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March 30, 2012

Bloggiesta To Do List

Bloggiesta is on! Bloggiesta in an event from March 30 to April 1, hosted at It's All About Books, and it's about doing all the stuff you want to do to improve your blog. It's the moment to finally do it, learn how to, teach others and make friends!

My Bloggiesta To Do List:
  1. Write 5 future WoW posts. ✓
  2. Write 5 future Reviews posts. ✓
  3. Write 5 future IMM draft posts. ✓
  4. Check links on my blog. ✓
  5. Update my profile. ✓
  6. Update my review policy. ✓
  7. Update my giveaway page. ✓
  8. Write Update my giveaway policy. ✓
  9. Clean my to-be-read books on goodreads. ✓
  10. Update my Read 2012 page. ✓
  11. Clean my Google Reader. ✓
Also, there are a lot of posts from mini challenges I want to read (taken from It's All About Books):
What do you think? A lot to do but not too difficult :) I just need time. Probably going to do more on weekend, since today I have work. Are you participating on Bloggiesta too? Please let me know :D Update: I found more mini challenges I want to participate:

March 29, 2012

Only for Books Lovers: GoneReading

GoneReading is all about cool products for book lovers as us. But the interesting part is, they donate all of the profits to help fund libraries and reading-related charities. I think they products are amazing, but more amazing is they make it possible for people to read. So I though, why not give them a little help by promoting them on my blog?

I visited their website and spend like half an hour gawking at the products. These are my favorites:

Penguin T for WomenBook Jacket Cover

Penguin T-Shirt for Women: Chill Out & Read! / “Book Wrap” – Book Jacket Cover Protection

Book Journal - Books to Check OutBook Bookmark - Eat Sleep Read2

Book Journal – “Books To Check Out” / “Eat. Sleep. Read.” Bookmark

What do you think? Visit their website, maybe you'll find something you like :) They are also on Pinterest.

March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 92 - Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My pick:

Lord's Fall (Elder Races #5) by Thea Harrison
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them...

Before she met Dragos, half-human half-wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now, she's mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyr's frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners, in more places than just the bedroom.

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the games heat up, Pia's negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear...

The Elder Races has become one of my favorites series, and I really want to read this one. It's interesting that the couple of the first book, Dragos and Pia, are protagonists again. But I'm kind of worried about the little...

March 27, 2012

Book Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

Book Cover Slide by Jill Hathaway
Title: Slide
Author: Jill Hathaway
Series: Slide #1
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins
Age: Young Adult
Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
I think Slide was my first YA book read this year, and I really enjoyed it!

Vee is interesting. She's narcoleptic and fall sleep pretty easily when she doesn't want, but also, she slides. When she's touching an object someone connected, she slides into them and see what they are doing. It's pretty cool but also very disturbing, because usually people is doing personal stuff, like kissing or taking a bath, and Vee has to see everything.

But it's an interesting ability when you are trying to discover who is behind the murder of Sophie, a sweet girl who was best friend with Vee's sister. Police says it was suicide, but Vee knows she was killed...

I thought Slide was refreshing, original and I really liked that Vee was the protagonist of this story, not the romance. She's brave and strong. BTW, there is romance, but a very normal teenager romance. But there were so many other important aspects of the story, like who is really the killer (I suspected from everyone), or what is Vee's father hiding, or Rollins's secrets...

Overall, I really liked Slide. The twists were amazing, and I kind of connected with Vee. I only wished the ending wasn't so rushed, and I wanted more explanations. Why? I was surprised, and it isn't easy to surprise me. So yes, I recommend it if you want to read a good mystery.

More about this book at jillscribbles.blogspot.comGoodreads, The Book Depository, Amazon.

PD: I love the UK cover, I think it represents the book better.

March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox # 68

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

I turned 25 this Friday and wasn't really excited about it, but after a few tweets from friends assuring me 25 wasn't old, I felt better and actually tried to enjoy my birthday :)


Won books (I love to win!)

(now I have the whole series!)

(yay! I'm going to start this one first - I got the UK cover :P)

Spanish books / Birthday gifts!

(Gift from my mother, cute cover!)

Si lo sueƱas, haz que pase ("If you dream it, make it happen") by Maickel Melamed (english info)
(Gift from my sister)

Birthday cake! (delicious)

I also got more gifts (like my shiny iPhone, which I received a few days ago), but books always make me happy :) Anyway, what did you get this week?

March 23, 2012

Book Review: A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Webber

Title: A Kiss in the Wind
Author: Jennifer Bray-Webber
Series: Romancing the Pirate #2
Release Date: March 26th 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Age: Adult
Marisol Castellan is in trouble-again. Against her pirate father's orders, she snuck off their ship to intercept a message meant for a rival captain, one that offers a clue to the whereabouts of her estranged brother Monte.

