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It has been way too long since either one of us has written a review. Life has been busy, but hopefully we can get back into the swing of things.

So the first book that we are going to re-kick this thing off with is by the one Author who got us into wanting to try doing a book blog in the first place, Mrs. Lacey Weatherford! We have been given the chance to be a Beta reader for her new book “Fire & Ice (Book of Shadows #1)”. This book is a retelling of The Trouble With Spells through the love of our literary lives, Vance Mangum.

I’m going to be completely honest. I knew Vance could not stop talking to Lacey and was THRILLED when she said she was writing the series through his eyes. Vance has also gone through some changes, muse wise. Originally, actor/Jedi Matt Lanter was the muse. Now it is the wonderful model Aaron McGuire. I was a little peeved that Lacey would change muses and felt that Aaron could not fill the shoes. Boy was I wrong. After having the opportunity to meet Aaron at a convention, Aaron became Vance. Vance was real! It was a match made in heaven… er, Sedona.

Matt LanterAaron McGuire

Matt Lanter                                            Aaron McGuire

While reading Fire & Ice, we could picture Matt in some scenes and Aaron in others. It worked! And our love for Vance increased… as if that could have been possible!

So here we go on to the first review.  I was super excited to see that Lacey had considered me to be a beta reader for this book. If you have read the first stories that took you on the journey through Portia’s point of view and loved it, then I think you will love this journey through Vance’s point of view. I fell in love with Vance all over again while reading this. I can’t wait to find out how the rest of the story unfolds again, but through Vance’s eyes. Lacey Weatherford knows how to hook you into the story.  So I would highly recommend that you pick this book up. I give this book 5 stars.

JoAnna M.

I remembered certain scenes from The Trouble With Spells and knew when they were coming up. But I was so excited to see things from Vance’s side. He had so much emotion that was just begging to be told. My absolute favorite scene was the Halloween set-up. It makes me wish Halloween was like that for me. Lacey sucks you in to her characters and you fall in love with them… even if they are evil. She still has you loving to hate them. You do not need to read The Trouble With Spells to follow along with Vance’s side. But there are always two sides to every story, and both are equally fantastic. I give this 5 stars.

Valerie H.

KINDLE          NOOK          APPLE          SMASHWORDS            PAPERBACK

Synopsis:

When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars.  But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her.  Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him.
Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them.  Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories.
The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand.  Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires?
Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

My Thoughts:

First off, the Of Witches and Warlocks series is one of my favorite paranormal series. Lacey has a way of making you fall in love with the characters and the story. Another thing I love about the series is that although Lacey loves leaving you hanging at the end of each book, the next book picks up right where the one before it left off. So instead of rereading an entire book to remember what happened before you start the new one, the last few pages are fine.

This book had some drama along with the ordering and shipping. I periodically checked Amazon for the paperback version and once they had it listed, it said “currently unavailable” for at least two days after posting it. Once I was finally able to order it, I picked the cheaper shipping, and it turned out that the delivery date was set for the day I flew out to California. When I told Lacey the irony, she told me she would hope it arrives before I went to the airport. Usually, UPS shows up at my house around 6 or 7 PM, so I doubted that I will get it before I left. However, once we left our house to head to the airport, I saw a UPS truck at the end of my street. I KNEW my book was on that truck. But my dad did not want us to be late to the airport and miss our flight, so we did not turn around to grab the book.

This book has a special spot in my heart. Why? Because the shoulder length brown hair with rectangular glasses that Vance stalks down the alley is me! Yes, you read correctly, I am written into a few scenes with Vance and Portia. How? I was the Grand Prize Winner for the Demon Kiss Blog Tour and the prize included all four books and being written into a scene with Vance!

I was excited to read my part in the book. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but feel how stupid my character is. Bringing back-up to confront Vance? Did I really think that would work? But it was a great laugh and made me wonder if I were in that situation, what would I do. So HUGE thanks Lacey for writing me into the book and to Belinda for sponsoring the tour!

The Dark Rising has twists you do not see coming. The one downer about this book is that the once loveable Vance Mangum is no longer that loveable and goes down a path you wish he never would. But one of the twists really makes you think about what you just read. Is Vance still loveable? Or is he lost to the dark side?

Another thing I love about the series is the powers that Portia and Vance possess. Who wouldn’t love to paint their house with a simple touch of the wall? Or heal something while passing your hands over someone’s body? In The Dark Rising, Portia gets a new power that would be quite fun and could save a lot on travel expenses. Her new power could come in handy when you want to meet your favorite celebrity or any other mayhem one may think of.

I cannot wait for the fifth installment of the Of Witches and Warlocks series, Possession of Souls. Can it be February already?

Menage a Blog: The Way Vance Makes You Feel

Posted: July 19, 2011 by Book Minions in Book Review, Giveaway

WELCOME! Thanks for stopping by as part of the Tour de Force Menage a Blog event! Ready for some FUN and some awesome prizes?! I thought you were. Did I mention that every comment gets you a FREE ebook copy of Lacey Weatherford’s The Trouble With Spells? All you have to do is post your favorite flirt/pick- up line! Don’t have one? Come up with one! My favorite is “If I tell you that your body is SMOKING hot, would you hold it against me?” That line was selected as the best from HOT actor/ Lacey’s muse for Vance Mangum, Matt Lanter  and won me Season 2 of 90210 from Lacey herself.

Every comment you make during the tour, you will get an entry into the tour’s Grand Prize…. a free KINDLE! So start chatting it up!

