Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O'Neale


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


Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past. 

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing




What are you waiting on?



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Release Day Launch: Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock (GIVEAWAY)


CAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend #2)
Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Released April 29, 2014
Published by Spencer Hill

About the Book:
Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she's headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn't seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex's trouble-magnet personality and Javier's need to stay in the background don't mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?


About the Author:
J.K. Rock
J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners - and sisters-in-law - Joanne & Karen Rock. Although they started out sharing an annual shopping trip, they ended up discussing their favorite films and books, joining the same book club and talking about writing... a lot. Their debut novel, Camp Boyfriend, is the first in a three-book series plotted during family pool parties. Their creative partnership is unique in that they enjoy passing a book back and forth, each adding a chapter and fine-tuning the chapter before. Years of friendship has yielded a shared voice and vision for their work that makes writing a pleasure. Learn more about Karen and Joanne at http://jkrock.net


Also in the Camp Boyfriend Series

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Camp Boyfriend #1


The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?


** GIVEAWAY**





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Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Category:  Adventure/ Fantasy/ Mythology
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 4 stars out of 5  
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

 
My Review: 

The Lightning Thief was a fun and light read, definitely perfect for the younger crowd, but also nice for older readers who enjoy a change of pace from more intense books. I found it to be humorous and the characters to be quite enjoyable!
“I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.

The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!” 
The book is filled with some unique and interesting characters! Each one had their own distinct personality and definitely shone in their own way. I really enjoyed Percy! Even though he is just a twelve year old, I found him to be relatable in many aspects. I also loved his humor and spunky nature and how he really never gave up despite being in a crazy world filled with Gods, Goddesses, and creatures of myth.

There are quite a few side characters in this one and, like I mentioned, each one was enjoyable! Even the bad guys! I really loved Annabeth and Grover. Each one held their own depth and had personalities I enjoyed. I also loved the mythological creatures that appeared, good and bad alike!

I’m a big Greek myth fan and I have encountered quite a few authors who have produced their own versions of the myths. Some did quite a good job, others not so much. But I felt that Riordan did an amazing job with his own interpretation of Greek mythology! I loved the distinct personalities he gave to each God/Goddess that Percy and his friends encountered! I also loved the bits of modern society he threw in to explain how the Gods could exist in this world. He also threw in a few twists with the Gods, which I enjoyed!
“I didn't understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing.” 
The book definitely had the middle grader feel to it; however, that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. I felt it built quite nicely, introduced all the characters and mythological creatures well, and the pacing was to my liking along with the action. I also loved the adventure that Percy had to go one and though the detail is simple, I got lost in the world Riordan created.

All in all, I'm glad I took the chance and picked The Lightning Thief up and I know I will continue the series! I also know this book isn’t for everyone, it is a middle grader book, but I definitely recommend it to those who like to read such genres or are looking for a book to read with their son or daughter!




Friday, April 25, 2014

Quote of the Week: Mark Pryor



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:

“If peace had a smell, it would be the smell of a library full of old, leather-bound books.” 
― Mark Pryor


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don't Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category:  Thriller/Suspense/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult 
Rating:  5 stars out of 5
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

 
My Thoughts: 

Words, words escape me. I can’t really articulate just how much I really enjoyed Don’t Look Back. It really did blow me out to the water. Of course the writing style was brilliant; I was really able to get lost in the world Jennifer created.  But what I think was the aspect that really made me enjoy it so much was the thrilling twists, gripping characters, and a story-line I really didn’t see coming. Yeah, I was able to figure out a few of the plot twist, but that didn’t lessen the amazing factor of this book at all!
It wasn't okay--it was never going to be okay. I was stuck in this life I didn't remember, squeezed into the shell of this girl--this Samantha Jo Franco-- and the more I learned about her, the more I was starting to hate her.
Don’t Look Back is filled with some captivating characters. What I loved about Sam is that she isn’t the usual kind of heroine that Jennifer writes. Now, she definitely wasn’t a meek girl, she is very much headstrong and determined. That was something I really loved about her. When she gets thrown into this crazy mess and nothing adds up, plus her memories are a no show, it’s to be expected that one would be scared or fearful. Sam did show that fear, but it was her fear that also made her feel very much real. I also liked that she was determined, no matter the fears (and she had quite a few) stood in her way, Sam kept going.

Carson was another character I just couldn’t help but really fall for. Jennifer knows how to write some swoony boys. Carson was no exception. But what I enjoyed about him is the very complicated and intricate relationship with Sam. Through the book I definitely saw a lot between them, they had quite a past, and I loved watching them grow. Carson really helped Sam and I enjoyed that no matter what, even when she doubted herself, he never doubted her and stayed by her side.

There is quite a roundup of characters in this book. Each diverse and each have their own story. I definitely loved Sam’s brother and his girlfriend! Scott was interesting and I did enjoy seeing him in the story. He was a great aspect to it and a good character for Sam to have in her life. Now, not every character is who they seem, but that was the fun part in the book. Who is real and who isn’t. I enjoyed dissecting the characters and trying to figure out all the mysteries that kept building up, trying to figure out who really killed Cassie and hurt Sam.

The pacing was absolutely perfect in my opinion. It flowed perfectly with the series of events and everything happened gradually. The plot building was gripping and the twists just kept coming! Half the time I never even suspected them. Jennifer knows how to write a thriller, leaving you second guessing the theories you create and the characters.  I also loved watching the characters grow and develop; loved watching them slowly unravel the dangerous mysteries around them.

And the book wouldn't be a JLA book if there wasn't romance. What I loved about the romance in this one is that it wasn't the main factor of the book. But it was sweet and definitely pulled at my heartstrings.
Who was leaving these notes, and how much did they know?
I knew I was going to love this book, it's JLA for crying out loud, but I didn't think it would be so beyond epic! It was filled with a great amount of mystery, wonderful plot twists that had me on the edge of my sit, and a beautiful romance. Don't Look Back was such a great read and one that kept me glued to the pages. I definitely recommend this one to JLA lovers and to those who love a really good gripping thriller!



 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Finding Haven by T.A. Foster (GIVEAWAY)

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Title: Finding Haven
Author: T.A. Foster
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: May 15th 2014

About the book:
Power. Money. Control. Love.
He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?

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About the Author:
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T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.

She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.



**GIVEAWAY**

Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card


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Waiting on Wednesday: Upside Down (Off the Map #1) by Lia Riley


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



Book #1 in the OFF THE MAP series
New Adult Contemporary Romance

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Grand Central/Forever

The setting in this book is Australia... need I say more? :)



What are you waiting on?



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

COVER REVEAL:Tempting the Bodyguard (Gamble Brothers #3) by J. Lynn

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Title: Tempting the Bodyguard
Series: Gamble Brothers #3
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout, J. Lynn
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Adult
 Release Date: May 12, 2014

About the Book:
A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

 Check out the other books in the series:

   

 

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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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