Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Girls Don't Cry: Are We Guinea Pigs?


Wow! It's been forever since I have done one of these! I have really missed them and am glad to be back doing it. This week the topic of choice was "Are We Guinea pigs?" Really, it's a great topic because being book bloggers, we are the first people to read a book a lot of the time. There isn't much to go off of besides reviews from other bloggers who might have gotten to the ARC before you did. 

There is the good and bad that go along with it. I will start with the good. So you get that awesome ARC of a book that you are totally dying to read right? You are super excited, you read it, and it totally rocks your world. Now, you get to write a review fangirling over all the awesomeness within it's pages. You chat with your friends, hype up the book, tweet at the author... yep you are stoked and want to let everyone know!! It's fabulous. You also have this great giddy feeling inside that you have gotten to read this fantastic book that has yet to grace the shelves of bookstores everywhere. It's an awesome feeling to know that your review could potentially mean sales of this book that you can't wait for the world to discover. 

Before I move on, don't forget to check out the other Book Girls blogs!!


Then there's the not so good. You have been waiting for a book forever. Get super thrilled when you get a chance to be one of the first ones to read it... and then it is totally not for you. You feel like you need to keep reading it because you were lucky enough to get to read it ahead of time, but also it's just not great for you and you don't want to force yourself through something you don't like. Then it comes time to review if you do get through it. (Which often times, I do not.) Now you are reviewing a book that you didn't enjoy. Yes, I know that publicity is publicity even if it's negative, but I can't help but think that maybe I am not "selling" a book if people read my reviews and think, "Oh, I really don't think this would be for me now that I've read your review." Do I feel bad? Yes, but I have to be honest as well. And what I don't like about a book might be something someone else loves. 

So, in other words, in a way we are guinea pigs, but also not. We all do this because we love it. There will be the good and the bad with everything you do. I have to say, if we are guinea pigs, I am totally okay with it. I love being a guinea pig and will take any bad that comes along with it. The good is so worth it. I am very appreciative of the publishers and authors that are willing to, or want me to read a book and give my opinion on it. I will always be honest with my reviews, but I think no matter what, we are promoting books. Love it or not, it's still on our blogs or other sites and people will see that and take it as they like. I think it's an absolutely rewarding experience when someone says that they bought a book because of my review. Guinea pigs unite!!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Extravaganza: Making Faces by Amy Harmon


Hello loves!! Happy Black Friday!! I am taking part in this awesome Extravaganza post and am featuring a book by Amy Harmon. There will also be a fun Facebook party where you can win some gift cards and chat with a bunch of other people and fabulous authors!! Join in the fun here from 7pm to  9pm tonight!!

Synopsis

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18301124-making-faces?ac=1

Purchase: Amazon | B&N

About the Author

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do - and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called "What I Know" - also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. Her first two books, "Running Barefoot" and "Slow Dance in Purgatory" are rich with humor, heart, and fast paced story telling. She is currently working on the sequel in her Purgatory series.


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Review: Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Crewel World Series , #2 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

*This is the second book in the series. I will keep my review spoiler free for this book, but it may contain minor spoilers from the first one if you haven't read it. Continue at your own risk.
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16140922-altered?ac=1

My Thoughts

The first book was awesome, so I was worried that the second wouldn't live up to it. I had no need to worry at all. This was just as great!! The world is different, we meet new characters, and we learn more about the guild and how the powers even came to be. It gave all the extra information I was craving that I didn't learn in the first one and so much more. Things are more intense than in the first one, and there is plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved where the story went and couldn't have been more pleased with this follow up.

Adelice is every bit as tough as she was in the first book. She just is able to let it out more in this. Despite the shocking revelations, she still stays very strong throughout. She really cares about everyone, but still stays true to herself, and I really love that about her. She never came across as the damsel in distress, and didn't always want the boys coming to her rescue. She knows that she can take care of herself, and she will as much as she can. She doesn't like to show weakness even if she feels it sometimes. Also, her emotions are a bit all over the place in this, but she still manages to keep herself mostly level headed.

Of course there is the romance. I really loved Jost in the first book and thought that he was great for her, but he really changed in this one. Well, I wouldn't say changed as much as we got to know him and his true nature a little better. I didn't like how he acted toward Adelice most of the time. He pushed her away, let jealousy rear its ugly head, and was flat out a jerk at times. All while expecting her to just deal with it and still care for him. Then there's Erik. We know that he cares for her, but won't push anything. It comes to a point where there is a lot of confused feelings and though it is a love triangle situation, it was done well and it didn't make me roll my eyes. In fact, I can honestly say that it was a love triangle that I enjoyed.

