Thursday, February 28, 2013

Swoon Thursday #36: Hopeless by: Colleen Hoover



Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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"Sky, if you're wondering if I have commitment issues, the answer is no. Someday in the far, far, far away future... like post-college future... when I propose to you... which I will be doing one day because you aren't getting rid of me... I won't be marrying you with the hope that our marriage will work out. When you become mine, it'll be a forever thing. I've told you before that the only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers, and I mean that." 

THIS BOOK!!!!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wait For You by: J. Lynn

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU? 

“J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart.” Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT 

“For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next.”Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES 

“I don't think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as being sexy and cute and funny and emotional.” - K Books 

“Wait For You is uniquely different from anything else J. Lynn's written but it might possibly be her best work yet.”Jenuine Cupcakes 

“For all of you in love with Aiden and Daemon, PREPARE YOURSELVES! Your heart will have to expand a little more for Cam.” - Total Bookaholic 

“For the love of all things CAM, this book deserves more than 5 stars.”Mundie Moms 

“I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this perfectly crafted contemporary.”Shortie Says 


Excited? Ready to see the cover for WAIT FOR YOU




"Some things are worth waiting for… 
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself. 
Some things are worth experiencing… 
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed. 
Some things should never be kept quiet… 
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her? 
And some things are worth fighting for…"

WAIT FOR YOU is available now! 

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SO THIS COVER IS JUST SO PRETTY I WANT TO CRY!!!!! (bonus points if you get the reference)


 J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the USA TODAY Bestselling author of the adult romance Gamble Brothers’ series, the young adult Lux Series and award winning Covenant Series. She pretty much writes everything—contemporary, paranormal, and fantasy. All of her books have one thing in common no matter the name or genre: kissing… and stuff. When she’s not busy writing, which is never, she’s usually hanging out with dog Loki, watching reruns of The Walking Dead, or procrastinating on the Internet. You can find out more about Jennifer by visiting the following websites:  Twitter | Facebook | http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

Blog Tour: Finn Finnegan by: Darby Karchut (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Finn Finnegan

Release Date: March 12, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press
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"Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament.

Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own.

Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood...when they are not battling each other.

Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival.

Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish.""

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


My Thoughts:

I feel like I should start this review off by saying that this is a middle grade book and therefore reads like a middle grade book. I wanted to get that out there because I know I review mostly upper Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult on this blog. That being said, every now and then I like to read simply fun book like this. I truly enjoyed the story and I know that tweens will absolutely love this book. Finn Finnegan has everything a kid could want. The pace is fast moving, it’s a quick read, the characters are relatable, and it’s funny. 

What initially drew me to this story was the Irish lore that is intertwined. I just find it very interesting and I feel like it is something that hasn’t been overdone. The author really wove Irish lore into the story well. It was prevalent, but it wasn’t too much that it overpowered the story. Also you don’t have to like Irish lore to enjoy the book, the story can carry itself. 

Finn is a great character and one I think kids will love. He is a bit awkward, doesn’t always think before he speaks, impulsive, funny, and just a regular kid. Albeit a regular kid who fights goblins. He has some true kid moments and he reminded me a lot of boys I knew at the age of 13. 

Then we have Gideon, Finn’s guardian. I absolutely loved his character. In a bookish world where so many parents and guardians and what not are either missing or just don’t care; here we have a guardian that truly cares about Finn. While Finn does initially live with his aunt and uncle who ignore him, Finn finds a place where he is cared for and finally feels like he has a family. 

Now I do have my issues with this book, but I’m not going to go into them because this book was not written for me. This book is meant for tweens and I honestly think they will love it. I am not the target audience, so I’m not going to criticize it. Of course I could guess plot points and of course I found some of the jokes dumb, but I just know my sister (who is in middle school) would absolutely love this book (once I get her to read it that is). 

So, all in all I would highly recommend this book to any tween or to anyone who is looking for a very quick and fun read.

