Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 
Series: (Between, #1)
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy 
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.


My Thoughts 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a dark, eerie, and enchanting read. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what I was going into when I picked up this one. All I knew was I wanted to read it. And, well, it really didn’t disappoint me.

This book had a great eerie, gothic feel to it, which really called out to my inner Poe. I love a good romance that has this dramatic darkness to it. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea really brought that.  But not only that, this book had a good twist, mystery, and a very unlikely male protagonist.
My heart started beating, faster, faster than it did when River kissed me. Nightmare fast. Running for your life fast. 
What I really want to talk about is the writing. Tucholke really has a unique way with words. She writes in almost a hypnotic way. The words flowed eerily and surreal. I think that is what really drew me into this book. The description she brings forth jumped into my mind in a gloomy, vivid way. Again, my inner Poe just loved that. And her description of the world she created was very intriguing.

Now, in all honest, I couldn’t really get a good grip on the characters. I did get a basic feel of them, more so about in the middle of the book, but I really felt there was so much more to them than Tucholke was writing. With that being said, I did enjoy the characters Tucholke created. Violet, though not the typical badass, kicks-your-ass-now, ask-questions-later heroine that I typically love, she was still an enjoyable character. She’s smart, and different. Very different from what I’m used to in female characters.

River West. I really did enjoy this character! He is definitely unique in his own way. I guess you can say he is also different than the fictional guys I tend of crush on. What I mean is that he isn’t good, but he isn’t bad either. He’s a definite mix of both. He had this edge that really made me see his character, and fall for him. Simply put, he is a seductive character.

The side characters also play their roles nicely throughout the book. Each one felt in place and like they belonged there. They were all pretty well-rounded. The romance between Violet and River, though at first felt rushed, didn’t really affect the story. It still felt natural, and was fun to read about. The buildup was also very nice.The ending, did felt a bit rushed. I hated that, but it did leave me curious and wanting more.
"If I ever disappear, please tell people that I ran after the Devil, trying to get my soul back.” 
The play of supernatural was very interesting. I loved Tucholke’s take on it. She made her supernatural element in her story believable and fun. Yet also unique and creepy.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was intriguing, held depth, mystery, twists I didn’t see coming, and a story that was dark, eerie and hauntingly captivating. I really did enjoy it, and I cannot wait for the next book.  I definitely recommend this one to those who enjoy a good dark, unique, and romantic read.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Quote of the Week: Kellie Elmore

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

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“Maybe Heaven will be a library. Then I will be able to finish my to-read list.”
― Kellie Elmore 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Sentinel (Covenant, #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

It's a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

Expected publication: November 2nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Press

*eye twitches* I NEED THIS ONE!!!!! NEED IT! Love this series to death, and even though I'm sad this one is the last book... I need it *grabby hands*

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Never Too Far (Too Far Trilogy, #2) by Abbi Glines

Title: Never Too Far
Series: Too Far Trilogy, #2
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 
He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him. Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.

What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

My Review:

Being back in the world Abbi created was nice. Though I was hoping Never Too Far was going to be a bit better than the first book, it really didn’t meet my expectations that much. I’m going to be straight. I’m kind of disappointed in this series. I have read other works by Abbi and loved them! I felt that she tried to rush this series a bit too much, and I could feel that.  
"You're my family."
Now, I definitely saw some growth in the characters, and I came to like them a little bit more. Blaire is still the bad ass chick I enjoyed in the first book, and it was nice being in her head again. She definitely is able to stand on her own two feet, despite what is going on around her.  And with everything that happens to her, I saw her get a bit stronger. However, at times, I did want to shake her.

In my review of the first book, I didn’t really show much love for Rush. Yes, he has the physique I love in fictional characters, but I couldn’t really fall for his character. However, I did start to enjoy him more. I guess that is because I got to read in his POV in this book. That allowed me to understand his actions in this book, and his actions in the first book.

Rush’s and Blaire’s relationship definitely starts to heat up, and I did enjoy that. But I felt that their relationship moved too fast for my liking, as I mentioned in my first review. But I do feel their relationship was somewhat more stable than in the first book. But again, they really get tested in many ways, relationship wise, and emotional wise, too. What ticked me off the most was the decisions that Rush made. That really made me want to shake his character, and slap some sense into him.  