That’s not even the BEST part! Lacey is also throwing in a GRAND PRIZE winner herself! All you have to do is go to her site, Lacey Weatherford Books, visit all the reviews from her sponsors on her sidebar, and post the phrase Hot warlocks rock my world!” on your favorite review’s page. You can also get 5 extra entries for EVERY Tweet, Facebook status update, or your own blog post which mentions: “Today Only! Win free ebooks & a signed pic of HOT actor #MattLanter! #Muse #MenageABlog http://bit.ly/pxd08f

What does Lacey’s GRAND PRIZE winner get? They will receive a gift basket for “A Night IN with Vance Mangum!” Sounds spiffy, what’s included?! Glad you asked! For your Night In with Vance Mangum, you will be pampered with lovely spa products. To enjoy your relaxing bath, you will also receive some candles, relaxing music, and delicious hand-dipped chocolates. After your amazing bath, you can curl up in your very own “Vance Kiss” T-shirt, as pictured above in the banner, and read all four ebooks from Lacey’s Of Witches and Warlocks series so you can get totally swooned by bad boy Vance! But WAIT! There’s MORE! You will receive a PERSONALIZED autograph sent directly from Matt Lanter! Yes, you read that correctly! Matt Lanter will sign a picture and send it to YOU!

Do I have your attention now? I hope so!

Why do I LOVE, not only The Trouble With Spells, but the rest of the Of Witches and Warlocks series? Vance brings out your inner criminal! After reading The Trouble With Spells, you will want to stalk your new FAVORITE bad boy and hope he’ll throw you up against his locker for an INTENSE game of tonsil hockey. If you are like me and prefer paperback over ebooks, the wait for the UPS/FedEx guy, or even Amazon to make the book available, will bring your homicidal tendencies right to the surface. As soon as your package is delivered, you would want to attack the delivery man with KISSES! But what happens if you are out of town and have to drive home when the latest book arrives at your doorstep? You imagine what it would be like to be the cause of a high speed car chase through several jurisdictions AND across state lines! All in all, it has got to be a crime NOT to love Vance!

Why does VANCE have this effect on people? He is just that LOVEABLE! He takes care of his girl and protects her from harm. But he has a dark, troubled PAST you want to fix. If you were Team Edward or Jacob, you’d forget those losers in a HEARTBEAT and be captain of Team Vance! Let’s not forget his kisses. OH MY! You would start to picture what it is like if he kissed you. When Vance gets into trouble, you imagine yourself running alongside Portia to help YOUR man out.

Synopsis from the book: They’re out for your soul and they don’t have heaven in mind….

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, Mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dak and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.

My thoughts: I mainly picked this book up at the library because it not only has an interesting cover, but also the Synopsis sounded really interesting to me. Once I started reading this book, I just couldn’t put it down. I just fell in love with Willow and Alex. This is another one of those books that are going on the theme of Angels. The Angels in this book are a different view from what has been previously portraid in other books, such as Fallen by Lauren Kate and Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. They are a little more sinister and something to fear then be admired, but the only ones who know the real truth about Angels, are Alex, who’s mother was killed by an Angel. Willow who after coming across an Angel after doing a reading for a fellow school mate, she slowly finds out that the Angels aren’t what they seem to be. Everything both Alex and Willow thought they knew about Angels and themselves changes. I loved reading this book and loved the character’s. L.A. Weatherly’s Angel Burn is a book that you can get lost in. I hope other’s will check it out.

Review: Torment by Lauren Kate

Posted: July 1, 2011 by Book Minions in Book Review
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Synopsis:

Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts-immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something- something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the Fallen series… where love never dies.

Our thoughts:

After falling in love with Daniel in the first book, Fallen, we found it kind of hard to like him as much in Torment since he keeps pushing Luce away in order to protect her. You just want them to stay together, but he makes it difficult. He comes through in the end, and we love him again.

It was great to discover that the Shadows are helpful to Luce, instead of her having to be afraid of them.

Some great new characters are introduced in this book. Two of whom being Miles and Shelby. Both of them help Luce work with the Shadows and help her to explore her past lives.

The end, however, left a big “What?” in our heads. We are hoping that it would be resolved in book three, Passion. JoAnna re-read the ending, and is still confused about what happened to the real Luce. If you have read this book and understand the ending, could you please do JoAnna a huge favor and explain it in an e-mail to vanceminions@gmail.com She would GREATLY appreciate it!

 

SYNOPSIS:

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

 

Our Thoughts:

One thing that we can say about this book is that while your reading it, it will keep you guessing! You can also find yourself immersed in the story. It’s a well written story that you find is impossible to put down and once you finsih it, you’re sad it’s over and need to find out what happens in the next book.You wonder if Nora is really losing her mind or is it something more sinister. Sometimes, it’s hard to determine what is reality and what is not. Even after finishing it, I’ll re-read it like it is the first time all over again. This is another one of those books that it would be wise to pick up the second book, Crescendo, immediately after finishing Hush Hush or get it when you buy/borrow Hush Hush.

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Posted: July 1, 2011 by Book Minions in Book Review
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SYNOPSIS

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

 

Our Thoughts

I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but you’ll find an exception to the rule. I saw the cover of the book, picked it up, read the synopsis, then decided I had to read it.  So yes, I judged a book by its cover and it turned out to be another one of those books you can’t put down. Got this during my vampire/werewolf craze and needed something new. And it was just the something new I needed. I found myself rereading it several times and forcing it upon others, who also fell deeply in love with it.

Who is this Daniel guy? Why did he flip Luce off the first day? What is he hiding? Those were questions that kept us reading just to find out! You can place yourself in Luce’s shoes: you get annoyed when she does, you get mad when she does, and you are just as curious. The book keeps you wanting more and pick up Torment immediately, just to contiue the story.

Believe us, when you pick up Fallen, pick up Torment as well. It will ease the torment of finding out where the story goes.