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Shifers Read A Long Chat!

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Right now in the Shifters Read A Long, we’ve finished the first book Stray. I’m anxious to see what everyone thought. Especially the ones who have never read the series before.

I’ve been looking for a chat room for everyone to go to and am having trouble finding one. I’m planning on having a Twitter Chat starting at 6:00 pm Pacific time.

We will only be talking about Stray and no spoilers allowed 😉 Anyone can join in and the more the merrier!!!

The twitter Hashtag for the Chat is #ShiftersChat.

Here is the information on Stray:

STRAYDescription:

There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them . . .

 

 

 

 

I will be tweeting beforehand to let everyone know when we’ll be chatting it up. My twitter handle is @Jessica984 so please look me up!

 

***If anyone has ANY way to hook up to an actual chatroom, please let me know! ***

SWOON Thursday: Stray by Rachel Vincent

The lovely ladies over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.  Here’s how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

This week’s SWOON is from:

Twitter Approved:

 “No head start for you,” he whispered, running one hand over my hip and up my side…

Bloggy Version:

 “No head start for you,” he whispered, running one hand over my hip and up my side. His fingers tickled, sending promising shivers all over me. I squirmed beneath him and heard his breath catch.

“I don’t need a head start,” I breathed, my cheek pressed to the floor. His stomach was warm against the curve of my lower back, bare between the seam of my shirt and the low waist of my jeans. On the radio, a new tune played, intense, and heavy on guitar and drums. My heart raced along with its rhythm, and my legs ached to run. But instead of glorying in the freedom of speed, I was trapped, immobile. “I’ve always been faster than you, and a few years with limited practice time isn’t enough to give you an advantage.” I twisted my neck, trying to see him. “Besides, you can’t run while you’re holding me down.”

His fingers eased beneath the edge of my top, brushing the sensitive skin over my ribs and beneath my breast. I gasped, fascinated by the curiously delicate sensation and my own conflicting impulses. One was to fight, to claw at the carpet in a bid for freedom. But the other was to lie still in anticipation of what might come next. Because whatever it was, knowing Jace, it would be good.

Teaser Tuesday: Stray by Rachel Vincent

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do as following:

·Grab your current read
·Open to a random page
·Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
·Be careful not to include any spoilers so as not to ruin the book for others.

This week’s TT is from:

Goodreads Description:

There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them . . .

 

 

 

Here is the Teaser….it’s a bit longer than the norm but I couldn’t pass it up 😉

Daddy nodded, brushing the tip of his chin with the knuckles of his clasped hands. “I’m convening the council. They’ll need a description to start with.”

I nodded. “Shorter than Marc but taller than me. Small-to-medium build. Black eyes and dark curly hair. Foreign scent-probably a jungle cat.” I glanced at Marc, thinking about what he’d told me the night before.

“Anything else?” my father asked.

“Yeah.” I met his gaze, unblinking. “A broken nose.”

The smallest hint of a smile teased the corner of his mouth, like a twitch.-Location 6229/28% Kindle

**Don’t forget that I’m hosting a Read A Long for this series. Check out the page to sign up. It’s not too late and it would be great to have more people! 🙂

Shifters Read A Long Kick Off!

Today starts off the first week of the Shifters Read A Long. I’m really excited to start this because I haven’t read these books in a long time.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can go HERE and sign up.

Here are the dates again for this read a long:

Read A Long Dates:

Stray
Nov. 5-10: Chapters 1-10
Nov. 12-17: Chapters 11-20
Nov. 19-24: Chapters 21-32
Nov. 27th: Book recap/chat
Rogue
Dec. 3-8: Chapters 1-10
Dec. 10-15: Chapters 11-20
Dec. 17-22: Chapters 21-32
Dec. 27th : Book recap/chat
Week of December 31 – January 4: Break
Pride
Jan. 7-12: Chapters 1-11
Jan. 14-19: Chapters 12-22
Jan. 21-26: Chapters 23-34
Jan. 29th: Book recap/chat
Prey
Feb. 4-9: Chapters 1-13
Feb. 11-16: Chapters 14-27
Feb. 18-23: Chapters 28-39
Feb 26th: Book recap/chat
Shift
Mar. 4-9: Chapters 1-10
Mar. 11-16: Chapters 11-20
Mar. 18-23: Chapters 21-32
March 28th: Book recap/chat
Alpha
Apr. 1-6: Chapters 1-11
Apr. 8-13: Chapters 12-23
Apr. 15-20: Chapters 24-35
Apr. 23: Book recap/chat
May 3rd: Series Recap/giveaway winner announced.
I seriously hope you sign up for this. Not only for the prize at the end but because these books are completely awesome.
Happy reading! Hope to see you at the end of the month!

