Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review: Indelible (The Twixt, #1) by Dawn Metcalf

Title: Indelible
Series: The Twixt, #1
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Category: Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

* I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review

My Review: 

This is my first book by Dawn Metcalf that I have read, and now I just keep asking myself why I haven’t read anything else by her, she is pretty amazing. And Indelible really showed me a book that can take you in a world that is pretty unbelievable.  Indelible was this dark, creepy, and spine-chilling book. One I just couldn't put down. 

Though the book is written in 3rd person, something very hard for me to get into, Dawn made her book very captivating. Quite literally, I was sucked into the world she created immediately.  There was also this mystery vibe and twist to it that sucked me in, too. Though I did figure some of it out, it was still a thrill to read. I think Dawn did wonderful in creating these worlds were the ‘normal’ world is living alongside this very different, magical, and creepy world. I found the creatures, and the roles they play amazing. And the twists she added to old myths interesting. 
A large palm pressed flat against the glass, thick fingers ending in points. There were only four of them. The hand flexed and dropped into darkness, but the eyes were still there, burning.

She couldn't be seeing what she was seeing.
I found Joy to be a very likable MC. She had that spunk, that strength in her, the never give up attitude, that I admire in my heroines.  Though she did become very comfortable with the dark world she was thrust into, a bit too fast for me, she was still a fun character to get to know. 

Ink was a character that took me a bit to warm up to. But despite that I really enjoyed his role, and the way he interacted with Joy.  Seeing them together really warmed my heart, and out of all the characters, he definitely had the most character development. I
cannot wait to see where Dawn will take his character. 

Inq, to be honest, was just one character I could not warm up to that much. Though her and Ink are very unique creations, and their roles brilliantly intertwined in Dawn’s story, I didn't really enjoy her that much. I also hope to see more of the side characters later on! 

What I really loved was the world that Dawn created. It was dark and very alluring. The creatures that she creates and the old mythology creatures that she intertwined with her story was just awesome. I enjoyed that the most out of the book. Though, to be honest, I am a bit confused on how the whole Twixt world co-exists with humans and the role of both Ink and Inq.  
She turned her head and kissed him. He kissed her back, worshiping her closeness with soft lips and warm skin, his hands kneading her back and clenching her hair. 
The pacing was right to my liking, and I didn't feel that the book dragged. Indelible starts right in the center, or turning point, of the conflict in the book, and I enjoyed that.

Indelible took me to a world filled with amazing yet creepy creatures. Some I enjoyed encountering while others, not so much. I simply loved getting lost in the pages of this book, fighting alongside the characters, and entering in a world full of really weird things. And I cannot wait for  more of Ink and Joy!





COVER REVEAL: Exception by Patty Maximini

   

  Title: Exception
  Author: Patty Maximini 
  Expected release: October 24, 2013 
  Genre: Contemporary Romance 
  Age Group: Adult 
  Cover designed by: Okay Creations  
With her life packed in boxes in the back of a U-Haul truck and a promise to her sister, Charlotte, that she’d find a way to let go and be happy, Emily crossed the country to escape the haunting memories of her past.

As she settles into her new life, Emily holds true to her promise and begins to open her walls to those around her and overtime, she selectively begins to trust again. However, some wounds are too great to overcome, and between her recurring nightmares and her fear of even the slightest physical contact, she wonders if she will ever heal completely.

In walks Taylor, a handsome out of towner, with his own past to overcome. Against all odds, an undeniable special friendship forms almost instantly between the two. Not minding his company or touch, Emily is jolted into realization that he is her healing, her strength, her protection and her escape from her daunting past.

He is her exception.



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   About the Author:




I’m Patty, and words have always been a passion of mine. I’ve always loved to read them, write them and learn them in other languages. Last year, I’ve decided to take that passion and turn it into a book, the result was Exception, my very first novel due this October. Whenever I’m not sitting behind my computer, I’m either enjoying the company of my dear hubby, Alex, and our four four-legged babies or reading. I’m a firm believer in long hand written letters, love of any kind and good stories.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Searching For Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Today Nyrae Dawn and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, which releases on March 4, 2014. Also enter below for a paperback of the book or an eBook!

On to the reveal!

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Title: Searching For Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date:  March 4, 2014

Blurb:
Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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Excerpt



     Searching For Beautiful


     Christian looks at me. I wait for a smart-aleck reply or a smile but get neither. Just his blue eyes sucking me in like a whirlpool. “That’s what I thought you would say. So you just have to keep fighting for it. Keep fighting to get it back.”

