Friday, May 31, 2013

Review:Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Series: Triangles , #1 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?


 My Thoughts

Okay, so I know that I have made it clear how much I dislike love triangles, and this hints at one, so you are probably wondering why I would want to read this book. Well, I am a bit fascinated with anything having to do with the Bermuda Triangle. Plus, alternate realities and also creepy stalker? Totally had to have this book. The good thing is, there actually is no love triangle! Yay!! Yes, she is with the two different guys, but it's her alternate realities. While in the Bermuda Triangle on the cruise, she wakes up each day to a new reality. It was really cool how it was done and what it was supposed to be teaching her.

Autumn was not a likeable character, so it was hard to really feel bad for her when her world is pretty much crumbling around her. Granted, she does blame herself for the tragedies that have happened in her life so I can see why she has certain fears, but her personality just sucks. She's rude, has an attitude, and is only friendly if it works for her or to her advantage. She acts like a spoiled little brat, even though that's the furthest thing from true. She's nice to her best friend for the small amount of time she is in the book, the hot guy Marcus (who is a total tool), and really that's it. She has an attitude with complete strangers, and doesn't even want to try to be pleasant. I kind of wanted to throw her overboard. The good thing is, when her alternate realities put her in crazy situations, she actually thinks about her life and how she acts. In the end I can't really say that she's much better, but at least she isn't as aggravating.

There are two boys, but like I said, it's not a love triangle. There's Joe who really, really likes her. She is always so mean to him and won't give him the time of day, even though he will practically grovel at her feet. I will admit that he was a little creepy. I mean, he follows her around, buys her gifts, and goes on the same cruise as her. (Even though supposedly his grandparents planned it.) The thing is, even as stalkerish as he seemed, he is really a nice guy. Not just to her, but to everyone. He goes out of his way to please her, and she calls him a loser and treats him like crap. Then there's Marcus who it a player. He's rich, knows he's good looking, and wants every girl he can get. Of course Autumn likes him right? This guy made me unbelievably angry and I couldn't even believe she liked him at all. She is with each on in one of her alternate realities so she gets to see what dating each one is really like.

I thought that the alternate reality stuff was done really well and I enjoyed the story. I wasn't able to connect with the characters though, and that made me a bit sad. Also, If Marcus winked one more time or if Autumn used the word rephrasing again, I really thought I would rip my hair out. It was to the point I was almost counting them. I know it's not really that big of a thing, but repetitiveness drives me crazy in books. Besides that, it was a good book and really quick to read.



* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Book Blast: Change of Heart by S.E Edwards



Persevere.

That's how I've gotten through nineteen years of life. It's what I do every single day—no matter how badly the odds are stacked against me.

Persevere, and survive.

Those are my two guiding words. I never knew either of my parents. I have no family and no home. The only person I could ever rely on was myself. In this cruel world, that's about as much as I could ask for.

Love? Hah. Don't talk to me about love. I stopped believing in it the day my first boyfriend ripped out my heart three years ago.

That's why love is the last thing on my mind when I leave a packed college bar with a captivating stranger. Yet everything changes when I'm awakened in the middle of the night by a pounding at the door. Suddenly, an arrangement meant for just one night threatens to become something much deeper.

All expectations are thrown to the wind as I'm tangled in a dangerous world unlike anything I can believe. The man I met has secrets swirling around him like a dark cape. I'm about to become his biggest one...







Together, we stumble toward the elevator. Rich breaks away for a second to hit the button. The light doesn’t come on.

“Damn,” he growls, “it’s busted again.”

I’m one step ahead of him. I’d spotted the stairs when we entered. I grab his hand and pull him after me with no hesitation. I start up the cement stairwell, determined to get to his room as fast as possible.

“Penny, wait.”

I look back, confused. “What?”

A devilish smile plays on his lips. “Only this.” Without warning his hands wrap around my waist, and I’m being lifted up as easily as if I were a doll. He turns to the side and presses my body against the wall, suspending me between him and the concrete.

His mouth crashes down on mine again. I curl my legs around his torso, locking my ankles together, and kiss him back with the passion reserved for a lover after ten long years apart. I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m getting even more turned on. Rich’s hands move down to grasp the outside of my thighs, and I moan into his kiss as the muscles of my core clench in sinful fashion. I want him so badly. If we don’t get somewhere private soon, I won’t be wholly opposed to jumping him in public.

