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May 31, 2012

Gush and Gripe #5

We are mad Gushing this month because starting midnight on June 1st our month-long Blogoversary Celebration begins!

As a head's up we only require one qualifier and that is for YOU to follow us via GFC for your entries to count.

Blogoversary Celebration List of events includes:
  • Unveiling of our new blog design courtesy of Autumn from Alway Purrty Design
  • Participation in the following Giveaway Hops:
                        My Favorite Reads June 1st - 6th
                        Debut Author June 7th - 13th
                        Shameless Summer June 8th - 15th
                        Indie Author June 13th - 19th
                        Lovestruck June 15th - 22nd

                        Hot Summer Nights - Erotica Hop  June 20 - 24th

Talk Supe Reader Tribute Giveaway
All you have to do is qualify is:
* Follow Talk Supe publicly via GFC
* Leave a comment on ANY of our book, novella, short story, etc. REVIEWS

Every comment counts as an entry. 
Only comments from June 1-30 will be considered.
Comments left on non-reviews (meme, random posts, etc) will not be included.

There will be a total of 6 winners: 
* Three winners will receive a $10.00 (US) Amazon Gift Card
* Three winners will get to pick ONE book of their choice from any of the books we've reviewed in the past year. 


The contest will run from June 1-30.
Winners will be notified by July 1.
Random.org will be used to pick the winners.
Contest is Open Internationally

Review: Bound to Me by Jocelynn Drake

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Series: Dark Days #0.5
Format: ARC (Edelweiss)
Excerpt here
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Mira, the heroine of Jocelynn Drake's New York Times bestselling Dark Days series, has been a nightwalker for centuries, traveling the globe as an enforcer for a secretive, powerful organization. In Bound to Me, for the first time, we travel back into Mira's distant past to see the great love affair that shaped her. 
BOUND TO ME is my first Jocelynn Drake story and I haven't heard of this series or any of the characters so I can't make any comparisons or references to her novels. With that said, this Dark Days story was enough to whet my appetite for the series. This novella is Mira and Valerio's love story or at least it provides a snippet of their shared past.

No one will ever be able to please me the way you do. There won't truly be anyone else, even after we decide to go our separate ways. - Valerio

Mira is so fearless and doesn't seem to have any regard for her actions' consequences. She just do whatever she wants with hardly any remorse mainly because she is a vampire and a Fire Starter at that. I love trouble makers, they are always wild card with enough surprises that will keep readers continuously guessing. Valerio for his part was very passionate and protective of Mira, together they are the team to beat even if a group of nightwalkers are after them or whatever ragtag supernatural gang happens to cross their paths. 

You didn't think I was done with you, did you?
Of course not, you're too hard to be done.

Mira and Valerio are passionate people and their coupling was hot as a mother! JDrake sure gave us a tasty morsel with this one especially for readers like me who have yet to start her series. BOUND TO ME convinced me that Dark Days is an interesting series to follow, it seems to have all the elements that I like my UF/PNR to have.

As per Ms. Drake's note, this novella came to be because her fans requested that she writes something about Mira and Valerios. The fan mail might have been massive for her to finally indulge her followers. Not only that, it's a good indication that there is so much going on in the "present" to warrant such a request. Which makes me wonder, who is Danaus and what is Mira and Valerios relationship now? If Mira and Valerios are kaput, why is she still wearing his ring and what does her current beau feel about it? 

Please feel free to enlighten me if you've come across this series yourself.



May 30, 2012

Miss Vain's Red Light Special [Part Three]

Have y'all had the chance to cool off since reading about Miss Vain's date with Terrible? She sure knows hot to turn the heat up. We were THIS close to calling the fire station to cool the blog off. Miss Vain you are one naughty, naughty lady.

Tonight Miss Vain will be going on her third and final date with one of America's Most Wealthiest Men, Christian Grey. Apparently, Christian's Lady Love, Anastasia Steele, has been absent for quite sometime as she's down in Georgia visiting her Mother ad Step-father. No longer able to keep his sexual needs and desires at bay, Christian decides to pursue his next partner, Miss Vain. It's still unknown as to how the two met. Vain insists they were introduced by a mutual friend but we're guessing Christian discovered her at one of the numerous BDSM clubs he used to partake in.

Without further adieu, we present to you Miss Vain's date with Mr. 50 Shades of F*cked Up, Christian Grey.

May 29, 2012

Review: Where There's Smoke by Karen Kelley

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Series: Good Girl 1
Format: ARC
Excerpt here
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
When sexy wannabe-demon, Destiny Carter, is kicked out of Hell, she lands in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else. She slips into a slinky red dress, and heads straight for the delicious, corruptible looking cowboy at the bar.