Pirate captain Blade Tyburn is not pleased to find the letter he's been waiting for is missing. He's even less pleased when he discovers the thief is a raven-haired beauty who bewitches his senses and muddles his thinking. The note gives the location of a silver-laden ship that'll make his fortune; Blade must find it, and if that means bringing Marisol along on the voyage, so be it.

Marisol believes Monte sails on the very ship Blade is to meet and strikes a deal with the handsome rogue. If he will give her passage to her brother, she will give him the exact location he needs. And both will get more than they expected...
First book I read about pirates, and I want more!

Marisol Castellan is looking for her brother Monte. Everyone says he's dead, but she doesn't believe it. So she intercept a message for another pirate, captain Blade Tyburn, to possible locate her brother's ship.

Pirate captain Blade Tyburn is not happy when his messenger is found dead, or when he discovers the beautiful lady he was protecting from other men is a thief. She stole one of his most precious treasures, and he expects her to pay.

Pirates are definitely a new interest for me. I wasn't sure I'd like them, but I can see myself liking a strong captain with a big ship :D Blade is an alpha male, everyone respects him and yes, he's hot. He was very stubborn and rough, but I knew from the moment he appeared in the book that he had a soft heart.

I liked Marisol. She was too stubborn but very strong, having survived her unforgiving father. She really loved her brothers, and she was very brave while trying to find one of them. I also liked that she wasn't totally good, she liked to steal's a way for her to feel good.

Marisol and Blade are an explosive couple! When they were together, it was hot! But I was happy Marisol found someone who really cared about her and that Blade opened his heart.

Overall, I'm glad I pick A Kiss in the Wind as my first pirate book. I didn't like that men were too rough sometimes, like Marisol's father, who even beat her, but I still enjoyed the story.

More about this book at www.jbrayweber.comGoodreads, Amazon.

March 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 91 - The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family's construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn't plan for was Avery McTavish... Avery's popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery's thoughts. But the attraction she's feeling for him now is far from innocent. As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen's hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected - and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last...

May 1st 2012 by Berkley Trade

The Last Boyfriend is the second book of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy. I loved the first book, The Next Always, and I can't wait to read Avery's story :P

March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop (International)

Hello! Thanks for stopping by Oh My Books! Please feel free to enter my giveaways and look around :)

I'm having two giveaways, one YA and one Adult. You can enter both if you want, but you have to fill each form.

YA Giveaway: 1 winner. Set in Stone by Linda Newbery (Paperback), Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw (Paperback) and Airhead by Meg Cabot (Paperback).

It's international! Ends March 25 at midnight. To enter just fill the form below. (Winner is going to be announced on this post)

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Adult Giveaway: 1 winner. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre (Paperback), Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes (Paperback & Signed) and Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between by J.A. Saare (Paperback).

It's international! Ends March 25 at midnight. To enter just fill the form below. (Winner is going to be announced on this post)

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PD: I'm sending the books myself, and I'll use the cheapest mail service. It may take a long time to get the books. I'm not responsible for lost or damage.

More giveaways:

March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox # 67

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

Free for Kindle:

Only freebies this week. I'm still waiting for some books :( Anyway, what did you get this week?

March 17, 2012

Book Review: Much Ado About Rogues by Kasey Michaels

Title: Much Ado About Rogues
Series: Blackthorn Brothers #3
Author: Kasey Michaels
Release Date: March 20th 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Age: Adult
Meet the Blackthorn Brothers—three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.Who is the darkly handsome Don John "Black Jack" Blackthorn? With his air of mystery and menace, the whispers about him hint of highwayman or government agent or even dark prince. But no one knows what it is Black Jack does…or how dangerous he can truly be. Now Jack's mentor has disappeared, and Jack must track him down before it's too late. His unlikely help: the man's daughter—the very woman Jack had once wooed and betrayed.Lady Tess Fonteneau knows more about the fine art of clandestine activities—and about the mysterious Mr. Blackthorn—than he realizes. As their journey leads them on the adventure of a lifetime, their reunion is fraught with passion, high-stakes danger and the one twist of fate Jack never saw coming….
I loved the previous books from the Blackthorn Brothers series and I was really waiting for Jack's book. He had a lot tell, an this book probably answer all of the questions.

Tess and Jack were in love a couple of years ago, but after an accident in which her brother was murdered, they separated. But now they are together again, and their attraction hasn't disappear. But can they forgive each other?

They just had to decide to stop hurting each other and work together, and now they have a very good reason to do it. But between their romance, it's the story of Tess's father, a manipulative and evil man who doesn't care about using his own family to get what he wants.

I liked Tess and Jack, but this book was more about them figuring out their past and the people who just want to hurt them. Tess's father wasn't the man she thought, and his story is connected with Jack not only because he was his mentor, but also because their is a connection with his mother.

I wasn't expecting more story about Jack's mother. I just thought his parents were secondary and I was surprised to found out their 'real story'. But I didn't care much about Tess family story...and the first half of the book was about it, so I was kind of getting bored.

