Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Blitz: Siege (As the World Dies #3) by Rhiannon Frater


Being a huge Rhiannon Frater fan, I had to take part in this awesome book blitz for Siege, the third and final book in her As the World Dies series. There is a pretty awesome blitz giveaway, and I have a great guest post for you too!! First I will give you the book details though.

Siege by Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies, #3
Publication date: April 30th 2013
by Tor Books
Genre: Adult Horror

Synopsis:
Siege is the conclusion to Rhiannon Frater’s As the World Dies trilogy, which should appeal to fans of The Walking Dead. Both The First Days and Fighting to Survive won the Dead Letter Award from Mail Order Zombie. The First Days was named one of the Best Zombie Books of the Decade by the Harrisburg Book Examiner.

The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits.

Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers. In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors


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First two books in the series (clicking the cover will bring you to their Goodreads page)



Let Me Frighten You

By

Rhiannon Frater


I am inspired and intrigued by what frightens me. Writing about what I fear compels me to step outside my comfort zone and forces me to confront issues and themes that are not always easy to discuss. Creating an imaginary world where terrible things happen to fictional characters is an easier (and safer) way to deal with issues we must all face at some time in our lives such as loss of loved ones, overcoming adversity, and evolving in the face of hardship. But it also allows me as a writer to also delve into much more frightening and rare occurrences such as war, natural disasters, and apocalyptic scenarios.

When I sat down to write the AS THE WORLD DIES zombie trilogy, I wanted to address the zombie apocalypse in a realistic manner. Though the scenario of the dead wandering the earth and eating the living is highly unrealistic, I wanted the characters of the story to be everyday people who somehow manage to live past the first terrifying days of the plague. I didn’t want any Rambos or Ripleys in the mix. I wanted people who would resemble me and the reader.

Within each character in AS THE WORLD DIES there is familiarity. The characters are people we know or maybe even aspect of ourselves. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, personality flaws, and issues to overcome. Because I wanted my characters to be everyday folks, their reactions to their terrible circumstances are grounded in reality.

For example, Jenni is a battered housewife/trophy wife at the beginning of the first book in the trilogy, THE FIRST DAYS. After the devastating death of her children, Jenni is rescued by Katie. At first she is in shock, but slowly evolves throughout the series into a much stronger (yet not always stable) person. To make Jenni realistic, I drew on the coping mechanisms victims in abusive situations develop. The mind is amazing in its capacity to adapt to dire circumstances in order to ensure survival. Jenni’s ability to basically cut off her emotions and compartmentalize allows her to survive better than people who have yet to develop these coping skills. Also, Jenni is extremely used to living in a life-threatening situation on a daily basis, so the zombocalypse is not much different in some respects. Though sometimes readers get mad at Jenni for her immaturity (she was married at 17 and isolated from the world by her husband) and her bizarre actions, she remains one of the most popular, if not the most popular, character in the series.

Oftentimes readers of the series tell me how the characters in the book feel like friends. They worry about them, fear for them, and sometimes mourn them. I have also been told how readers feel so attached to the world and the characters they feel like they are in the action. I contribute this to the fact that they characters feel like people we know in our everyday lives, it is easy to slip into the dangerous world of AS THE WORLD DIES with them.

Though I love superheroes and magical/supernatural characters, in the end they are far removed from me with their abilities. I know I can’t do the things they can do. But I can easily imagine myself on a rescue run with Jenni and Katie, clutching a gun, sweating with anxiety, and feeling sick to my stomach with fear. Somehow this translates to the reader as well. I’ve heard so many stories of people having to put the book aside so their wildly beating heart could calm down. Honestly, I’ve stopped typing for the same reason.

There is a certain magic that sometimes happens in books that is hard for the author to explain to the reader, but after a lot of thought I do believe the reason why my books can be so terrifying is because the characters are not so far removed from you and me.

So when a zombie is moving relentlessly toward a character in SIEGE, the fast beating of your heart and the tremor of fear flitting through your mind is probably because you could be character facing uncertain outcome.

Now the question is…do you survive?