But Chance Bellew has his own agenda-saving souls. He's not your typical angel. He’s a nephilim, to be exact. Centuries ago, angels came down from Heaven and mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with powers—demigods, nephilim.

But the children don’t live by the same rules as mortals, or that of the typical, robe-wearing, bright light-surrounding-them angels. Hell, most of the time the nephilim are breaking the rules, and making up new ones as they go. As long as they don’t cross over to the dark side, everyone pretty much stays out of their way.

But sometimes a demon-in-training, who looks like Destiny, comes along and all Hell breaks loose

DISCLAIMER:
This book and the corresponding review is intended for readers 18 and up due to the nature of the story and borrowed quotes.

May 27, 2012

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged #4

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and any news we want to share with our followers.

Please feel free to stop by and share with us the books you've received this week. If you're participating in a different meme where you showcase your book hauls, please make sure you leave us a link to your post so we could stop by and visit. If you are currently not participating in a meme, anyone and everyone is welcome to join BB&B. Just leave us a comment below to let us know you are participating.

Bagged
free from Amazon
thanks to the Amber alert
my own signed copy of
courtesy of Michelle Birbeck
 sorry the pics are grainy.


Bought
from Amazon
Bagged
from NetGalley & Edelweiss
You can probably tell from the covers but I've really been into
reading some very sexy and tantalizing stuff. 

Big & Small
The upcoming adaptation F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is something we are eagerly looking forward to! And not just because of serious eye candies, Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire, but also Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher are in it too! On top of that, this film is directed by Baz Luhrman, the same guy who brought us Moulin Rouge (2001) and Romeo + Juliet (1996), and with a budget of $120M, rest assured that the movie will have the necessary pomp and circumstance associated with the Flapper era from the music down to the costume and props. The Great Gatsby is slated to come out on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012.



Upcoming Reviews
  • Preservation by Rachel Wade
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost
  • No Holds Barred by Callie Croix
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • Darkness Becomes Her by Jamie Rush
  • Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn
Last Weeks Reviews
Upcoming Events
You know how the Discovery Channel has their annual "Shark Week"special every summer? Well, we here at Talk Supe are super excited to be having our own special with a different kind of predator. From May 28th to May 31st, Miss Vain of Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy will be making a very special late night appearance on our blog. Each night she will be sharing details from her very hot and steamy dates with her top three book boyfriends. So please stay tuned and make sure to stop by to read all about her kinky fuckery adventures. 


Also, stay tuned for more info about our upcoming 

May 25, 2012

Early Review: Immortals and Melodies by Heather Jensen

Series: Blood and Guitars #2
Format: Digital
Excerpt here
Release Date: May 28, 2012

Purchase: Amazon

Catalyst frontman Trey is no stranger to chaos, but even the life of a rock star couldn’t prepare him for the consequences of loving a vampire. Trey’s life is in danger; threatened by the very group he must join to stay alive. His struggle to continue his career and release a new album with the band is marred by events that force him to ask a powerful Synod Elder for help.

Aurora has to keep Trey alive until she can make him a vampire, but her own kind will stop at nothing to prevent it. The head of the Emissary is having her followed, and if she can’t figure out who is behind the violent attacks, Trey might not make it to the full moon. As Aurora battles her own kind, she’s also plagued by the risk she’s taking by changing Trey. Will her moon-given power be enough to carry Trey through the change, or will he be left floating in the wake of destruction?


I found myself wishing for the power and whimsy of fairy tales. If only things were as simple as we’re led to believe as children. I remembered the story of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Both were saved by the power of a kiss, drawn out of their lifeless state to live happily ever after. Desperately, I bent and left a soft kiss on Trey’s lips. It was foolish. I knew that, but even that knowledge couldn’t prepare me for the agony that ripped at my heart when he didn’t respond. -Aurora
A rock star and a vampire, that's the love match in Heather Jensen's Blood and Guitars series. In book 2, IMMORTALS AND MELODIES, lovers Trey and Aurora are testing the strength of their relationship. We witness them fight for survival from vampires who are against their uncanny relationship and duck the prying eyes of the public.

I like Trey's "new" attitude, he was a little laid back in Blood and Guitars but in Immortals and Melodies he's wittier and adapting well with Wes' death and the constant life threats from vampires. Just one of the perks of being in a relationship with one. Aurora for her part has mellowed a bit but still protective of Trey, always having his back and being his number one supporter. It's so hard to talk about this vaguely because there's a LOT of things that happened in this book that I don't want to reveal otherwise I'll spoil it for the series' followers. Let's just say that Immortals and Melodies didn't suffer from the "middle child syndrome" but instead laid out the groundwork for book 3. *wink*
You just wrapped your car around a pole and you're worrying about the other guys in the band. - Aurora
Like it's predecessor  Blood and Guitars, IMMORTALS AND MELODIES continues the love story theme mashed up with the rock star life. This book is more on Trey and the play of emotions he has over the changes in his life. I was happy that Trey & the band finally had closure over Wes' death and his relationship with his dad is on the mend. There were parts that I found a little long, like Trey's hospital confinement and Aurora's recovery from Malena's attack but other than that I enjoyed the direction of the story.

