Friday, January 31, 2014

Favorites Giveaway Hop: M. Leighton Prize Pack

Welcome to my stop on the Favorites Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books. For my stop I decided to give away an M. Leighton prize pack because Michelle's books are all about the love and because they are all favorites of mine. One winner will win kindle copies of all the books pictured below.

-one winner will win kindle copies of all the books pictured above
-giveaway is open to anyone who can accept kindle books
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-giveaway will run from 2/1/2014 to 2/14/2014
-winner will be chosen at random through rafflecopter and contacted via email
-winner will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner

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Blog Tour: Savor (Vicious Feast #1) by: Kate Evangelista (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Savor by Kate Evangelista hosted by Paranormal Cravings. For my stop I have a review and a giveaway.

Release Date: December 2, 2013
from Crescent Moon Press
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Source: I received a copy of this book as a part of the blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there. 

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious. 

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story. 

Again, refer to the warning above."

My Thoughts:

So I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up this book. From what I now understand it is a spin off from her Young Adult book Taste. I haven’t read Taste so I really had no clue what to expect from Savor, but good thing is you don’t need to read Taste to understand the events in Savor. However, I definitely want to go back and read Taste now because Savor was such a good read. I was hooked from beginning to end. Also did I mention it is New Adult paranormal? Cause that was a HUGE draw for me!

Dakota is not your normal heroine. For one she wears and eye patch and she rocks that eye patch! It’s very clear that something terrible happened to her, but exactly what isn’t clear. Dakota is so strong and focuses on living her life to the fullest. She doesn’t let her past and limited eyesight stop her. She is a kickass photographer and is determined to be the best photographer she can possibly be. So when the opportunity to photograph Vicious Feast lands in her lap, she can’t let that opportunity pass her by. 

Luka is a complicated creature. There were moments where I absolutely loved him and wanted to keep him forever, but then there were moments where I wanted to knock some sense into him. He clearly has demons he is hiding and I’m dying to pull his layers apart. His secrets have secrets and I want to know them all!

While I really came to love all the characters, I can easily say Dray is my favorite secondary character. He is just so sweet and such a cutie. He has so many random facts and I could listen to him list them off all day long. I love every single scene he was in and I want more of him! 

Savor was the kind of read with a very slow buildup. I love when this is done well and Savor does it well! The story moves along with pieces and clues being dropped here and there and you have to try and put the whole picture together. I’m still not entirely sure what kind of paranormal being I’m dealing with and the anticipation is killing me. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book! The only thing is I felt like the book climaxed at the end and then the book was just over. I’m left with a lot of questions and I felt like all of Savor was buildup but then I never fully came down from the buildup. It succeeded in leaving me wanting more, but at the same time I’m just like: where are my answers?!?! 

Savor is a good read and it is one that keeps you glued to the pages. I loved the characters and the whole world this book created. It’s like a magical world in the middle of our normal one. I am eagerly anticipating the follow up to Savor


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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full time. WebsiteFacebook | @KateEvangelista | Amazon | You Tube

Excerpt Blast: The Deep End of the Sea by: Heather Lyons

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I am thrilled to share an excerpt for Heather Lyons' THE DEEP END OF THE SEA! THE DEEP END OF THE SEA is a New Adult Fantasy set for release February 13, 2014 and definitely one you need to add to your TBR pile!         

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"What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong? Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age. But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again."    

I let it happen again.

The temple settles into that stagnant silence I’ve long learned to loathe, and these are the most cohesive series of words I can string together for many long, desolate minutes. I let it happen again. Resolutions apparently mean nothing, even if crafted under the best of intentions. Had I not, just this very morning, recited a daily pledge held dear to my heart: I shall not let myself be used for death?

And yet, a man is dead, and I was the weapon that slayed him.

I move closer to where he now stands, forever frozen in terror, and press my shaking hand against his outstretched stone one. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, though he cannot and never will be able to hear my words. “So, so sorry.”

