Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Broken Blood Review Tour Part V!

So, you know one of my most favorite stalkees is totally awesome! So, I am going to have some fun moments to share myself! Just because I love to remind you guy how AWESOME this series is. PLUS my book boyfriend needed some attention. :) Yes, while Tara gets Wes,  I'll just steal Alex off her hands LOL, Now, let me show you! You may have seen some of this from my previous blog, but it's too fun not to show you ;) And if you missed the first stop, my review of book 5- Broken Blood- the last book of the series, you can see it HERE-- http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com/2015/03/broken-blood-by-heather-hildenbrand-w.html
And stop #2-- is here-- http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com/2015/03/broken-blood-review-tour-part-ii.html
And stop #3 is here-- http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com/2015/03/broken-blood-review-tour-part-iii.html
And Stop #4 is here-- http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com/2015/03/broken-blood-review-tour-part-iv.html

  Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood, #1)

Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood #1)


Cold Blood (Dirty Blood, #2)

Cold Blood (Dirty Blood #2)

Blood Bond (Dirty Blood, #3)

Blood Bond (Dirty Blood #3)

Blood Rule (Dirty Blood, #4)

Blood Rule (Dirty Blood #4)

How do you defeat an enemy that knows your every thought … even as you think it?

Broken Blood (Dirty Blood Book 5) 

I thought watching my Werewolf boyfriend get arrested for murder was the worst experience of my life. But then I was knocked out and dragged off to a cell of my own by the very people who were supposed to protect me from danger.

I thought being held prisoner in solitary confinement for weeks on end was the worst experience of my life. But then a visitor came, and I realized I’d been wrong all along. There are worse things than torture and death. Much worse.

He wants my blood. More than that, he wants to get into my head. To use my bond to control his army, to wipe the world clean of anything with dirty blood. I can’t let that happen, but if I don’t he’ll kill every single person I’ve ever cared about—beginning with my Werewolf pack.

The prophecy said I would have to make an impossible choice, but I must be doing this wrong—so far every choice I’ve made has only led to more pain and danger and death. Hunters are pitted against Werewolves and I’m alone in my war against Gordon Steppe. I can’t fight him off anymore; all I can do is try to keep him out of the important places. And I’m failing at even that.

I thought the demons were out there, clearly marked and clinging to the shadows. But they’re not. The monsters are within the ranks of those sworn to protect. The enemy is among us.


My Review

So, everyone knows I’ve been a stalker for Ms Heather. In her own faulting, she encouraged it LOL and on top of that, I got to meet her, she came to Nola and we had a lovely lunch, gave her big hugs, and then tell her how much I love her hahahaha Now, that’s she’s giving me the ending to my probably favorite series of books, I’m pretty sure I can say that, I have a lot of things to say. And shockingly, I seem speechless when I try to say them. So, heads up, there may be some spoilers with things I’m about to go on about :) First, I am still officially Team Alex. I think I always will be. BUT before someone throws something lethal at my head, I am also Team Wes—FOR TARA!! Her and Wes really do fit so damn well together. He has redeemed his stupid, especially in this book. He finally admits that he needs to treat Tara as an equal and nothing less. And he’s just lovable ok. Come on, everyone loves this damn dude! Me included. But I will always be Team Alex. He will always be my broken bad boy who is too bad ass not to love. And hey, he’s freaking HAWTER than I know what to do with :) Now, with that said, I am thanking every star, Heather, and anyone who will let me thank them, because if you didn’t know this, I’m pretty sure my begging is the root, we are going to get a spin off. Yes, you heard me. We will see these characters again. No, Tara and Wes will NOT be the main stars but they will be around. And ALEX BETTER GET HIS OWN DAMN STORY… Ok, trying not to threaten here. LOL And one more thing…. Way to give me the most epic ending. We get happy times. I believe that the characters in this whole series have earned it! 

I love when a series finishes and the ending and wrap up leaves you so satisfied, not missing anything, and it’s a bittersweet but epically awesome moment. I am pretty sure I cried just a little bit with the last words. It is NOT the first or even tenth time I cried for these books. I reread this series multiple times. This one may be the hardest one to read. Things are falling apart, everyone is in a state of down fall, and things don’t look like there’s a way out or up. But of course Tara is kick ass, she always has been.

So, I gotta say, I’m terribly impressed. Characters that I haven’t been happy with have surprised me. Other characters I loved have given me hope. And most of the first half of the book is almost depressing. We knew Tara was gunna have to do a big face off with Gordon Steppe. I was not prepared for something so hard. But no worries. Tara finds a way, she always does. And it’s not some big crazy thing. It’s her team, her family, her friends, surrounding her, helping her, which always makes victory just all that much sweeter. And guess what, I’m ok with some of those deaths :). And holy shit batman, CORD! So, I didn’t really like her, but I felt for her. Now, I think I love her. Let the bad-assery begin!! And Cambria—the real Cambria must be smiling like a fool with her character’s turn out—but the character Cambria, I can only say I am over the moon with her turn out. Like seriously happy. And to Derek, Logan, Tara’s mom, grandmother, Jack, Fee, freaking Kane, the mean girl who turned into a friend, and the professors, and those werewolves who maybe weren't major in the whole series, but who have had some path with this ending…. Well played Ms Hildenbrand, well played!