Overall, I did enjoy Jack's story and I am happy and surprised for the happy ending for all of the brothers, but I was expecting something a little bit more romantic. But, Jack and his brothers are fantastic protagonists, and I'm glad I read this series.

March 15, 2012

Book Review: Gentlemen Prefer Nerds by Joan Kilby

Title: Gentlemen Prefer Nerds
Autor: Joan Kilby
Release Date: March 12th, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Age: Adult
Self-professed nerd Maddie Maloney is an expert on jewels. Jewel thieves are another matter entirely! So when a mysterious Englishman warns her that a thief known as The Chameleon is after the rare pink diamond on display in her aunt's shop, she tells herself it's just a joke. Even if she can't get Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome out of her mind...

But Fabian Montgomery doesn't give up easily. He's everywhere she goes, convinced the thief will strike. And when the diamond does go missing-and Maddie is suspected of stealing it-he whisks her away from the police and together they pursue The Chameleon.

Fabian plunges her into a glamorous world far from her humble workshop and transforms geeky Maddie into a sophisticated siren capable of espionage. Her mission: to seduce The Chameleon and steal back the diamond.

But Fabian isn't telling her everything-like who he works for, and why he's so interested in The Chameleon...
I was really excited when I got this book from NetGalley, I liked the title and I was wondering how that sexy man from the cover fell in love with a nerd.

Maddie Maloney is an expert on jewels and she was the one who discovered the Rose, a heart shaped and pink diamond. The Rose it's going to be on display at her aunt's shop, but a few days before she's warned by sexy Fabian Montgomery that someone is trying to steal it.

Fabian Montgomery has his own reasons to stop the thief, but when the diamond is stolen, he's going to get it back, even if he has to use Maddie.

Gentlemen Prefer Nerds was a fun book. Maddie wasn't really my type of protagonist, she was very intelligent but too clumsy, and transform herself from being a total nerd to a sex kitten. I think I liked her more as a nerd. Fabian is easy to like, he looks perfect and you can imagine him as a James Bond, but I didn't like his 'past love' always there, kind of ruining the picture.

It was light story, fun and with lots of action, but in my opinion, there was something missing, specially in Maddie's and Fabian's relationship.

More about this book at www.joankilby.comGoodreads, Amazon.

March 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 90 - Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she's supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah's memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release. Coming in May of 2012.
I really like the cover :)

March 12, 2012

Book Review: A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Title: A Rogue By Any Other Name
Series: The Rules of Scoundrels #1
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Publisher: Avon
Age: Adult
What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets . . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . even her heart.
It's official, Sarah MacLean is my favorite historical romance writer!

Penelope and Bourne were friends when they were young, but Bourne was cast from society, and Penelope eventually had to forget him. But by random chance, they found themselves together after she inherits one of his past proprieties, the one he's going to get even if he has to marry her.

I adored this book. Bourne was yummy and Penelope was fun. It's one of those books where you connect with the characters and understand their motives, and want them to be together forever. Bourne is stubborn and obsessed with revenge, but Penelope has suffered a broken engagement and still believes in love. Their connection was inevitable, and together they were on fire, but they had to overcome Bourne's revenge wish and Penelope's suspicious heart.

A Rogue by Any Other Name is definitely one of those books I'd love to re-read, and of course I'm waiting for the sequel 'One Good Earl Deserves a Lover'. I'm sure Penelope's sisters have a lot more to say, and maybe share their story with Bourne's best friends.

March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox # 66

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted @ The Story Siren

Only one book, but I was very impatiently waiting for it:

I already read it and I think it's my favorite from this series :)

Also, I got an amazing pre-birthday/pre-anniversary gift: an iPhone S4! So, now I can read iBooks too :P

What did you get this week?

March 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 89 - Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From the New York Times bestselling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld comes a dark, seductive new series featuring angels poised at the brink of destruction…

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed too dangerous, too ruthless, and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred . . . until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never before known.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?
June 26th 2012 by HQN Books

I absolutely love the Lords of the Underworld. Zacharel was an important character on the last book, and I can't wait to read his story. Also, how can I resist that cover?!

March 4, 2012

Reading Romances March Challenge

It's time to pick another book for the Reading Romances Challenge, here are the options:
- read a book whose author either has a three-word name or carries an official middle initial.
- read a book that you have previously started and meant to continue, but keep failing to do so.
- read a book that is set in Scotland or has a Highlander as a character.
- read a book with a medical theme, plot, cover, or setting.
International Womens’ Month: – read a book that has a single female figure on the cover.
Reading Romance’s Blogiversary: – read a book that has been reviewed or featured at the blog!
I wasn't sure I could participate this month....until I got yesterday A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. It's perfect for the International Womens’ Month topic (read a book that has a single female figure on the cover).

By the way, I started to read it today but it was so amazing it took me only a couple of hours to finish it :)

Oh, and my challenge for February was to read A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2) by Kasey Michaels. I really enjoyed it ;)