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Waiting On Wednesday #38: Down London Road by: Samantha Young

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


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"Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece."

On Dublin Street was my favorite book of 2012, so OF COURSE I am excited for this book! I cannot wait to read this one and I just know I am going to love it.


Down London Road will be released on May 7, 2013.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #36: Strength by: Carrie Butler

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




""Hey." He carefully tilted my chin so our eyes met. "What is it?" "Nothing." "Nothing? Feels like something." Damn empaths. "Feels like I'm going to kick you in the face if you don't stop bugging me about it." "There she is," he said, chuckling. Ugh. Didn't he realize that every time he gave me one of those lopsided grins, I let go of myself a little bit more? If I wasn't careful, he'd have my whole heart."

Yea, I did more than two sentences, but I could not help myself. I absolutely loved this book! Wallace was just wonderful!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review: Devoured by: Emily Snow

Release Date: October 9, 2012
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"Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured."


My Thoughts:

So I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I don’t hate it but at the same time I don’t love it. It was just meh for me and I had some issues with it. The characters are not memorable and honestly I was not impressed by either one of them. 

Lucas was not the swoonworthy character I expected him to be. He honestly came across as mean most of the time and he made me feel uncomfortable at times. I didn’t see his sweet side and I am not really sure he has one. There were moments where he wasn’t a complete douche, but that was about it. He is not that jerky bad boy that you still love; he is more that jerk you stay away from because he treats you like crap. I just didn’t fall in love with him. 

Sienna was another one I struggled to like. She was very whiny and just blah (for lack of a better word). She let people walk all over her, oh wait, except for Lucas of course. The whole basis of her “relationship” (and I use this term loosely) was that he wanted to make her stronger and that by being submissive to him that would happen. I’m sorry but I couldn’t buy into that reasoning, maybe I could have if it was displayed better, but it wasn’t. I felt like it was an excuse to make it okay for Lucas to treat her the way he did and it was not okay. And I’m not referring to the controlling behavior, there was more. 

My other complaint concerns the “love” between the characters. I just didn’t see it. I didn’t get where or how these two fell in “love.” Lust? Absolutely! Lots and lots of lust, but no love for me. I have no idea what event caused Sienna to go “I love him” because I couldn’t find it. I felt as if she just randomly decided yes I’ll love the famous rock star with the tattoos who is trying to buy my grandmother’s house, this seems like a good idea. 

So yeah, I don’t really know what else to say about this one. It was a quick read and kinda fun while it lasted but it just wasn't enough for me. I’m sure there are others out there who will love this but I am just not one of them.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekly Recap 2/24/2013




Goodreads Links:
Born of Illusion by: Teri Brown
Ten Tiny Breaths by: KA Tucker
Vampire Academy by: Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by: Richelle Mead
Blood Promise by: Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by: Richelle Mead
Venom by: Fiona Paul
Black City by: Elizabeth Richards
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin


Reviews:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin
The Indigo Spell by: Richelle Mead
Persephone by: Kaitlin Bevis
Ethan by: PT Michelle

MeMe's:
Teaser Tuesday: Ethan by: PT Michelle
Waiting On Wednesday: Sweet Peril by: Wendy Higgins
Swoon Thursday: The Indigo Spell by: Richelle Mead

Other Fun:
Trailer Reveal: Finn Finnegan by: Darby Karchut

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: Ethan (Brightest Kind of Darkness #0.5) by: P.T. Michelle

Release Date: January 11, 2012
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"Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds; nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through.

Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.

When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.

Note: Ethan is a novella PREQUEL to Brightest Kind of Darkness. This story will give some of Ethan’s background and lead up until the day he tells Nara there’s a bomb in the school."

My Thoughts:

Oh my Ethan! I did not think I could love Ethan any more, but I was completely wrong! I just loved getting inside his head and seeing what it is really like to be him. This novella gives you real insight into his character and starts to break down the walls we have when viewing him through Nara’s eyes. 

