Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deer in Headlights Review & Giveaway

 Deer in Headlights
Staci Hart

Release Date:
February 13, 2013

Publisher:
Promise Socks Publishing

Pages:
164

Source:
Review Copy Provided*

Reading Level:
Adult




Description:
What do the Greek gods do when they're bored? Because they're always bored, so humans are the perfect players in their games.
Aphrodite owns love; she hasn't lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia. Apollo is on a mission to win. He's counting on it to finally get the one woman he's never been able to have. The two gods will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can't get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And Aphrodite couldn't have that.
Lex and Dean are perfect for each other, they just don't know it yet. Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a brooding, beautiful rock star. Lex is always with a man, but she'll never fully give herself up. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can't make it work, no one can.
The gods have their own drama. Apollo killed Aprhodite's mortal love - they've got beef that's been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to pick a fight, and trying to get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, Aphrodite's best friend, is the one person who Aphrodite shares everything with.
Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, gain power, and make a mess with humans.

Teaser Sentence(s):
'"...When he was alive, he was always stealing my glory. What is the modern phrase you use?"
"Stealing your thunder. Zeus loves that one."
"Yes, I suspect that he would."'

My Thoughts:
Deer in Headlights has 3 of my guilty book pleasures: Greek gods, a guy in a rock band, and a romance story full of angst. So, it's safe to say I really enjoyed reading this book.
There are two stories in this book. One story is mainly focused on Aphrodite-or Dita-and Apollo. Most all the main gods of Olympus live in a mock Luxury New York apartment, so you get plenty of interaction between the others such as Ares, Persephone, Hermes, and even Zeus and Hera. But the main focus is on an ancient feud between Apollo and Dita.
The rest of the book follows the lives of Lex and Dean. Dean is a damaged guitar player and lead singer for the band 'Paper Fools'. Lex is dating the drummer, Travis, when she enters Dean's life. Their path to try to be together is full of stumbles thanks to Apollo and Aphrodite's competition. If they end up together Aphrodite wins and continues her 3,000 year long winning streak. If Apollo wins he is granted one favor from Aphrodite, and he has been trying for centuries for this chance.
I really enjoyed both stories. If your guilty book pleasures are similar to mine then I think you would enjoy this book. It is definitely a book for adult readers. Some of the scenes did get a little smutty, so be warned.

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Author Staci Hart 
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let's be honest, she's mostly writing.


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)


Shatter Me
(Shatter Me #1)
Tahereh Mafi

Release Date:
November 15th 2011

Publisher:
HarperCollins

Pages:
338

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult






Description:
Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliet is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

Teaser Sentence(s):
'Someone picked up the sun and pinned it to the sky again, but every day it hangs a little lower than the day before. It's like a negligent parent who only knows one half of who you are. It never sees how its absence changes people. How different we are in the dark.'

My Thoughts:

I have a habit of going into books without reading what they are about. I did that with Shatter Me, and guess what... another 'touch of death' book. I read 3 books about this subject in the same week. You could say I am getting burned out.
I did like this book a little more than the others. I think the Dystopian theme to the book made it feel a little different from the others. I am not sure if I like Juliet or not yet. There isn't anything wrong with her personality or anything, I think I just need more time to get to know her. Of course, there is one guy who can touch her without dying. I bet you didn't expect that, did you? I like Adam, and I am thrilled he turned out to be one of the good guys. 
Towards the end of the book, you learn that somewhere beyond the borders of the Reestablishment there are more 'gifted' people living hidden. I am actually looking forward to learning more about these people in book 2. I am hoping for some originality in the powers the people there have.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Toxic (Denazen #2)


Toxic
(Denazen #2)
Jus Accardo

Release Date:
October 16 2012

Publisher:
Entangled

Pages:
317

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult



Description:
When a Six saved Kale's life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she'd lose the one thing she'd give anything to keep... And as if it's not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six bought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez's problems.
After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice--surrender to Denazen for the cure...or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn't involve being bagged and tagged--or losing someone she loves--Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there's a traitor among them. Jade.
Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there's any hope of proving Jade's guilt before they all end up residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead...

Teaser Sentence(s):
'Kale was trained for this kind of thing. Breaking and entering. Sneak attacks. All-around ninja stuff. Alex could name each member of every nineties alternative band ever formed. Kale could kick all their asses. It just was what it was.'

