Friday, September 19, 2014

Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Stuck In Books. For my stop, I decided to share the Soul Screamers love because I have been full of Tod feels lately.

-one winner will win their CHOICE OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Soul Screamers Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, OR Volume 4 
-US entrants will have a choice of paperback or kindle
-International entrants are eligible for kindle only
-must be 16 years of age to enter
-winner will be chosen at random via rafflecopter and contacted via email
-winner will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items

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Mini Review: Last Request (Soul Screamers #7.5) by: Rachel Vincent

Release Date: March 25, 2014
from Harlequin Teen
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"Saving the world has never come easy and Kaylee Cavanaugh's died to prove it.

The final collection of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series is packed with emotion, with intrigue, with secrets, with family and above all, with love.

Don't miss WITH ALL MY SOUL, FEARLESS and a brand-new novella, LAST REQUEST."

My Thoughts:

Note: This is only a review of Last Request, the new novella included in this omnibus.

Okay so just a warning, this review will contain major spoilers for the Soul Screamers series, I just cannot discuss this novella without discussing a major event from With All My Soul. So be warned.

This novella will smack you right in the feels and then it will run them over with a truck. My gosh. I think I cried through the entire thing. This novella takes place between the ending chapters of With All My Soul and is told from Nash and Tod’s point of view. So basically it takes place two years after Kaylee has gone into the Netherworld and is when everyone thinks she is dead. So yeah, it hurt a lot. Reading from Tod’s perspective was absolutely gut wrenching and Nash’s wasn’t too pleasant either, but I loved this novella all the same.

I loved watching Nash and Tod work together to do something for Kaylee that she wasn’t around to do. They went after Thane and are determined to find Kaylee’s mother’s soul and finally put her to rest. It’s what Kaylee would have wanted. Watching these two work for her was heartbreaking, but again it was perfect. This was such a good novella and I really liked seeing some of the time we missed during With All My Soul. Reading from Tod’s perspective was great and I loved spending more time with him. Even when he is sad I still absolutely adore him. And I’m not going to lie; the last page of this novella turned me into a blubbering mess.

Last Request is a novella fans of the Soul Screamers series need to read. It is a nice extra for fans of the series. We finally get a look inside Nash’s head and we get to visit with Tod again. We also get to see some brotherly love. All in all a wonderful read.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review Tour: Stay With Me (Wait For You #3) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn

Welcome to my stop on the review tour for Stay With Me by: Jennifer L. Armentrout hosted by Inkslinger PR. I am super excited to be taking part as we all know JLA is my favorite! 

Release Date: September 23, 2014 
from William Morrow
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .

At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should.   She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom."

My Thoughts:

So I’m not entirely sure where I want to begin with Stay With Me. I just have all of these thoughts and feels bouncing around in my head and they are all fighting to be heard, so I can’t really promise a coherent review. In short though, I absolutely loved Stay With Me. I love this series and we all know I love all things JLA, but this book definitely ranks up with some of my very favorite JLA reads and this is a very very close second to Wait For You as far as this series goes.

I guess I’ll start with Calla. I really loved Calla. That poor sweet girl. I wish I could reach through the book and hug her and make all her problems go away. She is so much stronger than I think anyone could have guessed. She has had a very rough upbringing and those events have made her the girl she is today. She is very insecure and just wants to stay in the background. So it’s completely understandable why she has a hard time believing that anyone could be interested in her and damn the girl fights it, but it makes sense.

Jax is pretty much all the great things about Jase and Cam combined into one deliciously swoony guy. He puts a lot of other book boyfriends to shame. Jax just tells it like it is and you always know what he is thinking. There is no second guessing when it comes to him, not for the reader at least, Calla on the other hand…. but like I said it makes sense. He sees Calla for the wonderful person she is and he treats her like gold. He knows just how to be with her and push past her insecurities. He is patient and kind and doesn’t let Calla think less of herself. Jax is also simply a nice guy and there are not enough nice guys.