I think we all know that Ethan is a dark character, but I don’t think we could ever fully grasp just how dark of a character he really is. He is not a bad guy, not at all, but like I said he is dark. Ethan struggles with a lot and his life is far from easy. Between the horrifying dreams, practically nonexistent relationship with his parents, living with a brother who cares but just doesn’t fully understand, and having to pretend to be normal is a lot to take in and deal with. Speaking of his dreams, we are finally able to experience what they are really like. They are more horrifying than we were ever led to believe. Ethan can really feel the dreams and they affect him more deeply than I ever imagined. 

All in all, Ethan is a fantastic prequel novella. It really helps you to understand his character and you finally see why he acted the way he did in Lucid. I loved seeing the events that led up to Ethan and Nara’s first interaction. I loved seeing Nara become Ethan’s only source of lightness in his very dark world. I just loved it all really. Fans of this series, you need to read this.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by: Kaitlin Bevis

Release Date: July 6, 2012 from Musa Publishing
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"There are worse things than death, worse people too

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life."

My Thoughts:

I don’t think it is a secret that I am a sucker for anything with Greek mythology in it and I take a special liking to the Persephone and Hades myth. So it is really no surprise that I would be drawn to this book. I love a good twist on a great Greek myth and that is exactly what Persephone is. 

Here is the premise. Imagine Persephone wasn’t born back in the time of the Greek gods but in modern day. That is this story and it made for a great one. Persephone has grown up not knowing she is a goddess and naturally this leads to some problems when she finds out. Persephone is the first goddess to come into existence in thousands of years, and this makes her a target. All of this leads to a really great story that weaves in all the important parts of the Persephone myth. 

We have always been led to believe that Hades is this truly dark, terrifying, and evil guy, but somehow Kaitlin made him appealing. Who knew I could fall head over heels for Hades? But I did. Hades is not simply evil but compassionate and strong and caring as well. Of course he has a dark side and boy does he have a temper, but that is not his only side. Kaitlin took a character that everyone normally fears and twisted him into a dark hero, a swoony dark hero. I loved this take on Hades. 

The plot in Persephone is at times predictable, but that it to be expected with a book that is retelling a well-known myth. However, there was still a lot about the story that caught me off guard. There are some twists and turns in there that will shock you. This holds true especially with the ending. I was left dying for more of the story and I cannot see where this is going to go next. 

As I said before, I love Greek mythology and the author did a great job weaving it into the story. With most mythological stories, the gods are hiding and although not everyone believes in them anymore, they have not gone away. But this story, while yes the gods are hiding, not all the myths we have come to know have happened yet. For example, Orpheus makes a cameo during the book. The Greek myths are not a thing of the past that the author is building on; she is literally weaving them into the plot. 

All in all, Persephone is a really enjoyable read, especially for mythology fans!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Swoon Thursday #35: The Indigo Spell by: Richelle Mead



Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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"Adrian Ivashkov wasn't easy to surprise, but I surprised him then when I brought his mouth toward mine. I kissed him, and for a moment, he was too stunned to respond. That lasted for, oh, about a second. Then the intensity I'd come to know so well in him returned. He pushed me backward, lifting me so that I sat on the table. The tablecloth bunched up, knocking over some of the glasses. I heard what sounded like a china plate crash against the floor. Whatever logic and reason I normally possessed had melted away. There was nothing but flesh and fire left, and I wasn't going to lie to myself - at least not tonight. I wanted him. I arched my back, fully aware of how vulnerable that made me and that I was giving him an invitation. He accepted it and laid me back against the table, bringing his body down on top of mine. That crushing kiss of his moved from my mouth to the nape of my neck. He pushed down the edge of my dress and the bra strap underneath, exposing my shoulder and giving his lips more skin to conquer. A glass rolled off and smashed, soon followed by another. Adrian broke off his kissing, and I opened my eyes. He had an exasperated look on his face. "A table," he said. "A goddamned table." A few moments later, the table was gone. I was in his apartment, on his bed, and was glad that I no longer had silverware underneath me. With the venue change complete, his lips found mine again. The urgency in the way I responded surprised even me. I never would've thought myself capable of a feeling so primal, so removed from the reason that usually governed my actions. My nails dug into his back, and he trailed his lips down the edge of my chin, down the center of my neck. He kept going until he reached the bottom of the dress's V-neck. I let out a small gasp, and he kissed all around the neckline, just enough to tease." 