My Thoughts:
I really liked book 1, Touch, in this series, but I cannot say the same for Toxic. There was a serious lack of action, unless you count all the plant killing. Dez spent most of the book whining and being jealous instead of taking care of the problems at hand. 
The thing I liked most about this book is probably the creepy twins who work for Denazen, Able and Aubrey. I liked their powers and their sinister attitudes, even though I do not think I was supposed to like them. I was surprised to find out who the actual traitor was, but the rest of the book was just 'meh'. I have a strong feeling of dislike towards Jade. She continuously had a crappy stuck up attitude, and I really hope she isn't in the next book. I also hope there is more of Alex. I really like him, even though I cannot figure out why. He isn't a major character, and he has done some pretty bad things. I guess I can still see the good in him.
I will still buy and read book 3 when it comes out. For some reason the second book in a series always seems to bore me, so before I call it quits I want to give it one more shot.


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Friday, April 26, 2013

*Update* #4


Time for another quick update.

My Internet problem is still not solved, and at the moment I do not know when it will be. Until then I am trying to make good use of it when I get it by keeping posts scheduled. Unfortunately, I will not be accepting any ebooks or doing any blog tours right now. I cannot guarantee to have them posted on time. I still have a few that were already scheduled and I am doing my best to have them posted on their correct days. I am also suspending my weekly poll for the time being. Once I have full Internet access again I will bring this back. I love interactive posts, but right now I am no good for interacting. Thank you so much for being patient with me! 

On a more happier note I am planning an awesome international giveaway coming up soon. Make sure to keep an eye out for a follower appreciation giveaway. You guys are awesome!


So since I am wasting less time on the Internet, I have way more time to read. I need new books, so suggest something for me to look for at the bookstore. Just leave a comment below with your book or series suggestion!


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Enshadowed (Nevermore #2)

Enshadowed 
(Nevermore #2)
Kelly Creagh

Release Date:
August 28, 2012

Publisher:
Atheneum Books

Pages:
448

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult



Description:
While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.
But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

Teaser Sentence(s): 
'Lifting his arm out to the side, he let the slip of pink satin dangle from his hand. Then he unclenched his fist, letting go of the ribbon.'

My Thoughts:
I am not going to say much about this book, because I do not want to give any spoilers for anyone who has not read the first book in this series.
This book was absolutely frustrating. It seemed to go on and on forever with nothing major really happening. Varen is hardly in this book, and when he does make a rare appearance I wanted to come through the pages and give him a nice hard bitch-slap. I did like pinfeathers in this book. He was the main reason I wasn't bored out of my mind reading this. 
I know there is going to be a third book in this series. I am willing to give it a shot, with hopes that this second book was setting up for lots and lots of action and resolve in the next. 
I do not know whether or recommend this book or not. I think I need to wait until I have read the next in this series. Then I will know if it is a waste of your time or not. 



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

David's Song Book Blast & Giveaway


Description:
Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart, the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart — a man who is now a megastar in the music industry — Annie is faced with choices. Choices that will determine what is of more value — a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience.
A psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.




Author A.R. Talley

April R Talley was born and raised in the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio in 1959.  She is the youngest of six children.  She attended Brigham Young University for a time, but withdrew to work fulltime for Osmond Productions in Orem, Utah as a member of The Osmond production staff.  After a brief stint working in television, she returned to Akron to finish her education.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media Communications in 1981.   April later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear boutique.  Married in 1982, she is the proud mother of seven children and is deeply involved in volunteer work for her church.  April spends her time working on future projects, caring for home and family, and traveling.  David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy.


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Praise from reviews on Goodreads.com

“Not just your typical romance novel”  - Tracy Williams


“David’s Song is great read that leaves you thinking about the story and pondering your own relationships”.  - Anna Pavkov


“Sucked me in from the 1st page”  - Jill Walker


“Loved this book . . . could not put it down!”  - Dana Vieira





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The Collector (Dante Walker #1)



The Collector
(Dante Walker #1)
Victoria Scott

Release Date:
March 25, 2013

Publisher:
Entangled Teen

Pages:
352

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult





Description:
Dante Walker is flippin' awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of Hell's best-a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante's an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he'll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper's soul within ten days.
Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that's a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he's come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector...and uncover emotions deeply buried.

Teaser Sentence(s):
'"Let's name it."
"Name my car? No."
"Yes! Ooh, let me do it. How about Elizabeth Taylor? She was flashy and looked good in red."
"You want me to name my car Elizabeth Taylor?"
"Not want to. Did. It's done."'

My Thoughts:
I found The Collector to be a fun, fast read. I really liked the idea of the Collectors and the Liberators. It was a fresh idea for me. 