His eyes, wide and mercifully detail free, offer me nothing in return. Once I commit his features to memory, I construct a life history with a name worthy of his sacrifice. Walt was single (I can’t bear the thought of spouses and children, thus my collection of singletons) and a bit of a daredevil when he wasn’t volunteering to teach literacy to adults in poverty stricken urban areas. He’d gone spelunking at least a half-dozen times, sky diving twice, and bungee cord diving off some crazy bridge in Colorado just once, on his thirtieth birthday. Walt liked to write poetry; how could he not, when his now-deceased parents had named him after one of the greats?

Walt liked to talk about poetry, too, which means he needs to be with others like him. I strip off my flannel work shirt, down to a tank top, and get to work. Shoving stones around when half of one’s body is reptilian isn’t the easiest of tasks, requiring a great deal of precision and care.

As I always tend to do when placing a new statue, I can’t help but flash back to the one and only time I’d broken one of my victims. I’d been tired—he’d snuck upon me when I’d been sleeping—and an overestimated shove sent poor Nikolaos face first against the temple floor. I’d spent most of that night collecting the pieces which once made a whole man, blubbering in misery. As penance, his head, missing an ear and part of his nose, still sits on a shelf in my bedroom. Treat us gently, I like to imagine him telling me nightly before I sleep. We deserve your care.

I have not failed Nikolaos since. Over the ages, I’ve developed a routine to transfer the statues around the island that includes wrapping the bodies in a thick quilt before putting them up on casters. It takes a painstaking amount of time to shift them short or long distances, but each person deserves nothing less from me.

Walt’s group sits just outside the temple. They are the philosophers of our island; it only seems natural they would find much to appreciate in both the sun and the stars. I struggle with his body over the stairs—they are tricky to maneuver for me even without hauling a two hundred pound statue—but eventually, I get him exactly where he’ll fit in best.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Walt,” I tell the still faces forming a cluster near a non-functioning fountain. “His poetry is as beautiful as his namesake’s.”

I angle Walt so his eyes face theirs. It’s late afternoon, and there is soft orange light filtering down upon their features. It’s a beautiful sight, which only saddens me, because all of that talk about death and beauty being intertwined is one of the biggest loads of crap I’ve ever heard. Death isn’t beautiful. Too often than not, it’s messy and brutal; even when done in sleep, there’s still that theft of breath, that failure of a heart. Death is an act of violence.

I should know. I am one of the most prolific murderers in history. And I think about death constantly.

I often wonder what my own death will be like, if I am ever blessed to embrace it. I’m not too picky in my imaginings; I’ll take any sort by this point. Logically, I’d prefer a less painful exit, but, knowing my luck, it’ll be as ruthless as once reported and still widely believed.

It ought to be noted I have some of the most wretched luck to ever be doled out, so there is that.

The sound of waves crashing against the shore sends my eyes to the horizon. I’ve tried to drown myself in those waters more times than I ought to admit over the years, but the sea always spits me back out. I’ve also tried overdosing on pharmaceuticals, stabbing myself in the chest and eyes (which was just as painful as you’d imagine), and throwing myself off a cliff. Melodramatic, yes, and all ineffective for an immortal cursed with impenetrable skin and a digestive system apparently filled with acid.

Death is not my friend. At least, not yet.

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to. Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook   

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sloppy Seconds: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by: Cassandra Clare

Welcome to our very first Sloppy Seconds which is a new monthly feature that myself and Michele of A Belle's Tales will be hosting. Sloppy Seconds is a feature in which Michele and I buddy re-read some of our very favorite books and then post our thoughts and feels. So sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and re-live some great reads with us!

Release Date: August 31, 2010
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"In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...."

Our Discussion

**spoilers ahead**

Teresa Mary Rose
Okay, so you know me, can we just start with Will? I love him!

Michele Belle
We absolutely can... but I'm going to need you to prepare yourself for some major Jem swooning on my part. Will is so funny... and the snark... I adore his snark!!!

Teresa Mary Rose
Ohh the snark! That's why I love him so! The swoony moments are wonderful too, but it's the snark that gets me every time! And please Jem swoonage is needed! I love him too! I actually think I appreciated Jem more the second time around knowing the outcome of the series.