I have a feeling this might be a popular book this week. But I just had to share the Adrian love!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Book Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by: Richelle Mead

Release Date: February 12, 2013 from RazorBill
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"In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood."



My Thoughts:

With each book in this series, I become more and more addicted. While I still think the original Vampire Academy series was better, I have really come to love the Bloodlines series as well. I actually was not the biggest fan of Bloodlines. In my opinion, it just didn’t live up to Vampire Academy and I was a bit let down. Then I read The Golden Lily and I began to find myself enjoying the series more. Then I read The Indigo Spell and this one blew both of those books out of the water. This is by far the best book in the Bloodlines series. 

I think a big reason I enjoyed this book more was the changes we are seeing in Sydney. She really aggravated me in Bloodlines and that kept me from truly enjoying it. However, in The Indigo Spell she is finally beginning to question things and think for herself. For such an intelligent girl, she was really dumb for a while. I love that she is finally starting to live her life and do what she wants. She has come such a long way. I also like that she isn’t the typical heroine. She isn’t the impulsive feisty kickass girl. Sydney is strong in a very different way. Intelligence is her superpower. 

The thing that kept me going with this series was Adrian. I always had a soft spot for him and his charmingly witty ways, but in this book he really shined. He is still charming and witty but he is also much stronger now. Sydney really does bring out the best in him. He has learned from past mistakes and he acts in a way I don’t think people ever expected him to. I absolutely love him and I love the person he has become. All I kept thinking was that Rose was right about him at the end of The Last Sacrifice

While I’m talking about characters I also want to talk about some secondary ones because I think it really is the characters that drive these books. We have Jill who surprised me with her wisdom in this one. Eddie who I think is simply a sweetheart. Angeline who has some serious impulsive issues and honestly I’m a bit sick of her nonsense. Marcus who was not what I was expecting. Then last but not least, we have Ms. Terwilliger who I have come to love in all her frazzled glory. Oh and I just ate up the little Rose and Dimitri cameo. 

Then we have the witch aspect. I am really enjoying this addition to the story. I love how it brings out another side of Sydney. I also love how it meshes into the story. It just shows that there are all sorts of hidden worlds and in Palm Springs they are beginning to mesh together courtesy of one Sydney Sage. 

The plot in The Indigo Spell was incredibly addictive. I could not put the book down. Some things took me by complete surprise and had me gasping and yelling at my book. Then there were the plot points I could see a mile away. I still get frustrated at Sydney’s inability to see relationship drama coming, but that’s just her I guess. I think I just need to accept this. 

All in all The Indigo Spell is a great addition to the Bloodlines series and the ending will leave you wishing The Fiery Heart was out already. I know I have already begun to count down the days.

Waiting On Wednesday #37: Sweet Peril by: Wendy Higgins

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


"Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?"

I am so incredibly excited for this book it's not even funny! I cannot wait to see where this story goes!

Sweet Peril will be released on April 30, 2013.

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Trailer Reveal: Finn Finnegan by: Darby Karchut

Today I am excited to share the book trailer for Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut. I really enjoyed this one and thought it was a fun read. Stop by next week for my stop on the blog tour.




Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday #35: Ethan by: P.T. Michelle

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




"She's sweetness sitting on the tip of my tongue, waiting for me to swallow. My mouth starts to water. Hell yeah, she's worth rejection. A thousand times worth it"

Really enjoyed this novella! I'll be posting my review on Saturday!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by: Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27, 2011
from Simon & Schuster
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"Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong."





