Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Venom 2 title hunt!

Hello! Welcome to the hunt!
I think I have a letter for you ;)

But first, I want to remind you of the fab prizes you can grab.
Tera has five (5!) copies of Sweet Venom and a grand prize of 50$ to a bookstore. The giveaway is international, and you can find further instructions at Tera's blog http://teralynnchilds.blogspot.com

And now, the letter you came to collect :)



Happy hunt! :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review: Descended By Blood

First in Vampire Born trilogy by Angeline Kace.

Goodreads blurb:
YA Paranormal Romance

Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.

Personal opinion:
First and foremost, a warning: This review will be full of ooohs and aaahs. And also very much of this !!! That's all. Proceed with reading ;)
Oh my God! This book is a total W-I-N. If I start naming all of the reasons for liking it, it will be a LOOOONG list.
Okay, with this review I'll do a different tehnique. I'll start with what you see first. A.K.A. - the cover. Don't you just love it?? It's mysterious, it's magical, it's reddish! What more do I ask for?
Second, the title. Descended By Blood. It's got so much power in it and it's very captivating. Another point.
Third, the blurb (I'll insert it at the beggining). Boy of her dreams, a kidnapp, dangerous journey. WIN!
Next, the story itself was fresh and fun. Angeline managed to make me laugh, cry, giggle and everything else that comes with a book from the very beggining. I loved the romance, I loved Brooke and Kaitlynn's friendship, which proves that some bonds can last forever and suffer everything and still stay strong.
Now, let me skip to the end a bit here. I did not approve. I mean, Angeline, it's brillantly written and intense and all, but I do not like cliffhangers ;) I mean, it's my fault, not the author's, but I die when I have to wait. *wails* BUT then again, it is another plus, because it means it is THAT good. That you would do anything to get the sequel. Btw, Angeline, can you list me for ARC? ;) *winky winky*
And now, the reason number one why I fell in love with this book soooo much: Croatia
I think you want an explanation now, so, I'm from Croatia, sitting in chair in its capital city, like, right now. So imagine my surprise when I found out that Mirko, Jelena, Lijepa and couple of other characters are from here too?!?
I know you're wondering who the heck are 'Mirko, Jelena, Lijepa and couple of other characters'. I can't tell you everything about them, because it can be considered as a spoiler, but I can say this: Mirko is HOT ;) He is one of those blow-your-mind type of guys.
I liked his sarcasm, his lines, his nickname for Brooke. It was really CUTE *hint hint* - it is on Croatian, I understand it and you don't *sticks out tongue*
There were some sad moments in the book, one in specific. I don't wanna talk about it. :(
Anyway, Brooke is an awesome character. No matter that 'little sectret', she still stays cool and strong and brave. Kaitlynn, I admit, annoyed me a little. Now, the heroine's best friend always annoys me in books. Can't explain why, really can't. But like I said, it's not author's fault. So, I think I covered all major bits.
Oh, that's right! There are palačinke in this novel. Read it and find out what delicious meal is that ;))
5 stars :)

                                        Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Descended-Blood-Angeline-Kace/dp/0983803714/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314363558&sr=8-1
You can find Angeline on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Angeline_Kace
Goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4641669.Angeline_Kace

I really recommend this one.
Read on :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

In Which I Announce Some Winners

Hello there! So, I'm back, obviously, and  I picked winners for Hush Hush and Crescendo.
Now, originally I planned on one winner. Then, there were two. And now, as I picked two winners, I just couldn't stop. And now, I have TEN winners. I'm crazy, I know.
Actually, scrape that. EVERYONE WINS!
Now, I have 10 names who won HH & Crescendo, and the 12 remaining ppl will win an audiobook of White Cat.
Now, if you won White Cat but you already have it or have read it, don't want it in another words, I will give you the instructions below.
So, without any ado, here are the "grand prize winners":

1. Thamy Duff
2. Britney Wyatt
3. Misty
4. Tasnim
5. Creativedeeds
6. Carina
7. Jennifer
8. Cyndi
9. Katja
10. Angie

CONGRATS to the ten winners!
And now for the White Cat winners:

Anyone who isn't listed above.

