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Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: Kicking It Anthology (book tour) + exclusive giveaway

Welcome to the Kicking It book tour. Each stop highlights a different author in the anthology along with reviews/interviews/excerpts and exclusive giveaways. I Smell Sheep is reviewing Kicking It along with a giveaway.

Edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price
ISBN: 9780451419002
Price: $16.00
December 3, 2013

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.

Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.

Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.

The flock knows I am a big urban fantasy fan. I love a heroine that kicks butt, takes names and scores the hot hero, eventually. This is urban fantasy and ain't nothing easy for the heroine. I was excited to check out this anthology because I have only read a few of the authors and this was a chance to test drive some others. All the stories center around the author's ass kicking heroine and boots. The stories ranged from 3.5 Sheep to 4.5 Sheep, and the ratings have more to do with my personal preference for certain writing styles and UF tropes. But all the stories are unique and creative. This is a great collection for urban fantasy lovers and those who are curious what all this UF talk is about.

The first story is Rachel Caine's "Forked Tongues" and probably my favorite in the collection. I haven't read any of Rachel's books so I don't know if this story about witches Holly and Andrew is from one of her series. She created a complete world building experience in very few pages and a unique heroine and hero pairing. This story is all that and the bag of chips.

Faith Hunter's "The Devil's Left Boot" is from her Jane Yellowrock series and another of my favorites. The story is about sister witches who are still recovering from the necessary death of their sister at the hands of Jane. Faith combines drama and humor as the sisters hunt down a vamp with a shoe fetish. Jane does make an appearance.

Urban fantasy is know for the heroine's snarky sense of humor, and all these stories deliver. This was one of my favorite lines from Lucienne Driver's "The Parlor"

"There were few things to do in that tiny concrete room but braid my wild hair as tightly as I could to keep it from getting in my way, panic, and kiss my ass good-bye. Only my ass and I didn't have that kind of relationship."

4 "ass kicking" Sheep

RACHEL CAINE is the author of a number of kick-ass novels, including the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Morganville Vampires series.
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Rachel’s next release:
TERMINATED, the final Revivalist book, just came out in August; DAYLIGHTERS (Morganville Vampires) is out in November; PRINCE OF SHADOWS, a YA stand-alone, is out in February 2014. Plus, of course, KICKING IT!

While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end.…

Find all the tour stops here


It’s a Lucienne Diver basket, with the following items:

-Two small plastic tombstones filled with bone shaped candies.
-Two temporary tattoos: Have you been vamped?
-Cross-stakes necklace.
-Gummy Candy Body Parts
-Glow in dark the rubber bat
-Notebook with Bitten on the front and a matching rubber bracelet
-Signed copy of Vamped by Lucienne Diver

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  1. I'd be wearing my combat boots for sure! No better footwear to be in if you're going to be kicking some ass!

  2. They're a pair of steel toe work boots I've had for years that I call my shi* kickers

  3. My sneakers... I'm kinda clumsy and puny, so I would need something I wouldn't trip up in!

  4. boots with spike heels
    I'd need to whip to keep them down

  5. I was thinking Lucy L in the Mel Gibson - Parker???

  6. Shit kickers! Like they refer to in BDB series!

  7. I don't have any ass-kicking boots. :-( Nothing with heels for me; it's not cool to fall down during a fight and have one's opponent laugh at you. ;-)

  8. I don't have any ass-kicking boots. :-( Nothing with heels for me; it's not cool to fall down during a fight and have one's opponent laugh at you. ;-)

  9. Boots, no spikey heels though. Knee high, that way my leg doesn't get dirty from shoving it up their ......

  10. I suppose I would wear my tennis shoes because since I cannot kick ass, I better be able to run. ;)

  11. Red knee-high boots w/ chunky heel - feel confident & sexy but can still move!

  12. Steel toed boots for sure. You can kick some major ass with those. I don't have a pair but I would get some if I were gonna kick some butt.

  13. steel toed boots are definitely the way to go or something with pointy toes

  14. I would wear boots to protect my toes.

  15. Definitely Harley Davidson boots. lol Unless they are meaner than me. Then I want running shoes.

  16. I would most definitely want some supple, sexy, shapely, comfy, high heel boots. Great for running if they're comfy and you're used to them (which I am), even better for stabbing people in painful places. They mustn't be too spiky, though, or breakage becomes a risk. Of course, if I know I'm going to be doing some career ass-kicking, I'd have custom boots made with metal heels. Better performance all around with added durability. And think what a fashion statement I'd be making.

  17. I would pick up a beautiful pair of leather Come-Hither high heels, take a sleave to the polish and set them aside.Not dumb.... grab the low cut hiking boots for good balance and heft. Yeah! thats the pair.

  18. Oh boots are made for dancing, but the tennies have great traction and help me get my moves on - and lets not forget they are great for running away after the deed is done ;-)

  19. Black calf high leather boots, I have a pair that I love. They are my go to winter boot because they are so comfy, good for kicking butt and really sexy.