AUTHOR BIO
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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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Since I have started blogging, I have seen this a few times and always want to participate, but tell myself I don't have the time. Well, this time I'm going to do it. I figure the worst that happens is I don't read as much as I set myself up for. No big deal right? If you want to sign up, just click here to go to the sign up page!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Naturals (The Lost Souls #2) by Tiffany Truitt


Hey everyone! Today on my blog I have the pleasure of hosting a stop on the Naturals Blog Tour. I loved Chosen Ones so I was super excited to take part in this tour and review the second book in the series, Naturals!! There is also a tour wide giveaway too.

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review/tour
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Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

My Thoughts

This series so far is really great. I love the characters and the storyline. It is a very difficult and harsh world. I love the desperate feel of it all. This one took us to new places, and threw some twists in the mix. We also met some new characters that I really liked. I though this was a fantastic sequel and this series continues to be really great!!

Tess was great in this. She is in a new place, with people who seem to hate her, but she does so great. She finds the strength in herself to not let them get to her, to hold her head high and not let them see her as weak. She is still aching and thinking of James all the time, and as she and Henry rekindle their friendship, and he makes it clear he wants more, she doesn't know what to do. She loves James, but has no hopes of ever seeing him again, so she wonders if she could move on and he happy with Henry. She also is very determined to go back and get her sister from Templeton. She can't just abandon the only family she has left. Through all the struggles, and things thrown her way, she really becomes a strong, and brave woman. I loved her so much in this.

This is usually where I talk about the male character in the story, but the one I want to talk about isn't in the story very much. James is a thought in Tessa's mind constantly. Her love for him is very strong, but unfortunately he isn't actually there with her. Henry starts to show his affections for her and wants her to be with him. I never really did like Henry. I don't care that they were friends a long time ago, he really comes across as such a jerk to me, and totally not like Tess at all. I don't think he could ever be good enough to deserve her. Especially after a secret he keeps from her in this. I know he was trying to do what he thought was best, but it was still selfish. That being said, when James is back in the picture, I almost cried tears of joy!!

There are so many things going on in this. It's made obvious that Templeton knows where Tessa is, and they send her warnings. She fears for her sister so much and knows she has to leave and go find her, even if no one else is willing to help her. When James shows up, that really complicates things. There were so many parts in this book that really threw me for a loop. I have to say, that I totally did not see that ending coming, and it left me in a slight state of shock.

This isn't an action packed book, or full of romance. There is some romance in it, but really this book carves out their world, what it's like, where it's going. It's about family, and Tessa feeling like she needs to have her sister with her and make sure she's safe. This is a very depressing environment. They don't have much, they have to be dirty, there is no medicine, but in general, people are happy. That is, all but Tess. She will do whatever it takes to have her sister with her again. I loved the bleak and desperate feel to this, just like with the first book. I am definitely looking forward to the next book!!





About the author

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow”  or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author. 

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3 paperback copies of Naturals


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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

When approached about featuring a post on my blog about youth who promote literacy, I was more than happy to do it. As you know, obviously I love reading, love promoting books, and I fully support getting others to read whether it be young people or older people. These teenage girls really have done a great job at promoting literacy and I am glad to share their story. Two of the top volunteers of 2013 recognized by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, are Alison Forger and Emily Morgan. You can see their stories below.
  
Alison Forger, 16, of Monroe, Conn., a junior at Masuk High School, promotes the love of reading and writing in young students through a club she organized that sends high school students to elementary school classrooms to assist with reading activities. When Alison was in eighth grade, her English teacher challenged her to use her love of reading and writing to benefit the community. Alison created “Reading and Writing Rock,” a student mentoring club that she has run for the past four years. “I wanted all of those students to be able to pick up a book or write a story and feel the same sort of happiness and satisfaction that I do,” said Alison.

