Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Reviewed by Debz

Don’t judge me guys, but this is hands down one of my favorite books to read, ever. I was on twitter yesterday and there was an ongoing conversation about books that bring you out of a reading slump, and this is it for me. It never fails to bring me out of that dark place when books have to meaning and I’m unmotivated. I absolutely love it.

This book is about this amazing human Ella Rodriguez and her online bff and real life celebrity hottie Brian Oliver (unbeknownst to Ella of course). They met on her blog when she wrote a post bashing the casting of Brian as the main character in her favorite book series and have been friends ever since.

It’s super heartbreaking what Ella goes through in this book. On her birthday, she and her mum, her only parent and her rock get into an accident that kills her mum and leaves her almost crippled and scarred. She’s not only forced to live without her mum, she has to move to California with her father who abandoned her and his resentful new family. I honestly couldn’t do it. [Read more…]

More Fever Books

I am both elated and a little concerned.  Karen Marie Moning announced this morning her plans for the future of her Fever series.  She says, in part:

I’m currently working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin… I’ve agreed to write two more books after that. Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

First of all, I am thrilled to hear than Barrons and Mac have more story to tell.
And not just because I want to read about them having more sex.  Though, admittedly, who would turn that down?  No… it’s that I want to see where they go from here.  The very fact that she mentions V’lane means he can’t remain frozen forever, right?  I’m over the moon on this.

The anxious part comes with the Dani stories.  I have never been a big fan of Dani.  The way she talks grates on me.  She is impulsive and immature.  And that’s understandable when you acknowledge the fact that she is a child.  But her youth makes her a poor candidate to be the female lead in story featuring a 20-something Highlander-turned-Unseelie-Prince and a thousands of year-old, well, whatever the hell Ryoden is. I would pin my hopes on the possibility of a big time jump, but Moning says:

The trilogy is not YA.  If I had to categorize it, I would say it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. I don’t pull any punches. It may be controversial in some ways.  But whose teen years weren’t?

I think I am uncomfortable already. Which makes me kind of pissed off because I want to feel nothing but squee about this.  Part of me knows I have to just trust that Moning knows what she is doing.  After all, she rocked my socks off with the existing installments of this series.

I think I am going to practice some deep breathing exercises and resume my Google search of David Gandy photos.  You can’t go wrong with Gandy.

Darkfever Movie: I Die!!

I didn’t read Twilight before the movie came out. I’ve never been a fan of Harry Potter.  Honestly, until I got word that they were making The Hunger Games into a movie, I’ve never really been all that excited about a book adaptation before.  Then I heard that DreamWorks has bought the rights to all five books in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.

To say I love this series would be an understatement akin to saying I love McDonald’s french fries or I love Charlie Hunnam without a shirt on.  It is one the very best series I have ever read.  I laid in bed at night after reading Dreamfever, trying to figure out who the beast was.  I took a vacation day to stay home and read on the day Shadowfever was released.  I cried like a baby for the first 20 pages of that book and made my co-worker read the series just so I could talk to someone about it.
And don’t even get me started on Barrons.  Yes, (Katiebabs if you are reading this) he is a douche.  He is an arrogant, unrelenting asshole.  Who would likely be the best lay of a lifetime.  Fans have devoted hours to Google searches, trying to find pictures that could do him justice.  And now, some poor actor is going to have to try to live up to that inhuman sex appeal.  (David Gandy can’t act, can he?)  Can it be done?  Is there anyone would could satisfy fans?

I’m still trying to cast Acheron in my head. And now Barrons?  V’Lane? Christian?  I must have done something really good in a previous life.  A Dark Hunter tv show. A Darkfever movie. And a male-stripper movie with almost every hot guy in Hollywood getting naked.  Thank you, entertainment gods.  I love you.

Did Somebody Say "Full Frontal?"

I don’t normally post about movies or anything else that is not book related.  But you know I do have a soft spot for man-candy.  And I’ll be damned if I didn’t just hear about the man-candy movie of the century.