I thought that the world building was fabulous, the character development marvelous, and the plot was engaging and took a great path. The way that things work was explained well and I never felt confused. This is one of the better sequels that I have read and it had my heart pumping for the majority of the book. There was just enough of everything blended to perfection so as to not be too overwhelming or seem like it was trying to hard. And that ending was amazing. It does leave off on a bit of a cliffhanger, but not enough to drive me out of my mind. I can't wait for the next book and any other book that this author writes. She is fabulous!!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Double Cover Reveal: Legend of Me and The Winter People by Rebekah Purdy

Today Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen are revealing the covers for LEGEND OF ME, releasing in early 2014. And THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check out the gorgeous covers, exclusive excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!

On to the reveals!


About the Book
LEGEND OF ME
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Exclusive Excerpt!

Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees. Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.

My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked. If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.


About the Book
THE WINTER PEOPLE
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1622663682

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes.

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to do?

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling.

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. “Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. “Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. “I’m Nevin.”



 About Rebekah: 


Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army.  At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.
She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.
She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2 and  have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.
And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats,  and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling.
She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!
REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.
And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.


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Book Blitz: Asking for Trouble by Tessa Bailey

The Queen of Dirty Talking is back! Whether this is your first experience with Tessa Bailey’s dirty talking heroes or you’ve been following her all along, you don’t want to miss out on meeting Brent and Hayden. Their banter is witty, filled with sexual tension, and the sex itself is “fan-your-face” hot, according to an early review from USA Today Happily Ever After.

Here’s a dirty talking snippet just for you guys:

He leaned forward and spoke right against her ear. “Come for me right now and I’ll let you ride me as hard as you want later. I know what gets you off. I saw it in your eyes last night. You want to throw me down and fuck me, duchess? Good. I’m in the mood to let you.”

Now you see why she’s been dubbed the Queen of Dirty Talking!

About Asking for Trouble

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can't stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich family’s charities. He’s a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it won’t be the last, as far as Brent’s concerned.

Hayden has a secret, though. Her father’s company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden’s marriage to the CEO’s wealthy son can secure the deal. If she’s to protect her family, she’ll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18593366-asking-for-trouble?ac=1



In celebration of her new release, Tessa Bailey’s first book Protecting What’s His is on sale for only ¢99 for two full weeks! (11/24 - 12/7) Just in time to gift it to everyone who appreciates a dirty talker.

About Protecting What’s His


She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17413427-protecting-what-s-his?ac=1
 
I know that I want to read these books. I think I might have the first one. If I don't, I am totally going to get it ASAP!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (77)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Happy Sunday!! So, have you all seen Catching Fire yet? OMG it was so good!! I need to see it like a million more times!! That was the most exciting thing this past week. I loved The Hunger Games, but Catching Fire was so intense and emotional. I was literally on the edge of my seat almost the whole time! Okay, enough of my fangirling about that. Onto the books! No vlog this week since I only have two books. That is a very good thing for me catching up on reading lol!!

Books Mentioned

Review
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 Thank you to Jaimie and Entangled publishing for the review book!!!

Weekly Recap

I reviewed Beyond Control by Karice Bolton this week.

I also had a few cover reveals. Seeking Her and A Little Too Hot.

I had a few promo posts as well.Wings of Arian, Racing Savannah, and Fire & Flood were the featured books.

That was my week! Hope yours was fabulous too!!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bonus Scene: Read an Exclusive scene from Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott!!

Hello and happy Saturday!!! I have an exclusive bonus scene from Victoria Scott's upcoming book, Fire & Flood! You also have a chance to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an ARC of the book!

  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16069167-fire-flood?ac=1


EXCLUSIVE BONUS SCENE

Harper Shaw, Minor Character


The Brimstone Bleed started four hours ago, give or take. I’ve traveled as far as necessary for now, put adequate distance between myself and the other Contenders. There will be plenty who travel without stopping, without making a plan. 

Idiots. 

Like the others, I don’t know anything about this race, only that I need the prize—the Cure—more than I need my own beating heart. I can still remember my mother’s words as I left our home.
“I don’t know where you think you’re going, Harper,” she said. “But you can’t just leave us like this. Not now.” 