And though it might sound small and unimportant, I'm glad that each chapter tells us which voice we're reading. I remember that was my comment in the first book as the story has an alternating POV between Aurora and Trey so THANK YOU Heather for adding that little bit of detail. 


Cover Reveal: Days of Blood and Starlight


In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.


Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2Format: Hardback
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Pre-Order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book Depository

I am so excited to read this! Plus in case you haven't heard, Daughter of Smoke and Bones' film rights has been acquired by Universal Pictures. I am totally in love with this series, it's so exotic and original from the myth down to the characters. I can almost smell the sweet scent of incense, feel the heat of Moroccan sun, see the splash of color described from the souks and spice markets. It felt like I was on vacation when I read Daughter of Smoke and Bones and I will most definitely pick this one up!
My Review


Review: Intangible by J. Meyers


Series: Intangible 1
Format: Digital
Excerpt here
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Purchase: Amazon
Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

First off I'd like to thank Ms. Meyers for giving me a copy of her book, I never expected I'll enjoy it as much as I did.

I started INTANGIBLE with much trepidation not because of the plot but because yours truly is having a reader meltdown. I am currently experiencing reader's fatigue and I am still in the process of looking for an antidote hence I am slowly weaning off from reading YA. So I was worried that I will give this book an unfair review because of this phase but still I tread on because I find I can still be objective about my reads so far.

The Children of the Prophecy must die!

At 25% I was ready to put this book in a box and start labeling it with the usual YA stereotypes. But then something amazing happened in the story that got my attention. I've read a LOT of good reviews for INTANGIBLE but my impression was this was just a standard YA read: unoriginal but wonderfully written.

Well suffice to say that I was wrong because Intangible wasn't what I was expecting. At. All. Just when I thought I got it figured out J. Meyers throws another piece of the story that took it another level. Luke and Sera are not the only supernatural people in this story but Vampires, Elves and other Realm creatures are thrown into the mix. Luke can foresee and change the future but Sera heals and can turn a vampire back to human and probably neutralize other beings as well. Which makes them a threat to the non-humans.

I like that Jason, a vampire villain, didn't act like a teenager but acted more like an old soul dealing with babies compared to his age. Sera has a mean streak so she's not a flat goody-goody heroine. I wish that Luke's character would've taken more precedence because I find his character more curious than Sera's. He's the levelheaded one as opposed to Sera's "teen" tendencies (insta-love, impulsive, etc.) plus he's the seventh son of the seventh son.

They wanted me to find Luke and Sera for them, he said. 
What? Sera said. Like a bounty hunter?
His shoulders sagged. Yes.

INTANGIBLE's ending was well done, it gives us a promise of more adventure and more intricacies in the plot. More potential villains popped up and it looks like Luke and Sera will get teammates as more special kids are coming out of the woodwork now that the Children of Prophecy have come out. I for one am very curios as who or what Luke and Sera are, I'm sure there's more than meets the eye and I can't wait for the big reveal which hopefully will happen in book 2.


May 24, 2012

Review: Dead Night by Tim O'Rourke

Series: Kiera Hudson II 1.5
Format: Digital Format
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Purchase: Amazon
When Potter disappears from Hallowed Manor for twenty-four hours, he goes in search of the only person he thinks will be able to give him answers as to why the world has been pushed. That person is his first love, Sophie.

But Sophie has been pushed, too, and is running for her life. In a world where wolves live amongst humans, Potter must save Sophie while trying to search for answers.

During his search, he discovers that some things are best left secret.

First of all I'd like to thank Tim for the free advert and for inducting me to Potter's fan club! Yay! Next I'd like to thank Lynda O'Rourke for throwing muscle should Tim permanently kill off Potter, that little Foreword/Acknowledgement was hilarious! I'd like to meet Mrs. O'Rourke some day, she sounds like my kind of chick.

You're a pervert! the old woman screamed again. Somebody help me -- there's a man in here sniffing my knickers!
Now hang on, Grandma, I said, unable to believe what I was hearing. I wasn't... 
I've read about young men like you in the newspapers, the old woman croaked. You're one of those kinky types.

This is another Potter novella and I have to say that I like this better than the first one. The events of this book was a couple of days before Kiera's come back in Dead Flesh. Potter is his witty self plus we finally get to meet his first love, Sophie, or at least some version of her. I'd like to believe that Potter finally had closure over his heartbreak over Sophie but it sounded like the latter is going to be around for a while. This possibility excites me because a love triangle with Potter in the middle sounds like a delicious disaster IMHO as he doesn't see himself as a hunk. 

