Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review: This Side of Salvation by: Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: April 1, 2014
from Simon Pulse
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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.
"Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have imagined..."

My Thoughts:

This book is very hard for me to review. I really really enjoyed it, but I really just don’t know where to begin or what to say about it. This book is very different from anything I have ever read before and that is part of what made me enjoy it so much. The characters are great and the story really gets under your skin.

David is a great voice to read from and I really liked him. He has dealt with a lot of grief in his life and my heart breaks for him. His family is broken and he just doesn’t know how to get through to them anymore. I struggled with his parents a lot. Mostly because I didn’t like the way they treated their children. I felt as if they did not come first for them, and they should. While I liked David, I have to say my favorite character was Mara. I’m not really sure what exactly it was about her, but there was something. Maybe it’s because she named her cat after Tod from Soul Screamers or maybe it is just because she is very strong and independent, but there was definitely something.

I think my favorite thing about this book was the relationships. This book explores different kind of relationships and how they affect you. You have David and Bailey’s relationship which is really sweet. I loved it because they didn’t always agree, but they never pushed each other to believe something they would have been uncomfortable with. Then there is David’s relationship with his parents, which is strained to say the least, but he still loved them and is willing to do a lot to help them. And then there is David’s relationship with his sister Mara, which was my favorite. I loved how supportive they were of one another and that they could always count on one another despite their sometimes differing beliefs. 

This Side of Salvation is just an all-around good read. It’s not something I would normally pick up, but I am very glad I did. This author has never let me down before, and This Side of Salvation was no exception. It’s a beautiful Young Adult Contemporary read.

Cover Reveal: Lux: Beginnings and Lux: Consequences by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:
There's an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he's hot...until he opens his mouth. He's infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
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Lux: Consequences (Opal & Origin) official blurb:
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. Twitter | Facebook | Website

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Recap 3/30/2014

Goodreads Links:
The Maze Runner by: James Dashner
No Regrets Trilogy by: Lauren Blakely
The Shadow Prince by: Stacey O'Neal
Fall Into Forever by: Beth Hyland
Tabula Rasa by: Kristen Lippert-Martin
Undead With Benefits by: Jeff Hart
Feral by: Holly Schindler
The Dolls by: Kiki Sullivan
Black Ice by: Becca Fitzpatrick
Soul Screamers Volume 4 by: Rachel Vincent
The Eternity Cure by: Julie Kagawa
Down To You by: M. Leighton

Honesty by: Carrie Butler
Starling by: Fiona Paul

Teaser Tuesday: Honesty by: Carrie Butler
Waiting On Wednesday: Take Me On by: Katie McGarry
Swoon Thursday: Believe In Me by: J. Lynn

Other Fun:
Release Day Blast: Entangled Covet


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sloppy Seconds: Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Welcome to Sloppy Seconds which is monthly feature hosted by myself and Michele of A Belle's Tales. 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: October 13, 2009
from Simon & Schuster
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Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life."

**spoilers ahead**
Teresa Mary Rose
I need you to prepare yourself for me during this discussion because it may be my craziest moment yet. I have so much love for this series, and I really have no clue where to begin... so obviously, I'll just start with Patch because I love him. Until Daemon Black came along, he was my all-time favorite – and after that re-read, I'm pretty sure he is back on the top of that list! 

Michele Belle
Consider me prepared!!  I love how much you love Patch.  Your enthusiasm over this series is absolutely contagious!  I read this book right after I started blogging; and you know when you first start out as a blogger, it can be overwhelming with all the review requests and just trying to find your footing in this amazing blogosphere we have.  So, this was one of those series that fell through the cracks for me.  I bought all of the books and fully intended to finish but just didn't get around to it.  Then you came into my life, and you've made finishing this series my #1 priority!  LOL Daemon and Patch actually share some very interesting qualities!  While it took a bit for Daemon to grow on me, I immediately liked Patch for some reason and found him to be extremely funny!  I'd love to know your favorite characteristic of Patch, and when was the exact moment you knew you'd fallen (wink wink -- see what I did there?)?