I gasp as he steps away, freeing me from the wall. I start to fall, but one of his hands darts down to catch me just beneath the knees. The other one cradles my shoulders. Before I know it, I’m slung across his arms like a bride on her wedding night.

“I’ve always wanted to carry a girl up these stairs,” Rich admits.

I laugh, and wrap my arm around his neck. “Oh, you are just the best type of romantic.”

Four flights of stairs later, Rich pushes open the fire door to a dimly-lit hallway. He carries me down the hall and stops in front of an entrance on the right. He sets me down, then fishes around in his jeans for the key. When the door creaks open, he sweeps a hand out in front of him. “Welcome to my humble abode.”

I walk in, curious about his apartment. I tend to side with the camp of people who believe that a person’s living arrangements can reveal a lot about his personality. But, I don’t find much to work with here.

The apartment is sparse and dark. Pale moonlight filters in through the balcony window, shining down on the only piece of furniture present: a queen size mattress lying on the floor of the living room. The red brick walls are totally empty—no girly posters or other things I might expect in a bachelor’s apartment. There are no lamps, no chairs, no couches.

After a moment, I notice a second piece of furniture: a small, old-school CRT TV camped in one corner of the studio apartment.

Rich switches on the light. “So?” he asks, “what do you think?”

I walk past the entrance. There’s one hall leading away from the room. It is filled with brown cardboard boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. “Did you just move in or something?”

Rich laughs behind me. “Yeah, something like that. You want a drink?”

“A drink?” I say. “No, I—”

The words catch in my throat as he grabs my hips and spins me around. I had no idea he’d come so close. He’d moved from the door to me without making a sound. His fingers lock together against my lower back, and he tugs me into him, pressing my belly to his waist. I feel his growing erection right away, and a diabolical excitement builds inside me.

Nothing happens.

For a long moment, Richard just holds me like that, staring into my eyes as I’m left dangling off his arms. His irises are the color of sea mist. I’m hypnotized by the deep intensity I see brewing just beneath the surface. I have no doubt that that type of intensity is mirrored in my eyes.

Then, moving slowly, as if restraining himself, Richard lowers his mouth to cover mine. This time, his kiss is sweet and gentle. Subtle and caring. He explores my upper lip first, then traces the line going to the corner of my mouth. His lips form a perfect mold over mine.

I was wrong before. This is the kiss reserved for a lover you haven’t seen in ten years.



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I'm Scarlett Edwards. I'm a full-time student (2nd year, undergrad) and part-time writer. I hope to switch those around soon!

I'm kind of old fashioned. I write all my stories using paper and ink. At the end of the day, I transcribe them on my laptop. It takes a bit longer, but writing in a notebook really focuses my thoughts.

I love vintage photography. I have an old-school film camera that was my mom's from before I was born. I use it to take pictures almost every day. Yours to Savor is the first full book I worked on. It went through six drafts, and took me ten months to complete. In the two months since getting it done, I finished two drafts of brand new stories. I'm getting faster!

I love hearing from my readers. I love getting feedback about my books. I'm just getting started, and plan on doing this writing gig for a long, long time. I take inspiration from all the indie romance authors. Addison Moore, Samantha Young, Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorensen, and everyone else…. you girls rock!



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Audiobook Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review and ARC sent from publisher for review.
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.


My Thoughts

The thought of an invisible girl sounded really awesome to me. The thought of her father using her was disturbing to me and I needed to know more. This was an intriguing book to me. There are people with extra powers due to a certain drug that is now illegal. The concept was great, and I thought it was done pretty well. What I had a hard time with was a few of the characters. I thought that it was almost rushed through also, but I do understand that books tend to be that way sometimes so it's not like a million pages long.

Okay so Fiona is invisible and her and her mother have run off. Her father wants to take things too far and she's not willing to do what he wants her to do. You don't defy him though whether you are family or not. She is at a new school with people she doesn't know and of course people know who she is and don't know what to think of her. She makes a few really great friends and is now welcome in their "pack". I liked that she was really worried about their well being and she didn't want to get too close, not because of her own walls, but because she didn't want them to become a target for her father. She did struggle with her own issues, but she really had a good heart and wanted to be a good person.