To start her club, Alison, with the help of her English teacher, recruited six fellow students and contacted local elementary school officials, who agreed to let the students visit their school once a week during English classes. The older students read to the children, helped them write stories, taught them about authors and even organized plays based on their favorite books. Over the years, the club has grown to include 35 high school mentors in all three of the district’s elementary schools. In 2010, Alison won an essay contest sponsored by NBC Connecticut’s Education Nation and was awarded $5,000. After soliciting input from elementary teachers involved in her program, she used the money to purchase more than 500 books for the schools. Last summer, she also worked with a local bookstore owner to hand-pick 100 books to stuff in backpacks for children in need. “I always tell other high school students how much fun it is to see the kids light up when you walk through the door,” said Alison.

Emily Morgan, 17, of Moscow, Pa., a senior at North Pocono High School, has raised $24,000 in donations and distributed 1,700 new books, bookcases, art and school supplies, games and puzzles through the organization she founded called “Eat a Book.”  Emily, who started the project in 2011 to inspire children to “devour” good books, developed curriculum for two summer camps, publishes a children’s magazine and has built six literacy centers at shelters and other facilities for at-risk children.

National Volunteer Week is April 21st-27th. To honor these remarkable youth volunteers, we ask you to celebrate by sharing their stories.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Since 1995, more than 345,000 young Americans have participated in the program. Each year, the program’s judges select 102 State Honorees to receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. where, on May 6th, 10 of them will be named National Honorees. You can watch the live webcast of the May 6th event here: http://bit.ly/YN1OLU.

I also encourage you to visit spirit.prudential.com for more information on this year’s event and honorees.

How else can you get involved?  “Like” the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards on Facebook and follow on Twitter to stay up to date on all honorees’ projects. You and your readers can also check out YouTube for interviews with past honorees.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (52) With Lots of Gifts!!

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hey everyone!! OMG can you believe it's the last weekend of April already!! The time sure is flying. This is also the last weekend of my blogging break, which I didn't really successfully take anyways lol!! I wasn't even going to do a StS, but since I h ave so many awesome friends who got me b-day gifts, and I got quite a few review books, I figured I should so next week isn't super long!! Also, I got myself an exciting gift too!! A Kindle!! Unfortunately, it had some technical difficulties, so it doesn't work right, but they are sending me a new one and it will be in tomorrow!! Anyways, I will get on with it!! I'm not doing a weekly recap or search terms this week. I am lazy and am trying to enforce my blogging break this weekend haha!!




Books Mentioned

Review
Gifted
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card (from Vi @ Confessions of a Vi3tbabe)
  • Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide #1) by Rhiannon Frater (from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads)
  • Death In The Shadows (In Darkness We Must Abide #2) by Rhiannon Frater (from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads)
  • The Arrival of Armando DeLeon (In Darkness We Must Abide #3)by (from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads)
  • The Gift (In Darkness We Must Abide #4) by (from the author)
  • Les Miserables DVD (from my mother in law)
  • Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2) by Miora Young (from Kara @ Great Imaginations)
  • Vortex (Tempest #2) Audiobook by Julie Cross (from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads)
  • Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey (from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads) 
Bought
  • Kindle, 6" E Ink Display Wi-Fi
People Mentioned

Big thank you to Spencer Hill Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ink Slinger Promotions, Entangled Publishing and Kendall Grey for the review books!! Super huge thank you to Vi, Giselle, Kara, and Rhiannon for the birthday gifts. I really should have called this the Giselle gives me all the things edition lol!! Anyways, after this weekend my blogging break will be done and I will be back to commenting like normal. I have missed interacting with you all!! Leave me a link to your posts and I will stop by.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Spotlight: Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster & Giveaway


The countdown clock reads ten days until the end of the world. The citizens are organized. Everyone's been notified and assigned a duty. The problem is . . . no one knows for sure how it will end.

Energy-hungry Mages are the most likely culprit. They travel toward a single location from every corner of the continent. Fueled by the two suns, each Mage holds the power of an element: air, earth, fire, metal, water, or ether. They harness their powers to draw energy from the most readily available resource: humans.