My Thoughts:

I have no words. This book has left me speechless, so I am apologizing in advance for what I am sure will be an incoherent review. I had heard amazing things about this book and sometimes that is like the kiss of death for a book. That being said, I still wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I had heard great things, yes, but I really had no idea what the book was about. Now I know that this book is amazeballs. I devoured it and I wanted to immediately jump into The Evolution of Mara Dyer and it’s been a while since I have wanted to immediately dive into a sequel.

Mara Dyer is like no other heroine I have ever encountered. I really do not know how to describe her, but I really liked her. She is convinced that she is insane and doesn’t know how to deal with this, but she tries. She copes in the only way she knows how: by withdrawing into herself and trying to cut ties and keeping everything inside. This is probably not the healthiest thing to do, but she is a teen and it seems like the easiest solution to her. She is not the strongest heroine, but with the things she has been through you can’t expect her to be. Mara is strong in her own way. There is clearly more to Mara than meets the eye, but I seriously had a hard time figuring it out because it is so different and so original.

Noah Shaw is my new book boyfriend. He is up there with the likes of Daemon Black, Tod Hudson, Patch Cipriano, and Aiden St. Delphi. If you stop by my blog then you know what a huge honor that is. I just loved everything about him. He is a bad boy through and through and I just ate that up! He is witty and charming with a bad reputation, but he is also much more. There is more than meets the eye with Noah and he can be incredibly sweet. Noah has his own secrets; but he and Mara just might be exactly what each other need.

The relationship between Noah and Mara is different but still sweet. These two need each other in ways they could never fully realize. They complement each other well. Mara is the first girl Noah actually cares about and isn’t just looking for a good time with and Noah accepts Mara even with all the crazy going on in her life. I really liked watching their relationship grow over the course of the novel.

My favorite thing about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, aside from Noah, was the dialogue. It was just so realistic. The banter between Mara and Noah is amazing because it is hysterical and believable. Also the banter with Mara and her brother Daniel was fantastic. It reminded me a lot of me and my sister and I could clearly see it happening. Not only that but Michelle Hodkin wasn’t afraid to use profanity. Now, don’t take this wrong. I’m not looking for a book that just curses for the fun of it and throws them around left and right. However, it is sometimes appropriate for the situation and let’s face it, teens curse… a lot. I know I did as a teen and while it may not always be attractive, it does happen. It just gave the dialogue a bit of an edge, an edge I enjoyed.

The plot in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was creepy and mysterious and kept me guessing. I had no idea what was going on half the time, but in a good way. I was lost and confused and trying to figure it all out alongside Mara. Even now that I’m finished reading, I’m still confused, but in a good way. I have no idea where the story is going and what could possibly happen.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book. I don’t know why I waited so long to pick this book up and spent all that time without knowing the yummy that is Noah. It is such a different kind of paranormal read. S0 much so that I don’t even know where to begin to categorize it. Paranormal fans, this book is for you!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Weekly Recap 2/17/2013




Goodreads Links:
If You Stay by: Courtney Cole
Grave Mercy by: Robin LaFavers
Beautiful Bastard by: Christina Lauren
Frostbite by: Richelle Mead
Spirit Bound by: Richelle Mead
Clash by: Nicole Williams
The Indigo Spell by: Richelle Mead


Reviews:
Beautiful Creatures by: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Fall For Me by: KA Last
The Gin Lovers Part 1 by: Jaime Brenner

MeMe's:
Waiting On Wednesday: Crush by: Nicole Williams

Other Fun:
Blog Tour (Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway): Fall For Me by: KA Last

My Song Pick:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Book Review: The Gin Lovers #1 by: Jamie Brenner

Release Date: February 12, 2013
from St Martins Griffin
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"It’s 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William’s rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams – and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy."

