Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blog Tour: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett Review and Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on The Nightmare Affair Blog Tour! I have my review and the tour giveaway for you on my stop. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

  • Publisher: Tor Teen
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for review
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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

My Thoughts

I loved the idea of a Book about a Nightmare. I have read books that have Nightmare's in them, but have never read one where the main focus is on one. I thought this was a fun and entertaining read with a little bit of mystery. Though with me being such a sleuth, it's hard to keep me confused for very long. That didn't mean that I didn't still enjoy this though. I found the characters to be interesting, and the storyline and all the different paranormal elements kept me turning pages. I think it could have been a bit shorter with a little less filler material, but overall it was a great read.

Dust was a really fun character. She is pretty much the low of the low on the social ladder being that she's not only a Nightmare, but a halfkind too. She is also pretty new at the school since she only recently came into her powers. She has lived with her ordinary dad since her mom left when she was little so she really doesn't know a whole lot about her kind at all. I really loved her personality though. She is a little awkward, funny, and in general just a good person. She has quite the mouth on her, but it's really funny. She is not beyond snark to piss off teachers or other people and I found that to be very entertaining. She is bit aggravating at times with her mother, but I can understand where she is coming from. She's hurt and that doesn't just disappear overnight. It will take a lot more than her mom just finally deciding to step in to fix their past.  She is totally the type of girl I would hang out with.

We have a lot of other great characters too, like Selene, her roomate. She is a Siren, but she hides under a tomboy look. She doesn't like how they are objectified as sex symbols. She is such an awesome friend to Dusty too. She is always there for her, and will help her through anything. I couldn't do this review without mentioning Selene because she is just really awesome and the best friend that Dusty could ask for.

Now the romance is definitely present, but I don't feel like it takes over the story at all. It is woven in very well. Obviously she is super attracted to Eli because he's totally hot, but let's get back to that. The romance isn't with Eli, it's with Paul. He is the first person to ever really show interest in her and she is very into him. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely something between Eli and Dusty, but neither is acting on it. Their friendship is what I consider the real romance of the story though. You watch them go from hating each other, to tolerating each other, to actually caring about each other. Dusty is caught off guard at times by the sincerity of Eli when he wants to know how she is doing and know if she's okay. I found it sweet that he was so different from how she really thought he was, and I loved that they have their friendship and know that they care.

Overall I really thought this was a great book. I loved the paranormal aspects, the mystery, and the characters. I thought that the world-building was done well. I could imagine a lot of the places that they went to or dreamed about. I thought at times the book was a bit drawn out and there were things that weren't necessary to the story, but I did enjoy reading it. The ending left this book resolved, but open for the next book in the series. So for those of you who hate cliffhangers, no worries about that here.







About the Author
Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.



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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wait For You by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU?

J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.” – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES

I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books

Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.” – Jenuine Cupcakes

For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” Total Bookaholic

For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.” – Mundie Moms

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.” – Shortie Says

Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU?


Synopsis

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…


WAIT FOR YOU is available now!


J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:


Guys! I am half done with this book now and I can say that it's amazing!! (Stop back on March 11th for my review on my tour stop. There's a fun giveaway with it too!)  And lucky you!! You don't even have to wait for it since it's available now!! What are you waiting for? Go get it!! 

Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
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He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

My Thoughts

Okay, I am always nervous when going into a book that is super hyped up, but I had no need to worry with this one!! This completely lived up to my expectations! It had a little bit of everything!! Action, suspense, romance, humor, and some parts that will almost bring you to tears. (Well, I do tend to be totally over sensitive.) The characters were so great that I couldn't help but fall in love with them and become invested in the story and what happened!

Dante was every bit as amazing as I was hoping he would be. Actually, more than I hoped he would be!! He can come try to take my soul any day! Not only is he drool worthy, he's charming, funny, and yes, he is actually sweet too!! Now he doesn't start off very likable. (Okay, I lie. Even though he was  a total douche, I still liked him.) He has a beyond huge ego and arrogance that makes you want to smack him, but you can't help being drawn to him anyways. When you know you are awesome, why not flaunt it! Besides, he loves red and hates cats! My type of guy right there! Anyways, I am getting way off course. So he's not all Mr. Tough Guy really, he tries to be, but Charlie makes him want to be a better person. I loved watching his emotions change and seeing the good side of him come out while he left parts of the bad boy behind.