Teresa Mary Rose
I love that you have caught my enthusiasm, and I love that you are excited to get back to this series now! And I love that pun... you know I have a weakness for puns, lol. 

I think I fell (haha) for Patch right away, really – even though he is a bit of a mystery when we first meet him. Honestly, I think it was the cocky humor that did me in. The moment he told Nora to call him, I just knew I was done for. I also think it was because he was so mysterious. For a good portion of the book, you really weren't sure if he was the good guy or the bad guy. I remember spending the entire book wanting to trust him and wanting to believe him, BUT there was always that tiny bit of doubt in my mind where I wasn't 100%. I think that is what I loved because in so many YA novels you can really tell right away who the love interest is, and with Patch it wasn't so clear. What was it about Patch that did you in? I know a lot of others are not sold on Patch as easily as we were. 

Michele Belle
Exactly!  There is so much MYSTERY in this story -- hands-down my favorite aspect of Hush, Hush!  I nearly broke my brain trying to figure everything and everyone out before things could be revealed.  I began suspecting absolutely everyone, and you are spot-on about wanting to trust Patch but never being able to completely shake that doubt.  It's so funny what made me fall!  A lot of it was his arrogance!  What's funny about that is that it's usually a complete turn-off for me.  It's why it took me so long to warm up to everyone's favorite and previously mentioned alien; but with Patch, there was always this feeling that he wasn't taking himself too seriously and that there was a lot of story that he wasn't sharing.  Nora voiced a lot of the fears I would have had; but just like her, there was something about Patch that kept pulling me in.  Intrigue, yes -- but also a goodness in him that I really hoped I wasn't dreaming and an incredible desire to find out.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes, yes! You nailed it! He is extremely arrogant, but it's a different kind of arrogance. An arrogance that is clearly hiding something else so it isn't a turn-off because you know there is more. Patch is the perfect book boyfriend. Especially in the sense that in real life, I probably wouldn't deal with his nonsense; but I LOVE it in a book guy. And don't even get me started on brain breaking. I've read this book a few times now, but I am still pulled into the mystery each and every time. It is funny because every time I read the book, when the big reveal happens, I always have that "OH MY GOSH" moment even though I clearly know what is coming. I love that you brought that up about Nora. I really liked how Nora acknowledged that she didn't know anything about him and that she really didn't know if she could trust him. I felt like even though she wanted to get to know him, she did always keep her guard up. I know a lot knock her as being a "dumb heroine," but I think the fact that she was conscious of her decisions shows she is not. She knew what she was doing; and while some of her decisions make you shake your head, she was never blind about what she was getting into, and she always knew Patch was hiding something.

Michele Belle
That is so true!  We'd kick a guy to the curb with superhuman speed if he tried some of those lines in real life; but Patch knew just how to deliver them, making you roll your eyes, laugh, and ultimately swoon each and every time. 

Hahaha – and I would never call you out on "I've read this book a few times" even though I am privy to exactly how many times that is – my lips are sealed.  The fact that you have read it *ahem* a few times and it still gives you that moment regardless of your being in the know is the highest praise for a book and its author.  

We all know the worn-out title handed out repeatedly by reviewers: insta-love. The fact that Nora had all of these thoughts and, just as you said, acknowledged that she didn't know anything about him and that she was unsure if she could trust him kept their relationship from being anything but instantaneous.  I love the pace of their 'friendship,' and I felt Nora was so smart to be wary of Patch's intentions and to try to listen to her head and not just her heart and her hormones!  I may have been frustrated with her at other times for other things (like keeping her mom in the dark), but I can't help but respect the way she handles the opposite sex in this book.  I think that alone made her a good role model for younger girls.

Teresa Mary Rose
Exactly. We would never put up with that kind of nonsense, but I absolutely love watching other people deal with it, haha. 

Thanks, Wifey! I know my secrets are safe with you. But seriously, that really says something about the book. That no matter how many times I revisit it, I am still pulled in and captivated.