     My eyes won’t leave his and his won’t leave mine. And he’s cute. God, he’s so cute, I just want to focus on his cuteness. I want that to be all that matters. When his hand comes up and cups my cheek, I gasp. He brushes his thumb under my eye and licks his lips and I’m frozen and on fire and close to having a heart attack and anxious all at the same time.

     Slowly, he leans forward and I know he’s giving me time. And my heart is leaping and I want to feel his lips. This is Christian. The boy who asked me to dance. The boy I ran to my mom about and told her that I loved. And now he’s my friend. The first person who has made me feel normal since everything happened.

     But I’m so scared. Scared of messing it up. Scared he’ll decide he doesn’t want me. Scared of losing him. Of getting hurt.

     He gets closer and I smell his sweet, sugary scent. See his mouth and wet lips and that hair I want to touch.

     See the one person besides Emery who I have. The one person I can’t lose. “Wait,” I say and Christian stops moving. He’s still close. So very, very close that his lips are only an inch away from mine. “I’m scared,” I admit.

     “I won’t hurt you.”

      And I swear a part of me believes him. Maybe all of me. But how do I know if that’s the right decision or not?

     He runs his hand down my face and touches my hair. Love that he’s not nervous to do it the way I am with him and I watch his fingers, brown against my red hair.

    “Go out with me, Bryntastic. Let’s go do something this weekend. Don’t keep running. I won’t even try to kiss you again unless you tell me to. Or I’ll wait for you to do it. Just let go. Live.”

    His words are what I want. I want them so badly and they sound so perfect that it’s hard not to just scream, “Yes!” right now. “Why?” I ask him. “Why are you so nice to me?”

    I love his strength. Love that he doesn’t even hesitates before saying, “Because you were my first crush. Because I used to watch you conqueror anything and used to listen to you laugh with your friends. You were happy and I loved your smile. Because I had to work up the courage to ask you to dance and I did, and then I left and the one thing I missed was that smile. I watched my sister lose hers and watched my family fall apart and when I came back here? I wanted to see your smile again. Because you’re beautiful when you smile and you’ve lost it now. I want you to conquer this because what the hell is the purpose in it all if the first girl I ever danced with loses her smile?”

    I don’t realize I’m crying until Christian wipes my tears. “You think I’m beautiful?”


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About Nyrae Dawn:



Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

She writes for Entangled Publishing, Grand Central Publishing and is self-published.

Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Today Jenny Trout and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for SUCH SWEET SORROW, which releases on February 4, 2014. Also enter below for a paperback of the book or an eBook!
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Title: Such Sweet Sorrow
Author: Jenny Trout
Publication Date:  February 4, 2014

Blurb:
Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…


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Excerpt for Such Sweet Sorrow:


Prologue



       Two figures, both alike in stature and purpose, ducked beneath a bridge in Verona. The swollen river made mud of its banks. The men slid and fought against it, their torches flickering.

     "Let's turn back, Romeo," Friar Laurence urged, pushing down the hood of his rough brown robe. "Can we not let poor Juliet rest in peace?"

     The younger man fixed his friend with a critical eye. "Peace? My Juliet knows no peace, only eternal torment. She took her own life, and that is my fault."

     They pressed on, Romeo's steps becoming more determined the weaker his limbs grew. The poison that had incapacitated him, but not killed him, had ravaged his body. Tonight, he traveled farther beyond his father's walls than he’d dared since the night he'd returned to Verona. Even though the prince had lifted his banishment, the streets still felt unfriendly. A truce had been called between Montague and Capulet there were plenty of young men who would like nothing more than to avenge their kin by killing Romeo.

     Their destination lay far from the city center, in a small encampment of hovels beside the river. Faces peeked from behind tattered curtains as Romeo and Laurence traversed the narrow lanes between the dilapidated buildings, coming finally to the very wall of the city itself. It was at this border that they found the strega.

     Her door was painted red, surrounded by talismans on long chains that hung from the recessed arch. Romeo ducked beneath a dried and crumbling chicken's foot and brushed aside a crudely shaped metal eye.

     "I go no further." Friar Laurence backed away from the threshold, crossing himself. "Romeo, I warn you, this is a fearful path you tread. Your soul will be lost to darkness. You will perish in the flames of hell, I beg you not to do this."

     "I am already in hell." Romeo pushed open the door and stepped inside.

      The interior of the witch's house was hot. It smelled of earth and the wood-like scent of herbs not used for cooking. A bent shape stood before the hearth, where a sulfurous cauldron bubbled. Romeo covered his nose and coughed.