There is a love interest, or two actually, but I'm not going to go into that. It is a part of the story, but honestly it was also more of a way to move the plot and the real stuff along. More than anything, she has friends and she likes it where she is. She doesn't want to run away from her problems. She wants to stay and stand up for herself and what is right. There are a few twists and things to keep this interesting too.

The audio for me wasn't great and I was glad that I had a physical copy to fall back onto. I listened to most of it on audio and the narrator did a great voice for Fiona, but I cringed at some of the male voices, especially Carlos. That is one of the reasons that I was glad to switch to reading the book instead. I tend to be picky about how female narrators do male voices so that's just how I felt. It might not be as hard for other people to listen to.

Overall I did really like the book though. I liked the whole super powers thing and the different people who were in charge of each area. I thought that it was creative, fun, and had quite a bit of action. It was explained well how people got their super powers too, which is very important to me. I don't like when there is no why to things. Most of the characters didn't really do much for me and they all were just kind of there, but I did like Fiona. This was an enjoyable book that I had fun reading and listening to.


* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Covet imprint)
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

*This is not a YA book. It is adult and has some very adult scenes in it.

My Thoughts

Another fantastic book from JLA! The Lux series is one of my favorites, so I was so excited to hear she was writing an adult book from the Arum side of things. And oh, man was this good!! Holy freaking hotness!! Hunter is the bad boy to the core, but he's still oh, so good!! And of course Serena has an awesome amount of snark that we know the author writes so well!! This was all sorts of awesome. It had my adrenaline pumping, laughing out loud, fanning myself, and swooning hard! The best part? Dual POV's!!

I will start with Serena. She is snark times twenty. She doesn't take crap from anyone, and the more you tell her to do something, the more she will fight it. Piss her off, she will throw things at you. Really though, she has just been taken away from her life and is now being protected by an alien. He infuriates her, and gets her all hot and bothered. She is very impulsive, doesn't listen well, and is stubborn as hell, but I totally loved her. She is also fierce and totally loyal to doing the right thing, even if it means putting herself at risk to do it.

Hunter is fan-freaking-tastic. Oh, my yum!!! Okay, so he's an ass, really he is, but he is a sexy, hot ass who is every bit as alluring as he is aggravating. He is seriously sex on a stick. He knows what he wants and he goes for it. Okay, so besides his deliciousness, he is badass. When things get complicated, he will go against everything to protect Serena. He finds that he is starting to care for her and when she is at risk he goes into super scary Arum mode!! He is a bit off putting at first, but since we get his POV too, we learn that he's not as much of a jerk as he comes off as... most of the time.

Besides the sexiness of this book, my favorite thing was the familiar characters from the Lux series. We don't get a whole lot of them, but it was nice how it ties in. Also there are little bits that give some insight into where the Lux series is possibly headed. It makes me super nervous and really excited at the same time. We learn a little more about the government and how they tie into things, and more about the history of the Luxen and Arums from the Arum side of things. Through the Lux series the Arum have always seemed liked the bad guys, but I think I may be having a change of heart. Not to say I don't like the Luxen, but things are definitely not good/bad for me anymore. I think it's all about the individuals.

This was super awesome. It was such a fun and sexy book. You don't need to have read the Lux series to enjoy this as it's just set in the same world, and adult. If you like books that bring on the steam, the laughs, the frustration, and adventure, this is definitely one to read! This was everything I was expecting and more. I want more of the adult part of this world!!


* An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Waiting on Wednesday 5-29-13

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 a two. The first is Of Breakable Things by A Lynden Rolland. The second is Rain of the Ghosts by Greg Weisman. Both involve ghosts!


  •  Publisher: Month9Books
  • Publish Date: April 2014
Alex Ash always stands out in a crowd. Blame it on her quick tongue or her attraction to trouble, but Alex is willing to bet most people know her name because of her illness. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, yet even as a prisoner in her own body, Alex is willing to fight for her diseased life as long it includes her best friend Chase and his rambunctious brothers. But when Chase’s entire family is tragically killed, suddenly her disease is a blessing in disguise. When death finally comes knocking, she is packed and ready to go- only to discover her life has just begun.