Charlie was great!! She was the nerdy chick who doesn't fit in. She has some awesome friends, but she's not in anyway popular. She's pretty much a nerd without super good looks and designer clothes. She has a pure soul and hasn't really done many things that would taint her soul. She truly cares about people and the world in general and does what she can to make a difference. She is happy with herself the way she is, but she starts to want to be hotter and better for Dante and it was actually sad watching her go through that. She may not have looked perfect on the outside, but what is inside was pretty close to it!

I really enjoyed the interactions and the relationship between Charlie and Dante. She is totally different than what he expected, and he has his work cut out for him, but the more time he spends with her, the more he questions himself and if it's right to do this. He has never let a job become personal before, but Charlie is different somehow. She sees the good in him even though he doesn't even think it exists.

The storyline was awesome. I loved the cast of characters and how much growth they had. There are also a few secrets that get uncovered and a twist ending that although didn't shock me, was a pleasant surprise. I am now dying for the next book already. This book hooked me and I devoured it as fast as I could! Victoria Scott has created a world and characters that you can easily fall in love with!!


Waiting on Wednesday 2-27-13

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine  to share what book you are highly anticipating the release of.
This week I have two because they both sound awesome and they both have super cool covers!! The first one is The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, and the second one is Blackout by Robison Wells.

It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.


This just sounds super awesome!! I actually only read the synopsis when I grabbed it for this post. I wanted to read it just for the cover alone, but it really sounds like a great book too!!



  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 10/2013
Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.

Jack and Aubrey are high school students.

There was no reason for them to ever meet.

But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

I don't tend to read a lot of books about viruses because I am a super germaphobe and they tend to really creep me out, but this sounds really cool since it's not like a give you the plague virus. I mean a virus that gives you powers!! What?!!! I'm totally dying for this, and that cover!!!! Fabulous!! 

Let me know what has you excited this week!! Leave me a link and I will visit you back. :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Moonstone Books 1& 2 by E.J. Wesley Reviews & Giveaway


Hi everyone!! I am thrilled today to be taking part in the Moonstone Blog Tour hosted by CBB Promotions! I have my review for both Blood Fugue and Witch's Nocturne as well as a giveaway for just this blog and a tour wide giveaway!! Click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page for the full schedule!


  • Publish Date: September 19, 2012
  • Source: ebook provided by CBB Promotions for review
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“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

My Thoughts

I don't think I have ever read a novella series, and I didn't really know what to expect with this being less than 50 pages, but I was surprised at how much I really got out of such a short story. It had enough characterization and storyline to suck me in, satisfy me, but also leave me needing more.

We first meet Jenny and she is really fun. I loved her personality. She fixes computers, plays video games, and is a bit irresponsible. She lives in her deceased grandmothers house that has been passed onto her friend Marshall, since her gram didn't think she could handle it. She is pretty much a loner with no family, but then discovers her grandfather is in fact alive. Now things get a bit interesting for her as she needs to try to discover her family history.

This was a very fast paced novella that packs quite a punch. I felt like there was so much story in these few pages. I got to know Jenny well enough to want to continue learning about her, I am very interested in Marshall, and the family history is just getting started. I was eager to pick up the next novella to discover what happens next and what she will find out about her family!




  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Source:ebook provided by CBB Promotions for review
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After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.
 

My Thoughts

After the ending of the first novella I was really happy that I had this one on hand so I could read  it right after. This one gets a lot more interesting and pumps up the action, adventure, and danger. We now add witch's into the mix and Jenny is set out to help as she is now set up with her monster hunter private investigating business now.

Honestly I found Jenny to be a bit naive and too trusting in this one. I know that she has a lot on her mind in this installment and is on her first official job, but she seems to be so easy to convince of things. With everything that has happened you would think she would be a bit more reluctant. I still really liked her, but I think if anything, her character growth went backwards.