     "Ah, I was expecting a visitor this night." The strega lifted her head, the veil of coins that obscured her face tinkling like fairy bells. "Your man of God could not dissuade you?"

     "Nothing will dissuade me." Even as he said it, his doubtful eyes took in the squawking black bird in the cage near the fire, the jars and bottles lining the shelves, murky objects floating in their slimy depths. "Benvolio told me you can communicate with the dead. He said you made him a charm to ward off attacks by ghosts."

     The strega shuffled across the room, her coins and jewelry clattering. She pointed a bony finger at a chair, and bade Romeo sit. "You are unwell. Poison, was it?"

     "Poison, yes." He could still taste the bite of it, still feel the stinging numbness in his veins. The physical evidence of it lay under his clothes, the dark stain of dying flesh spreading still, a little more each day. "Not enough."

     "That’s because you went to an apothecary," the strega sniffed. "If you want poison to kill a man dead, you must see a witch."

     "I'll... remember that. In the future." Romeo clasped his hands and rested his elbows on his knees. "I came to you for knowledge of the dead. I will pay whatever it takes."

     "The price depends on the knowledge." She rummaged through a trunk and produced a large, black bowl. Setting it on the floor, she reached into her clothes—it seemed she wore layers upon layers of tattered fabrics, in all shades and thickness—and withdrew a vial. The sight of it winking in the light caused something to recoil inside Romeo. Too recently, he had held a similar vessel.

     Then everything had gone so wrong...

     "What do you wish to know?" the strega asked, emptying the thick, black liquid into the bowl.

     "My love, Juliet—" his voice trembled at her name, and he took a moment to repress his anguish.

     "It was her you drank poison for." The strega swirled the liquid in the basin. "I see her." 

     "How do you know it's her?" He leaned forward, peering into the dish. He saw nothing but his own reflection.

     "The same as you know the sun rises in the east. I simply know." She clucked softly behind her veil of coins. "Bound to you by the thread of holy matrimony. A secret wedding."

     Romeo swallowed back unexpected tears. "Yes, she was my... she was my wife."

     It still sounded strange to his ears. A wife was something an older man had, a man like his father. He could not imagine being so old. Perhaps that had been the poison's cruelest jest, to let him believe his life would end in the vigor of his youth, only to return him with none of that youth left in body or mind. 

     "The young are foolish and brash." The witch's tone softened. "Black of hair, brown of eye. As fair as any maid from Verona."

     "Fairer," he corrected her, his hand clenching to a fist. His nails bit into his palm as he struggled to hold back his tears. "Is she happy?"

     The strega considered a moment, drawing one finger across the surface of the liquid. When she brought her hand away, it shone wet and red. "No. She is in despair. That is all I can see."

     His heart squeezed tightly. He couldn't find his breath. He had hoped to hear that she was in a better place, as friar Laurence had assured him so many times. "There must be some way to assuage her grief. Some way to tell her—"

     "Her eyes and ears are as closed as any dead woman's. Whatever torments her will torment her for eternity." There was no comfort to be had from the strega's voice. She reached out one gnarled hand, palm up. "If that is all—"

     "It is not all!" Romeo shot to his feet, placing his hand on the dagger at his side. He did not have the strength to use it, but the witch couldn't know that. "You know dark magic. You can bring her back."

     Slowly, the strega unhooked her veil, letting the net of coins fall to her lap. Her face was as aged and withered as her hands. One eye protruded grotesquely, a milky blue, while the other, shrewd and black, fixed on him. "I no longer do such magic."

     "But it can be done?" Romeo asked, and when she nodded, he unsheathed his knife and prodded her knobby chin with the point. "Then you had better do it, witch."

     The old woman did not tremble in fear of him. She grabbed the blade and pushed it away; it felt as though he cut himself instead of her. He dropped the dagger and stepped back, cursing as blood coursed down his arm from the slice that split his palm. Faster than he could have anticipated, the old witch grabbed his wrist and jerked his hand over the basin, letting his blood fall into it.

     "I no longer work such magic," she repeated, swirling the blood in the bowl with her fingertip. "But there are others. To bring someone back, first you must find them. Are you prepared to walk with devils, boy?"

      He nodded, his quick breaths flaring his nostrils.

     "Are you willing to brave serpents and fire, to fight the keepers of the dead and hear ghosts speak?" She pushed his hand away. At once, the blood on his palm stopped flowing, and the wound sealed itself, burning with invisible fire. He gasped and clutched his hand, watching with horror as the old witch's good eye rolled back in her head and she called out words he did not understand.

