Monday, September 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Bitter Pill by Stacey Kade

Stacey Kade is one of my favorite authors. Her Ghost and the Girl trilogy is equal parts cute, equal parts engaging. I'm really happy to spread the word on her latest ADULT novel -- Bitter Pill.

The truth is a bitter pill...

Rennie Harlow is having a bad year. She had a handsome husband, a good job, and a renovated condo in Chicago. Now, thanks to one "exotically beautiful" paralegal, she’s divorced, faking her way through a writing career, and living above her hypochondriac mother's garage back in Morrisville, the small town she couldn't leave fast enough at eighteen. On top of all of that, she just found Doc Hallacy, the local pharmacist, dead behind his counter. And the worst part is, he's the third body she’s stumbled across this year. 
Jake Bristol has lived in Morrisville his whole life. A former bad boy turned sheriff, he doesn’t believe it’s just Rennie’s luck or timing that’s the problem. He thinks she’s too nosy for her own good. The last thing he needs is her messing around with his murder investigation so that she can freelance for the Morrisville Gazette.  But as they both delve deeper into Doc's death, they find that things don't add up. This isn't a robbery gone wrong or the work of a desperate junkie. Someone has a secret they're killing to keep. The only question is—who's next? 

The Best Part: I already love the concept, but what really too me over the edge was what Kade herself says: " Rennie Harlow is a grown up version of Nancy Drew." SIGN ME UP! Better yet, enter the rafflecopter contest below for a chance to win an ARC of Bitter Pill, $25 for a retailer of your choice, or an annotated ARC of Bitter Pill. Good luck!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Book to Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones

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Review: I recently went to see City of Bones in theaters and while the over-saturation of media blitz beforehand made me a little uneasy, any reservations I had were almost immediately put to rest. In short, I really really really liked this movie (dare I say love?). The acting is what you would expect, it seemed like everyone was giving there best and also having a little fun. The pacing was a little sub par and slow at many points, but redeemed itself with special effects and hitting all the important points from the books. The casting I thought was perfect, especially the widely popular Magnus Bane. A lot of people are saying that Jamie Campbell Bower (who plays Jace) is not right for the role. Personally? I am so very relieved that they made Jace more likable (see, not so pig-headed). Sure, they could have cast someone who was, well, more muscular but teen heartthrobs lately are lanky so I can get where the casting team was coming from. Overall, this is a movie MADE for fans of the book. There are quite a few Easter eggs for readers, although it described enough for those unfamiliar with the series to enjoy themselves too.

Read the Book Beforehand?: Advised. I'm almost always a fan of reading the book beforehand, but I didn't get a chance to before seeing this movie. Like I said, this movie is made primary with fans of the books in mind so it's a good idea. I had to go bad home and re-read this book to remember everything, because while I didn't feel like they had left anything out I still felt a little lost.

Theater or DVD: I say both! If you are a fan of the books, whether slight or full-blown it really is a fun little movie. I don't buy DVDs often, but I'm really excited to see the bonus content of this film.