Posted in Book Related Cool Stuff, Vampires, Volume 2

Book Related Cool Stuff | Vol. 2.3

Latest Edition of Book Related Cool Stuff!


How cool is this scarf!?

Lowercase Scarf by

Little Factory also offers coasters with the letters too!

They’re back!

I bought this shirt a while ago and I LOVE it! It’s a part of Woot!’s Halloween 2012 collection along with a few other pretty cool Halloween related shirts. But this one. It’s the best!

Posted in Ballsy Award, Blog Tour, Giveaway, Vampires

Blog Tour & Giveaway! Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill

First off, November 1 may be my new favorite day of the year! So many awesome new releases in books today!

This post is dedicated on one of my most favorite adult paranormal/urban fantasy series about some kick ass vampires! The Chicagoland Vampires series stars Merit who weilds a katana and serves her maker, leige, Master vampire Ethan Sullivan as Sential of Cadogan House.

I gave the very first book in this series, Some Girls Bite, the ballsy award. It was an amazing book that looked at how a new born vampire, Merit, joins the ranks of the Cadogan House and kicks just about everyones ass on the way to, basically, 3rd in command. I highly recommend this series. Check out my reviews:

Some Girls Bite

Friday Night Bites (no official review)

Twice Bitten

Hard Bitten (no official review — MAJOR cliffhanger!)

My copy of Drink Deep will be awaiting me on my porch when I get home this evening, along with my copies of Crossed by Ally Condie and Reckoning by Lili St. Crow!


To celebrate today’s release of Drink Deep I will personally be ordering a copy for one of my readers! I will buy it in either paperback or eBook (Nook, Kindle, Kobo) as long as the price is comparable to other retailers. I will also ship internationally from The Book Depository!

  • One entry per person via 1 blog comment. (Be sure to put your email address in the comment form, not in your comment!)
  • Entrants must be at least 13 years of age.
  • Shipping internationally via The Book Depository’s ship to list only!
  • Ends midnight, 11/03/11 Eastern time.
  • Winner will be announced 11/04/11 and will have 48 hours to respond with shipping info.

Happy November 1st!

Additional Open Giveaways:
  1. Giveaway: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Book and DVD Bundle – Ends 11/03/11
  2. Trailer and Giveaway: Destined (House of Night, #9) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast – Ends 11/03/11
  3. Giveaway: ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART 1 DVD – Ends 11/03/11


Posted in Ballsy Award, Cover Art, Vampires

Cover Art: Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill revealed the cover for the fifth book of her Chicagoland Vampires series, Drink Deep.


Drink Deep will release November 2011. The fourth book, Hard Bitten releases May 5th.

This series has won my “Ballsy” award on several occasions.


Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1)

352 pages, NAL Trade, (2009-04-07) $10.08 (

My Review

Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 2)

368 pages, NAL Trade, (2009-10-06) $10.20 (

No official review.

Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3)

368 pages, NAL Trade, (2010-07-06) $10.20 (

My Review

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 4)

368 pages, NAL, (2011-05-03) $9.81 (

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Book Trailer: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

St. Martin’s Press has released the book trailer for the upcoming release (May 25, 2010) of Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

  Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.
Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.
But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that? — Amazon

If you’ve read Sherrilyn’ Kenyon’s adult Dark-Hunter series then you may recall who Nick is. And I’m sure you won’t want to miss out of unveiling his childhood.


Download the song from the trailer!
Read an excerpt (or listen to chapter 1!).

I’ll be anxious to read this one. I’m a bit behind on the current Dark-Hunter releases but I’m keeping them for that day when I really need something comforting and reliable. 🙂

Posted in Cover Art, Twilight, Vampires

Cover Art: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (An Eclipse Novella) by Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie disclosed this new release she’s putting out, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, releasing June 5th.

It was supposed to be included in The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide but it was too long, over 200 pages once typeset.


  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella by Stephenie Meyer

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

Stephenie has arranged for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner to be free from June 7th to July 5th on

If you decide to buy it $1 from each book will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Sounds pretty cool. But I can’t recall who the heck Bree is. 😦 Sad face.

Jess Sig

Disclosure: Associate. If you click on my links and purchase anything a very small percentage of the purchase price will be awarded to Book Reviews by Jess.

Posted in Book Reviews, Vampires

Review: Hourglass (Evernight, Book 3) by Claudia Gray

Hourglass (Evernight, Book 3) by Claudia Gray

352 pages, Young Adult, series

HarperTeen (March 9, 2010)

$9.93 (Amazon, Hardcover)


Purchased on

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 4

Writing: 3

Originality: 4

Characters: 4

Passion: 5

Overall: 23/30 = 76% C

Cover/Title Bonus: 3

Summary (Evernight, Book 1)(this is book 3!)