Charlie wasn't the perfect girl like most books portray, and she wasn't the type of girl who pitied herself either. I really liked that. It made her seem strong and more normal.
Dante is pretty much a tell-it-like-it-is jerk. I liked him though. I kept finding myself smiling at all his rude comments. I hope in the next book he lightens up a little, and maybe has a little fun. I think he deserves it.
The romantic relationship Dante and Charlie develop felt a little far-fetched. I do not think their relationship would have really worked out. But I took this book very lightly, and just read it for the enjoyment. I didn't really dwell on the things that would have bothered me in other books. 
I would recommend this book to you if you are looking for something fun that you do not have to take too seriously.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cursed


Cursed
Jennifer L Armentrout

Release Date:
September 18, 2012

Publisher:
Spencer Hill Press

Pages:
304

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult



Description:
Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she's willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not have been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.

Teaser Sentence(s):
'I guess it could be worse, I admitted. If I was going to hallucinate, then at least it was some hot dude instead of something gross.'

My Thoughts:

I cannot believe I am going to say this, but I was not impressed with Cursed. *Gasp* I know! I love all things Jennifer L Armentrout. I think part of the problem was I had read books like Shatter Me and the Denazen Files first, so there was nothing fresh about this book. 
I really had a hard time connecting with Ember. She has had a hard life the past 2 years, but I felt her whining was a little overwhelming. I kept waiting on her to grow up and start realizing things weren't all that bad, but that never really happened. 
JLA is a goddess when it comes to writing male characters I want to runaway with. Hayden is no exception to that. I absolutely loved him. But the relationship between Hayden and Ember was lacking in my opinion. I could feel it on Hayden's side, but I could not connect with Ember in anyway.
I would recommend this book to all the die-hard Jennifer L Armentrout fans. A lot of you might actually like it. I personally just felt like I was re-reading a book I had read before, and that made me not like it.


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Old Magic


Old Magic
Marianne Curley

Release Date:
October 16, 2000

Publisher:
Simon and Schuster

Pages:
369

Source: 
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult



Description:
No one can fight fate alone.
When Kate and Jarrod first lock eyes across the classroom, their connection is instantaneous. While everyone else shuns Jarrod as a freak, Kate's passionate belief in witchcraft helps her see him for what he truly is-someone with a powerful gift. She is fascinated by what he is capable of...and undeniable attracted to him.
When Jarrod's abilities appear to be linked to a centuries-old curse, Kate is the only one who can help him. Together, they embark on a journey that transcends time and place, and discover a magic that will bind them together forever. ~book blurb


My Thoughts:
At first I thought I was going to like this book. It has witches, curses and awesome magic. Jarrod and Kate weren't outstanding, but they were interesting enough. Then they traveled back in time to the 13th century, and I completely lost interest. I did finish the book, but I felt like I had to force myself to do so. 
I feel misled by the book description. There isn't really an instantaneous connection between Kate and Jarrod. Kate is highly interested in Jarrod, because of the magic she knows he has. Jarrod thinks Kate is a freak. The front cover mentions "an undeniable passion." I think I got the wrong pages in my book, because this undeniable passion is one kiss in the 2nd half of the book. I also missed the part where they 'discover a magic that will bind them together forever.' 
The author did do a good job describing the scenery and location of Australia. I have never been there, of course, but I felt like I had good imagery of the rain forest and river where a lot of this book takes place. I also liked the magic aspects. The curse was a little lame, but the magic Jarrod and Kate are capable of was interesting enough. 
I don't think I would personally recommend this book to anyone, but that's my opinion. I am sure there are people out there that would love this read. I am just not one of them. I would definitely suggest you try to borrow it versus paying for it, if possible.


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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

Clockwork Princess
(The Infernal Devices #3)
Cassandra Clare

Release Date:
March 19, 2013

Publisher:
Simon & Schuster

Pages:
568

Source: 
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult



Description:
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
Tessa Gray should be happy-aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows beings to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan.
He needs Tessa.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are engaged, Will is still in love with her.
The last words of a dying Shadowhunter provide the clue that might lead Tessa and her friends to Mortmain. But their small group cannot stand alone, and the powerful Consul doubts that Mortmain is coming. Deserted by allies, the Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine that keeps Jem alive. With his best friend at death's door, Will must risk everything to save the girl they both love.
To buy Will time, the warlock Magnus Bane joins with Henry Brandwell to create a device that could help defeat Mortmain. As they all work to save Tessa and the future of the Shadowhunters that resides with her, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself-for in the discovery of her own true nature, Tessa could become more powerful than she ever dreamed possible. But can a lone girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. ~book blurb

Teaser Sentence(s):
'Every meeting led to a parting, and so it would, as long as life was mortal. In every meeting there was some of the sorrow of parting, but in every parting there was some of the joy of meeting as well.'

