intended) down the next installment!

I found Caged to be tragically sinister, gruesomely menacing, and deceitfully heart rendering.  This insanely ominous novel hooks you in and its nails dig in deep filled with treachery and romance but then it throws you across the room when reality itself is flipped upside down and filled with the unknown.

Amber Lynn Natusch has taken the modern world and filled to the brim with mysterious supernatural qualities, highly educated individuals, painstaking sedition, all consuming lust, and a touch of insanity mixed altogether for an astonishing and staggering read!  Her descriptions were imaginative, without over doing it and taking away from the story or scene or characters.  The dialogue was sarcastic, humorous, and at times hurtful and angry, but altogether very realistic.    

This is really a hard novel to review without giving to much away, my rule is to not give more than the synopsis- and although that’s the gist of the story…. it doesn’t leave me much room.  The main character is Ruby, and I absolutely adored her!  Ruby is a very independent, sarcastic, sassy, antisocial, artistic, fashionable, and damaged.  She was blind and sheltered her entire life until one tragic incident restored her vision and took her family.  Now on her own with her eyesight she has still got a lot to learn.  Sean was a dream really, the knight in shining armor.  Although he was very mysterious; he also was charming, charismatic, protective, and has sense of goodness.  Eric on the other hand was passionate, electric, outgoing, emotional, and thrilling.  He was the complete opposite of Sean in everything and yet still compelling and alluring.

This is definitely a novel that deserves much more hype than it has received and I would highly recommend to other readers!  Although this is not really a Young Adult book as there is a lot of R rated scenes and language.  The great thing is that there are already four books published and you don’t have to wait for the next installment because I know that I won’t!

GIVEAWAY!!!!
Now you have you opportunity to win your own copy as I have 2 ebook’s of Caged (Caged #1) to giveaway in the available formats- epub, pdf, or mobi.  This contest follows all my giveaway policies except this one is open worldwide!!!!  Just fill out the form below and good luck!!!!
 


 



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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Title: Masquerade (Heven &Hell Series)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Publisher: Otherworld publications
Publication Date: December 16, 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Mutilation, Angels/Demons, Supernatural, & Romance
Pages: 591 (ebook)
Plot: ( From Goodreads)

Before.  Everything was sos much better Before.  I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless.  Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed.  The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows.  The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone is out there- watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me see that my scars don’t matter.  That they never mattered.  I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

***

Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her.  She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive.  I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am.  But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right.  Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious.  But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined.  I know her strength is there – I feel it.  If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more. 


This is one novel that I have been eyeing for way too long.  It was a spectacularly gorgeous cover and I have seen nothing but great reviews.  I decided to take a review copy of Charade (Heven and Hell #2), so I would have to get to it and read the first one.  This is one novel that I wish I never would have waited so long to read!
Masquerade was deviously stunning, maliciously fierce, and wickedly conspicuous!  This staggering novel made me fall out of my chair a couple of times!  Every time I thought I knew what going to happen; I would get slapped in the face by the next page.  Really, this book is that good!

Cambria Hebert has a refreshing writing style that oozes with originality and flows right of the page.  Her world is so believable that if I didn’t know better I might fall right into it (oh, wait I kinda did…I fell off the chair).  Hebert’s story is told from four points of view and it was intriguing watching how they all came together.  Wrapped altogether with characters that were remarkably genuine and sincere and you get one hell of a ride….no pun intended.

This startling tale centers around a girl, Heven, who is a tormented soul and battles everyday as a survivor.  As the plot tells you she was brutally attacked and left for dead but she lives and is left with a horrible and ugly scar, dismembering half of her once beautiful face.  The poor girl had so many issues that you can’t help but want her to stop curtaining herself and start to believe that she still can have the life that she thought she lost or at least build herself a new and better one.  Heven’s main influence in creating her new life was Sam and he holds many mysteries.  Your going question him continuously but still you can see that he is an honorable, caring, selfless, determined, and very protective. 

Masquerade is a book that I would highly recommend to my readers and my friends.  This riveting tale has most certainly not gotten the hype that it deserves and I hope others will jump onboard in giving it a read and love it as much as I did!  If you end up by loving it, as I’m positive that you will, then you should check out Charade- book two in the Heven and Hell series….I’m about to!