But I did leave. It’s not like I could tell her about the invitation. Or explain what would happen next. Because the truth was, I didn’t know. Two days ago, I was lounging on my bed, listening to Linkin Park and watching MTV on mute. Today, I’m here, in a jungle, fighting to save the most important person in my life.

A caw rips through the late afternoon, and the dense canopy overhead rustles. I breathe in the smell of rich, damp soil that is almost invigorating. The air is thick and damp and clings to my skin, and everywhere I look is a plant I’ve never seen before. The world is a canvas of purple vines and orange flowers and greenery that swallows the ground beneath my feet. It’s both horrific and captivating at once.

Every few seconds, I stop to swipe insects off my skin. It doesn’t bother me. I’m not the squeamish type. The only thing I’m worried about is the egg in my Brimstone Bleed issued bag. A Pandora, the device said. An animal that will help me win this competition. My heart roars in my chest when the bag against my hip stirs once again.

Now that we’re alone, I drop to my knees and remove the egg. When I see a prominent crack down the side, my entire body buzzes with anticipation. I’ve never had a pet before. Not a dog, not a cat…not even a goldfish. And now I’m supposed to travel with an animal that could potentially save my life and Lillian’s? It’s hard to absorb.

The egg cracks again, and I freeze. My hands hover over the iridescent shell, unsure of what to do. But this Pandora doesn’t need my help. It’s eager to escape its prison, eager to fulfill its destiny. I admire its tenacity already, but my stomach churns wondering what my Pandora will be like. Will it be ruthless? Endearing? Will it make it so that I don’t feel utterly alone?

The egg burst open and I fall back, a gasp escaping my throat. I glance around to ensure we are alone. And when I look back, my hands shaking, my eyes widening, I see it—
A feather. 


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

Guys!! I am so excited to share with you the cover for A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers!! I loved A Little Too Far, and I have just started reading A Little Too Much. I already know I am going to be totally pining for this one!!

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.
Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.


If you would like to connect with Lisa you can find her at these places around the web.

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Pre-Order Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally and Get A Gift!!!

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They’re from two different worlds, but Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules. . . get the next contemporary novel from blockbuster YA novelist Miranda Kenneally: RACING SAVANNAH!

Right before her senior year, Savannah’s father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn. But she’s also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. With her dream of becoming a jockey, Savannah is not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack.
We’ve put together a fun campaign to thank readers for pre–ordering: send us your proof of pre–order and we’ll send you this fabulous horseshoe key chain!

A Gift for You, for Pre–Ordering RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally

 
We have a special offer for U.S. and Canada YA fans for the release of RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally in stores in a little over three weeks! If you pre–order the book, we will send you an exclusive horseshoe key chain—perfect for any busy teen on the go! You have until December 2 or until quantities run out.
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Here’s how to get your charm:

1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)

2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com. Put “Racing Savannah Pre-Order” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the horseshoe key chain! If you’ve already pre-ordered this book—not a problem! Send us your receipt!

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4. Enjoy Racing Savannah when it comes out in December!

Optional: take a pic of you and your horseshoe key chain and share it with Miranda Kenneally or Sourcebooks Fire on Twitter! You can find Miranda @mirandakennealy and Sourcebooks Fire @sourcebooksfire.
 
What a fantastic incentive!! I know that I am excited about it!!! I would want this book anyways, but this just makes pre-ordering even more awesome!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Spotlight: Wings of Arian by Devri Walls

Hi everyone!! I am a big fan of Devri Walls so I am super thrilled to be taking part in this book blast!! I have been enjoying this series, and am happy to spotlight this book to help spread the word about it!! You can see my review of this book here. It's not one you want to miss if you are a fan of fantasy!


Devri Walls - Wings of Arian

Pub Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Format: Paperback/Ebook 462 pages
Age Range: Young Adult

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie. With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life. She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar. However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation. And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions. 

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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: Beyond Control by Karice Bolton

  • Publisher: Bulldog Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
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Gabby Sullivan learns in college that some things are impossible to control, and whenever life has spun out of control bad things seem to happen. She promises herself that she’ll stay a safe distance from the top three culprits:

Sex
Love
Relationships

But some things are beyond control…

Gabby handles her mom’s death and brother’s sudden abandonment just about as well as anyone could at the age of twelve. Left feeling alone, she finishes high school, developing a bit of a wild streak, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. That is until an illness stops her in her tracks. Learning to control life around her becomes her comfort. With a visible scar that reminds her and the world that she beat the odds, it’s impossible for her to put everything behind her, no matter how hard she tries.

