Friday, February 27, 2015

Quote of the Week: Joyce Carol Oates

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:

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.” 
― Joyce Carol Oates

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe

The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood, #1)Title: The Darkest Part
Series: Living Heartwood, #1
Author: Trisha Wolfe

Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. 

My Review:

Well this was one emotional read! I haven’t read much by Trisha Wolfe, but now I know I must read more by her. The story was truly genuine in the aspect of losing a loved one, handling the aftermath of a tragedy, and overcoming odds to find yourself once again.  I felt that Wolfe did an amazing job on all those elements.
"Are you okay?" Lacing her fingers in my hair, she pulls back to look at me. "I will be,"  she says, a sadness glistening in her irises. 
Sam has been through quite a lot in the last half year, tragedies that have rocked her foundation and has completely turned her world upside down.  Mentally unstable and seeing her dead boyfriend can bring one to the brink of completely losing it –this rips her apart and leaves her unable to move on from her heartache. But when Holden comes back into her life, though hard for her at first, he really helps her. Sam does overcome quite a lot in a series of events that led her to take a trip with Holden, but in the end she really was a strong and hopeful individual. I was happy to see where she was at the end of the book.

Holden, like Sam, has been dealing with quite a few tragedies in his life. Being the outcast in his family, he has, in a way, deemed himself the bad guy, the loner with really no future.  He does burden a lot on his shoulders. He fiercely protects the ones he loves and that was something I admired about him.  When he sees Sam’s condition after the death of his brother, in a string of events, he takes it on himself to help Sam on her journey. Through it all, both are tested and feelings of past and present collide. Holden’s love for his family and determination to protect took my breath away.

The trip both Holden and Sam take, both for their own reasons, test them beyond measure. It also brings in a lot of old feelings and I loved getting a glimpse of their past. With them overcoming so much that they each buried within, secrets and lies that are revealed about each other and about Tyler, it was wonderful watching them grow and overcome that.  
“It may be the darkest part, but a living heartwood is a force to be reckoned with.”
The book built nicely and the sequence of events, flash backs of the past, all moved nicely throughout the story.  Though I did figure some things out, one event did leave me completely flabbergasted – I didn’t see that plot twist coming. The character growth was by far my favorite thing to witness in the book. It was amazing, felt very real, and really suited the characters.  

All in all, I so enjoyed this story. It was a very emotional and  dark read. And each character held so much depth in them that they felt like they were coming off the pages. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Aflame (Fall Away #4) by Penelope Douglas

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

Aflame (Fall Away, #4)
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series. 

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new. 

Expected publication: April 21st 2015 by Intermix

OHMYGOD! OHMYGOD! OHMYGAWDDD! I love this series, so I cannot wait for this one. I'm an emotional wreck just thinking about what is going to happen between these two passionate characters! 

 What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Review: Blackest Red by P.T. Michelle (GIVEAWAY)

Title: Blackest Red
Series: In the Shadows, #3
Author: P.T. Michelle
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

*Copy received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling series

No matter how hard I’ve tried to let go of Mister Black, the memories of us together torture me. They’re an unforgettable reminder of a life I can’t have for many reasons.

Burying myself in work mostly keeps thoughts of him to a screaming minimum, until he's thrust into my life under circumstances beyond my control. Despite my need for his protection, this time I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to survive with my heart intact. 

He is Black: a fierce protector and irresistible charmer.

I am Red: a trouble magnet and rainbow weaver.

Together we ignite. Explosive colors merging at the hottest melting point.

NOTE: BLACKEST RED is meant for readers 18+ due to mature content. This is part 3 in the IN THE SHADOWS series and is approximately 369 print pages. The series must be read in the following order: MISTER BLACK (part 1), SCARLETT RED (part 2), and BLACKEST RED (part 3). 

