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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lala’s Book Corner Presents: Interview w/ Julie Kagawa

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Larissa: When did you first start writing?

Julie Kagawa: Oh, goodness.  Probably when I was in second or third grade. I remember folding a stack of papers together and drawing “illustrations” in them, with the intent that the story would come after.  I began my serious, “I want to be an author someday” writing when I was in high school.

L: Have you always been interested in Fantasy?

JK: Always.  In school, it was all I read.  The only other genres I bothered with were the books I had to read for class, and even those were read reluctantly.  I've recently branched out, though.  I'll read contemporary and sci-fi and historical fiction, but the great majority of what I read is still fantasy and paranormal.

L: Why did you decide to write YA Fantasy?n331924

JK: YA readers are so passionate about books, even more so than adult fans. I love the genre and I love that passion.  I just like writing YA, I guess.

L: Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?

JK: Too many to count. 

L: What is your favorite subject in the Fantasy Realm?

JK: My first love was with dragons. I think I'll always have a spot in my heart for them. 


L: Favorite Paranormal themed Movie?

JK: The Return of the King. (Lord of the Rings part III)

L: Favorite Paranormal themed TV Show?

JK: Toss up between Buffy and Firefly.

L: Favorite Paranormal themed Book?

JK: Oh wow, my list of favorite books is far too long.  ONE of my favorite books is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

9780373210138_TS_PRD L: Favorite Author?

JK: Too many awesome authors to have one favorite.  Here are a few: Maria V. Snyder, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Jim Butcher, Rick Riordan, Holly Black, Maggie Steifvater.

L: Favorite YA Fantasy Author?

JK: See above question. ;-) 

L: Who is your favorite of your own characters?

JK: I'd have to say Ash, because I have a thing for dark, dangerous Bad Boys who can wield pointy objects.  But Grimalkin runs a very, very close second. 

L: Which was the hardest to write? Why?

JK: Meghan was actually the hardest to write, as it was difficult to balance bravery and stubbornness with the vulnerability of a normal teen girl.

L: What would you be if not a writer?

JK: Well, I was a dog trainer before I became a writer, and I love working with animals, so I'd probably go back to that. 


L: Coffee or Tea? 

JK: Ick, neither. Mountain Dew!

L: Up or Down? 

JK: Up.

L: Virtual or Real?  

JK: As I'm always on my PS3 or Xbox, Virtual.

L: Right or Left? 

JK: Right.

L: Day or Night? 

JK: Night.

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JK: Fairies (obviously)

L: Angels or Demons? 

JK: Ooh, that's a hard one.  Demons if they're good, and Angels if they're fallen.

L: Reading or Writing? 

JK: Yes.  :P 

L: What is your favorite part of the writing process?

JK: Creating characters and figuring out the plot.

L: What is your least favorite part?

JK: Writer's block! 

L: The iron Fey series in your own words?

JK: Once ordinary girl discovers her faery heritage, and must confront the Iron Fey to claim her destiny.

L: What is coming up next for you?

JK: After the Iron Fey, I'll be working on a brand new YA series.  Think: vampires.

L: Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?

JK: Just keep writing, and don't let anyone discourage you.  The only difference between a published author and a non-published one is that the published one never gave up.

L: Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?

JK: Just, thanks so much for your support! Authors are nothing without their readers, so thank you for giving Iron King a chance.  J

L: Thanks so much for being here!

JK: Thank you for the interview!


I hope you guys enjoyed the Interview =)


Don’t miss out on My Giveaway w/ Gena Showalter! You have an extra week to enter!

You can win a SIGNED copy of Into The Dark by Gena Showalter!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Winners of My 577+ Followers Giveaway!!! [Vlog]

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Hey everyone! How are you all doing today?

This weekend was a bit insane for and Im really sorry for not being around, but back hehe and I am really happy that I am finally announcing the winners of my 577+ Followers giveaway! I will also have them written out in this post =)

On the Vlog bellow you can watch the live drawing of each giveaway and you can also see the prizes. As a bonus, I show off the cool Mini-Poster of Eclipse I got when i bought my tickets for the movie, It’s all about Jacob and signed by Taylor Lautner! =)


Powerful chicks

1st Place:

  • Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
  • Dead, undead or Somewhere in Between by J.A. Saare

Winner: GABY

2nd Place:

  • Witchling by Yasmine Galehorn

Winner: Llehn

paranormal YA 2

1st Place:

  • Hush Hush by Becca Fitspatrick (HD)
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margareth Stohl (HD)

Winner: AmyBishop

1st Place:

  • The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Winner: bookaholic

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1st Place:

  • Silver Bone by Patricia Briggs (HD)
  • The Devil’s Playground by Jenna Black

Winner: Manna

1st Place:

  • Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (HD)

Winner: @beckerjo

scifi love 2

1st Place:

  • Wanderlust by AnnAguirre
  • Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre

Winner: Sharli

kickass heroines

1st Place:

  • Vampire Sunrise by Carole Nelson douglas
  • The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

Winner: AiK

sexy couples

1st Place:

  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Eikeles
  • Vampire Sunrise by Carole Nelson Douglas

Winner: Estereta

kickass heroes

1st Place:

  • Changes by Jim Butcher (HD)
  • The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

Winner: Giada M.