My Thoughts:

It's been a couple weeks since I finished reading Clockwork Princess, and it's still getting to me. I opened the book to check the number of pages, and seriously, my eyes start watering!
Cassandra Clare managed to conclude this series flawlessly. Everything came together smoothly in the end. I never would have guessed the love triangle between Tessa, Jem and Will would have worked out the way it did. I grew really close to these characters throughout this series, and it really is sad to have to let go of them all. In the end, I have never been more happy for a fictional character than I was for Tessa. She got everything she deserved; love, happiness, and answers to secrets long kept. 
If you haven't read The Infernal Devices or Mortal Instruments, I suggest you do so, and make yourself familiar with the world of the Shadowhunters!



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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Elixir / Apollyon Reviews & Giveaway


Elixir
(The Covenant #3.5)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Release Date:
November 27, 2012

Publisher:
Spencer Hill Press

Pages:
74

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult






Description:
Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. Even if it means making war against the gods.

Teaser Sentence(s):

'My fist connected with his jaw before I even knew what I was doing. His head jerked back as he staggered to the side. I shot forward, grabbing him by his shirt, and slammed him into the wall, rattling several paintings.'

My Thoughts:
If you follow the Covenant series, then this is a novella you really should read. I usually deem novellas unnecessary, but in this case I think you need to read Elixir to get the full effect of Apollyon. You will not lose out much on valuable information, but you will lose out on emotions. In Apollyon, Aiden's feelings and behavior reflect from events that happen in Elixir. It's the same with Alex. You get a much clearer picture of who she is while connected to Seth. Plus this novella is written from Aiden's point-of-view and it's free to download! You can get your copy HERE.





 Apollyon
(Covenant #4)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Release Date:
April 4, 2013

Publisher:
Spencer Hill Press

Pages:
348

Source:
My Personal Copy

Reading Level:
Young Adult






Description:
Fate isn't something to mess with... and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate. And Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods-and Alex herself-to being her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex's power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex's connection to Seth isn't the only problem. There are a few pesky loopholes in the whole "an Apollyon can't be killed" theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer... or she might become the God Killer herself. ~book blurb

Teaser Sentence:
'Oh, I was two seconds from jumping on his back and strangling him from behind... with love, of course.'

My Thoughts:

This series just keeps getting better and better!
When I started reading The Covenant series, one thing that interested me the most was the Greek Gods. Since childhood, I have had an obsession with Greek Mythology. Apollyon absolutely fed my need for the gods. Of course Apollo was in Apollyon, he has made appearances in the past couple Covenant books. There was also Hermes, Artemis, Ares, Dionysus, Persephone and within the first 50 pages Apollo and Thanatos are throwing god bolts and the 2 remaining Furies are in action.
I do not want to give away any spoilers, so I am keeping this short and sweet. If you have not ever read this series, you need too! There is still one book left to come out this summer, so you still have time to get caught up! You can start out by downloading the free prequel novella Daimon HERE
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who likes to read young adult novels. This is one of my favorite series in that genre. I am excited for book #5 Sentinel, but at the same time I do not want this series to end. 



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If you are under 18, make sure you have your parents' permission, because I will have to get the winners physical address to mail the bookmarks to you. Good-Luck!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)




The Immortal Rules
(Blood of Eden #1)
Julie Kagawa

Release Date:
March 26, 2013

Publisher:
Harlequin

Pages:
464

Source:
Netgalley *

Reading Level:
Young Adult









Description: 
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness...
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them-the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to fell her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend-a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decided what-and who-is worth dying for..again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins. ~Amazon

Teaser Sentence(s):
'Zeke's snort sounded suspiciously like laughter. "Allie, you're a beautiful, exotic-looking vampire girl with a katana. Trust me, if anyone is going to attract attention, it's not going to be me."' **

My Thoughts:

I have been on a dark YA reading spree lately it seems. I guess I am a sadist for angst and suffering. the Immortal Rules delivered on all the darkness I was looking for. Julie Kagawa is a very talented Author. Just like in her other series, she makes you feel apart of the world she has created.
 There were a few slow parts through out reading Immortal Rules, but all-in-all it was a good read. I really liked how the Vampire hierarchy was set-up. And I really enjoyed the characters. Allison was a great protagonist. I liked how she chose to stay around humans, and try to hang on to her humanity. Zeke was also great. I really hope Allison meets him again one day. I look forward to the next book in this series, because hopefully Kanin will return. He was probably my favorite character, and he wasn't even around for the second half of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who was looking for dark YA vampire story.

