Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Review: Born of Illusion by: Teri Brown

Release Date: June 11. 2013
from Balzer & Bray
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?"

My Thoughts:

This is a situation where a very pretty cover pulled me in and sadly the story just did not live up to the cover. This has the makings to be a truly awesome book, but sadly it just misses the mark. I mean we have magic and mediums and spiritualism and in illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini, but the execution of the story just wasn’t all I hoped it would be. 

I think my biggest gripe with the story is that I pegged the bad guys from the beginning. I acknowledge that I do read a lot and because of that I am usually able to peg the bad guy earlier than normal; however I don’t think I should have been able to peg them so early on. I want to have a bit of mystery to the story and I want to have to guess at the bad guys, but that didn’t happen. 

Also, I found it hard to connect with the characters. Anna was good I guess, but I just didn’t really care what happened to her. I would have liked to learn more about her abilities, but we never did. As readers, we were just left to accept that she has these abilities without any reasoning or backing. Then we had Anna’s mother, who I found to be a very inconsistent character. One minute it seems as if she will do anything to ruin Anna and the next everything she does is for Anna’s best interest. It was hard to know who her mother really was.

Then we of course have a love triangle. The problem with this love triangle is that I just didn’t really care about it. Sure there was one I preferred over the other, but I didn’t find myself truly invested in the triangle. I also didn’t feel as if Anna was really torn. I couldn’t see the connection between her and either one of the guys. It felt like she was just going through the motions of two guys with interest and oh dear who ever will she choose. 

Along with this, the story had a very slow buildup. It took a very long time for things to get going and at one point I very nearly stopped reading. I am glad I stuck it out as I was happy to see that I was correct in my guessing. Also, the climax really did amp up the action and was by far the best part of the story. 

All in all, Born of Illusion was sadly not the book for me. I think I expected a lot from this one and it just did not deliver all I was hoping for. However, I am sure there are others out there who will enjoy this one a lot more than I did.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Swoon Thursday #49: Dare You To by: Katie McGarry

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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"Leaving her would be like tearing off my own arm. I've never been in love before. I thought I had been, but I wasn't. This overwhelming, encompassing feeling is love. It's not perfect and it's messy as hell. And it's exactly what I need.

I adored this book and Ryan was so swoony!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #51: Stalked By Death by: Kelly Hashway

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

"Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi--a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac--will fall on her shoulders... and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line.

Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been.

Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn't want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else.

Jodi needs to figure things out fast--because death is stalking her at every turn."

Cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

Stalked By Death will be released on July 23, 2013.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie: Books I've Read In 2013 So Far...

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

We get a freebie this week, so I decided to share my favorite reads of 2013 so far.

1. Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare- I can't say much because it will lead to never ending fangirling, but I loved this book!

2. Lost & Found by: Nicole Williams- I adored Jesse and Rowen's story and WE ARE GETTING A SEQUEL *dances*

3. This Girl by: Colleen Hoover- Can you say Will Cooper?

4. Wait For You by: J. Lynn- Cam and his eggs *sigh*

5. With All My Soul by: Rachel Vincent- This was such a great conclusion to this series. So perfect and I loved it!

6. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by: Michelle Hodkin- This is such a unique series and I love that! Always keeps me guessing!

7. Until I Break by: M. Leighton- Its dark and tough and the characters are broken, but still beautiful.

8. Ten Tiny Breaths by: K.A. Tucker- This one put my emotions through hell... and I loved every minute of it.

9. Hopeless by: Colleen Hoover- Like, Live, Love

10. Apollyon by: Jennifer L. Armentrout- I am loving this series more and more with each book and this one just took the series to a whole new level.

So looking at this list has made me realize that my love of contemporary books that break your heart just continues to grow! My taste in books has really changed. I still love my paranormal, but it seems that the contemps are stealing the show.

What made your list?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Into The Deep by: Samantha Young

Into The Deep
By: Samantha Young
Release Date: August 20, 2013

"Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…"

Let's just say, I am really really really excited for this book!

Book Review: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by: Katie McGarry

Release Date: May 28, 2013
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"Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...."

My Thoughts:

I have been dying to read Dare You To ever since I finished Pushing the Limits and discovered that we were getting a companion novel. I needed more from Katie McGarry and I was very curious about Beth’s story. While I admit that I liked Noah and Echo’s story more, I still really loved Beth and Ryan’s story. It was heart wrenching and emotional and it hurt, but I loved every single second of it. 