I liked that we got more Marshall in this one. He's really a great friend, he's smart, and he has her back. I loved the courage that he showed in this one. I can see why they are friends and why Jenny's grandmother trusted him to inherit the house and keep an eye on Jenny.

The witches are definitely not ones to be messed with, and Jenny needs to try to stop them from the destruction they are about to cause. With very little to go on, she dives right into the danger. Things don't go very well and there are some intense moments. We also get a bit more on her family history in this one. I am enjoying these novellas and I am looking forward to the next one to see where the story will go now.




About the author

Born and raised in Oklahoma, E.J. grew up in a land of good earth and better people. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to spend his time in the heads of imaginary people to real ones. He writes and lives in South Texas, and loves to chat about movies, books, music, food, and family.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Blog Tour: The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye - Review, Interview & Giveaway!


I am a big Rhiannon Frater fan so I was super excited to take part in this tour. On my stop today I have my review of the book and a great interview with both Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye!! I also have a giveaway for an ebook copy of the book and there's a tour wide giveaway that's pretty awesome! For the full tour schedule click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

  • Publish Date: February 26th 2013
  • Genre: YA Paranormal
  • Souce: eARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours for review
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Adam and Christy have been best friends since kindergarten. Always the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas, they’ve always had to deal with nasty comments from their classmates. Adam is called “gay” while Christy is called “witch.”

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious new boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome Ian seems to be going nowhere fast. Struggling to capture the heart of Ian while trying to come into her full witch powers is tough enough, but when a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her and Adam’s worries.

Soon Adam, Christy, their potential love interests, and their good friends Drifter and Olivia, will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before and will again.

My Thoughts

I love books about witches, and I love myself a good scary book. Combine them and I'm all in!! I know that Rhiannon Frater knows how to write scary well, so I had no doubt this book would totally creep me out at some point. Now not only is it about witches, but there are other paranormal elements to it too. By far my favorite part was the characters and their relationships. This book is based very strong on friendship and family and I think that there really should be more of that in YA. Also notable is the awesome humor in it. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times!


The main characters are Cristy and Adam and I really loved them both. They have both been social outcasts since elementary school and have been best friends since kindergarten. They call Cristy a witch, and Adam gay. Both true, but it gets them picked on. They are always there for each other no matter what though and will do anything for the other. I loved how loyal they were and you could tell that they had been friends since they were kids. I could really feel the connection between them. They seemed to balance each other well. Adam is more quiet and reserved, while Cristy says what is on her mind. I thought they were both well developed and I loved their alternating POV's

The other characters were equally awesome. Olivia was so fun!! She was like a ray of sunshine. She is super friendly and unique. Best is she is comfortable with who she is and will stand up for her friends in a heartbeat. Then there's Drifter who although he is friends with everyone, he tends to hang out with Adam and Cristy. Mark was charming and sweet, though a bit possessive of Adam, and Ian was so nice and I almost felt bad that Cristy kept shooting him down after crushing on him for so long. She really judges him too harshly. Mostly I loved Adam's mom, Ashley. She was so awesome!! She was funny, tough, and I just adored her. (She is based on Ashley from The Bookish Brunette and I think they did a fantastic job capturing her personality!) Cristy's parents are also really fun, and totally embarrassing. Best for me were "broom" and Callie. Some of my favorite scenes were with them.

This story captured me right from the start. I was invested in the characters and interested in where the story was going. It was funny, scary, and had some great action. I loved the friendships and the bonds that were already there and the ones that formed. No matter what craziness was going on around them, they would do what they needed for each other with no questions asked. And I mention again, the family aspect. I could not have loved the parents involvement more. Cristy's parents and Adam's mom were such great additions to the story and it really rounded out everything well. I was very wrapped up in the story and I felt at times like I was there with them. This book was really fun to read and I can only hope for a sequel!!





Interview with Rhiannon and Kody!!

Hi Rhiannon and Kody! Thanks so much for doing this interview.

What was it like writing a book together? How different was it from writing a book on your own?