Winners have 72 hours to contact me @


If I am not contacted by then, I will draw

another winner!

Thank you!

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Let’s Do The Hop! – Book Blogger Hop #2

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Hey Guys! Welcome to Book Blogger Hop @ Larissa’s Bookish Life!

This is a meme created by Crazy For Books based on the #FollowFriday concept on Twitter! To add your link and join the fun, click HERE!

For all of you that are first timers around here, I do a lot of book reviews and Author Interviews on my blog. I also have weekly book giveaways and Followers appreciation giveaways from time to time. You can see the Interview and author Giveaway schedule on the right sidebar and the current giveaways going on on my left sidebar =)

I have an awesome Creative Writing contest in the works right now that i am sure you guys are going to LOVE! So stay Tuned!


In the spirit of the Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!  So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!
The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun!  This is a weekly event!
Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know!  Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added!  And, most importantly, the idea is to HAVE FUN!!


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You can win a SIGNED copy of Into The Dark by Gena Showalter!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cool Freebies for The Iron Fey Series & Demonica Series Fans!!!

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Hey Guys! There are two cool free stories online for us fans and I thought it would be cool to share it with you.

The First one is a very short look at Wraith and Serena from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, called Demonica Overkill!



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To read it just click on the cover image above or click HERE!


The other freebie is for all of you that Loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron King! =)

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Don't miss this eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series!

WINTER'S PASSAGE, a free novella in the Iron Fey series, is now available for download. It takes place between THE IRON KING and THE IRON DAUGHTER and follows Meghan and Ash on their perilous journey deep into the heart of Winter.

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck-Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon-who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter-a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....”

You can Download it for Free on The Iron Fey website… HERE!

You can also Download it for Free on NetGalley… HERE!

Hope you guys enjoy the freebies!

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Lala’s Book Corner: Review of Burned [House of Night, #7] by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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“Y’all need to get yourselves together. Here’s a newsflash from the only High Priestess you have left at this dang school: Zoey isn’t dead. And believe me, I know dead. I’ve been there, done that and got the fricken tee-shirt.
Zoey Redbird is the youngest High Priestess in House of Night history and is the only person – vamp or fledgling – that can stop the evil Neferet from raising all kinds of immortal trouble. And she might just have a chance if she wasn’t so busy being dead.
Well, dead is too strong a word. Stevie Rae knows she can bring her BFF back from her unscheduled va-cay in the Otherworld. But it’s going to take a lot more than hoping to bring Zoey back. Stevie Rae will have to give up a few secrets of her own . . .”

From Goodreads.

  • Publisher: ATOM

  • Release Date: April 27th, 2010

  • My Copy: Privately Bought.

  • Author's Website

  • Buy This Book:

Burned (House of Night Novels)

*No Spoilers!

I am a fan of the House of Night series, even though i don’t find it to be a spectacular series, specially compared to so many amazing YA series out there, I have always enjoyed reading the adventures of Zoey  and her friends.

For that reason, it pains me to admit I did not enjoy Burned. I actually enjoyed the changes in POVs that featured on Tempted [House of Night, #6] and I was really looking forward to Burned and I can’t help feeling disappointed with the way it came out.

I feel like nothing really happened in Burned, that the story hasn’t really moved forward and we are just going around in circles. The characters don’t seem to be evolving and the book was sort of repetitive and it got tiring at times.

Another thing that also bothered me was the amount of cursing going on. Don’t get me wrong, i curse a lot, but everyone seemed to be cursing in this book and it felt like too much most of the time, it got me squirming in my seat.

Burned starts right where Tempted ended and the books takes place in less than a week’s time in the characters life. There wasn’t enough story to hold a full novel in my opinion.

There were a couple things I enjoyed, though. I like the storyline with Stevie Rae and I love seeing Stark around. Other than that, I found that I had to force myself to keep reading =/

I haven’t lost faith in the series though and I am going to read the next installment, Awakened.



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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Winner of a SIGNED Copy of “Magic Bleeds” by Ilona Andrews!

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Hey ya’ll! It is my pleasure to announce the lucky winner of a Signed copy of “Magic Bleeds” by Ilona Andrews!

