Friday, May 29, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Dare to Run (The Sons of Steel Row #1) by Jen McLaughlin (GIVEAWAY)

Today we are celebrating the release of the DARE TO RUN cover! DARE TO RUN is a gritty, super sexy, adult title coming out on February 2, 2016 from Jen McLaughlin and published by Penguin (NAL Signet). To celebrate, we are having a scavenger hunt! There are 8 clues scattered around groups of bloggers hosting this feature. All you have to do is find all 8 clues and figure out the scrambled word.

 
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DARE TO RUN Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston, where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good...

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

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To make it easy for you, we will tell you where you can find Clue #1.

Just go to this article on DARE TO RUN, found at USA Today HEA!

In order to find the groups of bloggers posting, go to Jen McLaughlin's blog and she will have the lists so you can check out each group and find the remaining 7 clues.

 For this site, the clue is listed below, along with the rafflecopter.

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About the Author:

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. 

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Quote of the Week: Author Unknown



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:

road trip!
“No matter where or why you travel, there’s always something wonderfully new to be found” 
-Unknown

Well, Husband and I were suppose to be out of our place by the 15th, but we got an offer and it looks like we'll be leaving a lot sooner than we planned. I've been slowly packing and getting everything together, but now I have to step up and get things done a lot faster. That means reading and blogging will have to take a step back for a while until we settle down. We are leaving North Carolina (I'm going to miss living here so much) and moving back home so we can be closer to family (my father-in-law has been having health issues, so we decided, just in case something happens, we want to be near family). Just letting you guys know I will be sporadic in my reviewing and commenting, but I'll be back as soon as I can! 
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Night of the Fae by Lyneal Jenkins

Night of the Fae (Ana Martin series, #1) Title: Night of the Fae
Series: Ana Martin, #1
Author: Lyneal Jenkins
Category: Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Adult
Rating: DNF 

*Book received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
“I love you,” he murmured as the wisps of light returned to his body.

What he didn’t say was that his love came with a heavy price and life was never going to be the same again. 

Twenty six year old Ana Martin has a past she is trying to forget. When she meets Gabriel, she believes that she can finally leave her troubles behind her. But Gabriel has a secret…

He may look human and be born of this world, but he is from an ancient race of empathic beings known as the Siis, a race that evolved millennia ago to a state of consciousness yet still take solid form to hide among us. 

When the homeless start dying at an abandoned Tannery, the police chalk it up to suicides. Ana knows different. The Siis have a secret, a past mistake they would rather forget, one that puts Ana in more danger than she can ever comprehend. 

Before long, she becomes a target for the Fae, once innocent children changed by the Siis thousands of years before. They are able to intensify and feed off the negative emotions of their prey, and are filled with malicious intent that has no bounds.

Can Ana survive the world of the Siis? More importantly, can she do it with her mind still intact?
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Night of the Fae is the first book in the Ana Martin series, which follows Ana as she is drawn into the secret world of the Siis, an ancient race of empathic beings torn apart by war, treachery and the consequences of past actions. The second book in the series, THE HIDDEN LIGHT, is available on Kindle now. 

My Review

This book really did sound amazing and I was very eager to jump into it; however, once I started, I realized the book wasn't for me. Personally, I felt that it was way too rushed, the movement abrupt and did not flow as well as I would have enjoyed. The book is very much plot based, so the characters actions, at times, did not make much sense (another reason was because I couldn't connect nor feel what they were feeling/thinking). Their actions were only based on developing the plot farther.

I was also thoroughly confused at the beginning. So much information was thrown at me with so little detail and in such a short span that my head was left spinning, but some did become clearer a little bit farther in.

Sadly, though the book did have some interesting elements within it, I couldn't get into the story nor feel any connection to the characters. The movement of both the plot and the scenes felt too rushed for me to enjoy it or get a grip as to what was going on. I wanted to enjoy this one, I really did, and the author is such a kind person, but I just couldn't. But I do recommend this one for those who feel like they would enjoy a nice, mature fantasy read!