Rhiannon: Well, it took a lot more planning than I usually do with my own writing. We had to fully discuss all the characters and the plot points before writing. Im an organic writer, so I usually jump into a novel with an idea and a general concept of where its going to go then allow things to develop naturally. 

But even though we had a character bible and full outline, THE MIDNIGHT SPELL still developed organically. I remember at one point we just looked at each other and tossed out the whole last part of our outline because we realized it wouldnt fit what we had already written.

Kody: Like any book, it takes a bit of planning. Some are more seed writers (I.e, Stephen Kings plant a seed, let a tree grow); others are plotters. With two people, you had to plot. For something like this, it wasnt hard. It was basically following an A - B - C pattern. There werent too many major subplots to interfere with what we had plotted, but as Rhiannon said, near the last fourth of the book, we just said, Screw the outline, and tossed it. The pacing wouldnt have worked. So we pretty much just rewrote it and went from there.

How did you come up with the idea for The Midnight Spell? I am a big fan of witch books.

Rhiannon: Well, Kody had said he wanted to write a YA vampire novel, but had no firm idea. So I helped him brainstorm and at some point Christy just popped into being. We loved the idea of both of them having secrets while growing up together. Adam is gay, Christy is a refugee from another dimension where magic was real. They both get picked on growing up, but have each other. When Adam comes out of the closet to Christy, Christy comes out of the broom closet.

What is the process like when writing a book together? Did it ever get confusing?

Rhiannon: Well, we wrote the book in Google Docs so we could both write on the novel at the same time. We also sat at my dining room table with our laptops open so we could discuss as we wrote. Sometimes we would wait for the other person to finish before moving on. There were a few times I got confused and Kody helped me muddle through it. I mostly struggled with the fear that I wasnt picking up all the plot threads. I remember one big discussion we had where I wasnt sure we were clear on a plot point and Kody had to show me that we had. But it was also nice to have the other half of the team saying No, no. Were not screwing up.

Kody: Thats the thing, though--I think its natural for any artist to have self-doubt because theres always that, Am I good enough? thing running through your head. (Which also translates to, Am I doing this right?) I have the same thing as well and its incredibly helpful to have a second person on board, even if its just to look at it.

Is this book a stand alone, or will it be part of a series?

Rhiannon: We wrote the novel with the intention of it being able to stand on its own. Were aware that we broke a lot of YA rules. The book isnt a romance. Its not a social commentary on bullying. Even our protagonists are not the norm. We have the short redhead gay boy and his slightly overweight outcast friend who happens to be a real witch. At the storys heart , its just about two kids who are very best friends and are awkwardly trying to find love and acceptance while attending high school in a small Texas town. Also, its a pretty funny and yet scary novel. We have an idea for a sequel, but well have to see how the sales for the first one are. It is expensive to indie publish and writing a book is a time-consuming endeavor.

Fingers crossed for a sequel!!
What other projects are each of you working on that you are allowed to share with us?

Kody: Im writing the last book in my Brotherhood saga. Other than that and The Midnight Spell, I havent been doing too much the past few months.

Rhiannon: Im writing the final AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES short story collection, then Ill be writing PRETTY WHEN SHE DESTROYS, the final book in the PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES trilogy.

Is collaborating a thing you would consider doing again either with each other or another author?

Rhiannon: I probably wont do this sort of thing with anyone else. The fact we were sitting across from each other during most of the writing of the book and that we could discuss it in detail at anytime was really great. I would definitely write another Midnight Spell novel with Kody.

Kody: This face-to-face collaboration process has ruined any other form of collaboration for me. I know it. I could see myself doing something like this on Skype, but even discussing details such as the layout of a house or a backyard, where we could draw and coordinate it, was so much easier in person.

Thank you both so much for answering some questions for me.

Rhiannon Frater
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.

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Kody Boye
Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (44)

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Welcome to another weekly recap!! How was your week? Once again we have another snow storm hitting. And dude, what's with them naming winter storms now, and they got lazy with this one. Q? Really? There are names that start with Q. Okay, enough about that. Now onto the books!! 
 
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Big thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the review copies!! Thank you to Giselle for letting me participate in the tours. Thanks Amy for First Kiss. Thank you Marisa, I'm so excited to read the books I won. Thank you to Swoon Romance for choosing me as the random winner on twitter. And thank you to Story Crush! 


