Friday, January 30, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Lion's Share (Wildcats #1) by Rachel Vincent (GIVEAWAY)


Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent 
(Wildcats #1) 
Publication date: February 23, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

 ABOUT LION'S SHARE: 

Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.

Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate. 

Jace Hammond has a big problem.

A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title. 

As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart. 

About the Author:
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens. 

Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.


Author Links:
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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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“Like so many of the other books I read, it never seemed to me like a book, but like a place I had lived in, had visited and would visit again, just as all the people in them were more real than the real people I knew.” 
― Anna Quindlen 



Thursday, January 29, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

Katie McGarry's newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you're going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back! Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that's not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!


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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis:
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home. 


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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

Title: Breaking Point
Series: Article 5, #2
Author: Kristen Simmons
Category: Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Adventure/Romance 
Genre: YA
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back? 

 
My Review

I swear, I just can’t get enough of this series. The book was filled with great action, intense scenes, and wonderful character growth. The characters have come quite a long ways, but you can still see that they have a ways to go still. I enjoyed the challenges that both Ember and Chase overcame and how they not only grew together but separately as well. The world is still dark and gritty, hard and testing.
“I hated the distance between us. It left me unsettled, unbalanced. Like the good parts of myself were fading.” 
I just love the characters in this series. Chase and Ember are still so strong together no matter what they face. Though they are still trying to overcome the obstacles they faced in the previous book, you can see that they still care for each other no matter what has happen or been said. They both have grown since the beginning and I was so happy with them at the end. Even though they still have a bit more growing to do, I know they will stay by each other’s sides. And that is why I love them so much. I feel that authors should write more romances like theirs.  No matter what, no matter the opposition they faced, no matter what lay between them, their love was strong and their faith in each other unshakable.

Then we have the side characters. The cast of characters is quite diverse and I love that diversity. I love that some characters come back and have a chance to prove that they are good, like Sean. I loved his character and the development of his relationship with Chase and Ember.

The pacing was nice but also kept a fast pace. It kept me glued to the pages and I just couldn’t wait to see what next event unfolded. A few surprises did take place, things I didn’t see coming. I do have a haunch as to what will unfold in the next book, and I can’t wait to see if I am right. I loved the detail that Simmons gives her world. She makes it feel impeccably real and so very scary.  And again, she isn’t afraid to test her characters.
“He cleared his throat, fixing his eyes on the road. "Why are you looking at me like that?"
All the hard edges within me had shimmered and gone soft.
"You said I was beautiful."
He smirked and settled back in his seat. "I guess I did.” 
All in all, this is a brilliant second book in the series. I was enthralled by the chilling world that Simmons has created, and though it is dark and gritty, I enjoyed being lost in it. I fall hard in love with most of the characters and I love watching them fight back, learn, overcome, grown, and love. I really can’t get enough of this series. 





Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: City of Savages by Lee Kelly


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


City of Savages


After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.

Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Saga Press

 What are you waiting on?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Article 5 (Article 5, #1)Title: Article 5
Series: Article 5, #1
Author: Kristen Simmons
Category: Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Adventure/Romance 
Genre: YA
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved. 

 
My Review

So, this is actually my 2nd time reading Article 5, but I apparently never wrote a review. I remember reading it and just falling in love with this dystopian work created by Simmons. And so I waited for the rest of the series to come out before I even picked up the second book. And I’m so glad I did! I fall even more in love with the first book and ended up reading the entire series in just a few days!

The world that Simmons’s creates is almost like a world where a different kind of Hitler exists, taking control and dictating the life of others. I found that to be a pretty scary thought, but it made for a very interesting story.  It was very dark at times, gritty, and held a very realistic dystopian feel. I enjoyed that immensely. She also created a cast of characters I couldn’t help but either loving or hating. And some you weren’t sure if you should love or hate. Each one held depth, history, and an intricate part.  

Ember is one of my favorite heroines, because she is not only strong, but scared and unsure at times. She spent her life laying low, trying not to draw attention to herself or her mother, for fear of the MM. She loves fiercely and deeply. And will do everything in her power to protect those she loves. But when Chase comes back, and not in the way she expected, her world gets turned upside and for once she can't keep her head down anymore. I loved Ember because she was unsure at times, scared at times, and made mistakes as well. But no matter what she got back up, faced her fears, and learned from her mistakes.