My Thoughts:

Note: This book was originally published as an eBook serial and then combined to make one novel. Because of that I decided to read it as it was originally meant to be read, in pieces. So this is the review for part 1 of The Gin Lovers. 

The roaring twenties is a time period that has always intrigued me. Something about the speakeasy’s, flappers, and prohibition just interests me. Probably why I went through a period where I was completely obsessed with the movie Chicago. Anyway, back to the review. I also enjoy a good story about a woman finding herself. Those two elements combine in The Gin Lovers

Charlotte lives a life of luxury in a very prominent New York City family. She would never be caught dead in a speakeasy, it would tarnish the squeaky clean family name. However, Charlotte also feels pressured by the expectations that come along with this life she has chosen and the attraction she once felt for her husband is long gone. When her sister in law, Mae, moves in with her she is introduced to the underground world that defined the 1920’s. While she is shocked by this world she is also intrigued by it and drawn to it. Surprisingly, becoming a part of this world is what makes her begin to question the world she belongs to now. I took a liking to Charlotte. She seems a bit weak, but at the same time she is strong. I think some people may consider her weak because she acts how one would expect a woman like her to act in the 1920's, but I would not have believed her as a character if she didn’t behave the way she did. When Charlotte is determined, there is not much that can stop her and she does not give up. She does what needs to be done and through her interactions with Mae, she begins to take off the rose colored glasses and see that her life is not as perfect as it once seemed.

I found The Gin Lovers to be very addictive. It is drama filled and I just ate up all that drama! There are secrets at every turn and the story leaves you dying to know what they are. You are never sure who to trust and that just makes it all the more addictive. My only complaint is that the story switched perspectives rather quickly and it was sometimes tough to figure out who’s head you were in. Other than that I really enjoyed this book.

All in all, The Gin Lovers is a really great and quick read.



Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Fall For Me by: K.A. Last (Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway)

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Welcome to my stop on the Fall For Me Blog Tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.


Release Date: January 17, 2013
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Book Trailer | Cover Art: KILA Designs
Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

"“Angels aren’t supposed to fall in love, especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”
Grace Tate is a Protection Angel and Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made to be broken… 
Until now the fight against evil has been simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the wrong person? 
All hell breaks loose, that’s what. 
At Hopetown Valley High, not everything is as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most important ally. 
Blood will be shed, lives will be lost and friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants to be—saved."


My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book when I first read the synopsis. It combines two of my very favorite paranormal things: angels and vampires. However, while this book had good moments, overall it just wasn’t what I hoped it would be.

I think my biggest issue was that I just couldn’t really connect with the main characters. Grace was the typical overly tough heroine who has boy issues. Then we have Josh who I just did not like and I really think I was supposed to love him. But lately, I just do not like the guy I am supposed to. I think my brain is broken! I just could not see the relationship between these two and because I couldn’t connect to them I had trouble reading through their point of view.

With that being said, I really liked some of the secondary characters. Seth was probably my favorite. Seth is the fallen angel bad boy, so naturally I loved him! He was funny and dark and had good reasons for the things he did. The other character I really liked was Ryan. Ryan was the quiet but strong one who took things in stride and I always appreciate a character like that.

Normally I love books that switch perspectives, but with this book it didn’t work as well for me. Every time this book switched perspective it would backtrack a bit and go over the same events from the other perspective. While I like seeing certain events from different points of view, this did keep the story from progressing as fast as I would have liked.

Also this book had a case of insta-love. While there are situations where I eat up the insta-love, with this book it just didn’t work for me. I had a hard time seeing the relationship because it was there immediately with no buildup. That being said the relationships (I say relationships because there is a love triangle) had their sweet moments and I would be lying if I said I didn’t have moments where I went awwwww. 

While I do have my complaints, overall I would not say that I disliked the book, I just couldn’t love it like I wanted to. It was quick and fun and I am sure there are others out there who will fall head over heels in love with this book; I am just not one of them.