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she’s spent her whole life. She’s a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the "Evernight type." There’s a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can’t be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart… and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed to be true.

Sneak Peek (Prologue & Chapter 1)


First Line(s)

My face felt hot, and strands of my hair stuck to the sweaty back of my neck. Every single muscle hurt.


I wasn’t a fan of the plot about half way through the book. I felt that a lot of the story was being drug out and I was ready to get to the point. Don’t get me wrong, every detail was important to the story but I wanted to go faster.

What ended up happening I still wasn’t a fan of. I honestly think what happened could have been more dramatic, it was dramatic, but not in an OMG! I’m going to bawl kind of way.

The ending is a cliffhanger but again, it’s not OMG! but more like, oh, well, awesome, not I have to wait for the next book to see how this plays out, not like I didn’t see this coming but I did and now I have to wait. So, I more annoyed than geeking out then what Claudia probably was expecting my reaction to be.

SPOILER! (skip this if you haven’t read Hourglass yet!)

The ending has NOTHING on Vampire Academy and what happens to Dimitri. I guess I just don’t feel the connection with Bianca and Lucas as I do with Rose and Dimitri.


Bianca and Lucas are on the run. They follow along with the Black Cross cell to different locations. My favorite was the subway location. They also end up in Philadelphia and that was good times. 😉


I wasn’t a fan of the pacing with the plot. This book reminded me of Evernight where it wasn’t clear what Claudia was trying to accomplish with this book.


This book picked up the originality a bit. Some things happen that I wasn’t expecting and that increased my interest a bit but as I’ve already mentioned I think it happened a little too late to keep me 100% interested.

I compare this series above in the "Spoiler” section to Vampire Academy and it is very similar but different. I don’t love this series as much as that one. 😦


Lucas really steps up to the plate in this installment. I found his bravery and willingness to stand up for Bianca refreshing because I thought for sure he’d end up running away and leaving Bianca when things got rough.

Bianca has lots of changes going on. Lucas’s support is really the only thing that gets her through it all.

I wanted to see a bit more character growth with the other characters (Balthazar anyone?) but it’s minor and that made me sad. I hope we see more of him in Afterlife.


HOT. That is all.


Slow. Predictable, yet unpredictable. Lame ending but I’ll continue to see how it all ends.

Cover/Title Bonus

I’m not a fan of this series covers. They are boring. The title, however, is perfect.

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Evernight (Book 1) by Claudia Gray 

Stargazer (Book 2) by Claudia Gray

Hourglass (Book 3) by Claudia Gray

Afterlife – Coming December 8, 2010

So, what did you think? Did it leave you wanting more or mildly disappointed?

Jess Sig

Disclosure: Associate. If you click on my links and purchase anything a very small percentage of the purchase price will be awarded to Book Reviews by Jess.

Posted in Book Reviews, Must Read, Shifters, Vampires

Strange Angels & Betrayals by Lili St. Crow

I read Strange Angels by Lil St. Crow a while ago but I never did a formal review. I don’t know why sometimes I skip reviewing books but I do it sometimes.
Anyway, I LOVED Strange Angels


Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.
Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?
Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.
And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…


Dru. She’s awesome. She does not get a single break in this book. One thing after another is thrown at her. Sometimes she stays and fights and others she halls ass to get as far away from her obstacle as possible. She’s a teenager I’m thinking 16?
Graves. He’s a newly acquired friend and he shows up at just the perfect time. Boy did Dru need Graves as a friend. He’s slightly Asian, tall, in that not quite man not quite boy phase, and he is very versatile. He proves to be well worth the effort Dru goes to protect him.
Plot. It’s quite crazy but I seem to like off the wall silliness when it comes to paranormal. Basically Dru is unique and all unique things are wanted by someone at some point and that’s now for Dru.
Christophe. His character is quite the mysterious one but I find myself drawn to him and he seems to be a huge character in the book even though we don’t find out in book one, nor book two, exactly who he is.
I don’t really have any cons about this book. Dru curses a LOT in this book but I find it very genuine to her character. I was only bothered by it once or twice in the beginning but then got used to it.
The ending of this book was fantastic. It left me on the edge of my seat, wanting more. Maybe that’s why I didn’t review it! My brain was not capable of processing a review without more story! 😉
I’d rate Strange Angels as 5/5!

Trailer (it’s kinda spoilery!)

Betrayals was slightly better than Strange Angels. Why? ACTION! It’s completely action packed.
The story continues with Dru being sent to a boarding school for her kind. Of course there aren’t many of her kind so she’s surrounded by males of her kind and male wulfen.


