Friday, December 27, 2013

Quote of the Week: J.K. Rowling



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 don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling



 


Sunday, December 22, 2013

25 Days of Book Boyfriends: Ethan Harris ~ Interview and Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the 25 Days of Book Boyfriends hosted by Readers Live A Thousand Lives, Lovin Los Libros, and Starbucks & Books Obsession.  

Thanks for stopping by my stop on 25 Days of Book Boyfriends Tour! Today I have a special guest, Ethan Harris from the Brightest Kind of Darkness series. Ethan is one hunk of a guy and stole my heart from the moment he appeared! Keep reading to find my personal interview with Ethan and a few unknown facts about him! He really is one wonderful book boyfriend!

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My Interview with the swoony Ethan : 
Ethan pushes off his black Mustang’s car door, his broad frame blocking the morning sunlight as Magen gets out of her car.

"Thanks for meeting me here for the interview, Magen.” Tugging his hands from his jean pockets, he holds the cafe’s door for her.

“I thought we’d meet here, since it’s not far from where I need to pick up Nara’s Christmas gift. And, if you’re anything like my girlfriend when it comes to coffee, it’ll quickly become a favorite place too.”


Magen glances at the steaming cappuccino logo on the Brick Cafe’s huge picture window and grins as she walks inside. “Are you kidding me? It’s morning and there’s coffee. ‘Nuff said.”

Ethan chuckles and pulls a chair out for her at a table next to the window. “I suppose.”

Unbuttoning her coat, she sits down. “Awww, such a gentleman.”

Pushing his black Henley shirt sleeves back, he waves to the waitress before he takes a seat across from her. “What? I don’t look like the gentlemanly type?”


Magen’s gaze shifts from his serious expression to the dragon tattoo that snakes up his left forearm, and then to infinity yin-yang raven tattoo along his right wrist. “Well, you’re definitely an edgier version.” A wide smile spreads across her face.

“In a good way, of course.”


Ethan starts to speak, but waits until the waitress takes Magen’s order. As the girl walks away, he says, “I might come across intense and on-edge, but I’m a very traditional guy when it counts.”

Magen’s gaze tracks after the retreating waitress, then back to him, her brow furrowed. “Wait? You’re not getting any?” “I don’t drink coffee.”


“Really?” Her blonde eyebrows shoot up. “What wakes you up in the mornings?”

“You mean other than the nightmares I have every night?” A slight smirk. “I guess you could say adrenaline gets me going every morning.”


“Er, good point.” Clearing her throat, she tucks a strand of long blond hair behind her ear. “But at least now you know why you have them. That has to be a relief.”

Ethan runs a hand through his short dark hair and nods. “There is that.” Once the waitress sets Magen’s latte down in front of her, Ethan puts some cash on top of the bill she’d left behind.

“You don’t have to do that,” Magen starts to say, but by the stubborn look on Ethan’s face, she realizes arguing with him will be pointless. Instead, she thanks him as she thinks about how he’d held the door for her and her chair too. “You really are very traditional.”


Ethan nods and gives a wry half-smile. “Even down to the fact I only know how to cook one thing well.”

Magen takes a sip of her latte. “Yeah, what’s that?”

“Omelets.”

“Omelets?”

“Yep, I make a mean omelet.”


Magen giggles. “Good to know. Have you made Nara an omelet yet?”

“Nope. Haven’t had a chance to, but one day I’ll share my omelet awesomeness with her.”

“You two really are wonderful together. I’m glad you both finally figured that out. Would Nara be surprised to learn you can cook an omelet?"

He snorts in amusement. “Probably. There are still some things she doesn’t know about me.”

Magen’s eyes turn expressive behind her cup as she takes another sip. “And I’m sure there are things you don’t know about her too.”


His brows pull together for a brief second, then settle. “Maybe, but I guess that’s what being in a relationship is all about, discovering new things about each other.”

“Oh, I agree. So what’s something else Nara doesn’t know about you?”

Teasing flickers in his blue eyes. “Let’s just say there's some ink she hasn’t discovered on me yet.”

Magen’s face lights up. “You have a tattoo she hasn’t seen?”


“You could say that,” he says, his lips lifting in a secret smile.

Barely containing her squeal of delight, she leans across the table and whispers, “What is it? Where is it?”


Ethan shakes his head. “That’s for Nara to discover. I’m looking forward to the day she does.”

Slightly disappointed, Magen leans back in her seat with a resigned sigh. “I knew you weren’t going to tell.” Setting her cup on the table, she slowly turns it between her fingers. “So what’d you get Nara for Christmas?"

Ethan leans forward a bit, excited. “It took some time to decide on the perfect gift, but I’m glad I finally did.”

Magen spins her hand in a circle. “And? What are you getting her?”

He chuckles. “You’ll find out when she opens it.”

Pouting, she huffs, “You’re a terrible tease.”


Ethan smiles broadly, casting her a pleased, sinful look. “We all have to be good at something.”