Eidolon is a secluded reservation which has existed for centuries as a safeguard and governing capital city for those spirits who are strong enough to linger once the body is gone. In a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under, Alex finds herself to be the talk of the afterlife due to her infamous prophet of a mother who disappeared years ago. Suddenly standing out isn’t so great especially since the spirits who hunted her mother seem to have their sights set on Alex. Yet even amongst envious peers, daunting magic, and soulless banshees, the most difficult aspect of Alex’s afterlife is juggling between Chase and his reckless brother, neither of whom are willing to give up the girl they both love.

So much for resting in peace.


Okay dude, this cover is super creepy and I love it. Also, it sounds super awesome. Ghosts, magic, banshees and a romance. Despite the love triangle sound of it, I am all about this!! 
 

  •  Publisher: St. Martins Press
  • Publish Date: December 3rd, 2013
First in a series about of an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.


Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

This isn't a typical read for me, but it sounds really good. I am definitely intrigued by this. And the setting sounds fantastic, so that in itself will be awesome to read if the descriptions are vivid! 

So those are my picks this week! What are you waiting for? Is anyone even reading this or are you all at BEA? Lol! Anyways, I hope all of you awesome bloggers that are at BEA are able to get some of your WoW picks!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Audiobook Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Atria Books)
  • Publication date: 5/14/13 (audio) other editions 10/1/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 8 hours 58 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | Simon & Schuster | The Book Depository

After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, twenty-year-old Kacey escapes to Florida, where she encounters an irresistible man determined to capture her wounded heart.Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both of their worlds.
 

My Thoughts

I am so glad that this came out on audiobook because I had been meaning to get to this for a while and just didn't have time to read it. Luckily audiobook are easy to fit in and this one was great! This was an emotional story and I loved taking the journey along with Kacey and all the other characters involved. I felt like I was making friends right along with them and I really, really wanted to help Kacey. Luckily, so did everyone else. I also really loved how this was separated into the stages of grief. That was a nice touch!

Kacey is rough around the edges. She went through a tragic situation and she has basically let it rule her life. She is suffering from PTSD even though she doesn't realize it, or more importantly, doesn't want to admit it. To her, it's easier to just put up her walls, and deal with it in her own ways. It had been drugs, alcohol, and random sex, but for her sister Livie, she stopped all of that. She begins to let people in, but it's a very slow process and it seems like she takes one step forward, then about five back. She is an incredibly strong, but stubborn, and broken person. I loved watching her finally start to heal and be the person that she has hid away for too long.

Now Trent. He was fantastic, but I didn't know what to think of him for a while. He almost seemed too nice and perhaps stalkerish. I admit that I fell for him right along with Kacey. He was really great for Kacey, though he was a bit pushy at times trying to get her to talk to someone or seek help. I knew he was doing it for her, but I think he went about it all wrong. And OMG when we find out what his secret is, I was a freaking mess!! I didn't figure it out much before it was revealed, though I did suspect for a while I guess. I can see why he kept the secret, even if it doesn't make it right.

Now onto the other characters. I don't always mention them, but I think that they are a huge part of this story. Storm and her daughter Mia were awesome and really became important and like family to Kacey. Nate and Ben who she worked with were also really awesome. And Livie, her sister of course. She was Kacey's rock. Basically the only thing keeping her from falling completely apart. Though she is her younger sister, she really was more the one taking care of them. I loved that Livie would do what she had to for Kacey, even if she knew it would make her mad. She always did what was best for them!

I listened to the audio of this and I think the narrator was awesome. You could easily tell one character from another. And also she did great with the males. A lot of the time female narrators make males sound too husky or not masculine enough, but Elizabeth Louise did them great! She was also very good at making sure the emotion was in there too. She wasn't just someone narrating a book, she made the characters and the story come to life.

This was such a great story about love, loss, and healing. I thought the characters were developed really well, the story flowed perfectly, and the emotion aspect was spot on. I was a sobbing mess listening to parts of this. My heart hurt with theirs. I wanted to jump into the book and hug them. This was the first book I have read from this author and I will definitely be reading more. 


* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (56)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello everyone!! Happy Memorial Day weekend!! This weekend is cold and rainy and I am freezing so I didn't feel like doing a vlog. I just wanted to curl up on the couch actually. I have a pretty big haul again, but at least you don't have to listen to me babble on.

Books Mentioned

Review
 Won/Gifted
 Bought/Free

Thank you Entangled Publishing, Daria , HarperTeen, Edelweiss, Simon Audio, Lisa Becker, Kara @ Great Imaginations, First Second Books, Wendy Higgins, and Rockstar Book Tours. 

Weekly Recap
 Search Terms
  • soman chainani - OMG guys!! The School of Good and Evil is awesome!! You should totally buy it!
  • spencer hill press pods - I really liked this one.
  • "loki's wolves" - This book rocked!! This is what great MG is all about!
  • "tarnished" + "rhiannon held" - I have to read it, but I do have it thanks to Tor.
  • 2102 top books - I have a list that I did at the end of the year.
  • a lux novel opal read online  - If you buy it for your kindle app or something you can read it using your app. If you are looking for a free book then you are in the wrong place! I am very against piracy.
  • aiden st delphi pov - The authors website has all the extras she has been so awesome to write!
  • apollyon jennifer armentrout wikipedia - Well, I'm not sure why it led here, but I'm a big JLA fan so I love getting searches for her books that lead to my blog. 

That was my week! Hope all of you had a fantastic week too! I also had a really disturbing search term, but I didn't include it because I don't want any other weirdo to find my blog searching for it. Not sure why it came here in the first place. So anyways, if you are interested in knowing you can always email me or DM me on twitter. Lol!! I would love to know what you got also. Leave me a link and I will stop by!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry - The Books I Wanted To Love, But Couldn't


This week on Book Girls our topic was books we wanted to love, but coudn't. It was suggested by Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now!!! Don't you hate that? You are super excited for a book, perhaps you have already seen some awesome reviews for it, then you just aren't feeling it. It's such a icky feeling. It makes me sad that I couldn't just love this book that I was so excited for!! This isn't really a vlog type post so I will just put a post together for you.

Other Book Girls Posts This Week




Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Oh guys!! I really, really wanted to love this!! I was so excited when I won an ARC of it and I tried... I picked it up at least 5 different times and it just wasn't doing it for me. If a book needs a full glossary in the back and has like 5 maps in the front, it's usually not a good sign for me. It feels too much like homework. And that cover is so, so pretty. I wanted to love you Stormdancer, but I have passed you along to someone who I hope can since I failed!


Level 2 by Lenore Applehans (Name Changed to The Memory of After and also has a new cover)

Okay, so this one was totally misleading to me. I knew that it was about the afterlife obviously, but I didn't know how much religion was a part of it. It seemed like it was almost constantly talking about God or sinning or something. And the MC pissed me off. She just let the guy, whatever his name was, tell her what to do and basically push her around. No backbone that one! I honestly tried very hard. No joke, I read probably almost 70% and was pissed off that it wasn't getting better and I was not enjoying it. It was at that point I said "Eff this!! I wasted almost 3 hours of my life on this and I refuse to waste more. DNF!" I know a lot of people loved this book, but I just was irritated and angry reading it so I figured I should just stop. I did read the end because I was curious though. It wouldn't have been enough to save it for me even though it was quite a twist.

Mind Games by Kiersten White

How I wish you were as awesome as your cover!! This was one of my most highly anticipated reads too and it totally didn't do it for me. I'm all about dual POV's when done right. I also enjoy the whole past and present thing. What I don't like is them combined, but in no order whatsoever. It jumped from sister to sister and back and forth from past to present. Neither sister was very likeable either and there was a huge lack of action. Don't get me wrong, there was some, but I expected more. The one great thing about this book besides the amazing cover though... the ending. Now that was brilliantly awesome!! Too bad that it didn't make up for the lack of awesomeness throughout the book for me.

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

This was another one that I was super excited for and it just didn't do it for me. I only tried like three times to read this one and gave up. I don't know if maybe I wasn't in the mood for something like this or what, but it was like torture trying to make myself read this. I wish I could say why I didn't like it, but it's nothing particular except I couldn't get into it. I DNF'd this after I decided to stop trying to force it.