Plot. There’s a mole in the school feeding info to the council or something and Dru is supposed to help figure out who it is. But it never fails: the shit hits the fan.
Dru. She grows quite a bit and I love seeing that. She’s nearly “bloomed”. She kicks some major ass in this book. She is developing relationships with both Graves and Christophe, which I’m thinking will get resolved in book three since it’s named Jealousy. She doesn’t seem to know which guy she likes more, and she seems to like each one for different reasons. It will be quite sad when it’s determined who wins her heart because I like both characters. 😦
Graves. Wow. He changes a ton. He grows up and becomes “Dom”. He’s always there to support Dru and even gets a little protective. He steps up to the plate quite a few times.
Christophe. There’s something fishy about him. He constantly calls Dru “my princess”. I think there’s more to him than we know and I can’t wait to find out what it is. He pulls out all kinds of stunts to help Dru out. I was very impressed by him.
Lili St. Crow doesn’t fail to impress me. The one thing I love most about her writing is that she’s real. Real as in she mentions the things most authors don’t. Such as the characters need to pee. Here’s a passage I marked while reading, it’s during an exchange between Dru and Christophe:
page 48 – 49

“There’s a lot of things you didn’t tell me.” I tried not to sound accusing. I was suddenly very aware of the tank top clinging to me and cool air touching exposed skin. My legs felt very long, very skinny, and pretty unshaved.

Hey, I wear jeans all the time. You couldn’t pay me to wax, and who has time to drag a razor over everything every day? When we’d lived below the Mason-Dixon I’d kept up with it, but moving up with the polar bears and finding out I was a lot deeper in the Real World than I’d ever guessed didn’t leave me with a lot of time for hair removal.

I thought I might make some time for now on, though. My cheeks were so hot I was amazed steam wasn’t rising off the skin.

“Dru.” He took two steps toward me, his boots crushing the carpet. “I didn’t have time for a lot niceties. You realize that, right?”

I crossed my arms over my chest. Jeez, it was cold in here all of a sudden. And had he always smelled this good? Was it a cologne? Eau de Christmas Pie? “I guess,” I said finally. There hadn’t exactly been time for a lot of note taking, but he still could have told me a few things.

See what I mean? She mentions unshaved legs and hints at hardening nipples. The detail she mentions with such ease creates a near perfect image of the scene. Love it!


I have to mention one thing I had a total déjà vu on. At the school, in the locker rooms there are these healing tubs set in the floor with “not water” liquid in them, a liquid that resembles paraffin wax but thinner or something. I know I’ve seen such things in a movie. It was in Wanted starring Angelina Jolie. So if you’ve seen that movie then you’ll be familiar with the healing tubs in Betrayals. I thought it was a very nice touch to the story but it seemed like a “used” idea.
I rate Betrayals as 5/5!


Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Betrayals: A Strange Angels Novel by Lili St. Crow

Jealousy: A Strange Angels Novel by Lili St. Crow

I can’t wait for Jealousy! I’m thinking it might be the last in the series but I hope not. 🙂 It will be released July 29, 2010 and it’s already available for pre-order on

Connect with Lili St. Crow

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What do you think? Did you read either? Love them? Tell me about it!
Jess Sig

Posted in Ballsy Award, Book Reviews, Shifters, Vampires

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1) by Chloe Neill

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1) by Chloe Neil
NAL Trade (April 7, 2009), Paranormal Romance – Vampires
352 pages
$10.08 (, 10/28/09) & Kindle Edition ($9.99)
Some Girls Bite


Chloe found my blog and contacted me about reviewing this title. I looked it up on and wondered why the hell I hadn’t read it already! The premise, title, and cover all looked wonderful. I was excited to receive her book for review.

My Grade

Plot: 5Ballsy Award
Setting: 5
Writing: 5
Originality: 5
Characters: 5
Passion: 4
Overall: 29/30 96% A
Cover/Title Bonus: 4
I’ve awarded this book a Ballsy Award! I’ve been meaning to make up this award but I’ve finally done it! Congrats Some Girls Bite!

Summary (

First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.
Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude— and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

Read an excerpt of Chapter One!


Merit is a graduate student, walking through the campus very late at night. She’s attacked by a vampire who was intent on draining her dry only to be interrupted by two other vampires. The saviors knew she would die if she wasn’t changed, so one of them changed her, saving her "life".
Merit is returned home to her best friend Mallory, who is a vampire geek. Vampires are public in this story and they are gorgeous and have a following, so to say. Therefore Mallory is thrilled that her BFF is not only alive and well but a true vampire.
Merit is the daughter of a high political figure and she hates it. Merit is her last name, she does not go by her first name. She gets a crash course on the rules of being turned vampire. She is now part of a "house" of vampires and her house vampire master is who turned her, only master vamps are allowed to change people, and his name is Ethan Sullivan.
She must report to Ethan for her induction into the house. Things get super interesting after she meets Ethan.