Michele Belle
Will keeps me on my toes, and I seriously love that about him. I want to hug him, shove him, snuggle him... and repeat. Now Wifey, you know I've always considered myself Team WillJem... love them both to pieces and was going to be heartbroken no matter what for one of these guys. But I have a huge confession: As soon as Jem entered the picture in our re-read... I squeeeed... and almost got emotional. Am I secretly Team Jem?

Teresa Mary Rose
Will excels at keeping people on their toes! And I really loved that for every stupid thing he did, this time around I knew the reason... which is why it broke my heart. A Jem squee? What is this? You may secretly be Team Jem... I know for me, I am still firmly Team Will but this time I loved Jem more immediately. I think the first time I read, my mind automatically rejected the introduction of a love triangle and conditioned me to brush Jem off in the beginning. Obviously, I grew to love Jem to pieces, but this time around I loved him showing up! Since we are talking about Will and Jem can we just talk about how their relationship is the most important in the entire series?

Michele Belle
I agree – knowing the reasons behind his actions made them all the more intriguing for me. Will’s just so complex, and I think it's obvious that he's struggling with some serious demons when you re-read this.

Sigh. I just may be. It's the sweetness. Jem is a beautiful soul. But let’s talk about how funny he is! I think his humor can be overshadowed by Will at times; but since I was apparently hanging on Jem's every word this time around, I found that he made me laugh A LOT.

Aaaahhh, the bromance. Hands down, my most favorite friendship of all my books. I feel like the parabatai relationship wasn't as evident in the Mortal Instruments series, and I am so moved by how much Jem and Will care for each other. That bond is beautiful!

I want to mention the brilliance of Cassandra Clare. The tie-ins to the Mortal Instruments series are amazing. It also answers questions I had about this world she created in such amazing detail. She kept it interesting without it being an information dump.

Teresa Mary Rose
Oh yes! Agreed! During the re-read it became so obvious that our poor Will is having some serious issues. I also didn't want to smack him when he whispered Cecily's name... cause now I know haha.

Oh Jem is so sweet... like a silver lollipop. And he is hysterical! He is a quiet humor though, where Will is loud and in your face about it. One of my favorite moments from Jem is when he compares Will to a headache - that cracked me up. And apparently this time I was allowed to laugh at Jem (my brain is weird).

Their bond is glorious! I feel like Will and Jem are a special parabatai and are closer than most. Jace and Alec are close but it was nothing compared to these two... and when you think about it Luke and Valentine were parabatai at one point, and Jem and Will would never have those issues. I feel like people focus so much on Will/Tessa or Jem/Tessa that Will/Jem gets overshadowed and for me that is the most important one... because nothing was going to come between them, not even Tessa.

The tie-ins kill me! I giggle like a crazy person every time one shows up. She does it so brilliantly and quietly. I also love seeing ancestors for some of my favorite TMI characters.

Michele Belle
I love the way Tessa SEES Will. She interprets his actions and words in a way that only Jem has ever been able to. The connections among these three characters are stunning.

A silver lollipop. Thank you. That will be referenced in all of our future conversations about Jem. I LOVE that moment (and your weird brain). I didn't remember Jem calling Will on so many of his antics, but he really did and it was hilarious!

These guys really embrace the old laws and what "parabatai" stands for. I feel as though some things have been forgotten through the years. No, Jem and Will would never find themselves in a predicament like Valentine and Luke. Jem and Will would willingly die for one another. It's true – this is a story as much about friendship as it is romance. Speaking of this particular triangle, I want to talk about one of my favorite moments: the "goodbye" on the steps. Will's reaction with those clenched fists by his sides was priceless and so eye-opening. It left no doubt on the reader's part about his true feelings.

The ancestors, the heirlooms... it all makes me incredibly giddy!

You know one of my favorite characters is Magnus Bane. He's delightful in this book. Especially at the end. I can never get enough of Magnus!!