BLACKEST RED is the passionate and explosive conclusion to the IN THE SHADOWS series 

My Review

Oh my gosh! I absolutely adore this series and Blackest Red was a perfect ending for Sebastian and Talia. The book is probably my favorite out of the entire series. The first book was hottt, the second book was combustible, but Blackest Red is beyond words. It was steamy, sensual, sexy, but sweet and endearing as well.

What Sebastian and Talia go through in this book was amazing. Yes, they were tested in every book, but it felt like they were really challenged in this one. But they overcame the obstacles that were thrown at them. And for that, I very much admire them.

They did have a bit of a rocky start and they really did have a lot to overcome together, a lot they had to learn from and about each other. It did take them awhile, but when they finally put all those fears and insecurities to the side and fully opened up, my heart swelled so much for them. I also saw amazing growth in both characters. By the end of the book I saw their fears finally being conquered and their hearts finally opening to the love they held so deeply for each other. I can’t explain how much that just made me happy!

I loved the intensity between them (of course), as I have in the first two books, but the chemistry felt more intense and more passionate. I could not get enough of the chemistry that sparked and ignited between Sebastian and Talia. I adored the push and pull between them, but I loved when they finally started to truly love and trust each other. Those two are perfect for each other.

I loved that the book is a brilliant blend of gritty, mysterious, and intense, yet at the same time sensual, deep, and sweet. The book was a flawless balance of all those elements. There were a few things I didn’t see coming, but I loved that I couldn’t really figure out some of the plot factors in the book. I was on the edge of my seat and mouth on the floor at so many points in the book.

I felt the book built up nicely and everything came to a boiling point quite intensely. The pace also flowed quite well and I enjoyed the dual perspectives of Sebastian and Talia. I also felt that Sebastian’s POV was just right and just enough as well.And the ending, oh my gosh, it really was a perfect and satisfying ending. I felt it was well deserved for Talia and Sebastian! Though I do hate it is the ending, it was a breathtaking ending. 

All in all, I'm so happy to have been a part of this story. It's a must read for those who want an alluring romance. 



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About the Author:

P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMESUSA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the New Adult/Contemporary romance series IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). 

She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn't writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Release Day Launch: A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Hearts #1) by A.L. Jackson (GIVEAWAY)

He wanted nothing at all…
Until he found she had everything to give…
Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything—fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside. Facing assault charges after trying to protect his younger brother, Sebastian is sent to Savannah, Georgia to lie low until the dust settles in L.A.
Shea Bentley is beautiful, kind, and hiding from the very lifestyle Sebastian has always embraced.
When the mysterious, tattooed stranger begins hanging out at the bar where she works, Shea is quick to recognize he is nothing but trouble, but she's helpless to the way her body lights up every time his intense gray eyes tangle with hers.
They both soon find themselves drowning in a sea of desire and passion that won’t let them up for air.
Sebastian knows firsthand secrets never die, and he’s not the only one who’s hiding them.
Loving someone always comes with a price. But will it be Shea’s past that costs them everything?