Weekly Recap
 
Search Terms
  • chris myers posting - I was on the blog tour for Lennon's Jinx
  • apollyon stacking the shelves - Yes, I got Apollyon in January
  • best book boyfriends 2012 - I do indeed have a post on that
  • falling for her fiance - Yes! I loved this book. Cindi Madsen is a great author!
  • sweet peril by wendy higgins. - I got this last week and can't wait to read it!
  • arc giveaways- I had one a few weeks ago, but none at the moment. Sorry.


I also had a super disturbing search term that I think traumatized me and I was not about to put that up. It was searched for twice actually. There's a difference between funny disturbing, and just really wrong disturbing. 

Well that's all I've got. I hope that all of you had a great week. Link me and I will check out your post!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry (4) - Negative Reviews


Hello my lovelies!! This weeks BGDC topic is how we handle writing negative reviews. I actually was really quick with my vlog for once, so you don't have to listen to me babble on and on for days! 

We will be posting as follows:
Jenni @ Alluring Reads - Mondays (YouTube Channel)
Giselle @ Xpresso Reads - Thursdays/Fridays (whichever works best) (YouTube Channel)
Amy (Me) @ Book Loving Mom - Saturdays (YouTube Channel)
This weeks posts from the other BGDC girls:
Negative Reviews

How do you feel about negative reviews? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Also don't forget, if you have a topic suggestion you can fill out the form in the Book Girls tab!  :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Source: Own/Purchased Hardcover 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

My Thoughts

I love Tahereh Mafi's writing style. I just have to start with that, because it seems so unique and odd, that it could easily have put me off, but I really just love it. It makes me feel like I am really in Juliette's head. I love that she is unsure, and rambles, and second guesses. The writing style really brings that out and I think it really adds to the overall awesomeness of the story!! This book gets more intense as a war is looming between the resistance and the Reestablishment. I enjoyed every single moment of it!!

Juliette is still a character that is very unsure, very afraid, and honestly still feeling sorry for herself and not thinking about the bigger picture. I like her, I really do, but sometimes I just wanted to smack her and shake her and tell her to stop being such a baby about things. She does grow a lot in this book, but it took a lot of pushes and mistakes to get her there. I am glad that she finally comes to her senses and becomes the person that they need her to be. She has a phenomenal power, but she is so scared of it and herself that it takes a lot to get her to start to know how to use and control it. But when she does, you can really see the change in her.

Now I will get into the love triangle of this. You are being warned, there will be ranting!! Okay, so I will start with Adam. He is sweet and caring and obviously loves Juliette. The only problem is, that things are not quite that simple between them. Now that she knows more about her powers, she is still afraid to hurt him, but he is insistent that they can make things work. Sounds sweet right? Well, it's not. It's nauseating. He pretty much stares at her with puppy eyes, begs, pleads, whines and cries. Oh yes, he is like a heartbroken teenage girl begging to be taken back and it's pretty pathetic. I still do like Adam and I understand he's hurt, but dude needs to not be so sensitive like it's the biggest tragedy in the world.

Then we have Warner. I really feel bad for his life situation, and for some reason Juliette actually makes him seem kind of human. He actually does care for her, but that doesn't change that he still doesn't care about anyone else and he is still a psychotic murderer. I don't believe he will change and he pretty much makes it clear that he won't. I do believe that he might love Juliette, but beyond that, he wants her for the power she has, for the power he thinks she can bring him. He still wants to be in control and has no remorse whatsoever about killing innocent people. He is selfish and brutal and I don't believe anything, even Juliette can change that. Is there more to him than meets the eye? Definitely! Do I think that really matters? Not at all.

I loved where this one went and I really liked how much Juliette was able to change and grow in this. She is a much stronger person than in Shatter Me and she is determined to do what she needs to do. I loved that she finally breaks out of her shell. We get to know what goes on in Omega Point, we see the battles, and we learn some secrets! This had more action, more suspense, and some pretty great sexy times!! I read a lot of adult books, so the famous chapter 62 didn't have the blushing affect on me, but, it was pretty hot! ;) The overall story progression was awesome, and the way this one ended has me needing the next one now!!

