Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blog Tour: Ordained - Devon Ashley - Author Book Picks

Devon Ashley is here today with a Book Picks post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Ordained. Thank you for being here today, Devon! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!

Well, I’d love to say that I’m eclectic and well-rounded as a reader, but I pretty much stick within certain genres: urban/contemporary fantasy, dystopian, paranormal romance, historical romance, anything depicting women in the 1800’s, and I enjoy some fantasy, so long as it’s not high fantasy. Some of my favorites are listed below, so take a peek and tell me what you think. And feel free to leave suggestions
for any books you think I may like!

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: My all time favorite book. I only wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it. It’s the book I’ve read the most times and I just can’t get enough of it. It still makes my heart ache watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy stubborn *youknowwhat’s* fall in love. Sigh… Pride and Prejudice is the ultimate love story, so if you haven’t ever read it, pick it up already – you won’t be disappointed. (and the best part of all: you don’t even have to pay for it anymore if you get the eBook)

2. Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman: This is a story about archangels, poachers and rogue demon protectors. I read the ARC recently and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up liking it. Sure, the romance was rushed and the romantic dialog made me roll eyes, but everything else in the story was spectacular. And it was filled with twists I didn’t see coming. I highly recommend this.

3. Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins: Even after finishing the first one, I was still rooting for Sophie and Archer to get together. I got my wish in Demonglass, and I want more! Sure, Cal completes the love triangle by being her betrothed, but seriously, I <3 Archer.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Love is a disease? Could be right…it breaks your heart, makes you sick to your stomach and can drive you absolutely nuts! But would I want that feeling permanently lobotomized from my brain? Hell no!

5. Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon: I found this supernatural version refreshing. If you’re looking for some adaptation of the original Cinderella, you’re not gonna find it here. Hell, just read my review, the author was kind enough to share a snippet of it on her homepage.

6. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins: Do I really need to explain why this series is so awesome? I bow to the master.

7. Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick: I’m not sure why, but I fell sucker to this like I fell for the Twilight saga. Nora’s dumb and naïve and Patch is practically abusive, but in all fairness, he would benefit from her death, so it’s not surprising he screwed with her the entire book. I’m not one to tear a novel apart and nit-pick every single detail, so I was able to sit back and just enjoy the ride.

And a few for the kiddos!

8. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin: The cows go on strike and use a typewriter to give their list of crazy demands to Farmer Joe. Love it.

9. Chester by Melanie Watt: My absolute favorite book in the kids department. Chester the cat doesn’t like the author’s story about a cute little mouse, so he takes a red permanent and goes head-to-head with Melanie in an attempt to make the story about himself. Sound like any cats you know? The illustrations are so adorable!

Thanks for letting me share some of my favorites! Hope you get a chance to enjoy them too.
Don’t forget to stop by my Crazy Dream Blog for a chance to win a copy of Ordained signed with a personalized doodle-graph. Giveaway ends August 20th.
Thanks to Corrine for letting me guest blog.

Thank you Devon for sharing this list of books with us, and thank you for being here today! 

Devon Ashley can be found on her blog


Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.

But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

1 comment:

Vivien said...

Really great list. Some of those are staples.