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You have 48hours to contact me and claim your prize! =)

Comntact me @ larissa@larissaslife.com

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You can win a SIGNED copy of Into The Dark by Gena Showalter!

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Lala’s Book Corner: Review of Magic Bleeds [Kate Daniels, #4] by Ilona Andrews

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“Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it rose.
Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.
When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers there’s a new player in town. One who’s been around for thousands of years—and rode to war at the side of Kate’s father.
This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family…”

From Goodreads.

  • Publisher: Ace

  • Release Date: May 25th, 2010

  • My Copy: Privately Bought.

  • Author's Website

  • Buy This Book:

*This review might contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the first 3 book in the series.

Ever since I read the first three books in the Kate Daniels series, I fell completely in love with Kate and Curran. They are the perfect Heroine and Hero for this world Gordon and Ilona Andrews created.

Kate is flawed, very much so, and that just makes me love her more. She makes mistakes all the time, but she has an amazing heart and even though her training and her former guardian have taught her that having people in her life that she could love, would weaken her, she loves fiercely and is completely loyal to her friends and loved ones.

In Magic Bleeds we get to see Kate getting really disappointed with Curran right off the bat, which got me even shedding some tears in her behalf. In a series of misunderstandings, miscommunications and practical jokes we get to see She and Curran play the mating game and it is definitely tons of fun for us fans that have been waiting for it for such a long time.

In her professional life, Kate is still working in her limbo-like job at the order and is very frustrated with the way her boss and some other order members view the Weres. There is a lot going on in her life and it makes for a great read to see her trying to deal with her job, hauntings from the past, mysteries, Were politics and Curran.

I had a LOT of expectations regarding Magic Bleeds and to be quite honest, ALL of them and even more were met. I laughed, cried and rooted for Kate in this book and I am extremely happy about how it all came out.

After this amazing new installment in this great series, I have to say that I am simply dying to get my hands on the next book. If you are an Urban Fantasy fan you have to read this series!


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lala’s Book Corner Presents: Author Interview & Giveaway w/ Gena Showalter

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The Giveaway is OVER! Thanks so much for Participating… Results will be up this weekend!



Hey guys! This tuesday I am very honored to have here the great Gena Showalter, author of one of my favorite Paranormal Romance series, Lords of the Underworld.

You can check out my review of each and all book in the series HERE!

She is also being kind enough to offer a lucky commenter a SIGNED copy of Into The Dark!

Giveaway deets at the end of the post =)

Enjoy the interview!


-         When did you first start writing? 

Over …ten years ago, if I had to guess.  Sadly, I lose track of time.

-         Have you always been interested in Romance? 

Yes! Relationships have always fascinated me.  How people get together, what attracts them, what keeps them coming back for more, I can’t get enough.-         What about in the Paranormal? 

Another resounding yes.  I love that anything is possible and death never really means the end.

-         Why writing Paranormal Romance? 

My two favorite things: falling in love and something beyond the scientific realm of explanation. 

-         Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?

Yes. Book -- Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey.  My first taste of paranormal romance.  Movie – Weird Science.  Writer’s – I’m constantly inspired by Jill Monroe, Kresley Cole, PC Cast, Karen Moning, Deidre Knight, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Larissa Ione, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Cruise, and many more.  Reading a good book reminds me of my love for the written word.

-         What is your favorite subject in the Paranormal Romance Realm?

I change my mind a lot, but one thing that stays the same is my love for exploring the different shades of good and evil. 

-         The sex scenes in your books are amazingly hot. Where do you get your inspiration?

The characters.  To me, they are real, with pasts, experiences, likes and dislikes. 

-         Do you find it hard to write them? 

Nope.  Loves scenes are an extension of the story itself.


-         Favorite Paranormal themed Movie?

Always depends on my mood, but maybe . . . the time travel paradox.

-         Favorite Paranormal themed TV Show?


-         Favorite Paranormal themed Book?

Depends on the author, but I’m a huge fan of vampires, werewolves, Valkryie, mythology, time travel, angels and demons. 

-         Favorite Author?

Jill Monroe.  She delights me!

-         Favorite Paranormal Romance Author?

Kresely Cole.  She enthralls me!

-         Favorite one of your Books?

The Darkest Kiss.  I enjoy the chemistry between Anya and Lucien, maybe because they are such opposites.  She’s unrepentant and fun-loving, and he’s by the book and iron-fisted.  And yet, together, they just fit.  They compliment each other and offer what the other is missing.

-Who is your favorite of your own characters?

William the Ever Randy.  He’s a bad boy, an unrepentant narcissist, and he would stab his best friend for giggles. Hell, he has stabbed his best friend.  I love him because he’s confident, witty, and when he falls in love, he’s going to fall harder than any of my other characters.  