Jax and Calla are so good together. They have great chemistry, but they also just get each other. They understand each other in ways other people just can’t get. Jax can see Calla for who she really is and he always seems to know exactly what she is thinking. This is good, as Calla tends to overthink.

Stay With Me also had a great cast of secondary characters. Some old and some new. One new character I took a particular liking to was Katie. That girl is simply hysterical. She stole every single scene she was in. I kid you not. And of course I absolutely loved checking in on Cam, Avery, Jase, and Teresa again. They all hold a special place in my heart. I truly loved that Calla referred to them as the Hot Guy Brigade and I completely agree with Calla: Cam and Avery are the most adorable couple in coupledom. Hands down. Oh and we also briefly got to see Ollie and Brit and naturally Ollie brought the turtles out to party, so that was fun. And Stay With Me had one of my favorite cameos from one of her other books ever. I kid you not, I squealed and flailed. 

As always, Jennifer not only delivers a steamy romance you root for and get invested in, but she also gives you a wonderful story outside of that. Calla has come home to a world of trouble and it’s not the kind of trouble that goes away easily. The mess her Mom has gotten her into is bad, really bad, and I never knew what to expect next. I was constantly on edge between the relationship drama and the life threatening situations that I just kept flipping pages.

Stay With Me is another hit for JLA. Jax and Calla deliver the swoon and banter we all love and the writing is witty and engaging. Jax and Calla give Cam and Avery a run for their money.

About The Author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math.
Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. Website ** Facebook ** Twitter ** J. Lynn Goodreads ** Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads

Swoon Thursday #112: Damaged Goods by: Nicole Williams

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"This time, when he kissed me, his lips made it to mine. He probably only intended it to be a sweet, fleeting kiss, but I didn't let him get away. My arms wrapped around his neck, and I held him close as I kissed him long enough that I forgot about what life had been like before this kiss or what life could be like after this kiss. I didn't allow myself to get weighed down by the past or the future. Instead, I took Will's advice and lived that kiss. His hand wove through my hair, and he encouraged me closer, holding me tightly so that even if I'd wanted to end our kiss, I couldn't have.

This book was so so SOOO good. Will and Liv are wonderful.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Damaged Goods (The Outsider Chronicles #2) by: Nicole Williams

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Damaged Goods by Nicole Williams hosted by ATOMR Tours. Make sure you check out all the stops here

Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.

He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods."

My Thoughts:

This book was wonderful, that is the only way to describe it. Nicole Williams just does not know how to disappoint and this new series of hers is engaging and addictive and I want more. Damaged Goods was not at all what I was expecting. It was dark and gritty and sexy and emotional and heartfelt and just oh so good.

I took an immediate liking to Liv. That girl is tough. No other way to describe it. I love her attitude and her sass and I love the lengths she is willing to go to for her sisters and how much she is willing to give up for them. As someone with two sisters, this is something I completely understand. So on numerous levels, I just got Liv and I really just connected with her instantly. Also there is a scene early on that made me really admire her, because damn it took some guts to act the way she did.

Then we have Will and my gosh Will is just wonderful. I absolutely loved him. He is a great character and one you just fall for very easily. He is just sexy and sweet and looks at life in such a great way that it’s hard not to love him. Another Will to add to the list of amazing lovable characters named Will. The chemistry Will and Liv have together is explosive and they are exactly what one another needed.

I also loved Liv’s sisters Reese and Paige. They had some very wise words for Liv and I loved that they helped Liv to let down her walls. I especially liked Paige. That girl was just a riot, definitely a pain in the ass, but still funny.

Damaged Goods delivered in so many ways, but oh my did this book deliver a twist. HOLY TWIST BATMAN did it ever deliver a twist. I never ever saw it coming, didn’t even cross my mind, took me completely by surprise and oh how I just ate that up. By far one of the best twists I’ve read in a very long time. Just damn. It was awesome.

Damaged Goods was nothing like I expected it to be and I think I loved it even more because of that. Liv and Will have a dark and crazy story to tell, but it is a story worth reading. I just want to put this book (and this series) in everyone’s hands. Please please please do not miss this one.


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About The Author:

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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