Beth is a very very tough character. I admit that I struggled with her character a lot, especially in the beginning. It was very hard for me to connect with her, not because Katie didn’t portray her well, but because her situation is very extreme. I was fully invested in her story and I truly sympathized with her, but I still struggled with her at times. I wanted all the good things for her, but she really frustrated me.

Ryan I absolutely loved. He was so sweet and caring and his feelings for Beth unwavering. I was able to connect with Ryan in a way that I couldn’t with Beth. He is so strong and determined and losing is not an option. However, Ryan has a difficult life as well. Not the same kind of difficult as Beth, but his life is far from perfect.

I really love that this story is focused on two very different kinds of imperfect. We have the imperfect that everyone can see and immediately judges without second thought and then we have the imperfect that nobody knows about but can be just as harmful. Neither Beth nor Ryan has a good home life. Neither have parents with their best interests at heart. However, both Beth and Ryan have someone who truly cares, it is just a matter of them letting their walls down and seeing that someone does care. I loved how their journeys and growth were parallel and almost the same but in very different situations.

The plot in Dare You To hurts and it is very emotional. However, it will also take you by surprise. This one didn’t pan out exactly the way I expected it to and I mean this in a good way. I knew the ending would hold a twist, but I never thought it would be this twist. On that note, the ending is also very sweet. I definitely had a good amount of awww moments. 

Despite me spending a good portion of the book wanting to strangle Beth, I still absolutely love this book. From beginning to end, I was invested in the story and it took a lot to pull me away once I got sucked in. This is a series I recommend to all.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Weekly Recap 5/26/2013

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The Runaway Queen by: Cassandra Clare
Effortless by: S.C. Stephens
Hopeless by: Colleen Hoover
Until I Break by: M. Leighton
If You Stay by: Courtney Cole

This Girl by: Colleen Hoover
Runes by: Ednah Walters
The Rise of Nine by: Pittacus Lore

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers
Waiting On Wednesday: Losing Hope by: Colleen Hoover

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nicole Speaks: The Fault In Our Stars by: John Green

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

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"Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind."

Nicole Speaks:
Where do I even begin? The Fault in our Stars was one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read. I have read sad books before that I thought were heartbreaking, but none of them are anything compared to Green’s The Fault in our Stars. From the very beginning he makes you love all of his characters just to make you watch them all suffer.

Hazel is the main character of the book. She was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer and now she is dying because of it. “Hazel is such an inspiration to me, she really is. She just keeps fighting the battle, waking up every morning and going to war without complaint. She’s so strong,” said one of the girls from the support group that Hazel goes to. There is not a better way to describe Hazel then by calling her strong. No matter what she faces she is able to make it through it, even when she hits the point where she doesn’t want to fight at all anymore. She is so caring that her biggest concern isn’t dying, but leaving her parents to deal with her death. Hazel is a great character that I grew to love through everything she went through.

Augustus Waters was an amazing character. He was good looking with a great personality. Even though he suffered with another disease, he tried to hide it. All he wanted was to be remembered and to leave a mark on the world. As Augustus’ and Hazel’s relationship grows they both realize what is really important in life and how to go on while living with these terrible diseases.

Isaac may not have been the main character of this book, but I loved him just the same. He was another poor teenager who was sick. Because of his disease he had gone completely blind. Seeing what Isaac went through made this book even more heartbreaking, but I think that his speech to Augustus was really what made me break down while reading this book. He loved his friend so much that he said how even if they could fix his eyes he wouldn’t want to see a world without his best friend Augustus.

Even though watching the characters struggle with illness and loss, the relationship between Augustus and Hazel was what made this book so amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking. Hazel talks to Augustus about how she wishes they had more numbers, more days, to spend together, because it wasn’t fair how little time they got to be together, but that what they had was better than anything else and she wouldn’t trade it for the world. I thought that was beautiful because her limited days with him would be more important to her than any number of days without him. She knew from the start of their relationship that she was risking hurting him because of how sick she was, but their love was so strong they wanted to spend what little time they had together. Their relationship was one of the most beautiful relationships and they are one of my favorite couples out of all the books I have read.

I would recommend this book to absolutely everything, but I have to warn people that you must be prepared to have your heart ripped out while reading this. Even though my heart was being torn apart as I was reading this, I have never loved feeling so heartbroken before. This book is amazing in every way and I am so happy I decided to read this incredible story.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by: Pittacus Lore

Release Date: August 21, 2012 from Harper
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"In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all."