-         Which was the hardest to write?

Danika in The Darkest Plesaure.  She underwent such a change, from scared and unsure, to strong and determined.

-         What would you be if not a writer?

A weepy mess.  Writing is what I love.


-         Coffee or Tea? coffee
-         Up or Down? down
-         Virtual or Real?  real
-         Right or Left? right
-         Day or Night? night
-         Vampires or Werewolves? vampires
-         Angels or Demons? angels
-         Reading or Writing? Today, reading

-      What is your favorite part of the writing process? Holding the finished product in my hands.

-         What is your least favorite part? 

Obsessing over deadlines

-        The Lords of the Underworld series in your own words? 

Sexy immortal warriors who stole and opened Pandora’s box are now cursed to carry the evil they unleashed inside themselves -- and the women who fall in love with them. 

-         As a fan, I have to say that i really appreciate the triple release in these spring/summer months. I loved Into the dark for being such an unusual companion to the series. How did you come up with the idea to writing it? 

Readers wanted the three ebooks I’d written to be available in print, but we needed more to fill the pages.  So, the companion was born.

-         What is coming up next for you? 

The Darkest Passion (Aeron, keeper of Wrath in June) and The Darkest Lie (Gideon, keeper of Lies in July)  The romances are heating up, and the plot twists surprised even me.-         What are you working on right now? 

The Darkest Surrender (Strider, keeper of Defeat)  His book will come after Amun’s (who keeper of Secrets) and both their heroines are top secret.

-         Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday? 

Write from the heart.  That’s where the magic is.

-         Anything you would like to say to your fans out there? 

Thank you so much for your support!

-         Thanks so much for being here!

Now The Giveaway!

You can win a SIGNED copy of Into The Dark by Gena Showalter!


To Enter:

- Leave a comment about anything on this post.
- Leave an EMAIL for contact! (if you don’t feel comfortable leaving it here, email me at larissa@larissaslife.com)

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Lala’s Book Corner: You Burn Me by Stella & Audra Price

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“A priestess of The Morrigan, Xxieda Rolla is a woman who has known success in her business, fulfillment in her family life and is only missing one thing: the love of the man that would have her for always. Sent to Shadow Heights New York by her goddess to find him, she meets the ever tasty, ever surly Dante Barratt. Sparks fly, and so does Amaretto Latte.
Dante, a dealer of rare and illegal commodities, and a very tempestuous fire demon might want the woman who's brown eyes haunt him, but knows better then to get involved with someone who just screams purity. Shes hot, and successful in ways he never could be, and knows a man that just gave away his soul like he did didn't deserve a woman like that.
After a chance encounter on a dark street corner, and an earth shattering kiss, Both are powerless to deny the chemistry between them... until Xxieda tells him her secret: shes a virgin.
Caught between his head and his heart, can Dante accept the fact that Fate sometimes gives us exactly what we really need, not what we think we want?”

From Goodreads.

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  • Publisher: Tease Publishing LLC

  • Release Date: May 15th, 2010

  • My Copy: eBook Received from Author.

  • Author's Website

  • Buy This Book HERE!

You Burn Me is a Novella by the Price sisters, Audra and Stella. It takes place in their Eververse world. Even though I haven’t read any of the books and stories set in said world, it was great getting a look of a series I had heard a lot about.

Dante is a fire demon, well, actually he has fire demon powers which he gained by selling his soul to a demon. He considers himself a loner and undeserving of love, specially since his business is not considered something to be proud of.

Xxeida is a priestess of the Morrigan and as her day job, she manages her own record label, which allows her to be independent and keep being a kid at the same time. X has been waiting for her Happily Ever After for a long time and her Goddess has finally sent her on a mission to find the man who will be her mate.

Dante and Xxieda meet by accident on a dark street and one kiss is enough to change everything, for both of them. Dante is reticent about getting involved with Xxieda, but she got her eye set on him and she will not give up.

I had a lot of fun with their story, however I had a hard time believing in them for a while. Xxieda is very strong minded and goes after what she wants, but at times I found her coming on to strong and that was very unrealistic for me.

However, since this is fiction I gave her the benefit of the doubt and let it all play out. They have a real hard time in getting together, everything seems to be conspiring against it, but the end was definitely worth it.

You Burn Me was a fun short read and it got me curious about reading the other books in the Eververse series!

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Keri Arthur & Jennifer Rardin Giveaway Winners!!!

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Hey guys! I have a couple winners to announce =)

Jaz Parks series

Winner of a SIGNED book in the Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin:

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Winner of a SIGNED copy of Moon Sworn:

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