Taken by Erin Bowman

Another case of the pretty cover lure!! The premise of this sounded great and add in the awesome cover and I couldn't wait for this!! Too bad that it had shitty characters that made me want to throw myself over the wall of doom to a fiery death. And I hate when there are conveniences thrown in to make the story flow. Like all of the sudden when things are bad, there this person comes out of nowhere and sacrifices herself for you. Ugh!! Not that this dude was even sacrifice worthy anyways!!

I'm leaving it at those five. I could keep going, I have like 7 more written on the list in front of me lol!! I know that Giselle had mentioned Unspoken and that is one that I also didn't like. In fact after four days of trying to read it I DNF'd it. Anyways, what are some books that you wanted to love, but just couldn't?

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Imprint of HarperCollins)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review
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Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.

My Thoughts

I love contemporary books. Especially ones where things all seem to go wrong. I think my mistake going into this one was thinking it was going to be similar to Ten Things We Did (That We Probably Shouldn't Have) because it was nothing like that. I have been thinking about how to write this review actually because I honestly didn't know how I felt about it at all upon finishing. I still really don't, but after thinking about it, I didn't hate it. I just left me not feeling anything. Not much happened and the characters were all out of their minds in my opinion. Not just the ones that are supposed to have mental illness. My brain was starting to hurt after a while and I was questioning my own sanity at points. I don't think that I really liked a single character in this whole book, but somehow, I still liked it... I think.

Kiri is the main character of the story and I honestly couldn't decide what to think about her. She is absolutely, out of her tree crazysauce! At first she just seems a little rebellious and perhaps made a stupid decision or two, but then she keeps making them. For instance, why would you go to some random stranger's house at night in the most horrible neighborhood ever? Yup, she does that... a lot.Okay, so after the first few times she actually kind of knows him, but still. Then, she's supposedly this amazing piano player, but she starts spending all her time running around, doing drugs, and just generally acting positively insane. Then she gets upset when her piano instructor calls her out on her lack of focus! And OMG she gets all excited that her and Lukas kissed and she touched his earlobe (which is mentioned more than once in the book) and it's like the most sensual thing in the world to her, but then she makes out with another boy for hours and runs around naked with him and never talks about that being sensual, or erotic, or whatever. Then, she's horrible to her parents, which really, they kind of fail in the parents of the year department, but still. Anyways, it seems like before her parents went away on vacation she was a pretty good kid, and now all of the sudden she just flips and is out of her mind? I don't know. She was a difficult character's head to be in. I felt like I needed some meds after reading this.

Onto the romance. So she's like totally pining for her bandmate Lukas, but he doesn't like her. He's a total freaking tool anyways, so I don't even get what she sees in him. The real romance is some random guy who she meets in the shit part of town that she had gone to to get her sisters things. Umm kind of weird right. And then, she's in love with him after two days too. *cue eye roll* He was nice and all, but it was obvious there was something not right with him too. They sit around, drink tea, frolic around naked, and read some spiritual book together. They know almost nothing about each other, but yet, they are in love. They even have sweet nicknames for each other. Crazy Girl and Bicycle Boy. How sweet right?! *gag*

There are other characters of course. Her neighbor and band mate, Lukas. He wasn't very likable at all. It's like he could care less that Kiri was around unless it's convenient for him. And her parents. From what we kind of learn, they are more worried about what they want then what Kiri wants. They kind of seem to blow off her feelings or what she might want. Though, I'm not sure if they are really that way, or if we just see it that way through her crazy head. The worst was her brother. He was not only a jerk, but he was violent and I couldn't stand him. I don't care how infuriating Kiri was, he smashes her things and practically throws her off of her piano bench. I wanted to punch him.

So there's not much of a story here except Kiri unraveling and going crazy years after her sister died. She is competing in Battle of the Bands, she meets the love of her life, and she finds out his deep dark secret. The thing is, even with nothing happening, and me feeling like I was slowly losing my mind along with Kiri, I think I did enjoy this. I think it's really saying something when I just can't wrap my head around my thoughts. I only wish that the mental illness had been addressed a little better, but it was an intriguing book that I couldn't stop reading, even when I couldn't stand the characters. Overall I did like it.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Blitz: In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater

What a super exciting Friday. I couldn't be more thrilled to be taking part in the book blitz for Rhiannon Frater's serial In Darkness We Must Abide. Season one which contains five episodes is out and you need this people! I have read it and it's fantastic. You can see my review of the entire season here if you are interested. Anyways, I will get on with this. You want to know all about it right? Here is the info. 