Oh, you brought up so many things I want to comment on there that my brain is having a hard time picking which thing to discuss first. Okay, so yeah, I would not describe them as insta-love at all – insta-attraction, of course, but their relationship progresses over the course of the book. And she really does war with herself, and I love that she does. Of course she wants to get closer to Patch because he is delicious, but she still knows he may be dangerous. And speaking of opposite sex, I love how she handled Elliot! (We will get to this in a minute ’cause I have lots to say, but that will lead me to Vee and a whole different rant). 

I agree with you about her mother as well. I wish she would have talked to her; BUT at the same time I can see why she didn't, and I get it. I really feel like she made her decisions based on what she thought was best. Plus she is 16, and most 16-year-olds feel like they can't talk to their parents. And while on the mom topic, I just need to complain about this line: "Do you want me to call his parents?" UGH JUST NO 

Michele Belle
And I can't wait to get to those things!! Especially the Elliot and Vee things.  I'll get the soap boxes ready.  Haha!

That's a great point, and I definitely understand a 16-year-old not wanting to overshare with mom... BUT when there are incidents that are not only putting her in danger but could also endanger her mother, I think it becomes about more than not wanting to clue your parent in on your personal life but about warning her that she could be in possible peril!  That was extremely frustrating to me because it borderlines on selfish behavior.  And the calling his parents thing was hilarious!  Really??  Nooooooo.  I did hurt for Nora and the connection she felt to the farm house because of her dad, but still... STRANGER DANGER, NORA!! 

Teresa Mary Rose
Oh, I completely agree with you on that one! I think her mom needed to be clued in when things clearly started getting out of hand. I mean, she was being stalked – that is something your mom needs to know. But I liked that I could understand why she didn't share with her mom. I didn't agree with her, but at least it somehow made sense in her head, you know? It is a pet peeve of mine when I read a book and a character makes a bad decision and I cannot even understand why they would make that decision. Just wanted to point out that Becca did a good job of getting Nora's reasoning across to the reader. 

Yeah, the parents thing... just *sigh* I was like: This is not how things get handled here, Mom. Why, just why, lol. 

Okay *stands on soap box* Vee – I am pretty sure I hate Vee! She is just a terrible friend; and people talk about Nora's bad decisions, but have we looked at Vee's lately?!?! I didn't really like her to begin with, BUT then her reaction to Elliot's behavior was when I was done! I know you have strong feelings on that so I'll let you handle it, lol – but overall, I think she is a bad friend and very selfish. She is constantly putting Nora in awkward situations because she is "helping" her. How, Vee, how? The only time I like her is when she is in the hospital and on drugs, ’cause that was funny.

OH, and the whole thing at the end is Vee's fault! Okay, done now, lol. 

Michele Belle
The author did a fabulous job with Nora's inner dialogue!  Precisely – we may not have agreed with some of Nora's thoughts or ultimate decisions; but we can't say she acted without thinking it through or with, in her opinion, good reasoning! 

Soapbox time!! *helps you up, steadies you* Get her, Wifey!  LOL.  Another great point made to the Nora haters!  Vee's decisions make Nora look like a member of Mensa!!  I confess, I did like Vee at the beginning – or perhaps what I saw through Nora's eyes at first in terms of them being "un-twins." When Nora talked about their invisible thread that ties them together and how it will hold for the rest of their lives, I was full of feels!  You and I both know what it means to feel a connection like that to a friend.  I had high, high hopes for them. *jumps up on soapbox with you* And then Vee blew it.  Her response to what happened when Elliot came over to Nora's and [spoiler] floored me and then enraged me.  I wanted so badly for there to be mention of why she reacted that way.  Was she under a mind-whammy at the time?  Since it wasn't addressed, I just have to assume that she placed more importance on her attraction to the boys than the well-being of her best friend – and in no world, fictional or real, is that okay.  Alright, help me down from the soapbox before I get really pissy.  Ha!  I did enjoy her on her pain medication – that was so funny! 