If you haven’t read a book by Heather, I do believe you are missing out. She has a magical way with words. But mostly, it’s how much she puts into her characters that do it for me. You know, with Linc and Ven, there’s just as much charisma and depth and emotion as with Tara and Wes. That would be her other totally awesome series :) There is no other way to say this, other than to say I think you should read this series, especially for ALEX, because I am understanding that I'm not the only one who loves him, but any of her books in general. And if you met her, you’d know she’s just as awesome in person as she is behind those words. So with that, I don’t think there could ever be enough stars, paws, claws, for a rating. But 5 PAWS it is, because this has been one of the best rides! I’m so glad I accidentally picked up book one on Amazon, read it, and I haven’t looked back since :) well except maybe when I reread Alex’s awesome parts hahahahaha!!!! Thank you ma'am for always giving me the awesome! 




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Now for A little Bit of Fun! 
You see, me and Heather have done many fun things for each of her books when they came out, and this is one of my favorites-- a playlist! I have so many more songs I would love to add, but this one is the original :) 

Author's Playlist:

I don’t listen to music often during the actual writing process but I do during plotting and then editing. Music helps me then because during editing I’m checking to see if I captured the overall feeling in a scene that I was going for, and I am making sure it will translate to the reader the way I intended. The music helps me define the feeling each scene needs to have.

My playlist for Blood Bond was eclectic--as all of mine are. Here’s the list, along with an explanation about how/what that song inspired:

Always by Bon Jovi – if you’ve been with the series since the beginning, you know this is George’s and Tara’s song. He writes it in a love letter of sorts in Cold Blood and then in Blood Bond, it’s explained how it came to be special for them. They even sing it to each other. So cute!



Fix You & Spies by Coldplay – Fix You is a message from Tara to George. She will do anything to help him in Blood Bond. She knows there’s no way to stop him from turning, but she’s determined to keep him from becoming a monster in the process. I can’t tell you who Spies is for. You’ll just have to read the book and find out!





There are a couple of road trip songs: Postcards from Far Away by Coldplay and Roads Untravelled by Linkin Park. And yes, there is a road trip in Blood Bond.





Castle of Glass by Linkin Park – I love the line that says: “Wash the sorrow from off my skin and show me how to be whole again.” Yes, there is sorrow in Blood Bond. And grief. I can’t tell you why except to say we lose someone. It will rock the entire group and you see the mark of it in all of them.



You’ve Got The Love, Rabbit Heart, & Howl by Florence + The Machine – because I love their sound. And their lyrics are awesome. From Howl, I love the lines that say: “If you could only see the beast you’ve made of me. I held it in but now it seems you’ve set it running free.” It goes on to talk about fingers on your skin, etc. and it makes me think of Tara and Wes. Then the song becomes kind of hot. *wink* which also makes me think of them. Just in a different way. *fans self* You’ll want to read those parts, trust me!







Hmmm, now who could it be talking about? *wink*

Train: Drive By & Meet Virginia** made the list because I love their sound and how they made me feel. Meet Virginia describes a girl that’s stubborn and doesn’t care what others think of her. Sound like anyone from the series? Also great road trip music!

**I saw them perform these in concert in July. EPIC!





Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys – listen to it. It’s self-explanatory and perfect for my series. It was my favorite from this playlist. “Baby, I’m howlin’ for you.”



3 songs by Plain White T’s made the list: Rhythm of Love, Last Breath, and Killer. My favorite was Killer because it sums up how Tara felt throughout the book about what she was becoming. It also makes me think of Wes and Alex and how they wonder if/how Tara can love them or care for them despite who they are or what they’ve done. Rhythm of Love is great because it talks about only having a short time to express your feelings for the other (“we may only have tonight…”) and throughout the book, Wes and Tara only had short spurts to really be alone and “together.” Last Breath is about what a guy would do (pretty much anything, including die) to get away from a crazy girlfriend. It’s fun and doesn’t necessarily go with the storyline here but it’s about desperation and I liked the feeling for this book. At the end, he says: “what am I fighting for, if it ain’t you?” and I love that line.

ALSO saw Plain White T’s in concert in July and I got to meet them!!! So cool!







That’s it for my playlist. If you’re wondering what I use to stream music while working, I used to use my MP3 (I still do for plotting with my white board) but for this book (at the computer), I used Spotify because I could look up songs and build the list quicker while still being in front of my computer screen. Plus, I can share my playlist with everyone via Facebook and you can see when I’m listening to which playlist. It was a way to show everyone that I was working on Blood Bond, because they saw that playlist streaming. Now, I love Spotify. I’ve already started using it to build my playlist for book 4.

I’m curious--what songs do you think work well for Blood Bond?

To answer My lovely lady's question, here's mine :) strictly for lyrical purposes today :) But mine is also for most of the books, except I tried to keep too many from sneaking in from Blood Rule. I will also say some of mine are a "viewer discretion adviced" kinda eclectic :)























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Sometimes Family Can be the Death of You

Wood Point Academy is not at all what I expected.
For one thing, it looks like a cross between military school and Buckingham Palace. Everyone stares, the floors shine so bright you can see your reflection in them from a mile away, and no one smiles.

At least I’ve got plenty to take my mind off the fact that my psycho cousin, Miles De’Luca, keeps calling and declaring his love and promising to come for me just as soon as he’s destroyed anyone standing in our way. Wes isn’t going to like that idea. So between Miles, Wood Point’s evil welcoming committee, and the drill sergeant hottie trainer from hell, I just keep asking myself, how did I end up here?



Author Information
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she’s not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she’s lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.

Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she’d grab is her DVR player.


Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit www.accendopress.com.


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