There was also some side character that drove me crazy! Some that I really wish I could just bitch slap the hell out of them! 
“I don't just love her, she owns me. Completely. I'd do anything for her” 
Never Too Far definitely turns the series around when certain events unfold. And I was really proud of some of the decisions Blaire made. Though I could shake both Rush and Blaire, I have started to care for them more than I did in the first book. I still think that the relationship between Blaire and Rush is beautiful. But, hey, I’m a sucker for romance! 

Though this one felt a bit better than the first book, I still cannot fall in love with the series. No matter how much I wish I could.  It is still a good, emotional, and angst filled read though. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

BOOK PROMO: Hopeless For You by Hayden Hill

by Hayden Hill 
is now out!!



Ash Jensen, a squeaky-clean sophomore at the University of Tennessee, has a trail of baggage a mile long — she buried her fiancĂ© only a year and a half ago. She swore she'd never love again but when she finds herself interned to a yummy Canadian conservation officer that promise is tested big-time. Kade Gyllenhahl sports wild tattoos, a rebellious attitude and a fohawk to die for. He's definitely the wrong man for her and she knows it.

Kade doesn't have time for a girl like her. She's a pretentious, unreadable princess who lives her life by her parents' rules. Kade knows nothing about her past and he'd prefer to keep it that way. Besides, he'll lose his job if he sleeps with Ash. Now if only he could get his mind off her.

When the two of them end up alone and isolated on a routine field trip into the woods, things get a little complicated...

One man afraid of commitment. 
One woman afraid to love again. 
Two lives. 
Two hearts. 
One life-changing journey.

"You like vodka?" Kade said.

"What?" I glanced at him uncertainly. "That's kind of an odd question. From way out in left field."

"You're half Russian." He was staring at me intensely. "You must like vodka."

"Oh, no." I returned his gaze with equal intensity. Had he felt that tingle when our hands touched, too? Our conversation was all innocent on the outside but I could sense the sexual tension seething on the inside. Neither of us broke eye contact. He wasn't sitting all that far from me. It wouldn't take much to close the gap and wrap my lips around his. "I had vodka once when I was in tenth grade. Almost threw up. Scotch is more my thing."

"Scotch? That's a man's drink."

I shrugged, but didn't break eye contact. "Not really."

"Any preferred brands?" His voice sounded deeper, more sexual. I was starting to lose myself in those eyes.

"I don't know." My voice sounded strange, too. A little breathy. "All kinds of brands. I don't like Jack Daniels, though."

"That's not even scotch. That's whiskey."

"Same thing."

Kade stood up now and edged a little closer. His eyes never left mine. "How can you not like Jack Daniels? That's, like, a Tennessee institution. They make it there, don't they?"

"They do." My heart was beating fast. "But Collier and McKeel is more my thing."

"How do you know so much about all these drinks, anyway?" he said in that deep, slow voice. "The legal age is twenty-one in Tennessee."

I knew my eyes were broadcasting sheer want. He felt it. I'm sure he did, because his eyes fed that want right back at me. "I'm a delinquent."

"You are." He took another step closer. I could hear his breathing now. Deeper. Faster. "Collier and McKeel... remind me to let you try Seagram's 83 sometime. Canadians make the best whiskey. Perfect for a delinquent like you."

"I'm actually more of a wine person. At least I used to be." We were so close now, barely a hand-span away. Those green eyes never left mine, and consumed me.

"Wine? I can see that. I'd peg you as a fan of white. You speak Sauvignon Blanc?" The way he said those French words sounded so sexy.

"I speak champagne," I said huskily. "Dom Perignon makes the most amazing Cristal. White Gold is--" I choked off the words, feeling suddenly like I was drowning, and I turned away from Kade. I couldn't hold back the sudden tears.

After all this time, something so simple as the name of a drink still affected me. I almost hoped Kade would wrap his arms around me and carry me away from the horrors of the past and save me from the guilt, but when I looked at him I saw he'd retreated to the shade again. He was sitting on the log with his arms crossed, facing away from me, staring at the river.

About the Author: 

Hayden Hill is the author of HOPELESS FOR YOU. When not writing, publishing, and blogging, Hayden is busy cycling and taking pictures in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A romantic at heart, Hayden is always looking to take that one picture or write that one story that will move the world. Maybe someday.

If you live in Edmonton or will be visiting, feel free to drop Hayden an email and say hello--Hayden is always looking for an excuse to eat White Chocolate Cheesecake with readers :)

Goodreads: Hayden Hill 
Facebook: Hayden Hill Books 
Twitter: @HaydenHillBooks 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: (ARC) Unchained (Nephilim Rising, #1) by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armenrout)

(Nephilim rising #1)

J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Adult/ Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Romance

4.5 stars out of 5
Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything--and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.