However, with all the love we're throwing around... let's talk about my LEAST favorite character, Jessamine. I remember disliking her the first time around, but I truly didn't expect her to bug me as much knowing what we know now. Wrong. I cannot stand that little gutter snipe. The things that come out of her mouth make me see red.

Teresa Mary Rose
I love how Tessa can tell that Will is putting up a front and she is determined to break down his walls. But then at the end the ONE TIME I really need her to see through his words she doesn't! You are spot on... the connection between these three is incredible! How could Tessa not love both of them when Will and Jem are so close!

I didn't remember it either, but Jem doesn't let Will get away with anything! I also forgot that he sometimes went along with them, like in the infamous cannibal duck scene... that gets me every time!

They just don't make parabatai like Will and Jem anymore *sigh*. They emulate what it is to selflessly love someone else. Oh the "goodbye"! Will's reaction was so glaring the second time around! I was like OH SNAP!

You know Magnus is one of my favorites too! He always manages to steal whatever scene he is in! That was one of the things I really like about this series, was that we got to see Magnus at a different time.

You read my mind! Jessamine is a terrible person and I can't stand her! I honestly forgot how much I disliked her and how many stupid things she said. I don't feel bad for her at all, I really don't. She could have chosen to make the best out of her situation, but she didn't. She sat around and sulked and wanted everyone to treat her like a princess when she is not a princess, not even close.

While we are on the dislike subject, Mortmain! I forgot what a devious little jerk he is!

Michele Belle
Oh, that's so true! I suppose she was just so crushed that she couldn't see through it at the time. And he was VERY convincing. As much as I wanted to shake him for those careless words, I was very impressed with that delivery! My heart broke for them.

The duck scene. An all-time favorite! I had a serious and very embarrassing fangirl moment when Jace mentioned ducks in City of Lost Souls. Again with the brilliant tie-ins, Ms. Clare!

Oh, thank GOD. I was afraid you might have more generous feelings towards the little heifer. I do so love when we are on the same page. Kudos to Tessa for having the patience she did to put up with Jessie. You and I would have been looking for places to stuff her little body! And then we'd have thrown Nate in with her!

Mortmain – such an evil genius! What I love most about what Clare did with him was that she made him appear so ordinary and unsuspecting, but then BAM – he's vile and loathsome!!!! Almost made me feel sorry for de Quincey! And we can't forget about dear Camille... talk about being consistent from series to series. I still can't believe Magnus loved her. Maybe I'm just too Team Malec.

There are so many secondary characters to love! I adore Thomas, Agatha, Sophie – and the introduction to Church!! 

Teresa Mary Rose
I know, I know, he was very convincing! Although, I don't think I ever believed him, not even the first time around. But I know I have more information than Tessa does so I shall forgive her.

The duck scene will forever be one of my favorite literary moments haha. We are the same person! I loved when Jace shared his duck phobia in City of Lost Souls... it's a Herondale thing.

I love when we agree! Makes me smile. I don't know how Tessa did it honestly. I would have punched her and kicked her too for good measure. You are so right, we would have been hiding those bodies. Nate! Don't even get me started on Nate! *strangles Nate*

Yes! Mortmain is an awesome villain because he is vile but ordinary at the same time. Makes him worse somehow. Ehh I didn't feel sorry for de Quincey, he was still a jerk. Ohh Camille.... she needs to be stopped! I hate her... a lot.... she is responsible for my Malec heartache. I don't know what Magnus was thinking.

Church!!! I love that the cat has become such an important part of the series! And I adore Sophie! She is wonderful... although she needs to cut my Will some slack! And Thomas and Agatha *sobs*

Michele Belle
Not only is Tessa patient, but she's really easy to love. I adore her sharp wit, and her love for books melts me. This series has the BEST book quotes – actually, it has amazing quotes throughout, but the ones relating to books are like candy for readers and quote whores like us! Tessa – and of course Cassandra Clare – make me fall in love with this time period again. I want to break out the bustles and corsets!