My Thoughts:

I really really really wanted to love this book, but sadly I just didn’t. I think I expected more from the book. I wanted to see the Loric come together and start kicking ass, instead we spent a majority of the book waiting for them to find each other. That’s not to say that other things don’t happen, they do, but I felt as if this one was very repetitive. There are only so many times I can watch John/ Four or whoever get cornered by the bad guys and somehow miraculously fight his way out. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. I like the action and suspense and sci-fi goodness this series brings. I love the kickass characters and how they really are just simply awesome. What I don’t like is that I still don’t have many answers concerning Lorien. I feel like I just have to accept certain things without any real reasoning or backing. Maybe the answers are being withheld until the conclusion, but I feel like there are a lot of things we should have answers to by now. 

John/ Four is still awesome and I still love him, even when he is being all mopey over Sarah. Gosh, Sarah, I dislike her… a lot. She isn’t even in this one really and she still aggravated me. Then we have Six, who is all sorts of awesome. She is the definition of a tough chick. I love that we got her perspective in this one. With that, I wish we could have lost Marina’s perspective. She annoys me. Then we have what I think is the best addition to this series, Nine. Nine is an awesome character. He is hysterical! He always has a response and is always ready for a fight. Heck, he is always looking for a fight. But underneath the snark and wit, there is a good hearted guy there. He was rude, but I pretty much fell in love with him. 

The ending to this one kinda kills and not necessarily in a good way. There really isn’t much closure. I get that it is a series, but I still want a story ARC and this book lacked that. The story came to a climax, but I feel as if the climax has been left to conclude in the next book. Plus, I thought the ending came about abruptly. I also didn’t like the transition between chapters. Every chapter seemed to end on a cliffhanger, almost as a ploy to keep you reading. While I am all about keeping your readers invested in the story, I don’t think you need to end every chapter the way the author did. 

All in all, The Rise of Nine was a good addition to the series, albeit a bit disappointing. However, I have hopes for the next one as this book really sets up for the event we have all been waiting for.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Swoon Thursday #48: This Girl 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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"Think what you want, but there isn't a single woman in this whole damn universe that I could ever love like I love you.

and because there  is no such thing as too much Will Cooper...

"She deserves to be kissed by someone who loves her. Someone who spends every waking moment trying to do everything right by her. Someone who would rather die than see her hurt. She doesn't deserve to be kissed by anyone other than me." 

This book was incredible. I loved every single minute I spent reading it!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Excerpt: The Liberator by: Victoria Scott

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When I open my eyes, the sun is trying to murder me. It’s shining on my face and making my head pound. Or maybe it’s my hangover that’s giving me the headache, but nonetheless—me and the sun?—we’re not on friendly terms.

Charlie murmurs beside me. My arms are still wrapped around her waist, and I suddenly realize I must have crashed out in her bed last night. If Grams wakes up and finds me here, she’ll run me a bath…and toss in the toaster.

“Morning, babe,” I whisper.

“Morning, hot stuff,” a distinctly male voice responds.

I whip around, my heart racing, and find Max sitting in a chair across the room. “You look so hot when you first wake up,” he says. He raises a hand to his hair. “Got that whole sexy bed head thing going on.”

Charlie doesn’t even move from her place, but I feel her laughing against me. “Your friend is kind of creepy, Dante,” she manages.

“Max, what the hell are you doing in here?” I ask, pulling the covers farther up even though I’m (regretfully) fully-clothed.

“Real question is, why did I wait so long to join you guys?” Max stands from his chair and cocks his head. A mischievous smile crawls across his face.

“No,” I say, trying to appear serious. “Don’t even think about it, dude.”

Max starts running in place, his smile widening farther until he looks deranged. “Ready or not!” Before I can stop him, Max races toward the bed and dives on top of us. “Oh! Oh it feels even better than I imagined.” He rolls back and forth across our bodies as Charlie laughs and I wonder why I’m friends with such a raging idiot.

With all my strength, I grab Max’s shirt and rotate him toward the edge. He falls off the side, his arms pin-wheeling. There’s a loud thud, and then nothing.

I wait for several seconds before leaning over to search for him. Max is lying face down on the floor, his arms and legs curled like a dead spider. “You’re not really hurt,” I say.

“I think you gave me spinal bifida. You need to call someone.”