 (ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review)

 My Thoughts              

Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again. She has swept me away with her amazing story telling, vivid characters, and the compelling worlds she creates. Yes, the Angel world, Nephilim and Fallen Angels has been done, a lot. But I felt that Jennifer brought a fresh new light into the angel world.

From the start I knew I was really going to enjoy this book. And let's be honest, I enjoy pretty much anything written by this chick! But nonetheless, JLA has added her own unique flair. A flair that captured me and took me on a great ride.

He touched her like he'd been starving to do so.
First, let's talk about characters. Unchained introduces a nice cast of characters. They were all interesting and played a great role within her story. And, in good ol JLA fashion, her heroines are flippin' tough chicks. Lily is a pretty hardcore, stubborn chick. And I loved her. Though she does battle a few things in the book, small and large alike, she's a strong and determined character.

And of course, a JLA book wouldn't be a JLA book without some smexy men. She definitely delivers a nice dosage of male hotness. First, there is Julian. Let's just say he took my breath away. Though I don't typically lean towards the blond hunks, I definitely did fall for him. He had just the right amount of cockiness I love, along with a side of heart stealing lines. Julian is another male I am so crushing on right now.

Now, as I mentioned, Jennifer delivers a nice dosage of male goodiness...male godliness...whatever. She introduced a few other characters that played amazing roles, and were also nice mind candy, too. I enjoyed that immensely. (I always love me some good mind candy).

I also loved the heat that was between Lily and Julian. Jennifer definitely gives her older fans a good dose of smexy. So, if you don't care for explicit sex scenes, I would be a bit weary reading this one. Unchained is definitely for the more adult JLA fandom. However, I enjoyed all the lovin'.

"What does a Fallen do with a virgin? Dear God, there are so many options."
Unchained is also told in third person POV. It switches between many characters. To be honest, I've never been a fan of third person, but Jennifer plays it out nicely. Giving great detail into, not only the character's personalities, but the world she created. Now, I do wish that the book focused more on Lily's POV. I just couldn't thoroughly enjoy all the alternating POVs.

The pacing in the book also flows nicely. Though it moves fast, I never got lost and it all felt natural. The action scenes also held my interest, which is rare. I tend to skim action scenes. The detail, as mentioned, was good. I was able to clearly see the world Jennifer painted and I was swept away with it. That being said, I loved Jennifer's take on the whole Angel, Nephilim world. Again, though it's been done before, she brought freshness to it.

Unchained was beautiful, unique, action packed, and intense. I simply loved it! I cannot wait for the rest of the story and to see what is going to happen next. I definitely recommend this book to older JLA fans, or those who love a good paranormal love story that gives you good twists, action, and a fresh take on an old story.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Quote of the Week: Lauren Myracle

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

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“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” 
― Lauren Myracle

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Meant for Her by Raine Thomas


Meant for Her
 A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Raine Thomas

Cover design by Regina Wamba of
Cover photos by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton of K Keeton Designs
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.

Coming October 17, 2013 

Check out For Everly on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and get to know some of the characters making appearances in Meant for Her!


About the Author: 

Raine Thomas is the author of bestselling YA and NA romantic fiction, including the award-winning Estilorian series. She’s a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Ways readers can connect with Raine:

Monday, September 16, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown, #1) by Carmen Jenner

Today I'm happy to be taking part of the cover reveal of an awesome fellow book blogger friend! This is her first  full length novel, and I cannot be happier to be able to spread the word of her book! 

Now on to the cover reveal!


Title: Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown #1)
Author: Carmen Jenner     
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Age Group: Intended for a mature 18+ audience, 
                                           contains profanity, violence and explicit sex scenes.
Cover Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Ana Belle never wanted anything more than to hang up her apron, jump on her Vespa and ride off into the sunset, leaving Sugartown in the dust.

Elijah Cade never wanted anything more than a hot meal, a side of hot arse and a soft place to lay his head at night where he could forget about his past.

 But you know what they say about wanting: you always want what you can’t have.

Nineteen year-old virgin Ana is about to discover that’s not quite true because a six foot three, hotter than hell, tattooed, Aussie sex god just rode into town. He’s had a taste of her pie and he wants more– no really, Ana bakes pies for a living, get your mind out of the gutter.

She’d be willing to hand over everything tied up in a big red bow, there’s just one problem; Elijah has secrets dirtier than last week’s underwear. Secrets that won’t just break Ana’s heart, but put her life at risk, too. When those secrets come to light, their relationship is pushed to breaking point.