     With a smile, I turned around, then froze when my sight registered the obscured figure leaning against the wall. A strangled gasp caught in my throat, and my heart took off at a sprint, blood pounding hard in my ears.
     Pushing from the wall, he stepped from the shadows, his hands again stuffed deep in his pockets.
     My heart rate only increased, the energy radiating from him almost as strong as the disappointment he’d left me with when he’d gone.
     I pressed my hand to my chest to try to still the panic thundering against my ribs.        “You scared me.”
     “I’m sorry.” The words were soft. “That’s the last thing I want to do.”
     But he did. I was scared of what he was capable of doing to me, the way I knew he held the power to trounce all over this hammering heart, to hold it in his hand and crush it into a million unrecognizable pieces.
     “What are you doing here?” I asked on a shaky breath.
     He looked to the sky and exhaled heavily, before he leveled his gaze back on me.        “The same thing I’m doing every night, Shea. Thinking about you and wondering why the hell I can’t stop.”
     My stomach flipped, and I gulped for air.
    “What do you want from me?”
     He laughed, lifted his elbows out to his sides in a helpless gesture without pulling his hands free. “Dinner?”
     Nonsensical laughter shot from me. “At three in the morning?”
     “Breakfast?” he amended, a coy smile pulling at his full, crooked lips.
     Tingles spread across my skin, and I ran my hands up my bare arms. “I already told you I don’t have time for distractions.”
     “Come on, Shea. It’s just food. Go out with me. Just tonight.”
     Somehow I knew it was a lie, even though he wanted to believe it was true.
     Nervously, I glanced to the back door all the while being inexplicably drawn to this man I didn’t even know. I knew I should make a break for it, run for the safety of my little world and give him no opportunity to rip it apart.
     “I am hungry,” I found myself saying. After a long night of work, it was true. But it had nothing to do with the reason I was giving in.
     Because I just wanted to…
     I shook my head.
     That was it. I just wanted. I wanted to be in his space. I wanted to understand why he had this pull on me. I wanted him.
     Even though I’d never allow myself to have him.
About the Author:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

To stay up to date with important news on A.L. Jackson, including new releases, sales, and exclusive specials and excerpts, text “jackson” to 96000 to subscribe! 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Quote of the Week: Ray Bradbury

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:

"Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future."
— Ray Bradbury

Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Title: Burying Water
Series: Burying Water, #1
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
*Copy received in exchange for a fair and honest review* 
The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

My Review

Wow. I have no words for how amazing, beautiful, emotional, dark, and wonderful this story was. It tore my heart up yet made me cry tears of joy. K.A. Tucker knows how to tell a story that'll grip your heartstrings. 

Tucker is by far one of my favorite authors and so far, she hasn’t let me down yet. Burying Water showed just how amazing she is and how she can create a story that will break your heart but also melt your heart. The aspect I enjoyed out of everything was the intense factor of emotion this book represents and brought out in me. By the first few pages, I was already wiping tears away.  
“I want to be like water too. I want to be resilient, to go where I'm meant to go.” 
Water is one of the most emotional, damaged, but strong individuals I have ever encountered while reading. Losing her memory and waking up to not knowing who you are, not even your own name,  has to be one of the hardest things to ever go through, especially with the circumstances that led her to be in that state.  But I admired her because she kept pushing forward, trying to not only make herself better but she ended up helping others as well.

I instantly felt for Jesse. The decisions he makes usually never turn out how he wants them, even if they are with the best of intentions. This led him to being a bit rough around the edges. Despite that, Jesse is a very kind and sweet guy. One who would go out of his way to help those he truly cares about.  

The characters, each and every one, really held an intense aspect about them. Water’s life was never easy and Jesse always seemed to find himself in bad situations no matter what he did. But the intensity and chemistry between them was undeniable and very intense.  The pull between them cannot be ignored! I loved the development and the growth they both faced and they were by the end of the book. I also ended up enjoying nearly every side character in the book. And Ginny, I couldn’t get enough of that cantankerous woman. 
Then again, maybe it never really mattered, what I did or what choices I made. Maybe the truth is that we were mean to find each other. A simple truth that would have kept finding its way to us, no matter which path I tried to turn down.
The pacing flowed nicely and everything unfolded at just the right points. And though you know most of the story, a few things did take me by surprise – though I did figure out a few things.  The book is also plays out in flash backs switching between POVs. One wouldn't think that having a different character explain the past while another one shows the future would make the story really intriguing, but Tucker did a brilliant job handling that. And going in, you do know what happened to Water. That also didn’t stop the dread or the heartbreak. I felt it made the story that much more intense.  

This was such an emotional book. Deep, beautiful, dark, and very much gritty, definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s also a very heartwarming love story about finding oneself, overcoming the obstacles life throws at you, and finding your place in the world. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd

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

The Cage (The Cage, #1)
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins

 What are you waiting on?