Chase is a character I absolutely love! When he appears in the book you aren’t sure if you should like him, trust him, or not, but you can’t help but be intrigued by him. His history with Ember is intricate and deep, full of meaning and longing, but Chase has a very complex and deep past. One that has made him harden and closed off. But with the flash backs that Ember gives of their past together, you see a completely different Chase and that gave me hope to who he is and who he could be. Of course that made me just love him! What I loved about him is his strength and determination to do what must be done to protect Ember, and who he is by the end of the book.

Other than the very realistic dystopian feel of the book, I simply couldn’t get enough of the romance, though light in this book. Simmons did it well and it’s the kind of love, romance, I just eat up! No triangles, just two people who have loved each other since they were kids, overcoming obstacles, learning who each other is again and themselves.  Being tested together and separate.  Learning that they can overcome their past, their failures, and mistakes together.

The detail in this book is vivid, making the world appear harsh and unforgiving, but Simmons also hides a beautiful hope within that dark world. The pacing was just to my liking, and the story played out beautifully. I loved that she isn’t scared to write about an unforgiving, dark world. She doesn’t shy away from testing her characters and making them face very formidable circumstances. She also writes a very beautiful romance and characters you can’t help but love. The book is also thought invoking. All in all, this is a series I just love and I highly recommend it to readers of the dystopian genre. 


Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 1/26/15


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:

Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs. 


What are you reading??




Friday, January 23, 2015

Quote of the Week: Eleanor Roosevelt


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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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Wicked
Series: A Wicked Saga, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/ Romance/ Urban Fantasy
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

 
My Review

Wow. Oh man.  Another series for me to be addicted to. Armentrout is by far one of my favorite authors and this book proves she can tell a kick ass story! Wicked was way more than I expected and completely mind-blowing. There was a lot of awesome in this book.

First things first, I must talk about the setting. Being a native to New Orleans, I loved that she mentioned some of my favorite places! Jackson Squire, Café De Monde (they really do have some amazing beignets), and a few other places. What I loved about that was I could actually imagine where the characters where. So I was able to get fully absorbed into the setting of the book. New Orleans really does have a paranormal feel as well, so the paranormal aspect of the book went well with the setting.
“The fae went down, and before he could retaliate, I went all Van Helsing on his ass.” 
Like nearly all of Armentrout’s female characters, Ivy was a tough character. Her world is one that demands instincts to survive, a dangerous world filled with some very dangerous creatures. But Ivy also felt real, in her emotions and thoughts. I loved that she is tough, ready to fight, but also that she uses her head – though she does have a tendency to just start kicking butt. 

Then there is Ren. Lordy Almighty! Armentrout creates some swoon worthy guys and Ren is no exception. He’s like a mix of Daemon and Roth combined, swoony and so delectable. But he is also a very kind and sweet guy.  But he is more than he appears. He shows up in Ivy’s world with secrets that turn Ivy’s world upside-down. All in all, I just couldn’t get enough of Ren.

I must also talk about Tink. Yes, a little creature that makes quite a few appearances in the book. I ADORED this little creature! I couldn’t get enough of his cocky attitude and every time he appeared I wanted more of him. He was probably my favorite character other than Ren. But the book is also filled with some very interesting characters. Some that end up surprising me.

The paranormal aspect of the book was also something I’m not used to. I have, in fact, never read a book based on fae before. So going into that type of world was quite different. But in true Armentrout style, she blew me away and made me very interested in her world. She made it scary, dark, and very frightening, but also interesting, believable, and quite amazing. She blended the paranormal and normal world quite well.  The writing style is something I have always enjoyed about Armentrout’s work, and she doesn’t disappoint in Wicked. The chemistry was intense between Ren and Ivy, I ate it up! Though I was able to figure one major plot twist out another one left my mouth on the floor. And then we have that ending! What a cliffhanger! 
“I didn't need your permission," I spat back. Ren smirked. "Honey, I know what you need and you're going to get it.” 
But all in all, Armentrout has created another phenomenal world filled with wicked creatures and characters I just can’t help but love.



 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday:Tessa Ever After (Caged in Winter #2) by Brighton Walsh


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


Tessa Ever After (Caged in Winter #2)
In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for. 


 What are you waiting on?