Haha, oh, de Quincey... I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Charlotte, Henry, and company showed up and he was truly clueless to their accusations. But yeah, he is a jerk; and though innocent of this particular wrongdoing, he was definitely guilty of 1,002 other crimes!

Camille IS responsible... and Magnus was clearly not thinking with his brilliant warlocky brain!

And for some reason, I didn't remember Jem single-handedly being responsible for our acquaintance with the finicky feline!

Thomas and Agatha. I really did fall apart more reading that a second time. I was very sad for Will. His guilt over his neglect of Thomas was heart-wrenching. I tear up just thinking about it – especially because Thomas never held it against him. He was such a kind person. I'm not even kidding – that part ruins me. It should come with a warning.

Teresa Mary Rose
Tessa is my favorite Cassie Clare heroine! She is just so strong and smart and witty and just a beautiful character. And you are so right! This book has THE BEST BOOK QUOTES EVER! I loved one of them enough to have it etched onto my skin permanently. I truly think any reader can appreciate this book on Will and Tessa's love of books alone.

Oh Wifey, you make me want things I didn't know I wanted... I would have loved to see a confused de Quincey! We need to write a memo to Cassie requesting this!

You know, I never thought of it that way and now that you brought that to my attention, I love Thomas even more! Oh my heart! It can't handle these books! The whole series should come with a warning: BEWARE, THIS BOOK WILL CAUSE AN EXTREME CASE OF THE FEELS. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Since we brought up quotes before... do we want to share our favorites now?

Michele Belle
Oh, yes, please. I'm going to do my very best to trim it down, but you should see how many I have... it's crazy.

"'One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.'"

"'Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry...'"

"'Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel! I seek scandal and low companionship.'"

"'You think she's pretty?' ...'Yes, and you do too.' 'I hadn't noticed, really.' 'Yes, you have, and I've noticed you noticing.'"

"It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it."

Teresa Mary Rose
OH THE QUOTES! It is so easy to get carried away with quotes. I wanted to just highlight the entire book!!!

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?" "They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

“Must you go? I was rather hoping you'd stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must." "I'll stay," Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. "I can minister angelically." "None too convincingly. And you're not as pretty to look at as Tessa is," Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow. "How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun." Jem still had his eyes closed. "If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren't wrong.”

“Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs.”

"Tessa looked at him in disbelief. "What's my name?" "Don't you know it?" "You - you've come bursting into my room, scared me nearly to death, and now you demand to know my name? What on earth's your name? And who are you, anyway?" “My name is Herondale," the boy said cheerfully. "William Herondale, but everyone calls me Will. Is this really your room? Not very nice, is it?" He wandered toward the window, pausing to examine the stacks of books on her bedside table, and then the bed itself. He waved a hand at the ropes. "Do you often sleep tied to the bed?”"

Michele Belle
This book is so incredibly good. I think we made a wise choice for our first re-read. I have absolutely loved every second of sharing this book with you!!

Teresa Mary Rose
This was an excellent choice for our first re-read! It was wonderful and it was even better reading it the second time around with you! I can't wait to see what shenanigans we get into with our next re-read!

Swoon Thursday #82: Be With Me by: J. Lynn

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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""I'm going to make this crazy suggestion, okay?" "Okay." One side of his lips tipped up. "I think you should walk around like this at least twice a day when I'm around. Once in the morning. Once at night." I laughed. "You just want me to prance around in a towel then?" "Prance. Walk. Sit. Stand. Breathe." He brushed his lips across my cheekbone, causing me to shiver. "I'll be okay with any of those things."

I liked this swoon, even though its not a normal swoon, because it is funny and cute and lately I seem to be all about the cute swoons. They just make me melt and get all gooey.

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #85: City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare

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


I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!"

I cannot believe this series is coming to an end! I am both excited and terrified for this book! I just know this book is going to rip my heart out!

City of Heavenly Fire will be released on May 27, 2014.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Tour: All The Pretty Poses (Pretty #2) by: M. Leighton (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for All The Pretty Poses hosted by Inkslinger PR. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.

Release Date: January 26, 2014
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"He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.