Ashara has been assigned to the Ethereal task force, made up of human ether manipulators and directed by Loken, a young man with whom she has a complicated past. Loken and Ashara bond over a common goal: to stop the Mages from occupying their home and gaining more energy than they can contain. But soon, they begin to suspect that the future of the world may depend on Ashara's death.




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Alicia Wright Brewster is a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, she works in an office. At night she is an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero. (Please don't ask what her superpower is; that's not very polite.)

In her virtually non-existent free time, she loves to read, watch movies, and eat food. She is particularly fond of the food-eating and makes a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.

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SNEAK PEEK of ECHO...


A metal plate occupied the wall to the right of the door. Loken pressed his hand to it. The door slid away and disappeared into the left side of the doorway. Loken stepped through and down the stairs on the other side. His footsteps clanged against the metal steps as he descended.

Unlike in the overly bright training room on the other side of the building, dim lights filled this room with shadows. The team clustered at the bottom of the steps, blocking my view. As they shuffled slowly out of the way, I caught sight of what had stopped everyone else in their tracks.

A glass wall separated us from what looked like a large cell. The only entry point into the cell was another thick metal door with a security pad next to it. Behind the glass, three people stood as far away from one another as they could possibly get within the enclosed space: a hugely tall man, a woman with blond hair that hung past her waist, and a smaller man. All three were nude.

They looked human but . . . wrong somehow. Despite their lack of clothing, they made no effort to cover themselves. The larger man’s muscles bulged in odd places. While the woman wasn’t as massive, her body was more toned than any woman I’d ever met, more so than even Elder Ethereal.

From across the room, their black eyes cut through the darkness. A chill raced up and down my back like icy fingertips.

I stared at the smaller man. His eyes bore through me. I wondered if he saw me at all, or if he just happened to be looking where I was standing. At first glance, I’d thought him to be relatively slight. Although the other man dwarfed him, his thin arms were as tight as a predator’s, coiled to strike. The sharp planes of his face only emphasized the eerie black of his eyes, sunken into their sockets.

Loken’s voice startled me from the man’s hypnotic gaze. “In case you haven’t guessed it, these three are—”

“Mages,” I whispered.





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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Strings by Kendall Grey

  • Publisher: Howling Mad Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: Hard Rock Harlots , #1 
  • Source: ebook provided by the author for review
WARNING: STRINGS is not suitable for slut shamers, uptight stone throwers, Holier-Than-Thou prudes, humorless virgins, persons with chronic neck or back pain, pearl-clutching bitties, those who disparage crude humor or vulgarity in their many forms, closed-minded people with sticks up their asses, or anyone under the age of 18. The vile, base language and shocking, unholy sexual acts contained herein are not condoned by anyone with a lick of sense and should certainly not be reproduced without proper training and protection. The potty-mouthed and perpetually horny "heroine" (the term is used loosely) of this book does not resemble a normal, well-adjusted, or remotely believable person in any way, shape, or form. The author acknowledges that the characters in this book are shallow and two-dimensional; the plot is both ridiculous and insipid. She makes no apologies for any of it.

* Readers are strongly advised to wear latex gloves whilst reading to minimize contamination risks.
 Free-spirited musician Letty Dillinger adheres to a strict, “no strings attached” policy when it comes to men. After a wild night of unabashed sex in a fancy hotel room, she never expects to see the adventurous stud she dubs “Shades” again. When her all-girl rock trio books a tour at the last minute as the opening act for their archenemies, Letty’s shocked to discover she knows the competition’s new lead singer. Intimately. Shades is no longer a one-night stand. Now he’s the guy she has to one-up on stage every night for the sake of her career.

Sharing close quarters on a bus with her sexy nemesis and his bad-boy buddies puts Letty’s Golden Rule to the test. On this tour, guitar strings aren’t the only things being played. And when heartstrings are pulled too hard, they’re bound to snap sooner or later.

*** This book is intended for adults only! It is very mature and has some very graphic sexual scenes and obscene language. It is an erotic novel. My review will be relatively clean though, with the exception of a few expletives. 