Now, all of you please e-mail me at tammyb_2810(at)yahoo.com with your name and what you won. NOTE: if you won White Cat but you don't want it, let me know in the e-mail and I'll give you the further details, okay? :) You must contact me in the next 72 hours.

See you soon for another giveaway!
Read on :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


So, finally, it's time for my stop at the tour!
Today I get to share with you a brilliant gues post from Katie M. John about a day in Sir Blake Edwin Beldevier's life.
So, without any further ado, here it is

A Life in the Day of Sir Blake E. Beldevier.

I hate mornings – always have. I sleep vey deeply and waking always feels like I’m under some form of attack.

My mornings always start early. The alarm is set for 5 o’clock. The clock is a plastic knight that blows a bugle. (Vivien, my adoptive mother brought it as a joke – I found it funny at the time, but not quite so funny at five in the morning!) It often ends up on the floor.

Breakfast is always porridge, which no amount of cream, honey or dried fruit can make attractive. I have to eat it though because training’s at six and it’s important to fuel the body. Personally, I think the three cups of black coffee do the job perfectly well.

Training is routine; one of the few things in the life of a knight that is. It starts with half an hour of tai chi and then an hour of combat practice, followed by a run. Mostly, morning training is done with just my coach or Percival. (My best mate.)

Unlike most knights, who are personally tutored at home, I attend a ‘Real World’ college. (You could say I’m sort of undercover.) Because of this, my day is structured by the college timetable. I study A-levels in English Literature, French, Sports Science and Politics.

My favourite is Sports Science. Real Worlders play this great game called football which I’ve really taken to. I tried to get my lot to play it back at Meadowlake, but they didn’t really get the whole non-contact thing. Rugby went down a lot better.

If it isn’t a college day then my day can be quite varied. I travel a lot. Mostly in Europe, to cities such as, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris – anywhere where the diplomats are stationed. Every now and then I have to go to Geneva which is where HQ is situated. Often these trips are quite intense and there isn’t much time for site-seeing. 

Other days I might be sent on quests or be given free time. I choose to spend this with Mina. Mina is my betrothed. She’s a Real Worlder (it’s a long story) and is the most beautiful soul I have ever met. It was love at first sight – or maybe fascination at first sight: she deliciously ‘un-normal’.

If lots of us boys have a free afternoon, we like to get together and tourney, which means mess about with weapons and horses. I suppose we’re all a little reluctant to grow up quite yet.

The early evening is my favourite time of the day as it belongs to me and I’m free to spend it how I please. I like to ride Lancelot over to Mina’s house and play at ‘sweeping her off her feet’ – although Mina isn’t quite so keen on the motion sickness that comes with being ‘swept’.  I like to go to the beach with her and my ideal evening is sitting by a camp-fire, looking out across the ocean as the sun sets. I know it’s a bit cliché but it’s true.

The ride over to hers is through the forest and it is one of my favourite places on Earth. In the forest time becomes insignificant – which is a good thing.

If Mina’s busy I’m kind of useless and end up moping about. I like to write or read at these times. I’m afraid I have rather a gloomy taste in literature.

Dinner at ours is always totally unpredictable. Sometimes it might just be Vivien and me, at other times a whole group of knights might rock up and require feeding – these evenings often end up in an all night party: Vivien is quite a hostess and a great cook.

Before bed, I visit the chapel to reflect and meditate upon the day and any of the decisions I have to make. The chapel is small and very old. My mother’s tomb is there. It’s nice to go to the chapel and feel close to her. Mina finds my belief in God slightly puzzling, but my faith is important to me. It’s probably the biggest difference between the two of us.

Actually scrap that, we’re different in most ways! I’m very traditional (although that might be because of the time difference) and Mina is much more open to change.

Bedtime is usually around nine – if I can sneak away from the craziness of Meadowlake. I read and listen to music before sleeping and I usually fall asleep with a book stuck to my face.

I don’t like to sleep on a bed – not since I heard of someone being stabbed through their mattress. The assassin had been hiding under the bed – so I tend to sleep on this great slouchy couch.

I’ve found it useful over the years to learn to sleep with one eye open.

What did you think of the post? I loved it!