Shifters Series Read A Long

If you don’t know by now, you should know that one of my most favorite authors is Rachel Vincent and one of my all-time favorite series is the Shifters series that is written by her.

I haven’t read this series in quite a while. Well, considering the last book in the series came out in 2010, ummm….yea it’s been a while. But even to this day, I still think about this series and I’ve been meaning to re-read it. So I figured why not have a read a long? I love to talk about this series and I want more people to know about it and read it. I thought it would be really fun to start a read a long and have a few (or hopefully more) read with me. It’s always fun to read in groups and share notes.

At the end of the read a long, I will be giving away a full set of the series either e-book or paperback. It will be up to the winner. More prizes might pop up during the read a long, but I’m not sure.

This series is adult urban fantasy so there are sexy scenes in here and some pretty bad ass violence. I hope you decide to join in. I really do. If not, then I strongly encourage you to pick these up and read them. They really are one of the best series out there.

The read a long will go from November to May. I know it’s a long time but I broke it up into about 10 chapters a week with about a week in between to chat or discuss the book. I also gave a little bit of breaks for the holidays.

Here are the books:       

Goodreads Description:
There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them . . .
Goodreads Description:

Okay, so cats don’t always land on their feet.I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I’ve made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I’m working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.

But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We’re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet–two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear…

Goodreads Description:

I’m on trial for my life. Falsely accused of infecting my human ex-boyfriend–and killing him to cover up the crime. Infecting a human is one of three capital offenses recognized by the Pride–along with murder and disclosure of our existence to a human.I’m two for three. A goner.Now we’ve discovered a rogue stray terrorizing the mountainside, hunting a wild teenage tabbycat. It’s up to us to find and stop him before a human discovers us. With my lover Marc’s help, I “think” I can protect the vulnerable girl from both the ambitious rogue and the scheming of the territorial council.

“If” I survive my own trial…

Goodreads Description:

Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…Play? “Right.” My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father’s authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven’t laid eyes on Marc’s gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother “and” an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don’t exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodreads Description:

Being the first female werecat enforcer isn’t easy. Scars accumulate, but I’m stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It’s complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother’s death and my father’s impeachment, it’s all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodreads Description:

The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I’m heading for a final showdown that can–that will–change everything forever. A showdown I’m not sure I’m ready for.

But life never waits until you’re ready.

Read A Long Dates:

Stray
Nov. 5-10: Chapters 1-10
Nov. 12-17: Chapters 11-20
Nov. 19-24: Chapters 21-32
Nov. 27th: Book recap/chat
Rogue
Dec. 3-8: Chapters 1-10
Dec. 10-15: Chapters 11-20
Dec. 17-22: Chapters 21-32
Dec. 27th : Book recap/chat
Week of December 31 – January 4: Break
Pride
Jan. 7-12: Chapters 1-11
Jan. 14-19: Chapters 12-22
Jan. 21-26: Chapters 23-34
Jan. 29th: Book recap/chat
Prey
Feb. 4-9: Chapters 1-13
Feb. 11-16: Chapters 14-27
Feb. 18-23: Chapters 28-39
Feb 26th: Book recap/chat
Shift
Mar. 4-9: Chapters 1-10
Mar. 11-16: Chapters 11-20
Mar. 18-23: Chapters 21-32
March 28th: Book recap/chat
Alpha
Apr. 1-6: Chapters 1-11
Apr. 8-13: Chapters 12-23
Apr. 15-20: Chapters 24-35
Apr. 23: Book recap/chat
May 3rd: Series Recap/giveaway winner announced.
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Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Goodreads Description:

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school… Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

Whuy did I read this?

I think that this was one of mymost anticipated reads of this year. After reading If I Die, I literally needed this book. If I Die left off with some serious cliffhangers and so many questions that needed to be answered. When this came on my Kindle I think I actually drooled a little bit. No lie. My fiance was looking at me like I was crazy but I didn’t care.