Teresa Mary Rose
Thank you! You understand my brain so well! WE have an invisible thread – Nora and Vee do not! Because Vee is not a good friend. When I first read it, though, I remember liking her as well; and I thought they were funny together. I didn't like how she pushed Nora sometimes, but they were good together. Then she slowly started aggravating me until the Elliot moment happened, and then I was done for. JUST DONE FOR. I don't think she was under mind-whammy – I think that is just Vee. She is so obsessed with getting a guy’s attention that she is willing to do anything to get it. But there is never ANY excuse for a guy to put his hands on you – drunk or no – and the fact that Vee couldn't see that or back Nora there was wrong. Then the whole end – "Let’s go play hide and seek in the school. Oh, look, Jules is locking the doors with chains, makes sense." – I mean come on, Vee! And speaking of Jules! He was another winner! He was so sullen and cross and creeptastic! What did Vee even see in him? Again backs my whole obsessed-with-getting-a-guy’s-attention thing. 

And before I get down from this soapbox, one last thing: Detective Basso – hate that jerk! Okay *gets down* *helps you down* 

Let’s talk about something happy now, lol. My favorite scene in the entire book is when Patch comes to pick Nora up from that terrible neighborhood (ugh, this is another fault of Vee's) because it is so clear he cares there. This was when my doubts went away concerning Patch when I first read it. The moment he puts his shirt on her just melts my heart. What was your favorite scene? 

Michele Belle
Heck yes, we do!!  We could teach Vee a few things for sure.  And the pushing??  We just discussed that a few days ago, remember?  We never PUSH each other – it's all about encouraging and supporting. Her lack of concern with the Elliot incident really hurt my heart.  Guys never, EVER should come before a friend.  Biggest pet peeve ever.  Aaaaaah!!!  The hide and seek!!!  No, let me back up on the soapbox!!  What in the seventh circle of hell was she thinking???  Also, at the end, she attempts to smooth things over with Nora; but it wasn't enough in my opinion.  There should have been groveling.  All I can say is Nora must be a very forgiving person to have handled it the way she did.  I'm very curious about what the future has in store for them, and I know you already know so I'm dying to read on and find out!! 

Jules grabbed my attention the moment he entered the story!  I had my suspicions about him from the beginning and loved when my theory panned out.  He was so evasive and sinister!  He and Elliot made a brilliant love-to-hate-‘em duo!

And I always felt there was more to Detective Basso!!  Would it be terribly spoilery for you to tell me if that's the last we've heard from him?  There has just got to be something else going on there! 

Why am I not the least bit surprised that your turning point is the same as mine?  That scene MELTED me.  I was so scared for Nora at that point, and the fact that Patch came to her aid immediately – and then the shirt...oh... for the love of borrowed shirts everywhere.  SAHWOOOOON!  That is definitely a favorite scene of mine.  The other being at the end when ummm... Patch begins his new career.  LOL.  To say it any other way would spoil all of the things, but that is definitely my other favorite part. Oh, and I also love when Nora tries to disguise herself and questions the bartender in hopes of finding out more about Patch.  She is SO terribly awkward, and that whole scene is pure comedy!  I just loved it!

Teresa Mary Rose
You are right – Vee needs to take some lessons from us. We get this, she does not. I understand Vee wanting Nora to have fun, but she shouldn't have constantly made her uncomfortable. There are so many bad decisions on her part, but that hide-and-seek was sheer stupidity. I am with you – I don't think it was enough on her part; but Nora is much more forgiving than us, I guess. I think Nora gives her too much credit. I can't wait to see what you think of her as the books progress. 

There is more there. You will see him again. And that is all I'm going to say! 

Of course we would match up on that! That scene really melts my heart! No hesitation, he showed up and didn't even question it. And then the resulting scene HOLY HOT FALLEN ANGELS EVERYWHERE I CAN'T EVEN. Yes, yes, that last scene always gives me all the happy feels! Haha that scene with the bartender gives me second-hand awkwardness but I love it. 

Michele Belle
Exactly!!  Oh, I can't wait.  I have a feeling the old soapbox is going to be used and abused.

I KNEW IT!!  lol I can't wait to see what part he plays as the story progresses. 

Yep, no shocker there.  It was such a beautiful moment – I got all teary-eyed!  Right?  Haha – I think my stomach hurt for her in that scene. And then she gets busted.  It was so uncomfortable and just clumsy... but that added to the humor of it all. 

Teresa Mary Rose
Yeah, we may need to buy a new soapbox when this is all said and done. 