*I received a free copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for my opinion.
 **This passage was quoted from an uncorrected proof. The final copy may differ.


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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Drowning in You Book Blitz and Giveaway





Drowning in You
Rebecca Berto



Release Date:
April 12, 2013

Reading Level:
New Adult

Genre:
Contemporary Romance









Description: 
Secretly crushing
Crushed by a tragedy
Charlee May's been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason's Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad  critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.
Dexter couldn't be more different from Charlee. He's tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter's reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason's skiing disaster.
And after all these years he's still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who's too good for him.
When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee's family and Dexter's reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May's millionaire fortune.
But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste- they're hooked no matter the consequences.

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Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, Precise and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, Drowning in You. She is also a freelance editor.
She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She's strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction. Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

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Excerpt:

I like Dexter Hollingworth.
Dexter Hollingworth “killed” my parents.

1. Killer Crush

Charlee

As per all the fourteen- to eighteen-year-olds at our school, I started crushing on Dexter Hollingworth around the age of fifteen. There was one girl who hated him, but she was into girls.
From the football field sidelines to graduation day and beyond, my best friend Rosa and I have wanted him. But guys like Dexter don’t notice girls like us who spend most of our time talking about cool people like him.
At twenty years old, I still “love” him.
I love the way his body personifies what a male God should be without looking like Fabio.
I love the way his perfect tanned skin is inked and how he wears those aviator sunglasses and how he’d use up his lunchtimes to teach the little kids in our school guitar lessons.
But I hate the way I love him.
I hate how Dexter was the one controlling the ski lifts at Mason’s Ski Resort the day my mom was killed because it also put me here, in this position, praying to a God I’ve never believed in to spare my dad’s life.
In this hospital room, the air is as quiet as the still of night and my dad’s languid breathing and drawn-out, heavy movements remind me that my perfect family life was never meant to be forever.
If I’m being honest, it seems like things are already over. Dad’s skin keeps a yellow color—at best—from the IV drip. His meds help with the simple tasks his heart and other organs can’t. My thoughts wander again. I don’t let myself consider the alternative—that maybe it’s wishful thinking. I go with this:
“Dad,” I say, jealous my little brother, Darcy is holding our dad’s hand—the hand he can squeeze with. “Look at you.” I wink.
“Is she okay, Dad?” Darcy asks, sounding as though he’s confused.
“Charlee?” The confusion is contagious, but Dad’s patient zero—not Darcy.
There are bars that raise and lower around Dad’s bed, and they’ve been raised forever. Surely they must be there because they’re too hard to put down in their scratched, old state. My dad doesn’t need silly bars around his bed! My dad owns Roycroft Engines.
“I think you’re squeezing Darcy’s hand too tight,” I say.
“Wha-at?” Darcy says. He’s staring at me with squinted eyes, probably thinking what’s wrong with my sister? She’s supposed to be the adult.
It hurts smiling like this, the creases halfway up my cheeks. But maybe it’ll work. “Isn’t that right, Dad?”
Dad’s eyes are like I remember them now. There’s vibrancy in the rich brown color, like my eyes. I bet he’s thinking is his daughter crazy? He tilts his head to the side—
Injured people don’t understand things like this. Injured people don’t get what’s unsaid. Dad’s not that injured.
—as it clicks. Dad shakes out of Darcy’s grip and waggles his finger at him. “That nurse…”
“Lisa Hollingworth,” I say.
“Yes, Lisa. That nurse Lisa said motor function is good. Squeezing someone’s hand uses up a lot more strength than you think, son.”
Darcy’s mouth flops open and stays that way. He checks out Dad, who’s nodding, and me—should I nod?—so I nod also.
“Squeezing your hand probably takes Dad twenty muscles and millions of brain cells just to do something like that.”
“No way!” Darcy grins and punches the air. “Dad, that’s cool.”
And just like that, Darcy has that same face on as he had when Mom told him she had to wait three hours in line to buy Desert Warcraft and yeah, she really, really got it for him.
That face is why I haven’t downed twenty sleeping pills yet. God knows these last weeks have felt like months, which actually felt like years. That makes me the most ancient twenty-year-old alive.
Why, Dexter? Why did it have to be you in that seat, in that room, at that time?