“That’s a genetic disorder,” I respond with a sigh, collapsing back onto my pillow. A second later, he raises his head very, very slowly up from the side of the bed. It’s one of the more unsettling things he’s ever done. “Max, is there a purpose to this visit?” I ask. I want so badly to act like he’s annoying me. But he knows, and I know, that we both love this game: the one where I pretend he’s a pain in my ass, and he acts like a damn circus clown.

He stands up, crosses the room, and plops back down in the chair. “Valery sent me.”

I throw an arm across my eyes. “Of course she did.” Beside me, Charlie moves to get up and I immediately reach for her. She squeals and wiggles out of my grasp.

I watch as she walks around the bed and ruffles Max’s hair. The twenty-eight year old pants like a dog. It’s a bit disturbing considering Charlie’s seventeen. She eyes me with a grin. “I’ll make waffles.”

My face lights up.

“Yes,” she continues. “And bacon.”

I glance at Max and nod toward Charlie. “That’s my girl.”

“Damn straight,” he says.

“I’m still making breakfast for your birthday,” I call after Charlie. Then, looking at Max, I add, “My girl’s going to be legal soon.”

Max says, “Boom.”

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Runes by: Ednah Walters (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Runes by: Ednah Walters hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. This was an awesome read and I am excited to be a part of the tour. You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.

Release Date: May 20, 2013
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"Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life."

My Thoughts:

There are so many things I want to say about this book, but the one thing I just cannot stop thinking about is that ending! It was a total and complete shocker and I’m not entirely sure if I loved it or if I hated it. I just wanted to run around in circles and get my hands on the next book. Part of me loves that and part of me is pissed because I have to wait FOREVER. But, moving on, Runes is an excellent read and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

I’m not going to lie. When I first began reading, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the story. See Torin reminded me a lot of Daemon from Obsidian. Also, a lot of the story in general had an Obsidian feel. That could have been a good thing or a bad thing. Ultimately, it ended up being a good thing. It wasn’t a carbon copy but it was still along those lines. So we all know how much I loved Obsidian and I really enjoyed this one as well.

Raine is a feisty heroine and I love characters like her. She is determined and does not take no for an answer. She is a strong character and one you can easily identify with. Then we have Torin St. James. Jeeze, even his name is sexy. I have no doubt that women everywhere will swoon all over him. As I said before, he reminded me of Daemon Black and we all know how much I loved Daemon. Torin is a bit of an asshole but he is a lovable asshole. At the same time though, he goes to extraordinary lengths for Raine and you can’t help but love that! It is clear that the attitude is a front and that really he just enjoyes arguing with Raine because it makes her feisty.

I loved trying to figure out what Torin was and I loved how it was unraveled slowly, piece by piece. I’m not going to say what paranormal being we get with this one, because that is a big part of the plot. I will say that it is something different and something I have personally never encountered before. I love being surprised and I love when I am treated to a different type of paranormal read.

My only issue with this one is the buildup between Torin and Raine. It went on a bit too long for my taste. I know this is probably a bit unreasonable of me, but I just wanted Raine to accept that magic exists in the world and start making out with Torin ASAP. I do enjoy build up and I’m not asking for insta love, I just got a bit impatient.

All in all, Runes is a great read! I loved the plot and the characters, especially Torin, and I look forward to the next installment in this series.


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About The Author:

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.
Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.
Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.
Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Waiting On Wednesday #50: Losing Hope by: Colleen Hoover

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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"In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs."

I want this book sooooo bad! I love anything Colleen Hoover writes and I loved Hopeless. Cannot wait to see Holder's side of things.

Losing Hope will be released on July 9, 2013.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers of Books I've Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

This week is going to be tough... I love me some book covers!

1. Splintered by: A.G. Howard

2. Bloodspell by: Amalie Howard

3. Venom by: Fiona Paul

4. Hush, Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick

5. Die For Me by: Amy Plum

6. Before I Wake by: Rachel Vincent

7. Something Strange and Deadly by: Susan Dennard

8. Dearly, Departed by: Lia Habel

9. Lost & Found by: Nicole Williams

10. Greta and the Goblin King by: Chloe Jacobs

What made your list?

Cover Reveal: Smash Into You by: Shelly Crane

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Title: Smash Into You
Author: Shelly Crane
Expected release date: Summer 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
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 Jude has spent the whole twenty three years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. Never stop running… Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.  

About the Author 
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Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.  

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