Monday, March 31, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Consequences (Opal & Origin: The Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (GIVEAWAY)

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Title: The Lux Series: Consequences (Opal & Origin 3 & 4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/Fantasy/ Ramonce
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 3rd 2014 

Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin 3 & 4) official Blurb:
Opal
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Origin

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?  




 Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx: 1 & 2)
 official Blurb:
Obsidian:

There's an alien next door. 

And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. 

Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx:


Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. 

So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth.

What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?


 
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About the Author:
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/31/14



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!
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Here's what I'm reading:






Note: This novella is best enjoyed after STRENGTH (Mark of Nexus #1) and COURAGE (Mark of Nexus #2). It is told from Cole's (semi-warped) POV. 

Cole Blake is more than just a roguish ladies’ man. He’s also a dedicated worker—so dedicated, in fact, that he’s willing to blackmail his boss with a falsified sex tape in order to keep his job. And his proactive efforts don’t end there. After hours, he uses his Dynari abilities to moonlight as a vigilante, keeping his neighborhood safe from drunks, dealers, and would-be thieves. 

Until a mistake stops him dead in his super-accelerated tracks. 

Now burdened with the closest thing he’s ever had to a conscience, Cole struggles to justify his once-reckless actions. It’d be all too easy to give in to his darker impulses, especially with ERA making dangerous advances toward their goal of revolution, but embracing that hatred could jeopardize the few relationships he actually cares about—including his pursuit of the saintly Rachel Ranford. No, in order to keep everyone safe, he’ll have to come clean about his warring compulsions and ask for help... before his dark side takes over. 


 I cannot wait to start this one!! 


What are you reading??





Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review: Immortals (Runes #2) by Ednah Walters

Title: Immortals
Series: Runes, #2
Author: Ednah Walters
Category: Romance/ Fantasy/ Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something...
Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them.

So Raine comes up with a plan...
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. 
But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.

     
My Thoughts: 

Immortals was a great second book in the Runes series. I actually feel it was better than the first book. It’s full of new evil, some interesting twists, and Norse Mythology! Can forget the angst either! I was actually really happy to be picking this one up; I just had a feeling it was going to be better than the first book. 
I wasn't sure what was worse-having him gone or having him around when he couldn't remember he loved me. 
It picks up a little bit after Runes has ended. But despite not a lot of time passing between the first and second book I did see growth in the characters. Raine is a strong girl and so determined. And once she realizes that Torin has his memories blocked, man, she does what she can to help him remember. Though she is definitely up and down emotional-wise with his memory loss, she never gave up. I also did see her development a lot in this book, and though she has more room to grow, I definitely like her character even more.

Torin, hell, what can I say about him. Though it was sad he’s memories were blocked, he was still that cocky, arrogant really charming guy he has always been. He’s just the kind of guy character I can’t help but like. He is kind of the same from the first book, but also different. Having his memories gone really took him for a loop. And though he wasn't always nice, he was still a charming guy. What I loved most is that the chemistry between Raine and Torin was still there, even when he fought against it.

There are quite a few characters in the book. Some were not what I was expecting. New and old characters pop up and some nice twists are thrown in about a few of them as well. Each one, even the main characters, gets tested and I enjoyed watching them deal with those trails. Also a few new revelations are revealed about some characters. Though I kind of figured one out, there was one that did take me a bit by surprise. There are also quite a few new obstacles and enemies that arose, but that brought in a nice tense factor I enjoyed.
I hope they wouldn't start a witch-hunt. Being burned at the stake didn't exactly fit into my future plans.
As I mentioned, this book does have some twists, ones that really helped develop the story even more and move it farther along. More Norse mythology is also revealed. I just love that aspect of the book. The pacing did move a bit fast, but it was a good fast (much better than the first book). The events in the book didn't feel rushed, except for the ending. I felt the ending to be a bit abrupt.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Immortals! I think it was better than the first book. A lot does happen and the characters get tested in quite a few ways. But they each proved to be stronger than I originally thought. I also loved that the intensity and love between Raine and Torin is still there. It was fun watching them grow in this one. I definitely recommend this book to mythological lovers out there! 