And I know I barely ever use quotes, but I have one from each of the boys that I really enjoyed!! (I am leaving out the page numbers these are from so to not clue you in to where in the book either of these are from.)

"You." he says to me, his hands gripping me tighter now, "are one of the bravest, strongest people I've ever met. You have the best heart, the best intentions - " He stops. Takes a tight, shaky breath. "You've been through the worst possible experiences and you survived with your humanity still intact. How the hell," He says, his voice breaking now, "am I supposed to let go of you? How can I walk away from you?"

"I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into you bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend," he says. "The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body, Juliette - "



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by Nya Jade - Review


Hello everyone!! Welcome to my tour stop on the Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four Tour. I took part in the cover reveal for this book and it was just such an awesome cover and sounded really interesting, I couldn't pass up taking part on this tour! For the full tour schedule, click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page on Xpresso Book Tours. (By the way, it's Giselle's Birthday today so stop by Xpresso Reads to wish her a Happy Birthday. Or on twitter.)

  • Publisher: Dreamwell Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Source: Book sent from the author for bog tour/review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .

Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.

As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.

Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself—and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.

My Thoughts

I am a sucker for books with academies for some reason. Add in the fact it's a secret  spy school hidden underneath another one, and they have powers... I was totally sold!! Now, I will be honest, even though I am a sucker for books like this, they do tend to be underwhelming for me. That is not the case with this one. Even with some of it being extremely predictable, I still found myself totally sucked into it and enjoying the story very much. The best part was the characters. They were very well done and I felt like I got to know them. Well, the main characters anyways, I am hoping to get to know more about some of the secondary characters in the next book.

Phoebe was a great character to get to know. Instead of sulking about her mother being gone and her father's death, she is throwing herself into school. She came across as very real to me. She needed friends to confide in, but she was also scared to let anybody too close. She is very non confrontational, but it the situation called for it, she would stand up for herself. She is also very perceptive, and with the help of her secret gift, she is able to get closer to knowing what is really going on and who is the real traitor. I also really loved that she wasn't so quick to fall at Colten's feet like every other girl in the world. She is cautious and keeps him at arms length as much as she can, even while she knows that she is falling for him.

Colten is the love interest, and yes, he's famous and gorgeous. He can have any girl he wants, but is interested in Phoebe. That right there sent red flags up for me. Not saying that she didn't deserve his attention, but he zeroed in on her rather quickly. The more I got to know him, the less I felt like he was up to something though. I knew something was up with him, but I also felt that he truly was a good person. I really wanted for him a Phoebe to really work out because it's quite obvious that they both really do care about each other, but they are both hiding big secrets from the other.

There is so much depth to this story. There are prophecies, secret agents of sorts, a royal type government for the Shaper's, and of course the enemies and their rulers. We spend time in the underneath world where the Shaper's are training and schooling, but also spend time in the real world where the normal teenagers don't have a clue about any of that. We get quite a bit of the background on the Shaper's and the Vigos, but it's not confusing. I also loved the mystery aspect of it even if it was pretty easy to figure out. There were so many other little underlying things going on that I didn't care about the things I already knew. I just wanted to enjoy the journey while getting to the end. The characters, the story, and the descriptiveness were all really amazing. I will definitely be continuing on with this series!! I have to know what happens next!




About the Author

Nya Jade is a singer-songwriter and author based in San Francisco. Her music videos have aired on the VH1, BET, and MTV networks. USA Today hailed Nya as a “young female troubadour worth keeping your eyes and ears on,” in an entertainment feature on up-and-coming singer-
songwriters. “Her cool singing voice recalls Sade,” said the LA Times.

Between writing and performing new music, Nya took a musical sabbatical to focus on writing a novel—an endeavor she found quite daunting, until she began looking at each chapter as a verse in a very long song. Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is her first novel.

In her free time, Nya enjoys hanging out with family and friends, searching for amazing gluten-free desserts, and bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes.

Nya holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology, both from Stanford University.

Author Links: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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