Add to that a psychotic nympho best friend, an overbearing father, a cuter than humanly possible kid brother, a wanton womanizing cousin, the ex from hell and more pies than you could poke a ... err ... stick ... at.

And you thought small towns were boring.

Welcome to Sugartown.

*Content Warning. Intended for a mature 18+ audience. Contains explicit sex, violence, oodles of profanity and a crap-tonne of AWKWARD. *


About the Author:

Carmen Jenner lives on the far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia with her partner, their two awesome kids and her Chihuahua Pikelet. Her interests include: books, cupcakes, biker boys, naughty faeries, zombies and things with fangs. She’s the author of Book Me! a book review site and is currently working hard on some super scintillating, sekrit squirrel project that you'll be dying to read.

Her short story: What Goes Around, was published in Crooked Cat Publishing's

Fear: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror October 3, 2012.

Her sexy debut New Adult Contemporary novel, Welcome to Sugartown, is set for release November 3, 2013

She will be appearing as a panelist at UtopYA 2014

Carmen despises talking about herself in the third person but LOVES hearing from Authors, Publishing Houses, and fellow Bloggers and can be found at the following places:


Review: Breaking Nova (Nova, #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Breaking Nova
Series: Nova, #1
Author: Jessica Sorenson
Category:Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*I received  this book from NetGalley for an honest review*
Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

*MATURE 18+*

My Review:

This book wowed me. It was intense, emotional, and brought out all my feels. Right from the start, I became addicted to Breaking Nova and its characters. Jessica told a heartbreaking, yet inspiring story, one I just eat up. 

Breaking Nova deals with some heavy issues, and honestly, I didn't know that when I started reading. But despite the heaviness of some of the situations that are in the book, Jessica wrote it all beautifully. She told an amazing story of heartache, grief, overcoming the odds, and hope. 
Happiness looks so beautiful on his face
The characters really made this book. Each one took me by surprise. Nova is a strong character (though at first, it may not seem like it), and that is what drew me in. Now, not to spoil anything, but Nova definitely deals with some heavy issues. Things happened to her that would drastically affect anyone. She is trying to overcome and move on with what happened to her, but she kind of goes down the wrong path. What I loved so much about her is she realizes she’s on a downward spiral and she turns her life around. That is when her strength really shows through.

While Nova is in her downward spiral, she meets a kindred spirit of sorts. Quinton. Like Nova, Quinton has a few demons of his own. He's dealing with a few of his own heavy issues. I really felt for Quinton. His pain is deep, and he’s story broke my heart. But unlike Nova, Quinton’s path is very different, and he thinks he deserves the pain he feels. That made me love his character. And I can't wait for the next book to see just where he is. 
It's like she wants to be sad, which makes me want to make her happy, maybe then I could make up for some of the sadness I put in the world.
Both Nova and Quinton have this instant attraction to each other. And I could feel it coming right off the pages. I enjoyed them together and in a way they helped one another. Also being able to read from both of their POVs was amazing!! I really got an in-depth aspect as to what happened to them, why they felt the way they did, and why they are on the path they are on. 

The pacing of the book was just right. And I was really able to connect with the characters on an emotional level. I wanted both Quinton and Nova to overcome the trails they were facing. Jessica’s writing was also very beautiful, and she really captured her story well. This book really focuses on the saying, that every decision we make has a consequence. Jessica really points that out in her book, and takes that saying to a whole new level. How your decision or someone else’s decision can change your life forever. 

I also have to mention the ending. Let’s just say that it ripped my heart out! I know that I will have to continue this series. I am fully invested in the story and its characters. 

Breaking Nova is a gritty, cutting-edge dark world, filled with heartbreak, intense emotions, but also filled with hope and love.  I definitely recommend this book to those who love an emotional read, one that you can get completely invested in. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Quote of the Week: Gustave Flaubert

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 


The quote I chose for this Quote of the Week means a lot to me. 
It's one I have always held close to my heart :) 

Quote of the Week:

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” 
― Gustave Flaubert

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday :Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton...until she meets him and he confounds all her expectations with his seductive vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to create and build a healthy, stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The few who can pay.

Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, anxious for the land in New Eden, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia. What chance do they have? Saba must act. And be willing to pay the price.

Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

I adored the first and second book, and I cannot wait to see what is going on with Jack and Saba! This is one intense dystopian read!  

What are you waiting on?