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Friday, September 7, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Caged by Amber Lynn Natusch

Title: Caged
Author: Amber Lynn Natusch
Publisher: Amber Lynn Natusch
Publication Date: December 1, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Main Themes: Romance, Tragedy, Supernatural, & Betrayal
Pages: 265
Plot:  (From Goodreads)

I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed.  My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie.  I needed to go somewhere, anywhere to beat back reality that was rapidly closing in around me.  The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning.  He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly no, and I realized that was my new reality.

I was too.

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural. 

As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered

When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life

She chooses poorly

Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.


I was asked to partake in this wonderful blog tour and after reading that synopsis, how could I say no.  I was immediately intrigued and this novel was no let down!  So thanks for considering me and allowing me a copy for review!  I now have to hunt down the next installment!

I found Caged to be tragically sinister, gruesomely menacing, and deceitfully heart rendering.  This insanely ominous novel hooks you in and its nails dig in deep filled with treachery and romance but then it throws you across the room when reality itself is flipped upside down and filled with the unknown.

Amber Lynn Natusch has taken the modern world and filled to the brim with mysterious supernatural qualities, highly educated individuals, painstaking sedition, all consuming lust, and a touch of insanity mixed altogether for an astonishing and staggering read!  Her descriptions were imaginative, without over doing it and taking away from the story or scene or characters.  The dialogue was sarcastic, humorous, and at times hurtful and angry, but altogether very realistic.    

This is really a hard novel to review without giving to much away, my rule is to not give more than the synopsis- and although that’s the gist of the story…. it doesn’t leave me much room.  The main character is Ruby, and I absolutely adored her!  Ruby is a very independent, sarcastic, sassy, antisocial, artistic, fashionable, and damaged.  She was blind and sheltered her entire life until one tragic incident restored her vision and took her family.  Now on her own with her eyesight she has still got a lot to learn.  Sean was a dream really, the knight in shining armor.  Although he was very mysterious; he also was charming, charismatic, protective, and has sense of goodness.  Eric on the other hand was passionate, electric, outgoing, emotional, and thrilling.  He was the complete opposite of Sean in everything and yet still compelling and alluring.

This is definitely a novel that deserves much more hype than it has received and I would highly recommend to other readers!  Although this is not really a Young Adult book as there is a lot of R rated scenes and language.  The great thing is that there will be four books published on September 24, 2012 and you don’t have to wait for the next installment because I know that I won’t!
Monday, July 30, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Vampires, Alchemists, Magic, Romance, & Secret Societies
Pages: 418
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist , one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires .  Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California- tasked with protecting Moroi Princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war.  Formerly in disgrace, Sydney if now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong.  Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi- the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die.  But it’s her fear of being just that- special, magical, powerful- that scares her the more than anything.  Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden- a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way.  Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else- someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before.  She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists- or her heart?

Bloodlines left me wanting so much more that I could not wait to get my hands on The Golden Lily; and now that I have finished it I can’t wait to read the next installment!  Richelle Mead never lets me down; it’s always a wonderfully exciting and tantalizing read!  The Golden Lily was no exception as I plucked away at the pages, devouring all that was laid before me!  When I finally reached the last sentence and found myself turning the page looking for more but distressingly realizing that was it.

The Golden Lily was deliciously heartrending, magnetically charming, and charismatically fierce!  This book was an emotional rollercoaster that kept me my hands white knuckled and desperately clinging on for the next plunge, twist, & twirl!

As our loved “family” finds themselves in yet another chaotic situation that needs a crazy amount of damage control; Sidney also finds her position and assignment to be even more challenging then she thought.  Sidney is still the same classy and brainy character that she has always been but now we’re starting to see something more… Sidney values are becoming puzzling and she is realizing that she wants more.   Adrian continues to be his usual witty self, with all his tricks up his sleeve and his charms that will keep you in the palm of his hand, nevertheless he left me hurting whenever he felt pain.  But as we all know he may have his vises but he doesn’t give up that easily!  Don’t forget that you will see more of Dimitri and Sonya but I don’t want to give anything away…

Overall this novel was another engrossing and thrilling read that is going to eat at you until you can get your hands on The Indigo Spell!  So don’t read too fast that last scene will leave you breathless and teary eyed!

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