My Thoughts

Okay so first off, I have to say that the warning should totally be taken into consideration. This book is dirty, sexy, hilariously funny, and totally inappropriate for anyone who is even slightly offended by any of those things. Now, with that said, this book was freaking awesome!! Kendall Grey continues to make me fan girl over her books. I absolutely love her writing, and in this she holds nothing back. It was so fun to read!!  With colorful language, and super fun and creative names for certain body parts and sex acts, I was so entertained.

I instantly liked Letty, she was one super hot mess, but I loved her "don't give a shit" attitude. She doesn't hold back at all. She says what she is thinking and most of the time it is brash and hilarious. She is not a fluffy, girly girl. She is a hot rocker chick, who only has one goal in life. Music. She's up for a good time in the sack, or bathroom stall, or against a bus... but she doesn't want anything, especially a guy to get in the way of her making it big as a musician. She is also very level headed too. She may seem impulsive, crazy, inappropriate or any number of things, but this girl has got her head straight. I don't even know what else to say about her. She was so fun to read!!

Now there's Shades!! OMG he is sex on a stick!! I was pretty much a puddle of goo. Even before knowing he was a rocker, he still was super sexy in my eyes. The first scene with Shades and Letty (aka Lucky to him) was super freaking hot and steamy. Like, have some ice cubes on hand steamy. And that was tame compared to some of the other sex scenes. He is a man who knows what he wants, how to get it, and get it when he wants it. He has no issues with exploring new things, and he was also kinda sweet too. Though, he hides that part pretty well most of the time. I was totally smitten with him right from the start and couldn't get enough!

So basically, there is a story to this. Cherry Buzz Float, Letty's all girl band, goes on tour with Killer Dixon, all guy band and they hate each other. The thing is, Letty and Shades can't get enough of each other and it steams up this book. There is a lot of sex, so just know going into it, that's mostly what you are going to get. I did really love the underlying story though, and I liked most of the characters with the exception of Kate, who I kind of wanted to kick in the vag! Both bands are really intense about their music and all of them just want to make it big. They just need to learn to work together and not against each other. This was fabulous, sexy, trashy, fun, and I loved every second of it. Take it for what it is, a fun, awesome, erotic novel. I can't wait for the next book, Beats to get Jinx's story!! Bring on the smut Kendall!!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Boston Charity Event





Hi guys! I'm sure that I don't need to go over the tragic event that happened at the Boston Marathon, and how awful the entire week was until they had the remaining suspect in custody. You know that people lost their lives, and many, many more were injured. This was a horrible thing to have happened. What was a light in the darkness, was how much people stand together. How strong and helpful and caring people are. Not only the officers, first responders, FBI, and other forces, but just the community and people in general. That is what this is all about. 

AToMR has set up a website for this event. You donate to help the victims and their families, and you can enter the giveaways. 

Many best-selling authors have donated books  in response to this cause. The books are grouped into bundle packs and a winner will be selected randomly through Rafflecopter for each bundle. Visit the book giveaway site for more details and how to enter.

If you do not want to enter to win a bundle, please feel free to make a donation using this link. It will take you directly to the organization donation site.


The auction will run from April 21-April 30th.

In the Name of Love

SIGNED copies of:
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Easy by Tammara Webber
Fallen Too Far & Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
FATE by Elizabeth Reyes
CRUSH by Nicole Williams
Disastrous by EL Montes

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

SIGNED copies of:
Slammed & Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
What a Boy Wants, What a Boy Needs and Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn
Sleep My Child by Eyvonna Rains
ebooks: Shark Bait & The Other Fish in the Sea by Jenn Cooksey

Just the Way You Are
SIGNED copies of:
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Inhale Exhale by Sarah Ross
Destined to Change by Lisa Harley
Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley
Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

I Walk the Line
SIGNED copies of:
The Thoughtless Series by SC Stephens
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Until I Break by M. Leighton-ARC
Collide by Gail McHugh

Stand By Me

SIGNED copies of:
Love Unscripted & Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber
Collide by Gail McHugh
Love Em’ or Leave Em’ by Angie Stanton
On The Island byTracey Garvis-Graves