What did I think?

Rachel Vincent’s books just keep getting better and better with each one. The whole Soul Screamers series is a personal favorite of mine and when I don’t think she can outdo herself, she blows my mind. Again and again and again.

This is no exception. Before I Wake seriously starts off right where we ended in If I Die. There is no time to stop and breathe.

*~*~*~SPOILER WARNING!! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IF I DIE, STOP READING THIS NOW!*~*~*~

After the horrible ordeal that happened in If I Die (with K’s death I mean), Kaylee has to adjust with her life….and afterlife. Not so easy when you can’t stay visible.

Kaylee, to me, is such a strong girl. No joke. How would you handle almost being raped by a man (in your own bed), stab him and then get killed yourself? Seriously….Give the girl a hand or a pat on the back. She handles herself really well and I commend Kaylee on keeping herself together….. sort of.

Throughout this book, I was in such an emotion wreck-like state. Vincent truly knows how to torture her characters but all the while making them so human and you can identify with each one.

And let me tell you….ALL of these characters that you’ve come to gorw and love and hate will be tortured in some way. Not physically persay….but emotionally and mentally.

Of course throughout the book there are likes and dislikes. I have waaaaay more likes of course and maybe one dislike. The only dislike that bothered me, was the fact that Kaylee does so much and no one gives her gratitude. Really. I think Tod is the only one who truly understands her. (No worries, I’ll get to Tod in a minute 🙂 ) But Nash was irritating a bit. I understand partly where he comes from, but he holds some kind of grudge against Kaylee in regards to a situation that was out of her control. Everytime he brings it up, Kaylee sort of….slips away more. It bugged me. Everyone else doesn’t give Kaylee her dues. She’s saved practically everyone of her friends/family and they don’t say “thank you”.

Now that I’m off my soapbox…. we can get to the swoony part that was my most favorite…..

Tod.

Just typing the name, and my mind and heart sighs. I can hear thousands of girsl everywhere squeal and swoon. And it’s well deserved.

If you thought he was dreamy in the earlier books, this one tops them all so far. Tod is the epitomy of the perfect man for Kaylee. He’s the only one who can truly understand how she feels and empathizes with her. He takes care of her. If he does nothing else but take care of her the way she deserves, that is enough really.

Throughout, he is so incredibly sweet and so unbelievably dreamy I had to take a breath whenever he said something. Serisously. You hard core Tod fans? This is so the book for you. He’s everywhere and you. Will. Love. It.

The book has so many twists and turns, you never know what’s coming. Just when you think you have an idea, Vincent turns you into a completely different place.

And, yes…..there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end that will make you want to go “WTF?!” because I totally did that. *shakes head* Vinent does it to me every time.

Man I loved this book. So comepletely awesome. I cannot WAIT to see the final installment. This is one of my most favorite and treasured series and the last book will be heartbreaking I know.

But I still cannot wait.

Favorite Quotes (of course they are from Tod.):

“You are so beautiful…” he whispered against the corner of my lips, when that kiss finally ended. My eyes opened, and I started to deny it, but he pulled away just far enough that he could look into my eyes. “No. You are. You are selfless on the inside and beautiful on the outside, and I am the luckiest man who has ever walked this earth, alive or dead.”

Tod sank to his knees next to the tub and put one hand on my bare back. “You’re not lost, Kaylee. You can’t ever be lost, because I’ll always know where you are. And if I’m not there with you, I’m on my way, and nothing standing between us will be standing for very long.”

SWOON Thursday 7/5/12

The lovely ladies over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.  Here’s how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!

This week’s SWOON is from:

Twitter Approved:

 

The heat in his eyes threatened to devour me. I pulled his shirt off & dropped it on the floor. Then I had to touch him.

 

Bloggy Version:

 

The heat in his eyes threatened to devour me.

I pulled his shirt off & dropped it on the floor. Then I had to touch him. “You’re so beautiful,” I whispered, running my hands over his chest and down his stomach. My heart beat so hard I could almost hear it.

He laughed, and the sound was deep like it got caught in his throat. “That’s my line.:

“You already said it.” And I could still see it in his eyes. “So why don’t you show me instead?”