Chicago, duh. 🙂 It’s very well set out. I felt apart of this town. I wasn’t confused by any street names or structures. Chloe depicted Chicago in a very familiar way by not making us feel like we were thrown in. Does that make sense? It’s not like Blue Bloods, where there’s an abundance of NYC street names. It flows very nicely.
The Cadogan House is a super huge estate that I want to live in. The cover image has a big house shown and it’s a good example of how I envisioned it.
There are a few outside scenes as well.
This book was written so well that it was envisioned perfectly, just like a movie film rolling through my head.


Chloe did an awesome job with this book. It flowed super well. There weren’t any gaps or misunderstanding. It’s written from Merit’s POV, which was perfect.
There was a certain amount of mystery to the story that gave it a purpose other than just introducing Merit to the Cadogan House vampires. I can’t wait to see what else happens in the next book!


I’ve read a ton of vampire books. I specifically enjoy strong female lead characters and Merit is anything if not strong. Therefore, it’s not the most original book on vampires that I’ve read’ however, it was so good with incorporating vampires, society, romance, setting, and dialogue that I’m not in the least experiencing a lack of originality.
The beginning of this book shows how strong I know this series is going to be. When Merit meets Ethan it’s pure shocking. You can feel the electricity and I want (need) to see how it all unfolds.


Merit is awesome. She has one wicked self esteem and her ultimate purpose is to be what and who she wants to be, damned if any one should get in her way. (Vampire master? No problem.) She didn’t take it well that her life was turned up side down in one, well two bites. She handles herself very well. She has balls. And I mean balls. This book is ballsy.
Mallory is a perfect best friend. She’s super nice and is there to help Merit no matter what. She and Catcher develop a very eager relationship. 😉
Ethan Sullivan is one hot master vampire. He’s pretty funny and I would love  to get inside his head! He has an ego and he’s a little appalled that Merit is who she is. She’s quite shocking at first. Again with the balls. 😉
We also meet Merit’s grandfather who was supposedly retired from the police department only to find out he’s the leader of the paranormal special forces.
Jeff works for Merit’s Grandfather. He’s a shifter of unknown animal origin, a computer geek, and a cutie. He’s super funny too.
Catcher also works for Merit’s Gpa and  is a disowned wizard of super awesome skill level. He and Mallory, once they meet, quickly fall for each other….hard. 🙂
There are plenty more minor/major characters as well.


I took one point off for this. I’m just a little upset that Merit is chasing tale and not chasing tale. I dunno. I wanted her to, you know, get some but she doesn’t seem to know what she wants and that sucks.
Catcher and Mallory’s relationship is red hot.


An awesome read. If you love vampires and strong female lead characters and egotistical men you’ll love this! I can not wait to read Friday Night Bites. I’m supposed to be getting a review copy and it will be devoured upon receipt.

Cover/Title Bonus

I don’t love the title but it’s catchy and cool. The cover is very good. The model is a good representation of Merit. The house in the back is a good pick for Cadogan House.


Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1) by Chloe Neill

Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 2) by Chloe Neill

Twice Bitten

Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3) by Chloe Neill

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 line_separatorSo if you haven’t read this one yet, get a copy!  I have great faith that this series is going to rock!
Jess Sig
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Posted in Books To Read, Cover Art, Sneak Peek, Vampires

Sneak Peek: Soulless by Gail Carriger

I’m reading this right NOW!

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
September 29, 2009
373 pages (ARC edition)

It is just delightful. It’s so Mary Poppins meets paranormal it’s comical.

And I just love saying Miss Tarabotti. 🙂

Description from

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.
First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both
Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking
all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there?
From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire
— and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and
werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing,
everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what
is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless
ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain
embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

What a sneak peek?!

Page 16:

The earl gave her generous curves a rude once-over, observed that Miss Tarabotti was nicely padded in exactly the right places, and refused to be suckered into becoming sympathetic. He maintained his frown. “I suspect that is precisely what the vampire was thinking when he found you without a chaperone. An unmarried female alone in a room in this enlightened day and age! Why, if the moon had been full, even I would have attacked you!”

Alexa gave him the once-over and reached for her brass parasol. “My dear sir, I should like to see you try.”

Isn’t it just amazing?! Loving it! And I’m only on Chapter 2.

Connect with Gail Carriger:
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Posted in Movies, Twilight, Vampires

Official New Moon Trailer!

The “Official” New Moon Teaser Trailer.


Source: Twilight

All I have to say is yum. I wasn’t expecting Jacob to be so yum. I should have expected it though. I ❤ shape shifters but I didn’t not ❤ them in this book. I was never a Team Jacob fan. This movie might change my mind though. And Edward! ARGH! I do not love Robert Pattinson as Edward! I just cringe when he talks. Sad, I know.

I’m not sure if I love the wolf though. Hubby and I were hoping they’d be true to the book. Very large wolves, bigger then bears. It’s not terrible though. 🙂