It’s called Magic Mike and it’s a Steven Soderbergh movie about male strippers.  Sit down for a moment while I lay out the cast:



Alex Pettyfer




Channing Tatum



Joe Manganiello



Matthew Bomer

They will be taking off their clothes in this movie.  Let’s stop and absorb that for a moment.  They will be naked.  Maybe completely, gloriously naked… a la Spartacus.  I think I might set up a tent at the theater.

Oh yeah.. and this guy is playing the ex-stripper who owns the club:


Matthew McConaughey


I’m going to go sit in the corner and rock back and forth until this movie comes out.

I’m Geeking Out: A Big PNR Day

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! This has just been a fantastic day for my inner PNR geek. As my day began, I picked up and finished Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison. It was phenomenal!! (I’ll post the review on Monday.)

Then, one of my favorite authors, Karen Marie Moning posted her much anticipated sex scene from Barrons’ point of view. If you didn’t already know, Shadowfever is my absolute favorite book of all time! This scene is a gift from Moning to her fans. And I kind of expected it to take place post-Shadowfever. But it didn’t. It’s actually set just after Barrons and Mac meet in Darkfever. If you’re scratching your head about that, just indulge your curiosity and go read it!!

I have mixed feelings about the scene. Moning left it open ended as to whether the events really took place. And I’m going to choose to believe they did not. It also kind of weirds me out that Barrons actually talks to Moning, but…. Holy hell, it was hot. Karen Marie Moning has a gift. Barrons is such a sexy, visceral character. And the sex is just… wow.

Moving on to my third thrill of the day. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series is being made into a tv show!! Oh. My. God. I die.
I’m not sure if there are enough hot men in Hollywood to adequately cast this series. And who could possibly measure up as Acheron? In related news, Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series is being made into a motion picture. Again, my number one concern is Ash casting.
I beg two things of the entertainment Gods:
1. Please put this series on HBO.
2. Don’t let Alan Ball anywhere near it.
I must go sit in the corner and rock myself a little while.

Top 5 Ways to Get Joe Manganiello Naked at DragonCon

My book-BFF Jenna and I have been planning our big getaway at DragonCon since last September.  Our passes are purchased. Our hotel is booked.  And every a week, I check the updated guest list to see exactly how our big investment is going to pay off.  So you can imagine my excitement when one of my top-3 guys I want to roll around naked with man-crushes showed up on the list!

 

Super sexy Joe Manganiello is going to be there!!!  I’ve been stewing on this information for a couple of weeks now and honestly, it comes down to one big question: How the hell are we going to get him to take off his clothes?  Really.  I’ve come up with a couple of ideas, but it’s always good to have a back-up plan.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
    • Set fire to a cardboard cut-out of Alan Ball. Not only will it make me feel infinitely better to burn him in effigy, but it may set off the sprinklers.  Mr. Manganiello will either have to take off his soaked clothes OR I can just enjoy him in a wet T-shirt contest sort of way.
    • Cover his chair in chocolate syrup.  Rather than walk around looking like he crapped his pants, Mr. Manganiello will be forced to remove said pants. I could offer to lick up any remnants of syrup that might linger on his skin.
  • Turn off the air conditioner. After all, it’s Atlanta in the summertime. He’ll have to strip to maintain his body temperature.  –But then again, everyone else might follow suit… including whoever is standing next to me and undoubtedly dressed as a Wookie.  Scratch that plan.
  • Use the power of my mind.  Admittedly, this is not the best idea.  Because if that worked, he’d already be naked.  At my house.
  • Arrange for someone at the convention to have a gaping, bleeding wound. Mr. Manganiello will have to remove his shirt and use it to stem the flow of blood.  I have a few people in mind that I could bring for this express purpose.  It would kill two birds with one stone.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  So I am opening up the floor to suggestions. What’s in it for you?  Pictures of course!  I promise to bring my camera.  All ideas are welcome. (Bonus points for anyone who can figure out how I can also get Jason Momoa and Charlie Hunnam to sign up for the conference.)