Magen’s stomach bottoms out. She’d heard about Ethan’s bone-melting smile, but hadn’t prepared herself for it. “Ummm.” She shakes her head to slow her thumping heart and re-engage her brain.

“Is there anything else you’d like to share with the people who’ll be reading this interview later?”


“Just that you’ll want to stay tuned. Nara and I…” He pauses and glances out the window. Slight worry lines crease his brow, but the deep love shining in his gaze is all she can see.

“We’ve been through a lot and my gut’s telling me we’ll have new challenges ahead, but this time around…whatever's coming, we’ll face it together."

Randoms Facts about Ethan: 


Likes:
Southern Rock
Beef
Ginger Ale
Nutella and Peanut Butter mixed

Talents:
Art/Drawing
Music/Guitar, Apparently also singing, but I prefer not to
Soccer
Sword play  Ha!
Finding ways to be alone with Nara

Not particularly good at:
Patience
Sitting still
Waiting (see patience and sitting still above)
Sleeping well

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***Giveaway***

-One winner will receive one eBook copy (any format) of Destiny by P.T. Michelle
-US only
-Will run until January 1st
-Winner will be chosen  through rafflecopter and contacted via email
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Quote of the Week: Cassandra Clare



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:


“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel




Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Category: Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


   

 My Thoughts  

Now, I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now and I’m so happy I have finally gotten to it! Throne of Glass was such a great fantasy read! It was filled with adventure, kick ass fighting scenes, a great amount of romance, mystery, and a dash of forbidden magic.  This one definitely had a wonderful high fantasy theme to it, with just the right elements thrown into the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Sarah Maas’s world!
“Names are not important. It's what lies inside of you that matters.” 
The characters were just a wonderful part of this story. They made it better-rounded and added a great element to the already exhilarating atmosphere.  For those who have read this book, it goes without saying that Celaena is by far one of the most kick-ass heroines ever. And she made the story really compelling. Now, I have a strong feeling she is much more than what she portrays and the true meaning of her existence and evolvement is much bigger. Celaena is a powerful girl, and though despite being a smart, dangerous assassin, she is very much a young woman. I enjoyed that dynamite to the story.  She could kill someone then go home and curl up with a nice book,  that just screams awesome! I did see a lot of growth in her, especially from the beginning of the book to the end. And I know I cannot wait to see just who she really is!

As stated, this book has a world filled with wonderful characters; Dorian and Choal, are another pair that made this story interesting. They also bring in that love-triangle element, and I usually hate that; however, that is so not the case for this book. The emotional conflict is well-built and clearly described. And I could really see the emotional turmoil that Celaema feels.

Dorian, the very brave and hot prince, was an enjoyable character. I liked that he wasn’t an ego manic kind of character and despite his position, he was a down to earth. However, it was Choal that made me all happy and girly sigh. He had that rugged outlook and appeal. Both are strong determined characters and I enjoyed that so much. This also leads to what team am I on. Team Choal all the way! Though Dorian brought a different romantic atmosphere and challenge for Celaena (and he is pretty dreamy), something about Choal just made me like him a bit more than Dorain.

Both Choal and Dorian are interesting, sexy, characters and both bring different emotions and responses out of Celaena; however, I felt that it was Choal that really challenges her in the right way. He brings out the better part of her. And though she does lean towards Dorain in the beginning, all I felt between then was more of a smitten romance. I could feel that just under the surface, Choal has a bigger hold on Celaena, I do hope I’m right.

There were many other characters, both good and evil, that brought a great element to the story. Each added a challenge for Celaena or a comfort that she needed. And like Celaena I saw growth in a lot of them, Choal and Dorain included. Each character felt real and very much believable in the role they played. 

The environment and world that Maas created was in-depth and described beautifully. I enjoyed the forbidden, suppressed magical element to the book, the struggle and intensity with the characters. The bit of darkness, creepy monsters, untold stories, and well-written action made Throne of Glass a gripping book. The pacing, though a bit drawn out a times, was right to my liking. And all the elements that Maas added were delightful and pleasing.
“You could rattle the stars.” 
I was adsorbed into Celaena's world and I adored that kick-ass assassin! The adventure, the romance, the hidden worlds of magic, and the mysterious parts of the book were so captivating. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of high fantasy.  




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


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


Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Balzer & Bray



What are you waiting on? 



Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/16/13



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:


Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

Well, I'm hoping to start this one as soon as finals are over!! :D 

  

What are you reading??



Friday, December 13, 2013

Quote of the Week: Anna Quindlen



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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“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” 
― Anna Quindlen,






Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Re-COVER REVEAL: Whisper (Whisper Trilogy, #1) by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Title: Whisper (Whisper Trilogy #1)
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Age Group: Young Adult

 SUMMARY:
People think I'm crazy. Maybe I am, since I've been able to talk to spirits for as long as I can remember. They are the forgotten, the souls who have unfinished business and can't cross over. I help them, or at least I try to. There's this one in particular, Jack, I call him, who's been following me around a lot. Usually they tell me what they need to do and move on. Not him. 