Right out of college she begins working at her family’s company and buries herself in the safety of the corporate world. No extra time, no life, no relationships. It’s safe to say she might be a little demanding and overly ambitious, but she’s got everything under control, just how she likes it.

Jason’s been trying to piece his life together after a personal tragedy, only it’s not working. He’s thrown himself into his work, but he’s only becoming angrier. He’ll never forgive himself and doesn’t expect anyone else to either.

When the back of his vehicle is clipped by an obnoxious limo driver he can’t wait to let the driver have it until he hears Gabby’s voice coming from inside the sedan. There’s something soothing about it, something familiar.

The moment she sees him, she knows her life will never be the same. But she doesn’t know why. He’s everything she said she never wanted. He’s cocky, arrogant, and infuriating. With his dazzling amber eyes, dark hair and chiseled features she can hardly remember where she’s going, let alone where she’s been and maybe that’s a good thing. She begins to let him show her what life could be, if she really lived it.

Neither wants their past to define their future, but sometimes destiny has something else in store. It’s only as their love grows and secrets are revealed that they realize a devastating connection from their past might actually tear them apart.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18453557-beyond-control?ac=1

My Thoughts

Being a fan of Karice Bolton, I was more than willing to read and review this book. I had only read her paranormal, but she does romance really great, so I was really excited to dive into this new adult book. It was a very touching and emotional story. A bit predictable, but still incredibly good. Let me warn you in advance though, if you are not a fan of cliffhangers, I would hold off on reading this until at least the next book is out. This is not just a cliffhanger, it's an "OMG YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS!!!" cliffhanger. Since I am a sucker for cliffhangers, it didn't bother me too much, but it's an intense place to leave off. The main story is mostly resolved, but this cliffhanger leads into a different part of the story. One thing is for sure. Karice Bolton knows how to make you need more.

Gabby is one of those characters that takes a while to grow on you. She is in a bad mental place because of her mothers death, her brother leaving, and her father always being away. She has everything she wants, a great job, plenty of money, and a fantastic best friend, but it's hard to move past the things that have happened to her. She loses herself in her work, and wants control of everything in her life since so much in her past has been out of her control. I get that need that she has, but she did get a little irritating at times with not just going with things once in a while. She has been hurt, and still lives with the pain of loss in a number of ways, but I didn't like that she was so unwilling to let anyone in or do anything that she isn't completely in control of. She does learn to let go after a while and learns that things are beyond her control sometimes, and not all of it is bad. It just took her a while to get to that point. She is a forgiving, smart, and compassionate person though.

Jason was fantastic. I am usually a sucker for the guys in these types of stories, but he really deserves the praise. He is a bit on the arrogant side at first, but it's all in good nature. He doesn't come across as a tool. He builds custom motorcycles for a living, and doesn't really seem to care one way or another whether Gabby is into him or not. He is obviously interested, but he doesn't play her hard to get game. When they finally do become more, it's hard for him to tell his secrets about his past, but he is willing to open up. His past is devastating and a harsh reality too, but unlike Gabby, he doesn't let it control him. He has tried to move past things to the best of his ability. It doesn't mean he hurts any less, but he knows he can't fix things. He is sensible and smart, and has found a way to channel his hurt without trying shutting himself off from life.

Their chemistry was amazing and apparent right from the start. On that note, I do believe this was very insta-lovey. I am not a fan of how fast they become entangled in each others lives and fell for each other, but it did make for a great story packed full of emotion and some super steam and sexiness. There was a lot of back and forth that also started to wear on me, mostly from Gabby's end. There is a lot of drama involved, but it's the kind I like. It made their relationship very in depth in such a short time. They face a lot of challenges together, but I felt that it made their bond that much better.

The story was great and was able to keep me wanting more even though I could always tell what was coming. Others may not pick up on all of the things I did since I do tend to way over think things and can be too perceptive for my own good. I also though there was a lot of super tragic things that happened and it was almost overwhelming. I really loved all of the side characters in the story too and can't wait to learn more about them in future books. That brings me back to the MAJOR cliffhanger that the book ends on. I seriously need the next book almost as much as I need air. It totally leaves us hanging at a super intense moment. Gabby and Jason's story isn't what we are left wondering about though. That is pretty resolved at the end, but other things that are happening in the story are what we are left needing to know. This book was fabulous even with my knowing what was happening and my slight irritations at some of the things that happen. I will definitely be continuing this series!!