     In the bowl, the liquid lightened, then glowed and turned an unearthly blue. A maelstrom formed in the shallow basin, and lightning crackled on its surface. All the while, the old woman chanted and howled, until the room filled with a spectral wind that seemed to originate inside the blue light. The bird screamed in its cage, and jars and bottles rattled and broke on their shelves.

     The surface of the liquid rose in waves capped with frothy blue. As the peaks grew higher, the aquamarine light faded, leaving only a bubbling, roiling fount of blood rising as tall as Romeo himself. The burbling red took shape, into a form so familiar that Romeo at once recoiled from it and yearned to touch it.

     His Juliet stood before him, or at least, the shape of her, frozen in blood, monochromatic crimson, but unmistakably her. Thick chains bound her across her neck, her waist, manacles clasped her wrists. Her eyes were the worst of all, open, bloody, blank and unseeing, yet somehow still accusing. Still hating him, for having let her go before him.

     "I'm so sorry," he whispered, his throat raw with emotion. He reached for her, knowing it a foolish thing to have done before his fingertips brushed her bloody cheek.

     The vision of Juliet opened its mouth impossibly, terribly wide and a bone withering scream burst from her at the same time the vision burst, raining blood over the room. 

     The strega braced herself with her ancient hands on either side of the bowl, and lifted her head, the blood running in rivulets down her face. "You must go north. You will find the man who can help you there."

     "North?" He conjured up a map in his mind. "Grezzana?"

     "Farther." The strega pushed up from the floor, righting herself. She looked smaller somehow, more fragile than fearsome.

    "Erbezzo?"

     The eyebrow over her good eye arched in exasperation. "Farther. Farther than you have ever traveled. Over the mountains, to a castle by the sea. The seat of a murdered king."

     He opened his mouth to speak, but she cut him off. "I know no more. In payment, I ask only that you never darken my door again." She lifted the dagger from the floor. He reached for it, and she threw it, so that the blade stuck in the lintel. At once, her terrible, craggy face transformed, her skin going smooth and youthful, her spider web hair turning to glossy black silk. She narrowed her eyes, no longer milky but deep black, and pointed to where the dagger quivered in the wood. 

     "Leave it. Let its absence remind you never to cross a sister of the fortunes again."

     When Romeo emerged, Friar Laurence rose to his feet, the worry that creased his brow relented only a bit. "I heard such howling, I thought you must surely be in the grips of the devil himself."

     "No devils here." Romeo made no mention of the dagger. It embarrassed him now, to think he had threatened a woman so powerful. 

     "To find those, I must go north."


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About Jenny Trout:



Jenny Trout is a writer, blogger, and funny person.

Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abigail Barnette.

When she's not writing, she's sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.

She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to murder her.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Deception ( (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine


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



Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.



But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive. 

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray





What are you waiting on?



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: Strength (Mark of Nexus, #1) by Carrie Butler

Strength
(Mark of Nexus, #1)

Carrie Butler

New Adult/ Paranormal/ Romance

4 stars out of 5
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.

Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…

Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.

They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.


*Upper YA/New Adult*


My Thoughts 

I loved this book! Yes, I really, really did! It was such a different kind of paranormal read, one I haven’t really encountered before.  From the first page I was sucked in, I couldn't put this book down.  Now, I haven’t really read any New Adult paranormal kind of books before, so all I can say now is, I want more! Strength was amazing. It was gripping and thrilling, yet sweet and beautiful. It’s a book world I would love to get lost in again and again.

Carrie created, in my opinion, a very interesting and unique book.  She took her own mythology and intertwined it stunningly into her own story, creating a world exclusively its own.  Then she added a spunky female, a dark yet sweet guy with some special talents. A dash of supernatural. A twist of mystery. And bam, magic! A book that I still can’t get out of my head even after days of finishing it.
 “Are you hugging the lamp post?” 
Rena was one spunky girl, which is why I enjoyed her so much. But not only is she spunky, she’s a girl who owns up to her own words, and if she makes a mistake, she’s not afraid to fix it. She had her flaws, but she tried her best to do what was right. That made her feel even more like a real person, not just a character in a book. Rena also proved to be strong, and to be there for the ones she loves and cares about, I really liked that about her.

Now! I get to talk about Wallace! Oh, I really, really (seriously) loved this character. I don’t know if it was his ‘strength’ his personality-shy and a bit tortured- but I really enjoyed everything about him. Yes, he is a bit of a tortured soul, but that gives Wallace his depth. Being who he is, and having to live with what he is makes Wallace, to me, a strong character in many ways.  And seeing him struggle with everything just made me wish I could hug him!