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore



Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.
The Weight of Feathers
For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. 

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees. 

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice. 

Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Thomas Dunne

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’sThunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!


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About NOWHERE BUT HERE: 

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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EXCERPT
From Oz's Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.
Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.
“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”
Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.” 
It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.
“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”
Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.
Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”
She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.
“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.
“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.
“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”
She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.
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About the Author:
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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: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Series: An Ember in the Ashes, #1
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Category: High Fantasy

Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

My Review

Oh my gosh! I so adored this one. A very magical world to get lost in with characters that leapt off the pages. It was intense, filled with an ever rush of events, and action that had me on the edge of my seat. The book is definitely worth all the hype it’s been getting, in my opinion.  Tahir created a world to really get lost in.

I was a bit confused when I first started reading, only because of the world that I was suddenly thrust into was so immense. But that confusion didn’t last long and before I knew it, I was absorbed into this dangerous world.  The book definitely had its own essence of ancient Rome. I could really feel that while reading and I liked that. The detail was vivid; Tahir really allowed me to feel, to experience, the book and its environment.
“You are full, Laia. Full of life and dark and strength and spirit. You are in our dreams. You will burn, for you are an ember in the ashes.” 
For the characters, I enjoyed each and every one of them, even the bad guys.  Each held their own personalities well. Laia, by far, is a character I loved watching grow throughout the book. Her life isn’t easily, but with a string of wild and unfortunate events, she’s gets tested in ways she never had before. What I enjoyed about her was that throughout the book, she always thought and felt as if she isn’t strong or courageous enough.  But with her actions, her feelings, and her thoughts, you get to see that she is wrong. She isn’t strong physically, but mentally she is. She may have started off as a girl who would run, but in the end she became such a courageous individual. It was her progression, her fight for her brother, her willingness to do such dangerous things that made me respect Laia. 

Elias’s life is the complete opposite of Laia’s. He is a soldier, a fighter for the Empire. Raised to be the prefect tool for the Empire to control, but that isn’t what he wants. Elias definitely has a free soul, a soul longing for more than the walls that surround him and the silver mask that adorns his face.  I fall for Elias pretty quickly.  Discovering about his past also put into perspective as to why he never really fell into line like the rest of the Empire soldiers. I loved learning about his past, though it did break my heart. And like Laia, his growth throughout the book was very well constructed.

I also enjoyed the other characters in the book, both bad and good. They each played their roles so well. There were some I really enjoyed and some I really hope get what’s coming to them.  The growth in Elias and Laia, as I mentioned, was very well done. Each face very difficult challenges that formed them and tested them. I also enjoyed their progression together. The book isn't focused too heavily on romance, but I do hope that it does in the next book. Elias and Laia have a nice spark. The book also has magical elements within it. I loved the mythological aspects that Tahir wove into her story. That surprised me, but I enjoyed it.
“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.” 
However, the pacing is definitely not for everyone. It is a much slower paced read and takes quite a while for it to build up, place the characters in the situations that allows the plot to really move forward. But I enjoyed that, I love books that take time to build up, that allows the characters to slowly and gradually build and take their place in the book. I will be honest, the pacing did lag a bit too much for me sometimes, but just when I found it too slow, something would happen that would pull me right back in.

All in all, An Ember in the Ashes is a great high fantasy read. It was intense, captivating, and very enjoyable. The ending left me satisfied, but wanting more. I really can’t want to see what’s next for Laia and Elias. 



Monday, May 25, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5/25/15


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:

Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted… 

Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot

Sorry guys that I haven't been commenting or posting that much. I've been busy with packing and getting ready to move. 


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Quote of the Week: Maya Angelou


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:

A well traveled woman
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” 
― Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Fire (The Secret Fire #1) by C.J. Daugherty


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

The Secret Fire (The Secret Fire, #1)
French teen Sacha Winters can't die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.


There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.


They have eight weeks to find each other.


Will they survive long enough to save the world? 



Expected publication: September 3rd 2015 by Atom

What are you waiting on?