In Darkness We Must Abide: The Complete First Season by Rhiannon Frater
Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror
Publication date:  May 24th 2013

Synopsis:
In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

This paperback includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial.


Purchase:


In Darkness We Must Abide

Q & A

Q: In Darkness We Must Abide is a supernatural serial. What exactly does that mean? What is a serial?

A: It means I’m crazy and just had to put more on my writing plate! Okay, in all honesty, In Darkness We Must Abide is sort of like a television show I’m writing for your brain. A serial used to be a very popular form of literature. It was an ongoing episodic form of storytelling much like popular television shows today. Each part builds on the one before it, creating a very rich story for the readers to enjoy. Serials followed pretty regular schedules for their installments (weekly, biweekly, monthly).

Q: So what genre is In Darkness We Must Abide?

A: In Darkness We Must Abide is gothic horror set in modern times. It has all the classic gothic horror trappings like a big, gloomy mansion, the deep dark secrets, the tormented lovers, and terrifying monsters. It’s an epic tale about a young woman who is caught up in the supernatural world of vampires, werewolves, witches, and ancient prophecies. 

Q: This story is a bit different from most of your books though, right?

A: Though it’s still a character-driven tale of horror, and has some truly scary moments, at its heart it is a very tragic sort of love affair between two people who are drawn to each other even though their worlds are tearing them apart. Upon reflection, I can definitely see how my love of Jane Eyre and other gothic romances influenced the central relationship. Armando and Vanora are wounded people that you want desperately to somehow be together, but you’re just not sure if/when/how it might happen.

Q: We only see bits of Armando in the prologues of the first two episodes before he appears as a central figure in episode three. He instantly became very popular in the first season. Why do you think that is?

A: Well, he’s delicious! LOL. Armando is not only very handsome and charming, he’s very complicated. He’s a man of many secrets and conflicting emotions. Though he’s an older vampire (400 years old), he’s eternally 22 years old and has a youthful spark to him. He’s a bit sarcastic, naughty, and playful despite the fact that he’s not all that he seems to be. Armando doesn’t come across as cruel, so I think that adds to his appeal. Yet at the same time, he’s dangerous in that he can totally break Vanora’s heart and possibly betray her to his Master.

Q: Tell us a bit about Vanora, the heroine of the story.

A: Well, we start our journey with her when she’s ten years old and her life is altered forever when her brother has his ancestors from Romania transferred to the mausoleum on their estate in Houston, Texas. Immediately, a chain of events starts that sends her plunging into a very dark world. That being said, not all is bleak, because she has a much older brother and sister who take care of her and love her. They’re a very strong family unit. As season one continues, we see Vanora grow up to be a charming seventeen-year-old on the verge of her adulthood. Of course, that’s about the time when things between her and Armando start to significantly change.

Q: Vanora is an albino. How does that affect her life?

A: Vanora’s albinism affects her life quite a bit. She can’t be out in direct sunlight, she’s legally blind (though her sixth sense powers allow her to “see”), her appearance draws unwanted comments and negative attention, and isolates her a bit from others as she’s growing up. That being said, the difficulties she has to overcome make her a formidable person. She doesn’t feel sorry for herself, though she may not be entirely confident at times.

Q: We finally got a good look at the villain at the end of episode 5, the first season finale. He’s an albino, too, and quite imposing. Will he take on a bigger role in Season 2?

A: Armando’s Master is definitely the villain of the story. In Season 2 we learn a whole lot about him and what exactly he’s up to. We also learn why he’s so fixated on Vanora and why he sent Armando to watch over her. That Vanora and the villain are both albinos is significant.

Q: What can we expect in Season 2 that starts June 7, 2013?

A: Well, the intensity of Episode 5, the season finale, is amplified. It becomes very, very intense and all the characters are in considerable danger. Of course, Armando and Vanora continue to be at the center of the storm. By the end of Season 2 the readers will definitely know where Armando stands and exactly what Vanora must battle against.