It isn't until he brings another spirit, Tracy, the victim of an unsolved hit-and-run accident, that I know for sure he's something more than just your average spirit. Then I start seeing him. And feeling his touch. And falling for him. 

In our quest to get justice for Tracy and help her move on, Jack and I become something more than just a dead boy and a living girl. I'm just waiting to see what happens next…

Buy Links:
Amazon | B&N

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About the Author:


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.






Waiting On Wednesday: Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes


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


How did my life get so broken? It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker exboyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out. 

And then she meets Everett, who changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider who’s housesitting his family’s mansion off the coast, and for reasons Lacey can’t understand, he’s completely transfixed by her. He seems determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. She desperately yearns to trust him, but what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her is a lie?




What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable #1) by Monica Murphy

Title: One Week Girlfriend
Series: Drew + Fable, #1
Author: Monica Murphy
Category: New Adult
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5
Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.

But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…

Me.

I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him.

Forever.


New Adult Contemporary Romance
**Mature situations and sexual content - recommended for ages 17+**


  

 My Thoughts   


One Week Girlfriend was a very emotional read, and had quite the raw element to it. I did enjoy the story, the way the author wrote it, and how it progressed. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting at all. And I enjoyed that bit of surprise to it. Though I was able to figure a few twists of the story out, it did keep me compelled to the pages.

I very glad I finally got to read Drew and Fable’s story; it had been sitting in my kindle forever! Though there were a few things I wish would have been done differently the story was so emotionally raw, and passionate. I came to really feel for the character and their situations.
“He might be more trouble than he’s worth but I don’t think so. This man came into my life for some reason. Just as I came into his. Maybe we’re supposed to help each other cope.
Or give each other hope.” 
The characters within the book definitely drew me in from the moment they appeared. I wanted to know their stories, and where they would go. Fable was one such character. Yes, her name is definitely unique, and I loved that it was explained in the book. But what I enjoyed so much about this chick is she’s a tough girl! Her life has not been easy, and she works for what she wants. So when a proposition is placed on the table, one that would benefit her family, she takes it. Though this proposition really tests her emotionally, Fable’s strength was brilliant. I admired that about her.

Oh, my Drew. Now, if you love a good, dark, sexy, and definitely emotional messed up dude, Drew is your guy. Though he has some issues, and a very dark, secret , I really felt for his character and wished so badly to help him. When he comes to Fable with his proposition, that proposition  really became a turning point in his life. Though he comes off tough and strong, he really is a guy who needs saving. And Fable really showed that she could save him. What I adored about Drew is the growth he does go through in the first book. And despite what happened to him, I couldn't help but fall for this character.

What I enjoyed a lot was the character growth I saw in the book. From the beginning to the end I saw a great deal of character transition between Fable and Drew, though they still have a long way to go, I definitely saw them grow.

I also enjoyed the intense attraction and sexually desire these two had. Yes, I could feel it pouring off the pages, so it made the emotional and sexual attraction build up that much more fun to read about.

The book definitely has a darker aspect to it than I thought it would, definitely dark, I enjoyed that. It challenged the character, Fable the most. And that darkness is what really made me see Fable’s strength.  Drew’s emotional turmoil added a great dramatic buildup; it was intense and very emotional.  I also enjoyed that the buildup, both sexually and emotional, between Fable and Drew, because it was slow and progressed at a very decent rate.

The only thing I didn't enjoy was that the pacing was a bit rushed at times and the story was really short. Though it all developed nicely I really felt the story could have been more in-depth. The detail, though just enough to envision the world Monica wanted, was simple. I wanted more!
“But this girl...she doesn’t feel pointless. She’s real and she’s beautiful and she fits perfectly when she’s in my arms. She makes me want to feel.” 
The twists were well written, and the story was very captivating. And as I have repeatedly mentioned, this is a very emotional read! And the ending will leave you wanting more of the story. I did enjoyed Drew and Fable’s story, and I will definitely be picking up the next book when I can.  One Week Girlfriend was a quick, raw, emotional and dark read.  




Friday, December 6, 2013

Quote of the Week: Anna Quindlen



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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"We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming."
-Anna Quindlen

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Swoon Thursday: Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Swoon Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by  YA Bound.

Here's how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!


He inched toward me. My heart erupted like a drum in my chest. His head dipped, and then all thought of what I was about to do fled. There was no thinking.
No calculated logic.
Just pure sensation.
Blood roared in my ears as he closed the last scrap of space between us.


His gazed moved from my mouth back to my eyes several times, studying me, watching my reaction. His hand touch my face, holding my check.
No one had every done that.
It made the moment so real, so powerful.
Then his mouth pressed down on mine again and there was nothing tentative about it. His kiss was confident, demanding.
Pure deliciousness. 


So, I realized I haven't done a Swoon Thursday in forever, literally, it has been months since I done one. And I adore Swoon Thursdays, so for not posting one in forever, here's a smexy, extra long one! Hope you liked ;} 


What made you swoon this week??