One character did get on my nerves, and I just have to vent about. Gabby. She was, to me, that annoying friend who you just wanna shake or probably slap. Though she meant good, Gabby just ended up being annoying. Hopefully in the next book she’ll have grown and become more of a less self-centered kind of girl.

Another character that made this book, and took me by surprise, would have to be Cole. Wallace’s brother.Now, this character definitely went through a transformation in the book. At first, I thought I was not going to like him, especially when he pulled a certain stunt. But low-and-behold Cole became a character I just adored.  I wasn't sure if I could forgive for what he done, but his true personality pulls you in, and captures you! Plus that humor of his!
“All because I fell in love with a madman.” 
I loved the characters (most of them), I enjoyed the story-line and I was sucked into the world of Strength.  Though sometimes the situations didn't feel natural, or that the characters didn't reaction in a way that felt normal, this was an amazing read! The pacing was done wonderful, and I saw some amazing character development in most of the characters.  I fell head-over-heals in love with Rena and Wallace’s struggle and love. I’m also very intrigued by how Carrie’s supernatural/mythology mix she put within her story.

I couldn't get enough of Strength, and days after finishing it, the story and characters still consumed my thoughts. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of the New Adult genre who also love a good paranormal mix and romance! 








Monday, July 22, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7/22/2013


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
 Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading:



Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT


Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen


I'm really enjoying this one!  


What are you reading??




Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1) by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths
(Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

K. A. Tucker

New Adult/ Contemporary/ Romance

5 stars out of 5
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

*Mature: 17+*


My Thoughts

This was an amazing, emotional, heart tugging read! Ten Tiny Breaths had me all over the place, though the book made my heart hurt, I loved every second of it.  It was touching, brilliant, heartwarming, heartbreaking, beautiful, and it took me on quite a journey.

K. A. Tucker created a book that really tests a reader’s emotional state. Literally.  Ten Tiny Breaths deals with some heavy issues. The two main characters, well, they have a past. And those issues really tested me emotionally. I felt so much for these characters. I feel in love with them, cheered them on and hoped for the best for them. I became invested in the characters wholeheartedly. And when that happens, well, you know you found a great book!
“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.” 
Kacey was definitely a female character I immediately liked. She has the smart ass personality, yet she is strong. Though it did take her awhile to really become that strong character.  Now, Kacey had a very tragic experience a few years ago, one that left her completely different.  She basically closed her heart to others, and the only person that matters, to her, is her younger sister.  Even though, Kacey struggles through the book, in the end she really overcomes her past demons, she is able to stands on her own two feet. I definitely admired her, and the great character development she went through.

I also enjoyed her younger sister, Livie. After everything that happens to Kacey, she stands by her sister’s side.  Livie proved to be a wonderful character, a great support for her sister. I also can’t wait to read her book.

Now, there is a guy named Trent in this book, and he is a wonderful character.  He is another character whose past isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Like Kacey, Trent is dealing with some heavy issues. And when he and Kacey meet, let’s say things take an interesting turn for both characters. Trent really brought out very “hot” emotions in Kacey, I really enjoyed that these two characters had such an intense reaction to each other. Though, he doesn’t always play the “good” guy, I really did like Trent’s character. He definitely went through some amazing development in the story, too.

There was also a great supporting cast of characters. Some I really came to love and enjoy! 

Throughout the book, I was really able to feel the character’s emotions. That really helped me understand and sympathize for them.  The author did a great job in allowing me to really get into Kacey’s head.  It was a wonderful, if not emotional, experience.  There were times I had to book this book and take deep cleansing breaths before I could move on. It was just so emotional at times!!  

The only thing was that I kind of  was able to predict a few things in the book, draw a few conclusions on some things. But even though I was able to figure a few events out, the book still took me by surprise!  When the bottom dropped, even though I knew it would, I was still left surprised and overwhelmed.
“I'll make you whole again, Kacey. I promise you, I will.” 
Ten Tiny Breaths was an amazing, intense, emotional read. It had a great element to it, good pacing, and incredible story building. I loved the characters and enjoyed watching them grow.  I loved that this book made me experience so many emotions.  All in all, Ten Tiny Breaths was a great read. A book I am so glad I finally picked up!  

I definitely recommend this New Adult book if you love to get lost in a story that’ll test your emotions. Take you on a ride that will leave you with your own world turned upside down.