I don't ever remember having sex with you! she shouted.
You really know how to boost a man's ego

Aside from more Potter time, one of my favorite characters is back from the dead too! But what's really making me itch is the mystery behind Kiera's return and the role of the Lycanthropes in the pushed world. And if anything, Tim weaves wonderful mystery stories so I am eagerly anticipating book 2!



May 22, 2012

Samurai

As we continue to celebrate National Asia Pacific American Heritage Month, I now share with you my fascination with Japan and their legendary Samurais that inspired a lot of modern disciplines, art, writing and movies. The Samurai is not just a sword but a way of life that closely observes honor, family and loyalty.
 Here are some of my favorite tales.

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47 Ronin Story is the classic Japanese story of Lord Asano of Ako and one of the bloodiest vendettas in Japan's feudal history. In a shocking clash between the warriors and the merchant class of seventeenth century Japan, there emerged the most unlikely set of heroes--the forty-seven ronin, or ex-samurai, of Ako.

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Aside from martial arts inspired movies, I love Samurai-themed stories. All that discipline and tales about honor is so fascinating, the Japanese are so spiritual their belief system is the backbone of their tradition until now. The 47 Ronin Story is an epic tale based on a true story about 47 warriors who avenged the unlawful death of their Master. The violence was gut wrenching, the politics frustrating, their patience admirable as they remain focused on their goals. Honor is a big thing for Samurais and this story perfectly illustrates how much this virtue plays a part in their lives and society.

Word is a movie is in the works based on this story starring Keanu Reeves and is scheduled for release in 2013.

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Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe, need I say more? But aside from the eye candy, this movie is an epic story about a man's journey to understanding the meaning of familial loyalty and standing up for one's belief. I have to admit I still get misty eyed when I see this film. 

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Not exactly a conservative Samurai story but Uma Thurman wielding that sword and beheading people was an entertaining bloodbath that surely made me cry out with glee. My favorite part has got to be the one in the tea house before the ultimate showdown with Lucy Liu.

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Jedi Knights, their Light Sabers and even Darth Vader's mask was inspired by the Samurai discipline. Even George Lucas wasn't immune to the lure of the Orient which probably explains why this series has a solid cult following. 






May 20, 2012

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged #3

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and any news we want to share with our followers.

Please feel free to stop by and share with us the books you've received this week. If you're participating in a different meme where you showcase your book hauls, please make sure you leave us a link to your post so we could stop by and visit. If you are currently not participating in a meme, anyone and everyone is welcome to join BB&B. Just leave us a comment below to let us know you are participating.


Bought
Kindle Books
*Amazon Freebies*
Bagged from NetGalley

Bought

Borrowed
from the Library
Bagged
from Guilty Pleasures, LibraryThing Member Giveaway & Kayla of Bengal Reads
from NetGalley
from Heather Jensen for review
gift from Roland Yeomans for review
gift from Tim O'Rourke for review

Big & Small

  • No surprise for Vampire Diaries fans as the popular CW show leads the Teen Choice Awards 2012 with six nominations. The male leads, Ian Somerholder and Paul Wesley go head to head for Choice TV Actor while Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham vie for Choice TV Actress. Check the list of nominees here.
  • Meanwhile, you might have heard that Alan Ball is developing a new series for Cinemax titled Banshee. However the series is far from supernatural, as the title implies, but rather it's a crime drama set in Banshee, Penn. about an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the town's sheriff. New Zealand actior Antony Starr plays the lead role, Lucas Starr. Click here for the latest update.
  • Get ready Ladies, because the film, MAGIC MIKE, will be hitting the big screen this summer that will have you drooling, squealing and thinking you've died and gone to Hunk Heaven. The dramedy set in the world of male strippers, stars Channing Tatum (G.I. JOES) in the title role which is loosely based on his real-life experiences. Before his glamorous life as a Hollywood actor, Tatum was thrusting his hips and gyrating across a stage while women were stuffing his thong with dollar bills. The film follows Mike as he takes a young dancer, The Kid (Alex Pettyfer, I am Number Four) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. As if Tatum and Pettyfer weren't enough to get your heartbeat racing, MAGIC MIKE, also stars Matt Bomer (White Collar), Matthew McConnaghy and Joe Manganiello (True Blood). So start planning with your girlfriends for a ladies night because MAGIC MIKE will be hitting theaters on June 29. You could also throw in a few extra dollar bills in your pocket just in case you totally get lost in the film and have the  urge to throw some money around.



Upcoming Reviews
  • Immortals and Melodies by Heather Jensen
  • One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • Intangible by J. Myers
  • Metallic Dreams by Mark Rice
  • The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
  • Let Me In by Callie Croix
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