Armchair BEA: Intro & Best of 2012

Posted June 5, 2012 by Carmel in / 10 Comments


Armstrong BEA 2012

I’m a day late in participating in the Armchair BEA posts so I’m combining Day 1 & 2 into one post. Better late than never, right?

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1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I’m a 30 year old book blogger from Canada’s national capital region. I’ve been book blogging for nearly two years now and I got into blogging because of my love of reading. I was originally writing short reviews on Facebook which led me to reading others’ reviews, which led me to blogs, which led me to book blogging.

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?

I’m currently reading Bloodright by Karin Tabke and listening to Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione.

3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

I’m addicted to a Facebook game called MouseHunt. My fiancé and I started playing it together before we were dating and we kinda bonded over it. Weird I know. I’m very competitive so at first it started off as a friendly rivalry but eventually became one of the quirky things that helped to start our relationship. We’ve been playing for 4 years now. I know, I know. We’re dorks, but in a cute way, right? 😉

4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

Right now it’s a weekly question feature that’s hosted by Julie from Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks.

5. Where do you see your blog in five years?

Hard to say. I sort of just take it day-by-day. I realize that my career and/or my family might eventually make it a challenge. Time will tell!

6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

I’m going to have to go with my review of Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall. It’s not necessarily my most favourite post ever but it’s what first came to mind.

7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Elena Michaels from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series of course! Why? Euum, because she’s the only female werewolf and she’s absolutely awesome! Duh!

8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

Hmm… there’s no where that I want to visit because of its literary merits but I’d love to go to Venice, Italy. There’s just something so romantic about all of the channels and architecture.

9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

How approachable everyone is. I can e-mail almost any blogger about a post or a cool design and ask: “hey, how’d you do that?” and they’re more than happy to share. I’d like to see more bookish things (ARCs, author events, giveaways, etc) become available to Canadians. We’re often left out of the loop.

10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Yes, I read a lot less YA for one. I’ve come to realize that I’m happy high school is a distant memory and I don’t particularly enjoy relieving it through books. Also, I’m more open to reading novels that I used to consider risqué like erotica and BDSM. They’re not as bad as I used to think.

Best of 2012

The year is nearly half over and so far my fav reads have been:
(my reviews will be posted closer to the books’ release dates)

Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda Bonilla

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“She needed a bargaining chip and this was it. Raif’s daughter’s life for hers. And he knew damn good and well I was right. Just like he’d assured me the night I’d killed Azriel, this was far from over. His daughter was alive, I knew it. And I was going to find her.”

For months Darian and her Shaede guardian Raif have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation—and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they’ve finally found the half-crazed Oracle, for their efforts they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine, and too enticing for Darian to ignore.

Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover Tyler is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance—at an extraordinary price—Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother, and the man whose love she can’t live without…

Once Burned
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She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

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10 responses to “Armchair BEA: Intro & Best of 2012

  1. nice to meet you and bonding over a Game. So cute. Such great book recommendations. Adding them to the reading pile.

  2. I don’t play FB games (started because they were blocked at first and now I won’t let myself for fear of getting addicted LOL) but it’s so cool you bonded over a game, I can totally see that happening. 😀 I love when people find love in unexpected places like that 😀

    I agree with you that I love how approachable people are, and how generally helpful people are too. IT makes it such a nice community to be part of most of the time!

    I hope you have an awesome ABEA week 😀

    April @ My Shelf Confessions