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

SIGNED Copies of:
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Naked, All In by Raine Miller
Collide by Gail McHugh
Signed Wreck Me, ebook Restore Me by JL Mac

Superstition

SIGNED copies of:
Awaken and Avenged by Sarah Ross
Darkride and Crossfire by Laura Bradley Rede

Whole Lotta Love

SIGNED copies of:
Fall Guy & Perfectly Unmatched by Liz Reinhardt
Lengths & Depths by Steph Campbell
Charade & Freeing Carter by Nyrae Dawn
Destined to Change by Lisa Harley
A Prior Engagement by SL Scott

Maybe I'm Amazed

SIGNED copies of:
A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
Inescapable, Intuition, Indebted and Incendiary by Amy Bartol

Ain't Too Proud to Beg
SIGNED copies of:
The Proposition and The Proposal by Katie Ashley
Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec
His Perfect Passion and The Undoing of a Libertine by Raine Miller



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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: Arclight by Josin L. McQuien

  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins Imprint)
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.

When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?


My Thoughts

I feel like I start so many reviews this way, but OMG that cover!! Seriously, in real life it's shiny and awesome!! This book just screams "READ ME!!" I was also totally intrigued by how Marina is the only person who has ever come back from the Fade alive. I needed to know how she did it and what was so special about her. I want to say that I absolutely loved this book, but it was another book I was too hyped up for, that was good, but didn't blow my mind or anything.

Marina wasn't a particularly interesting character. I mean, I was interested in knowing about her, but reading from her POV wasn't super exciting. She has no memory of before she was in the Arclight so I guess that has a lot to do with it. We only get what she knows, and her relationships with people there, which aren't many. She has one good friend, but the others seem afraid of her, or just disgusted with because they blame her for the Fade attacks. They would rather just let them have her and be done with it. She doesn't really seem to care all that much though really. Then when she discovers that the Fade might not be what everyone thinks, she is on a mission to try to help the one she starts to call Rue. I do think that she had some good character growth though, and by the end I liked her. She wasn't a particularly strong or totally badass character to me, but she was likeable enough.

Tobin is the love interest, and I really did like him. He seemed so broody and unfriendly  at first, but as I got to know him, I really started to like him. He was sweet and sensitive, but still every bit the tough guy too. He has a lot going on in that head of his so I understood why he acted the way he did. I think that he was really brave too. And I enjoyed watching as he fell for Marina. This would have been one of those books where alternating POV's would have served it well I think. I would have loved getting to be in Tobin's head at times. I liked uncovering the layers of Tobin, and thought he was a pretty great character.

What I was hoping would be a super creepy and chilling read really wasn't, and that was a bit of a disappointment to me. I admit, at first the Fade were kinda scary, more in a tingles down your spine type way, but still scary. That didn't last long though. Once we get more into the book and learned a little more about them, they weren't creepy at all. I will tell you that they are super awesome though. I was totally intrigued by the Fade, and perhaps that is better than being creeped out by them in a way.

There were parts of this book that I found to be a bit predictable, but I still really enjoyed it. I would have love a little bit more world building, though I am heavily a character reader, I do like my books to hold up in all aspects, and this one was lacking a bit with that. I liked the romance and thought it was done spectacularly, and I liked the idea of the Fade and how things happened. I would have liked a little more background, but since she didn't have any of her memories I understand why we didn't get it. There will be another book, so maybe we will learn more in that one. Overall, it was a great book that I read rather quickly and I felt satisfied with the ending, but am glad there will be another book.




Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Loki's Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A Marr

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Blackwell Pages Series , #1 
  • Source: Won from Shelf Awareness Newsletter/Little Brown
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters—wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds—all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history—because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids—led by Matt—will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

My Thoughts

I have been trying to read more middle grade novels, but I am picky about which ones I do. This one sounded so fun and I couldn't pass it up. I am so happy that I read this. It was such a fun adventure that I devoured!! I loved the mythology and the characters. I loved how the story progressed and I found myself almost bouncing in anticipation at where it would go next. This book was everything I was hoping and more. Told in the POV's of Matt, Laurie, and Fen, we get so much of the story, and really get to know the characters well. Sometimes multiple POV's can be a bit much for me, but this was done so well.