Okay, so... Immortal Beloved is coming out TOMORROW, so if you haven't read The Forest Of Adventures yet, you can purchase it here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0049H9268. Also, visit Katie's site http://katiemjohn.blogspot.com/

Join the tour tomorrow, at Meagan's blog http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/ for a review of Immortal Beloved.
The last stop. *sniff*

Now, for the giveaway: I have one e-copy of The Forest Of Adventures,
                                         one e-copy of Immortal Beloved
                 and                   one TFOA key ring - which is gorgeous! (and I wish I had one)

Anyway, the giveaway is international, there will be three winners and it's open till August 30th.
To enter, leave a comment with your name and e-mail. For additional entry, be my follower and tweet this giveaway. Just mention @tamsbookramble and include the link to the giveaway. If you tweet it, leave me a link of the tweet in the comment. 

That's all!
Read on to :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Wanderlove

So, like I promised, today I'm posting a review of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.
BUT fisrt, I need to remind you that the Immortal Beloved blog tour kicked off today here http://ibetuthinkthisblogisaboutyou.blogspot.com/ with a FANTASTIC interview with Katie M. John. Be sure to check it out and enter the giveaway! ;)
And make sure to follow all the other stops, including this blog :)
Okay, back to the review now:

Goodreads blurb:

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

Personal opinion: 

When I started reading this book, I honestly didn't know what to expect.

The first chapter didn't 'click to me', but I continued reading. Boy it was a good decision.

Soon after, I was pulled into the story, flipping through pages to find out what would come next. The story itself was interesting, filled with adventures and messages. I liked the characters, who were full of surprises and emotions. Wanderlove taught me that some choices can be make wrongly, that past is the past, that moving forward is what counts. I found this novel a quick, fun and, on many occasions, addictive novel with which you wish you could stay up to finish it as soon as possible.

Wanderlove was my escape from real world, from Europe to exotic and new world, full of mystery and surprise.

Also, what I loved were the grapichs, the drawings of everyone and everything, all related to the story. They helped me get into the setting and the place, the mood of the scene.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and I give it 5 stars. :)

Basiclly, I think you should keep an eye for this novel and pick it up when it releases on March 13th, 2012.

You can find Kirsten on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3101315.Kirsten_Hubbard
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kirstenhubbard
Visit her site: http://kirstenhubbard.com/

Read on :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Die For Me

Today's review goes to the brilliant Die For Me written by even more brilliant Amy Plum.

GoodReads blurb:

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.

Personal opinion:

Where to begin?

The story was unique, the characters brilliant, the Paris descriptions totally sucked me in. I want to visit Paris even more than before. Sigh.

I can't deny, this is one of my new favorites.
Kate and her sister move in with their grandparents in Paris after their parents die in a car accident. There, Kate doesn't even try to adjust and get over her grief. Until her sister finally persuates her to go out. And then comes Vincent. *smile*

I really liked their relationship. The time they spent together was brilliantly written and made me stare into the book with dreamy eyes, and, you know, I did do that.
The other characters, like Jules, were a great and funny addition to the story. Though some other characters were just eviiil. I did not like the bad guys, but who does?
The end was nerve wrecking. Almost made me scream a couple of times. I think that Amy gave us a new and fresh novel, filled with all kinds of emotions and a heroine to who you can relate to in a way that you feel her emotions and think what she thought. And, of course, that is a great thing about an author! So, Amy, if you're reading this, well, well done! :)The ending was, after *that thing which I cannot spoil*, so beautiful and sweet!Also, the cover... I think the cover is one of my three fav covers EVER! Especially since I adooore red color and you can also see the Eiffel Tower in the distance and those black lines that spread around Kate... just GORGEOUS.