Hehehe *giggles* I cannot wait for you to find out!

I did, too! Just thinking about it is bringing on all the feels again. Oh, me too! She is so awkward it hurts – and then Patch catches her. Sooooo funny! 

Are we ready for quote time, or is there something else we need to talk about?

Michele Belle
I know you are going to OWN the quotes on this discussion so I'm going to bow out gracefully, only sharing these two: 

"It was a smile that spelled trouble.  With a promise." 

"'Call me Patch.  I mean it.  Call me.'"

Teresa Mary Rose
Hahaha you know me so well and those two are actually two I don't have in my arsenal lol! Okay, here we go:

“‘I'm not going to kill you, Nora. I don't kill people who are important to me. And you top the list.’”

“‘You're getting cocky. I like that, Angel.’ ‘I don't care what you like. I'm not going out with you. Not on a date. Not alone.’ I wanted to kick myself for experiencing a hot thrill upon speculating what a night alone with Patch might entail. Most likely, he hadn't even meant it. Most likely, he was baiting me for reasons known only to him. ‘Hang on, did you just call me Angel?’ I asked. ‘If I did?’ ‘I don't like it.’ He grinned. ‘It stays. Angel.’" – the very first time he says Angel *sigh*

“‘Are you saying you gave up getting a human body for me?’ He lifted my bandaged hand. Underneath all the gauze, my knuckles throbbed from punching Jules. Patch kissed each finger, taking his time, keeping his eyes glued to mine. ‘What good is a body if I can't have you?’” 

“‘You smell good, too,’ said Patch. ‘It’s called a shower.’ I was staring straight ahead. When he didn’t answer, I turned sideways. ‘Soap. Shampoo. Hot water.’ ‘Naked. I know the drill.’”

“‘I don't go out with strangers,’ I said. ‘Good thing I do. I'll pick you up at five.’”

“‘All this time I've hated myself for it. I thought I'd given it up for nothing. But if I hadn't fallen, I wouldn't have met you.’” 

*melts into a puddle of goo*

Michele Belle
Well, I really, really wanted to include the one at the end – you know the one – but there was no way to share it without giving everything away.  

Those quotes are fantastic!  I just love when he calls her 'Angel' – and that last one... *joins you in the goo puddle*

Teresa Mary Rose
Ahhh, yes I know which quote you are talking about; and that is a wonderful one! The Angel thing kills me – I love it so much!

Michele Belle
This was another great Sloppy pick, Wifey.  I'm really happy you wanted to read this one again with me – thank you! I cannot wait to read the rest and gush and vent to you all along the way!

Teresa Mary Rose
I am so happy we went with this one! It was great visiting Patch again, and I cannot wait to re-live this series through you! 

Title Reveal: The Fallen Prince by: Amalie Howard

Book two to The Almost Girl has a title!

Woohoo!!! Cannot wait!

The synopsis hasn't been revealed yet, but you can still add to read on GoodReads.

To celebrate, author Amalie Howard is giving away some awesome books! Check it out below!

But first, for those who are not familiar with the series here is a little bit about THE ALMOST GIRL, book one in the series. You can also check out my review here.

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

Praise for Amalie Howard’s “The Almost Girl”

“A riveting union of science fiction thriller, romance, family drama, and conspiracy theory, The Almost Girl had me wishing I could crawl inside the pages and join Riven on her epic journey between parallel worlds. Amalie Howard¹s writing is sharp and smart. I¹m definitely craving the next installment!” – Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and The Cursed

“Amalie Howard writes a fast paced and thrilling story with a kick butt, authentic heroine and a brilliantly crafted world.” – Eve Silver, author of Rush

“The Almost Girl is a feminist tour de force. It is filled with powerful, interesting female characters. Riven is one of my favorite fictional characters ever; she is fierce, passionate, funny and smart. This sexy, fast-paced story is impossible to put down. A must read! Fans of Divergent will love it!” – Kim Purcell, author of Trafficked


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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive. In between writing novels and indulging her love of reading, Amalie is also a books review editor for TheLoopNY, and blogs at
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Review: Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) by: Fiona Paul

Release Date: March 20, 2014 from Philomel
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"The dark, seductive conclusion to the thrilling Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy!