About the author

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.

Author Links: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

*Note from the author:

"On Friday, 5/24, I'll be doing two video Q & A's via the TinyChat application on Facebook. You'll just have to download the app and follow the link when I post it here. You'll be directed straight into the chat room.

The first chat is scheduled with Europe in mind. 1 PM Central Time will place this chat in the early evening. You'll have to check a time zone converter for the exact time in your country. This also can work for people who work in the evenings in North America.

The second one will be at 8 PM Central Time.

Basically, I'll be on live webcam and you guys and gals get to ask me questions about IN DARKNESS WE MUST ABIDE or anything else you'd like to discuss about my writing career, my books, or the horror genre."

 Giveaway

One signed copy of In Darkness We Must Abide Season 1 (Paperback) and a bookmark. (US/Can)

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Cover Reveal: Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Happy Friday everyone! I have a fantastic cover reveal for you today from Entangled's DigiTeen imprint. 

Darker Days (Darker Agency #1) by Jus Accardo
Coming August 2013

Synopsis

Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? Theyre your girlsbut their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? Theyll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course...

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple caseuntil the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

Theyve got five days to recapture the Sins before they're recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasyexcept for one thing...

Theres a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and familyor lose everything.


Excerpt

“So not your biggest fan at the moment, I said, closing the office door behind me. The runofffrom my jeans had soaked my sneakers pretty good. With each step, I gave a slight squishing noise accompanied by an annoying squeak against the old tile floor.
From across the room, Mom stared. What happened to you?
            It attacked me. Tossing my bag on the couch, I sank into her chair and made sure to grind my butt into the cushion. Got it nice and wet. I was all about sharing the loveand right now, the love was soggy.
            She laughed, waving a folder in my direction. Surely youre overreacting. It was one little zombie. They dont attack people.
            Im serious, Ma. It tried to drown me. And the client assaulted me with ugly footwear. As far as punishments go, Id say were probably square. Ive learned my lesson.
            Youre serious? Amused expression now replaced by concern, she crossed the room and leaned over her desk to get a better look at me.
            As a coronary. Once I was sure the chair had sponged up all it could, I stood and huffed past her. Pulling at my favorite T-shirtthe word Fate inside a blood red heart, is a four letter word on the backI said, Child welfare would not be happy to hear you tried to feed your only child to a walking corpse
“But why would it attack? Did you provoke it? Folding her arms, she frowned. Insult it, perhaps?
            I winked at her. Provoke it? Sure. I went and wiggled my ass in front of it yelling lunch just to see whatd happen. Id called it Stinky, but that didnt count as an insult. Something couldnt be considered an insult if it was true, right?
            Right eyebrow twitching, she fought against a smile. But youre okay, right? No bites, broken bones, head injuries, possessions?
I smiled and did a little twirl. All in one piece and still me.
Mom had a checklist she went through at the end of each job. I was known for taking almost as much damage as I inflicted.
“Oh, and youre probably going to get a call from the client. I sorta smashed her fence in the process.
            Mom groaned. I told you to be more careful.
            Its not like I tried to break anything.
            Something tells me you didnt try hard enough not to break anything, either.
            In my defense, it wasnt a simple trap and slap
            We cant afford this. She reached down and pulled a white envelope out from under a stack of papers. This is the bill for that Mercedes you smashed.
            Oh! So not my fault. How was I supposed to know that Spring Heel was gonna land on the car? If it makes you feel any better, I think he was aiming for my head
            If you keep this up, we wont even be able to afford the rent.
            She was right, of course, and it made me feel horrible. Im sorry. I guess Im a wrecking ball wrapped in blue jeans. Take my cut of this job and put it toward the repairs. Keep my paycheck for the next month, too. A good start, but it didnt feel like enough. Sure, it would cover the damagesI hopedbut I felt guilty about upsetting her. The bills that were piling up kept her awake at night. This was only going to make things worse. We got a fair amount of business, but the overhead in our line of work was sky high.
As much as I hated the idea, I knew what would cheer her up. Ill even throw in pet possessions for the next month.



JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfathers footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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So what do you guys think of the cover and excerpt? I think this sounds pretty good and I can't wait for it to come out!