Guest Post:
On the blog today, K.A. Last is going to talk about some of her favorite book covers from 2012. We all know how much I love book covers, so I was super excited to see what she had to say.  

Hi Teresa, and thanks for having me at Readers Live A Thousand Lives.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a graphic designer as well as a writer. I’m a very visual person, and even though we say we should never judge a book by its cover, I absolutely do. Book cover design is something I would love to get into more. I had great fun designing the cover of Fall For Me, and because a good cover is quite important to me as a reader, I’d love to share with you my favourites from 2012. 

My Top Five Favourite Book Cover Designs of 2012 


Starters by Lissa Price
This would be hands down my absolute favourite cover from 2012. I first saw this book in my local K-mart store. It grabbed my attention because it was the only white cover in a sea of darkness. At the time I was going through a phase where I loathed anything that was black and had a girl on the cover. Don’t get me wrong, there are many dark covers that I love, I just thought it had been done to death. For me, Starters was a refreshing change. I adore the starkness of the design—those eyes are amazing—and if you’ve read this book you’ll understand the computer chip detail in the background. 



Aurora Sky Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
This cover is unlike anything I’ve seen before, and I wish I had a paperback copy so I can sit it on my shelf and look at it whenever I like. So many covers have girls in beautiful flowing dresses—which I also love as you’ll see when you get to the next two books—but Aurora Sky is so different. It still has a girl with her back to us, but I love that she’s in leggings and a warm woolly jumper, which she has to be since the book is set in Alaska. She is obviously a beautiful girl, and I also love that we get to see a hint of her face. The scarf adds the flow and movement that a dress usually would, but it also adds an entirely different dimension. Aurora is not the damsel in distress running away from the bad guy; she’s the kick-ass chick holding her own ground. 




Rapture by Lauren Kate
Fallen was one of those books I picked up purely because I loved the cover. Of course, after that I had to get the rest of the books in the series because I just had to find out what happened. Rapture is my favourite cover in the Fallen series because it’s just that little bit different to the rest. All the others have Luce in a black dress. The white dress is a lovely touch, and one that for me signifies Luce discovering who she really is.
 





Until I Die by Amy Plum
Die For Me was another book I picked up because the cover basically yelled my name from the shelf. Unfortunately it was published in 2011, so doesn’t count here, but equally beautiful is the next instalment in the Revenant series, Until I Die. If I Should Die, due out in May this year, also has a gorgeous cover. These novels are set in Paris, a place I’ve always wanted to visit, so they have a very magical charm for me. All three covers capture that magic perfectly, and when I look at Until I Die, I just want to run down that road to see what’s at the end.
 



The Wood Queen (UK Cover) by Karen Mahoney
When I said I judge a book by its cover, I wasn’t lying. If a book has a beautiful cover, I’m highly likely to buy it just so I can look at it whenever I like. The Iron Witch was another book I took home because I had to have that cover in my house. Then I had to have The Wood Queen because it was equally as beautiful. I guess I’m lucky I actually liked what was written on the pages as well, which is a bonus. The main thing I love about these covers is the foiling. If I was rich I’d print foil on my own book cover, but unfortunately for short print runs, it’s rather expensive. Donna has special metal scars in her hands and arms, and the intricate foil pattern on the cover shows these beautifully. So, there you have it. I could have mentioned so many more covers that I like, but we would have been her forever. I also didn’t want to include any that I haven’t actually read. I’d love to know what your favourite cover design of 2012 is, and why. 


Thanks again, Teresa, for taking part in the Fall For Me blog tour. I am grateful for your support.

K x   


Giveaway:

First Prize: One eBook copy of Fall for Me, Pair of silver tone angel wing earrings with diamante accents valued at $15 AUD plus a Fall For Me bookmark

Second Prize: One $10 Amazon Kindle gift card

Third Prize: 5 Fall For Me bookmarks to five people

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About The Author:

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon



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