Friday, March 28, 2014

Quote of the Week: Gail Carson Levine



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:

“There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't.” 
― Gail Carson Levine


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan


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



What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.Never fall in love.Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed--he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control--a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .

Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by William Morrow & Company


What are you waiting on?




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Release Day Launch: The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, #0.5) by Stacey O'Neale


Today is release day for THE SHADOW PRINCE by Stacey O'Neale! Help us celebrate the release of this amazing novella and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!



Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon


Check out my REVIEW!


About the Author:
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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.


Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/


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Review: The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Curse
Series: The Winner's Trilogy
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Category: Romance/ Fantasy 
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

     
My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed the whole concept of this book, the winner’s curse, and how Marie took that saying and turned it into a very well developed story.  Marie did an amazing job creating her world and her characters. She really developed and dove deep into creating a pure culture, one that has  languages, a background, beliefs, and an intense history. 

That is something I just love when reading a fantasy book. And, I feel, Marie did a wonderful job at creating and developing this fictional world. It didn’t feel like a fictional world, it felt like a real place with a long and intricate history. 
"Arin smiled. It was a true smile, which let her know that all the others he had given her were not."
The characters were another element that Marie developed well. Each one was unique and had specific roles to play.  The main character, Kestrel, was well developed. She also came off as feeling original in her actions and her thoughts. She’s a very smart character, with a strategic mind. She’s also not much of a physical fighter, which I found refreshing. Instant she uses her wits and ability to read people to fight. 

Throughout the book, I loved watching her develop and how she is. Though she didn't always make the right moves, Kestrel did everything she did to the best of her ability. And not only is she a brilliant young adult, she is a very kind and fair character. And, yes, she has her faults, but I definitely like her character.

Then there is Arin; a slave bought by Kestrel. But he isn't all that he seems. Though I can’t go into much detail about him and his role, I will say he is another brilliant and well written character. I loved learning about him and his past and who he is now. He definitely challenged Kestrel, in good ways of course. And he also showed multiply sides of himself. He’s a diverse character, but a kind, determined and fierce character as well. 

There are quite a few side characters as well in the book. Each one was well written and each played their role in the story vividly. I just can't wait to see where the story is going to go and what is going to happen to all the characters!
"The god of lies must love you, you see things so clearly."
The only thing I do wish there was more of was the romance factor (I’m such a romantic). The attraction between Kestrel and Arin was most definitely there. And I could feel it between the characters, it was; however, a slow building romance. Fiery, but a slow burn. The book focuses more on the culture and history – which isn't a bad thing and it was something I loved, but I wanted more scenes between Arin and Kestrel. 

The Winner's Curse is a beautifully written and brilliantly crafted book. A lot does happen, but the pacing was just to my liking and nothing seemed to move or happen too fast. The building of the conflict felt real and intense. And this definitely isn't a light, sweet romantic read. It’s filled with politics, betrayals, lies, hope, love, and deception.  And I could not get enough of it! I definitely recommend this intense Young Adult series! 





Monday, March 24, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Beginnings ( Obsidian & Onyx: The Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (GIVEAWAY)


Title: The Lux Series: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/Fantasy/ Ramonce
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 3rd 2014 

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:
Obsidian:

There's an alien next door.

And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye.

Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is
.

Onyx:

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection.

So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth.

What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?



 

About the Author:
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.


**GIVEAWAY**








It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/24/14



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:



What happens when you uncover years of secrets and find out everything you thought to be true was a lie?

Drew Stevens finds her world turned upside down when her parents are brutally murdered. Soon after, she learns she inherited a property in Bar Harbor, Maine, from recently deceased grandparents that she believed had died when she was a baby.

Drew travels north to settle her grandparents’ estate, but finds more questions than answers as the truth starts unraveling. What she didn’t expect to find was Saint, whose reputation is as tumultuous as his past. But the very thing that brings them together is the same thing that keeps them emotionally caged.

With Saint's scars so deep and Drew's so fresh, can the pair heal from their painful wounds or will they be pulled beneath the darkness of their pasts?




What are you reading??