It took Kennedy Moore years to put her life back together after Reese Spencer shattered it. But she did. Now, years later, strong and independent, she is in pursuit of a single dream—to dance with the Altman American Dance Theater. Unfortunately, Kennedy is learning that a girl from nowhere with no money and no contacts might never be able to reach her goal. 

That is, until Reese reappears, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Kennedy just can’t refuse. In exchange for working on his yacht for a few short weeks, he’ll get her an audition with the famous dance troupe. All Kennedy has to do is keep her head down, work hard and resist Reese. That sounds easy enough, right?


Reese doesn’t want to make it easy for Kennedy. Seeing her again has started a fire in his blood—an unwelcome one. It took him years to forget about her before, so this time he has a plan. It’s simple: Get Kennedy on his yacht, seduce her, get her out of his system, move on with his life. That sounds easy enough, right? 

But the one thing Reese didn’t plan for was Kennedy herself—a girl so strong yet so broken, she makes him want to rescue her, to take care of her. To save her. Even if he has to save her from himself."

My Thoughts:

Whenever I open an M. Leighton book I know I am in for a good time. I know the book will be sweet and steamy with great and complex characters that get under your skin. All The Pretty Poses delivered all of these things! I absolutely love All The Pretty Lies, it was probably my favorite of hers besides The Wild Ones, so I had very high hopes for this follow up and it was a worthy follow up! 

I’m going to start with Reese… Michelle just has a knack for creating wonderful heroes. Reese is not perfect, he is far from it, but he is still a great guy. I think what I loved most is that he has flaws, it made him real and I think that is what really made it easy to fall for him. I’m not going to lie though; it is a slow fall with Reese. It takes a while for him to open up and get through his layers, but in the end he earns that love. I also loved that once Kennedy walked back into his life, there was no hesitation on his part. He knew he wanted her and he went for it. 

Kennedy is a seriously tough chick. Her past is just… damn. I don’t want to say much and ruin the story for others, but Kennedy is strong, really really strong. I love that she doesn’t easily fall back in to Reese’s arms and she makes him work for it. She is a smart girl and her head is constantly battling her heart. 

I have come to expect twists with Michelle’s books and she always delivers them! This book though, I just didn’t see any of it coming. It surprised me at every turn. At one point, I bolted up straight and screamed “what” and startled everyone around me. Even though I know something is coming that is going to hurt, I am never ever prepared for it. 

Along with the twists and turns, this book delivered the sweet and the steam. This book was super steamy and the chemistry between the characters just sizzles. However, it is also sweet. Mixed in with all the steamy moments there are tons of sweet ones that truly show the love between the characters and the beauty of this second chance love. Underneath every steamy moment you can feel the love these two have for each other and that is what really makes the story stand out. 

It was also fun to see Hemi and Sloane again! I will never ever get enough of those two and I absolutely loved seeing them both in their happily ever after. I also loved seeing Sig, and damn did he crack me up. I need for him to have a book! 

All The Pretty Poses was a stunning addition to the Pretty series. Reese and Kennedy had a story to tell and I am so glad we got the chance to experience that story. It was a gorgeous romance and it did not disappoint.


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About The Author:

M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies. She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office. Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Top Ten Tuesday: Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In

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

I love the topic this week! It is just fun and there are so many worlds I want nothing to do with, but I have no problem watching my heroes and heroines struggle through it.

1. The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins- I am sure this will be a popular pick, but no... this is not a happy place to be.

2. Divergent by: Veronica Roth- Again, just way too much that could go wrong in this world. Plus after the revelations in Allegiant, well yeah.

3. Perfection by: JL Spelbring- A world in which the Nazi's won the war? Yeah, I think I'll pass.

4. Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi- Have we all met Warner's father? That man is a psycho...

5. Delirium by: Lauren Oliver- This one may be the worst! You literally lose your ability to feel and pretty much just walk around catatonic! 

6. The Immortal Rules by: Julie Kagawa- Not only are there vampires (and not the sexy kind) there are crazy vampires that have no control over their actions!