Matt is the first character that we meet and he is the descendant of Thor. His family pretty much owns the town. His father is the sheriff, and other family members are town officials. He is always compared to his older brothers, and can never seem to do things the right way in his parents eyes. That all changes when they discover he is the descendent of Thor that can stop Ragnarok. There are some complications with the situation though, and he must go on an adventure to try and bring together all of the descendants to stand on his side against evil. He teams up with enemy turned ally, Fen, and finds that they could actually be friends and work together.

Fen is a bit on the abrasive side, but I did grow to like him. Descended from Loki, it's in his nature to be a prankster and rule breaker. He is also a shape shifter which comes in pretty handy. He really steps up and comes to Matt's rescue a lot, and though he acts like he doesn't care and he's a tough kid, he really is forming a friendship with him. He also goes against prophecy in more ways than one, and I think he will likely become a favorite of mine through the series. He has a lot of good in him.

Laurie is really sweet and has a good head on her shoulders. She has no clue that she is also a descendant of Loki, and she has some pretty awesome things that she can do. She is stubborn, but it's actually a good thing. She doesn't want to be protected and told that she can't help or do things because she is a girl. She ends up saving them numerous times much to their protests that she keep out of sight or stay out of things. I really liked her from the beginning. She never wanted to be deceiving and she always wanted to be good and do the right thing. I really thing that she was a huge part in how Fen bonds and becomes friends with Matt and the others who join them along the journey. I think this girl is going to do big things. I suspect that she is much more than she seems. I can't wait to see where her powers go and what she is capable of.

This was such a fast paced, fun adventure. It was full of action and it had me frantically flipping pages. Just when I thought that things were going okay for them, BAM another crazy situation would pop up. They have set out to find all the children of the Gods and things are not easy for them. It's one thing after another, each situation seeming worse than the last. All of them really work together well, and they form a great bond of friendship by the end of the book. I am so excited about the next installment of this series too. Wow, the way that ended!! I wish the next book was out right now so I could dive right in. I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a while and I want more!!





Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (51) Happy Birthday to Me!!!

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hi everyone!! Woohoo! It's my birthday today!! Really though, I'm at the point now that I would be totally okay with just staying the same age. I like birthdays, but not the whole aging thing lol!! Anyways, I didn't do one of these last week, so this week is quite full. I will try to keep my random babbling to a minimum and just talk about the books. (I totally bit my cheek eating cake right before I filmed my vlog and had to numb it so I look like I'm talking funny haha!) I am still going to be on my blogging break this week. There will be posts going up though. I have been enjoying my mini break and have gotten a lot of reading done. I promise if I haven't been commenting much, I will be again after this week. 





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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - Thoughts on Novellas


Hi everyone!! Welcome to this weeks Book Girls! The topic of choice is novellas and our thoughts on them. I have read quite a few and I can say that I see them both as good and bad. I love when they add to a story, but I don't like it when they seem necessary in a series and you are lost without reading it. Also, I don't like stand alone novellas much. And a novella should be a decent length, I know it's a novella, but dude, 40-50 pages probably isn't gonna cut it. Anyways, I babble on about it in my vlog and mention some good ones and ones that I didn't care for much. 

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Jenni didn't post this week because she was on a break

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So what are your thoughts on novellas? Love them, hate them, or don't really have an opinion either way? Let me know.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: This Is Forever by S.A. Price



Did it get you curious? Winter is the very sexy bassist for the band 13 Shades of Red, and his book, THIS IS FOREVER will be releasing December 2013. Wanna see the cover?


Now isn’t that just sexy? From now till December if you check out some of your favorite blogs that are rocking the mini graphic on the side column, we will be giving some teasers, excerpts and interviews about the book, on the 10th of the month.