Overall, I think this is a must-read. Go pick up a copy now!
5 stars. (though I wish I could give it more)

I'm looking forward to the sequel, Until I Die, sooo very much! :D

You can find Amy on Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3353516.Amy_Plum
On twitter: twitter.com/iheartrevenants
Visit her site and blog (such a cool design) : http://www.amyplumbooks.com/

So, that's it :)
Tomorrow search for review of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard!
Read on :)

A giveaway (not mine though)


So, I've just discovered this giveaway and oh em gee, it's awesome! Alsoo, it's international and quite easy to enter!
So, enjoy! :D

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Little something Carrie Harris and I had in mind

Soo, if you by any chance don't know who Carrie Harrie is, she is the author of novel Bad Taste In Boys, and its sequel, Bad Hair Day, coming soon. You can find her on twitter: twitter.com/carrharr

She writes about zombies, and we talk over twitter a lot. So, yesterday we came to idea to write a song about zombies. I did my take, and here's what came out of it! :)

I'm a Zombie
*the beat starts*
*a zombie sound once in a while*
Verse 1:
Two years ago
My life changed for good
There was no escape (no escape)
No turning back
I was lost
In my regret
But they found me
Changed me
Can  you see me now?
Behind the mask?
I'm not the same
I'm not the man you used to love
Baby I'm a zombie
You can help me now
I'm forever different
I don't want you anymore
Cause I'm a zombie
Verse 2:
You said I wasn't good enough
For you
You threw it all away
Everything we had
But there is one thing
You sgould keep in mind
I always get my revenge (get my revenge)
Chorus x2
We had it all (had it all)
You threw it away (away)
They found me (fo-ound me)
Changed me
I'm not the same! (anymooore)
Chorus 3x
It's over now... you can't have me back... everything has changed.... I'm a zombie.
So, that's it! I hope you don't hate this ;)
It's only my first song so don't go hard on me :)
Read on (or sing on ;))

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

YA Crush Tourney Finals

Okay, with less than 30 minutes till the start, I gotta write this. And I gotta write fast.

It's the ultimate fight, Zachary versus Jace.
Strong competition in here guys.
Now, I won't say which team I'm on, or how much I like these boys, I will talk about their fans.
Team Kilt, you are AMAZING. Did you see all those people, voting for Zachary and making him a finalist? I was sooo amazed. The power of people, all different people, fighting for one. Fighting for A FICTIONAL character.
I say: WOW!
It still amazes me, how much books can change lives. So, a big thank you to Jeri Smith-Ready, for creating Zach and leading this legion of loyal fans.

Now, I am both TeamJace and TeamKilt, but I will vote more for Zach. He is the underdog, but look where his fans brought him.


Read on :)

50 Followers Giveaway!!

Hello there! Today I've reached 50 followers (52 actually) and I believe it's time for a GIVEAWAY:
Before we start, I think I should say a HUUUGE thank you to all of my supporters, because I've run this blog for not even two months now, and I already have 52! followers! So thank you and this is for you! Much love <3

For grabs: 1 (one) lucky winner will win e-copies of HUSH HUSH and CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick :
*EDIT* - I chose to have two (2) winners for this pack. Go on, be happy! :D

Rules: Must be a GFC follower (GFC means Google Friend Connecter)
          If you have a Twitter, follow me to get a bonus point @tamsbookramble
          Leave a comment with GFC name and twitter if you follow, along with your e-mail address

INTERNATIONAL, ends 21st August

Now, if I reach 100 followers by the end of the giveaway SECOND WINNER will get audio book of WHITE CAT by Holly Black .

Sounds good, right?? ;)

Giveaway is open immediately, so go go go! :)

Read on ;)

*NOTE* If Blogger won't let you post a comment, go as anonymous, just leave me your name along with required info :)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Immortal Beloved Blog Tour

Heya there! I will be participating in Immortal Beloved blog tour hosted by Megan from http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/ :)
It will start on 18th of August and will last till 25th of August, when the book releases!
My stop is on the 24th, so make sure you stop by because Katie M. John will do a guest post on here!
PLUS, I will host a giveaway ;))
Other blogs participating in the tour
If I missed someone, let me know :)
You can find the tour button at the right----------------------------->
Hope to see you then!

Read on :)

Review: Awakened

I've had this book on my wishlist for a long time now, and I finally bought it a couple of days ago! 
Ednah Walters - Awakened (The Guardian Legacy #1)

So, without any more rambling, here's the Goodreads blurb: 

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she's a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice

Personal opinion: 

One word- Brilliant!