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

Book 2 in this series, Beyond Doubt will be available on 11/25/13 so the wait is not long if cliffhangers aren't your thing!! In the meantime, you can add it to your Goodreads shelf.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18807889-beyond-doubt?ac=1
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

Happy Monday!! I have an awesome cover reveal for you today! Seeking Her by Cora Carmack!! 

ABOUT SEEKING HER 

A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal. Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her,the more he wants her.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17873497-seeking-her?ac=1

I think this cover is really pretty. Much different than the other covers in this series, but still great!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves 76

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Hello my fabulous readers!! Another week, another fabulous haul!! The weather has been so up and down here, but this weekend was warm for this time of year!! I still also have my appreciation giveaway going on, so if you haven't entered you can find the link in my sidebar.

 


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Audiobook Blog Tour: Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard - Review and Giveaway


Hi lovelies!! Welcome to my tour stop for the audiobook of Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard. I have my review for you, and a tour giveaway!!

  • Publisher: Fantastic Press
  • Publish date: 08/08/13
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 8 hours and 26 minutes
  • Source: Audiobook provided by the publisher for blog tour
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A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth.  
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news...

Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.

Can Michael Chase team up with a beautiful but deadly MI6 agent to locate a lethal piece of Nazi technology that will save the world?



If you can't get enough of the action of Lee Child and Vince Flynn, the intrigue of Robert Ludlum, and the adventure of Clive Cussler and James Rollins, you are going to LOVE Lethal Circuit!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13631607-lethal-circuit?ac=1

My Thoughts

I don't read a lot of adult books in this genre anymore, but this one sounded really good, and having liked another book that I had listened to from this same author, I wanted to give it a try. I am really glad I did. I was instantly intrigued with the story and was looking forward to each chapter to discover what was really going on and how the different POV's all came together. This isn't the type of story that you can just kind of go with, you really do need to pay attention to things. I really liked that about it though. It had plenty of action, a bit of romance, a lot of secrets, and overall was just a really entertaining read. I loved getting to know what was going on through the multiple POV's and thought that it rounded out the story well.

The main character of the story is Michael, who is looking for his father in Hong Kong. His father is thought to be dead, but he wants to find out the truth. He never expects to discover the things that he does while he's there, much less fight for his life. He teams up with Kate, an agent who had worked with his father. Together they try to follow the clues to find his father and also some other secrets. He is tough and smart. He knows not to trust people easily, but he is also naive in some ways. I really liked him and enjoyed his journey. We get bits of his past and the type of relationship he and his father had and also get to see some changes in him as he goes through everything on this dangerous journey.

The other POV's are great too,  but I won't go into details since I don't want to go too much into the story. I will say that I really did like Mobi's POV and the part of the story that we get from him all the way on the other side of the work in California where he is trying to find a way to stop the Chinese Satellite from coming into the Earth's atmosphere. Since the satellite is made with old technology, it isn't easy to just hack into the system to re-route it or stop it. The story is really complex, but not confusing. It is quite the adventure to say the least. It's full of betrayals, conspiracies, and things that have been kept hidden and secret from long, long ago. Many people are trying to get to the bottom of things, while others are fighting hard, but smartly at keeping them secret no matter what the cost. It was hard to know who to trust or not. I kept second guessing myself  for the first half of the book.

The audio was good, but not fantastic. I think I would have really enjoyed the book more had I read it myself. The narrator did well, but I think this was more of a recording thing. I noticed that sometimes it seemed like it was recorded in a big empty room and you could almost hear the echoing of the empty space, or that the microphone was a little too sensitive. The narrator did well at the different voices, and the emotional aspect of the characters most of the time though. The only time I felt that it seemed a little boring or off was actually a romantic type scene. It was read as just words on a page. Not that I need any overly dramatic effects going or anything, but the narrator almost seemed bored with the scene it seemed. There were a few instances that it seemed that way, but in general I thought he was a fabulous narrator that I would listen to again.

This book was interesting and enjoyable. There is plenty of action to keep you entertained and just enough slower spots to let you really focus on what is going on. Not something for everyone, but what book is. If you enjoy books in this genre, I would definitely suggest this one. I really loved the science aspect of this, and the history. I thought that the way the history of it was brought into modern times was really awesome. I know I have been really vague about what this is all about, but with what is already said in the synopsis, I don't want to give anything more away. I am definitely a fan of this author and look forward to reading, or listening to more of his books. 


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


About the Author:
Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been
an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him
profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided
to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!

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