Believe me; it really is going to be a Long Hard Winter. *wink*

And now… for a sexy sneak peek at THIS IS FOREVER…(Does contain strong language)


Seeing Lola after eight months was a fucking kick in the teeth. She had changed her hair, it was purple with black streaks, and she was wearing one fucker of an outfit. Platform Mary Jane’s, her signature, purple torn fishnet thigh highs with garters that ended in bows with skulls on them, micro mini in black satin with a lace trim. She had tripled up on her belts, her little baby tee molding to her torso like a second skin. It was razor cut in places, showing skin and the purple of her lace bra. Her arms warmers were knitted with little skulls on them. He was pretty sure she wasn’t wearing underwear also, the girl just loved to shock. Dare he think it was for his benefit? He wasn’t sure he even saw her, thinking he was dreaming the perfection before him.

But dreams don’t blow you off… at least his didn’t. His dreams, her especially, blew him. When dreams blew you off, those were called nightmares, and those sucked. Sucked like life was sucking right now. She had walked in with the rest of her band, greeted everyone but him, her gaze lingering a little too long on Colin, Rhys’ little brother, but then moved on as she kissed cheeks and hugged people.

 He had to adjust his groin, discreetly of course, when she and Saffron hugged and snuggled. Apparently over the past several months Saffron and Lola had become quite the BFF, with Lola staying at Saffron’s place in New York when she had to go in for several shoots and meetings with her record company. Rhys had teased him about getting face timed and seeing both of them in little booty shorts and white tank tops… but he didn’t think they were that close.

And worse, he didn’t think seeing her all snuggly with Saffron would illicit the images rolling through his head. Not that Saffron wasn’t hot, but he just didn’t dig his best friend’s girl like that.  He grabbed a tootsie pop and unwrapped it, sticking the thick ball into his mouth. He watched her move from person to person, but never to him.

What. The. Fuck.

When everyone sat down, she sat at the other end, didn’t even bother to look at him. He went through dinner in a blur, his anger getting to him more and more. What the fuck was going on? He was beginning to feel like he was invisible. Maybe it was a nightmare?

When she got up and went to the bathroom, he followed, after exchanging a meaningful look with Rhys.

“So you’re just not going to say anything to me?” he said as he caught her coming out of the bathroom.

She looked at him and then sighed. “I didn’t want a public thing to happen.”

Public thing?


She looked him up and down. “I don’t know if I’m ready to say hi like I want to.”

Winter rolled his eyes. “So you can wrap yourself around Saffron, eye Colin up like he’s a steak, which by the way he’s not even eighteen yet, eww,” he ticked off on his fingers, “Yet you can’t even just turn and wave at me?”

Lola shook her head. “It’s not what I wanted. And Colin is going to be very popular…”

“You just didn’t wanna talk to me at all?” he asked, thoroughly confused. She was the one that pushed for the tour, and by all accounts she didn’t have issue with their past. It was what gave him hope.

She moved closer and shook her head. “That’s not it.”

“Then what’s it?” he bit out, his hands clenched at his sides. Gods, only she could infuriate him like this. Fuck she smelled good. All honey and warm clover… no one smelled like Lola.

Her voice lowered. “Do you like my outfit Winter?”

He growled. Fuck yes he liked her outfit. Loved. Wanted it crumpled on the floor of his bedroom. Wanted to peel it from her slowly, kissing every inch of skin he exposed.

She reached for him, her fingers tugging him closer by the belt loops of his jeans. “Good. You’re supposed to. You don’t get anything from me Winter Tulane. No greeting, no, little wave, no explanation. Eat your heart out baby.”

She got closer, her lips just against his, a slight almost imperceptible move of the hoop through the middle of his lip and then she was gone, back towards the party, her ass shaking with a sashay that had blood rushing from every place in his body to his cock. Fuck. What the hell was going on?

“Hey Lo,” he called after her. She gave him the finger and kept walking.

Game on. Game fucking on, he thought as he followed her back into the room. Confusion didn’t even convey how he was feeling about what happened, but holy fuck the signals she was throwing off were so convoluted he didn’t know if he should fist pump for getting her so close to him or brood over her words.



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