7. A Song of Ice and Fire by: George RR Martin- Unless I got to be Daenearys, then this world is just not worth it! 

8. Greta and the Goblin King by: Chloe Jacobs- This is a pretty cool world, but there is no way I would survive there! Something would eat me!

9. Something Strange & Deadly by: Susan Dennard- Zombies are cool but I have no desire to actually live in a world with them. Also a world where the flesh eating buggers can be controlled and used against you just makes it worse somehow.

10.Uninvited by: Sophie Jordan- This world freaked me out! From the kill gene to the camps, just everything.

What made your list?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review: Connected (Connections #1) by: Kim Karr

Release Date: February 4, 2014 from NAL
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"What if a "Once in a Lifetime” could happen twice?

In Dahlia London’s world, happily ever after is a far cry from reality. Her soul has been left completely shattered by tragedy. But a surprising reunion with someone from her past is about to give her a reason to love again…

When rock star River Wilde comes back into Dahlia’s life, their super-charged connection runs deeper than either of them ever expected. The more time they spend together, the more intense their relationship becomes, and Dahlia believes at last she has found her soul mate.

But as old bonds fade and Dahlia’s grief begins to lift, her guilt and confusion remain. River desperately wants to be the one who mends what’s been broken—but with a past that refuses to stay buried, is it possible for their future to begin?"

My Thoughts:

Everyone warned me that this is an emotional book, but no warning can really prepare you for this book. It is the kind of book that makes your heart hurt. Every time you think you know where the story is going you end up completely blindsided by what actually happens. There were a couple of times when I thought I had the story line pegged but then it turned out I was wrong (although there is one thing I still think I’m right about that will come into play in Torn). 

I think the best thing about the story is the characters. Both of them are so well developed and they feel so real. It is so easy to connect to them and get invested in them. I adore Dahlia (I also love her name). My heart broke for this girl and all the tragedy that has touched her life. It is a testament to her strength that she is able to be the bright and vibrant girl even after all of the darkness she has dealt with. 

Then we have River and I fell so hard for River. His name is oh so sexy and he lives up to that sexy name. He is adorable and charming and talented and just oh so swoony. He is just a wonderful guy and he wants to help Dahlia any way he can. He clearly adores her and is willing to do anything for her. That kind of devotion is hard not to fall for. It’s clear he is keeping a secret, and I think I know what it is, and I am not happy he is keeping it. However, if I’m right in my guess I completely understand why he feels the need to keep it. 

The chemistry between River and Dahlia just oozes off the pages. It is so steamy and swoony and just oh my gosh wonderful. Now I will say this, their relationship is very insta love and I just wanted to mention this because I know some people hate this. I’m not one of them; as long as you can make me believe it I am perfectly okay with it and this one definitely made me believe it. I could see the immediate connection and more importantly I could feel it. 

The story moves along at a pretty good pace. I was going along, enjoying the ride, happy in my little world watching River and Dahlia fall more and more in love… and then I read the epilogue. How can the book just end there?!?!?! I wanted to smash something. I actually threw a temper tantrum. Such a mean mean cliffhanger and I know there is heartache to come in the next book and I don’t know how my heart is going to handle it.

Connected is an emotional read and one that will make you smile and then smash your heart into bits. It is a great read and one that leaves you dying to pick up the sequel.

Entangled Covet Release Blast

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.

Also, make sure to hop on over the Entangled in Romance blog to join in the fun as Covet challenges readers to share their worst date stories. The worse, the better, hold no punches!

Today I'm happy to be featuring Covet's January releases:

Love at Stake by Victoria Davies

Abbey is the lone human working for Fated Match, a company that pairs members of the supernatural community with their eternal mates.

To snag a young vampire socialite as their next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire on the East Coast. But he's not willing to allow his vampire daughter to use the agency... unless Abbey can first find his perfect match in a month.

As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. But humans are toys for vampires, and risking her heart isn't a part of the plan.

Haunt Me by Heather Long

Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt’s haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost?

Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father’s dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell.

These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?

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