In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca's name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pounding, sexy conclusion."

My Thoughts:

Love love love love love love love. That is what I want to say about this book, but since that isn’t really helpful, I’ll expand. Starling was everything I hoped for in the conclusion and so much more. It was another fantastic addition to the series and honestly pulled me in from beginning to end.

Cass is such a wonderful heroine and I love the woman she grew into over the course of the series. The girl we met in Venom is so different from the woman we end up with in Starling. I loved watching her grow and bloom into such a wonderful, strong, courageous, and deadly smart woman; especially considering her time period. She goes to incredible lengths for those she loves and even in the face of death and seemingly insurmountable circumstances she stays strong and uses her brains to get out of those situations.

Then we have Falco and Luca and this is seriously one of the best love triangles I have ever read. I started out all about Falco, but then somewhere along the lines I fell hard for Luca and it snuck up on me. Something happens to threaten Luca and Cass, and when it did, it broke me. That is when I realized how much I had come to love Luca and it was weird because I NEVER change my mind when it comes to book boyfriends. So this was a first. And well,  I can’t truly say I changed my mind because I still adore Falco, more I wanted everyone to be happy because I had come to love them both so much. Unfortunately, one of them had to be left behind and while it BROKE me to read that scene, I was also happy with the choice Cass made because it was the right choice for her.

What I love most about this series is that the heroine takes care of herself. She doesn’t need to rely on a guy and a guy does not need to be present to help drive the story. Cass drives the story all by herself. I also love the mystery and surprises along the way. I love how slowly the story unravels and that I piece everything together a little at a time. The author did such a wonderful job bringing all the pieces together and wrapping each and every one of them up at the end. It was a beautiful conclusion.

Starling was the perfect ending to this beautiful series. I am so sad to see it end, but I look forward to visiting Renaissance Italy with Cass, Falco, and Luca again.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Swoon Thursday #90: Believe In 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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""Are you crazy? Wait. Don't answer that. You are a little crazy, and I like it. You're a smartass. You're funny as hell. You don't take shit from anyone, especially me. You're smart." I blew out a breath. "You're absolutely beautiful to me and you always saw more than anyone else when you looked at me. So yeah, I like you. I really like you. And when you said you wanted to see me again, that you didn't want this to be a one night thing, well, you know how that affected me."

This was such a fun and quick story. Love Ollie!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cover Reveal: War of Wizards by: SP Cervantes

S.P. Cervantes is ready to release the cover for War of Wizards, book three in the Secrets of Shadow Hill series.

Title: War of Wizards (Secrets of Shadow Hill 3)
Author: S.P. Cervantes
Age group: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Center One Publishing
Hosted by: Wordsmith Publicity

Ava and Dalton want nothing more than to forget about the danger their love puts them in, and live peaceful lives in Shadow Hill; but that is not their destiny. Evil continues to haunt them, threatening to destroy everything. Volikai’s determination to summon the dark powers that the Originals have kept hidden for centuries before the Prophecy can be fulfilled.
When Patrick finds a new love, and learns of the reason for his powerful connection with Ava, he will stop at nothing to protect those he loves and destroy the evil that has plagued the world since the beginning of time.
Together, they will be faced with unimaginable choices to save the one’s they love as the final secrets of Shadow Hill are revealed.

About the author

S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel.

S.P. Cervantes is the author of the highly rated New Adult Romantic Fantasy series Secrets of Shadow Hill. “Always and Forever” and “The Prophecy” are the first two book in the series that are available now. The third book in the series, “War of Wizards” will be released in the summer of 2014.
S.P. Cervantes also has released her first book in a contemporary romance series, “Dust to Dust (A Broken Fairy Tale)”, with the second book of the stand-alone series, “Wished Away,” coming out late July 2014.

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Waiting On Wednesday #93: Take Me On by: Katie McGarry

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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"Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for."

I don't think I need to explain this one. It's Katie McGarry!!! I love this series!

Take Me On will be released on May 27, 2014.
What are you waiting on?

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