The story in Awakened starts right away, on the first page. Already a plus! 
Ednah's writing is captivating, yet it flows easy. It's simple and fun. 
The storyline I loved because I love demons and everything that comes with them ;) Another plus! 
Characters were loveable and fun. And hot. *cough-Bran-cough*
In this book I didn't find dull moments, nor over-*insert adjective* ones. Everything was in place :) 
I find the romantic scenes in the book so beautiful and sweet (maybe it's the hopeless romantic talking out of me, but I was AWW-ing a lot).
Oh, one more thing. Lil has red hair- me LIKE!

Awakened is a fast read, filled with excitement and tension! Can't wait to read the sequel, Betrayed!
Plus, look at the cover! OH EM GEE! *SWOON*

Definitely 5 stars! :) 

You can find the author, Ednah Walters, on Goodreads: 
Check out her site: http://www.ednahwalters.com/
Her blog: http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/
Follow her on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ednahwalters

And, you know, check out her books! 

Read on :)

Guest Post: What Inspires Authors

Hello readers! Today I'm guesting Raine Thomas, the author of Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy! She was nice enough to write a post about inspiration when writing.
So, here it is!

What Inspires Authors?
A Guest Blog by Raine Thomas

                I’m quite excited to be guest blogging for Tamara’s Book Ramblings. I confess that I wasn’t sure what to write about when I agreed to do this. At first I thought, well, it’s a book blog. Why not write about books?

                I know, I know…

                So I started thinking about the books that I enjoy. I’m a huge fan of fiction. YA, fantasy, romance, paranormal, thrillers…essentially, anything that serves as a form of entertainment and escape works for me. When I started thinking about all of the books I love, though, it became even harder to narrow down a blog topic. Yikes!

                It then occurred to me that readers of book blogs might be interested to know what inspires authors of the books they enjoy. Readers of my Daughters of Saraqael trilogy often ask me how I came up with the concept behind the books. I imagine most authors get asked this question by their fans. Aha! Topic decided.
                I reached out to a few of my author friends to find out what inspires them. Interestingly, many of the same things they mentioned are on my “inspiration list.” Here are a few that we came up with:

                - Music! Finding the right tenor and beat to match the tone of a scene can be a wonderful source of inspiration. In fact, I sometimes find myself changing a scene entirely if the music I’m listening to differs from what I started writing. Other authors told me the same thing.

                - Current Events. As they say, life is stranger than fiction. When Hurricane Katrina hit, publishers saw a massive influx of natural-disaster related stories. Don’t be surprised if the recent riots in London make their way into an upcoming fiction novel. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, we’re influenced by the world around us.

                - Life. The biggest source of inspiration for any writer is, quite simply, life. We write what we know, even when we’re writing fiction. As an example, my books focus on fictional beings called Estilorians. But the heroine of Becoming is eighteen-year-old Amber Hopkins, a character who grew up in Atlanta’s foster care system. I was inspired to write her character because I worked with youth just like her for over seven years…and they are all sources of inspiration!

                There were also the “inspirational” suggestions of cookies, cake and pictures of gorgeous guys, but those go without saying, don’t they? Anyway, I know that if I want to inspire my readers, my writing must also be inspired. It was a lot of fun finding out what other writers use to light their creative fires. I’d love to know what inspires you!

Now, I join Raine in wanting to know what inspires YOU! Leave a comment telling us :)

Now, I have my answer too and it is music. Definitely music. I cannot write or read without it! Though I don't have a playlist, it inspires me so much.

About Raine Thomas: 
Raine Thomas is the author of a series of young adult fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorians. She has a varied background including such professions as wedding planning and mental health…two fields that intersect more often than one would think. Residing in Orlando, Florida with her husband and daughter, Raine is hard at work on her next series of books about the Estilorians: the Firstborn Trilogy.

Find more about Raine Thomas and her books on her site: http://rainethomas.com/
Add her as a friend on GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5053436.Raine_Thomas
Follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Raine_Thomas
Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rainethomas

Hope you liked the post as much as I did! 
Read on :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Somebody said winners?

Yepp, I've picked the names.

Winner of Bridger by Megan Curd is *drumroll*...


And the winner of Remembrance by Michelle Madow is *another drumroll*...

Jessie of Remarkable Reads!

Congratulations to both of winners!! I will e-mail you shortly and I'll mention you on twitter!
To those of you who didn't win, do not fear! I will host more giveaways very, very soon :)

Read on :)